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A Sinn Of Sorts

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Ryan, Aug 12, 2011.

  1. squirrel
    Joined: Sep 23, 2004
    Posts: 45,670


    If you say it's for the Atomic Industry you can charge an awful lot of money for stuff. Even more than for aircraft stuff.
  2. Ddooce
    Joined: Oct 27, 2010
    Posts: 132

    from Memphis Tn

    Speedpilot -YES YES - Twinmaster not so much - bit too modern with the digital readouts.
    But where would you find a workin Halda these days ? I havent seen one in use for 30 years. Used to have one back in the sixties when it was the latest tech - I would love to own own one again.
  3. JeffreyJames
    Joined: Jun 13, 2007
    Posts: 16,599

    from SUGAR CITY

    What about having classic instruments redo an original set that came with your car. Have them go through and make sure they work and that's probably going to be the best gauges for your car. But then again you have a lot of work in your dash so maybe keeping what you have is the best solution.

    I for one will probably just keep trying to find old gauges. I have a 5" 40's SW tach that I plan on using in something but I'll need to find a few more curved class gauges to accompany my tach. It all comes down to if the money is there when the time comes.
  4. Fopelaez
    Joined: Sep 24, 2010
    Posts: 275


    A friend of mine owns a 40 Ford coupe, with an instrument panel I love and some of you may recognize. They are labeled as "Autoavionics" in my point of view they are very very cool. So after some research I got to the manufacturer: Westach, here is the internet address:

    Ryan, I think these guys can make your instrument dream come true, I'm just waiting to have another project and $$$$ to buy from them. Hope this helps.
  5. jipp
    Joined: Jun 20, 2011
    Posts: 1,113


    wow, thank you for the link.. im buying the bike mp3 player.. i so need tunes for when i ride.. but i hate riding with ear phones.. so i have been compromising with only one ear hone in.. but, id be much better with the mp3 player he makes.... plus i do not ride a normal bike.. i ride a tad pole trike and the bike rack is right at ear level probably 12" or so behind my head.. this will work perfect.. thank you so much..
    here is my hotrod: as of now. while i plan/save for another hotrod which will run on the other type of gas. :D
    thanks again for the link to the boom box :)
  6. Beach Bum
    Joined: May 7, 2006
    Posts: 575

    Beach Bum

    I have a metal case Twinmaster under my desk here. They aren't that modern, late '50s, early '60s. It's just a variation on a taxi meter. Parts are still available and you can get them repaired. They are very popular with the folks who run vintage rallies.

    Kurt O.
  7. 31fordV860
    Joined: Jan 22, 2007
    Posts: 864


    Ryan, which begs the question, without getting too gimmicky or accessorized....wheres the watch?

    just kidding of course...

    here is my 2 cents...

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  8. sololobo
    Joined: Aug 23, 2006
    Posts: 8,080


    My name is Ryan, and I am a junkie!! Hot stuff, that pair on the dash are amazing! ~sololobo~
  9. Harms Way
    Joined: Nov 27, 2005
    Posts: 6,869

    Harms Way

    Thought provoking thread,... I like the way you think.
  10. Firepower71
    Joined: Nov 22, 2010
    Posts: 145

    from Atlanta

    beautiful, i was introduced to the world of automatic watches about ten years ago by a friend who cherished his Sinn, among the others he collected. i had to settle for an Oris. someone is missing an opportunity here, great idea, great post.
  11. DieselGreaser
    Joined: Nov 9, 2010
    Posts: 35


    I'm watch-obsessed too. The watch I wear daily is a pretty cheap but awesome Stuhrling self-winder with a clear back and about half the area of the front is also clear so you can constantly see everything working. The rest of the face is art deco style. Yet another vice I inherited from my dad.
  12. they look cool as hell but they are on the heavy side visually. I wish someone would reproduce AC styled gauges from ww2.


  13. Kettleman
    Joined: Mar 28, 2006
    Posts: 149


    I too love old watches, Just came into possession of a old 119 year old pocket watch.

    Those SINN's are beatiful
  14. hiboy32
    Joined: Nov 7, 2001
    Posts: 2,774

    from Omaha, NE

    some very cool ideas. I like the 360 degree speedo. but that doesnt mean much coming from me, I dont have any guages...... An accessory I cant splurg on yet.
  15. autobilly
    Joined: May 23, 2007
    Posts: 3,094


    Although I can see the attraction, these "clocks" don't do it for me. Now 1950's Hamilton automatics on the other hand...
  16. Gotgas
    Joined: Jul 22, 2004
    Posts: 6,815

    from DFW USA

    This thread is obviously about the gauge concept but the watches are pretty great too.

    The Sinn 556 is the best looking of the bunch and the cheapest too. It's my favorite watch, but alas, I have other shit to spend money on first.

    I did see this rare Chrysler watch come up on the Forward Look site. And let me tell you, as the owner of a '57 Chrysler, it took all my self-control to keep from buying this thing.

  17. Damn right, those tick- tocks look right.
  18. Weasel
    Joined: Dec 30, 2007
    Posts: 6,707


    "It’s like building a “traditional” hot rod with millions of rivets, nickel plaiting here, brass there, engine turning yonder, and all kinds of other hoopla that doesn’t really serve the ultimate goal of going fast with soul".

    ^^^^Oh boy does that ever resonate with me.

    I am so tired of the Retro Deco Nouveau bling on everything - it is so, well - Coddingtonesque. The new billet for 'attention whore sheeple' who are so desperate to try and draw attention to their 'variation on the same old theme same old car' theme.

    That having been said, I have been a watch junkie for decades but took a self imposed twelve step program - living in Switzerland for a couple of years did not help the addiction. Nirvana for me was actually getting to experience an Ulysse Nardin Astrolabium Galileo Galilei on my wrist - hardcore watch porn! Unfortunately like the hotel California' "You can check out but you can never leave".

    For a long time now I have looked at watch bezels and wanted to use that theme in a bigger format, but nowadays I am more inspired by original instruments from the 1930 - early 1950s - usually of Italian origin.

    I have a set of custom buit Westach gauges which were built for me a dozen years ago and they are primarily an aircraft instrument manufacturer, which brings me to the point that the word 'instrument' is so much more fitting than the word 'gauge'....
  19. Jeff Norwell
    Joined: Aug 20, 2003
    Posts: 12,913

    Jeff Norwell
    Staff Member

    I got a 50's Mig fighter clock for the 5w...I like the simple clean face and "glow in the dark" numerals and watch hands.The best part is that it's manual and must be wound for a 24 hr. period. Simple,clean design.

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  20. Ryan
    Joined: Jan 2, 1995
    Posts: 18,969

    from Austin, TX
    Staff Member

    I bet there is no plastic on it either...
  21. RustyRedRam
    Joined: Jan 24, 2005
    Posts: 1,127


    Yeah, but you can never trust those Russians . . . . :)
  22. Kripfink
    Joined: Sep 30, 2008
    Posts: 2,040

    Member Emeritus

    Preaching to the converted my man! This is my Hamilton of the day;

  23. modelAfan
    Joined: May 16, 2003
    Posts: 120


    Ryan check out look under warbird clocks. I'm runnig a Hamilton 37500 24 hour clock in my 34 3w.
  24. jroberts
    Joined: Oct 14, 2008
    Posts: 1,595


    When my wife and I were into the TSD rally scene in the early 1970's we did not have the money for such luxuries as Halda twin masters or (I know not a gauge, but cool just the same) a Curta Calculator:

    We ran in the totally unequipped class and still had a blast. Still I always drooled (and still do) over those cool gauges and calculators the folks in the other classes used.
  25. 52pig
    Joined: Jun 9, 2007
    Posts: 436


    Welcome to my dash, friend. Some day I will share it with you all.
  26. jipp
    Joined: Jun 20, 2011
    Posts: 1,113


    well this webpage fits this thread.. clock in your steering wheel.. i had no clue they made such things. that mig clock is cool.. will have to keep a eye out for something. that is the only guage i really need.. all my damn doctors apointments.. i need to be on time and all even tho the doctors never are. haha

    the clock in the steering wheel works.. hey and you not taking up space on your dash board for important thing like the joint lighter thing, oo yeah cig lighter i guess it would be called.. at any rate clocks are cool.

    hehe, of course its a mopar thing.. :d guess going around a corner trying to tell the time would be a bitch.. but hey id sport one of these bad boys.. would def need to be in a topless to show of is coolness and do the public a favor by giving them free time.. its a drug i know.. time!!
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  27. jroberts
    Joined: Oct 14, 2008
    Posts: 1,595


    I don't think I have ever seen a clock like these. They are really cool.
  28. hotrd32
    Joined: May 16, 2007
    Posts: 3,494

    from WA

    If they don't it would be a Sinn.....OH and Jeff N.........Commie!....... :OE)
  29. kaydub
    Joined: Apr 26, 2007
    Posts: 369

    from Cali

    Pretty freakin COOL!!! Dig that one a bunch! No nonsense...where do you find this stuff Jeff??

    The SINN watches are masterpieces. Yeah, probably not directly ready for traditional hot rod gauge use the way shown(a bit busy on the face), but it sure would be nice for someone to make a gauge that was perfect function(worthy of the term "instrument") and just lived in the "fringe" little intricate bezels into sapphire glass, etc.. Simple, but elegant. The sort of stuff no one notices, but you relish to know and own...

    It's funny, I spent a lot of time thinking about the gauges in my Dad's car. And we were pretty much just copying the "football" SUN tach. It still added up to 3-4 different layouts going back and forth between Classic and us till we were happy. And really, not many people comment on the gauges in my Dad's car. I almost take it as a complement, cuz if it was the first thing people mentioned in that interior...we failed.
  30. Jeff Norwell
    Joined: Aug 20, 2003
    Posts: 12,913

    Jeff Norwell
    Staff Member

    Right here Komrade.... A excellent Alliance Vendor...
    (no purple Vodka was used in this endorsement)

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