Sinn Spezialuhren of Frankfurt am Main, manufacturer of upmarket mechanical watches, takes part in the 3rd Bodensee-Klassik rally, supporting the event as a partner. The rally for classic cars, both old and young, will be held from 1–3 May.
Sinn Spezialuhren takes part in the so-called hourglass category. This is a classification and competition category in which only mechanical measuring instruments are permitted when passing the checkpoints and speed radars. This applies to odometers as well as to stopwatches without batteries. The use of mobile phones during the tour is not permitted.
The Sinn Spezialuhren crew therefore puts its trust in the rally chronographs 917 GR and 917. Both watches were developed by graduate engineer Lothar Schmidt, owner of Sinn Spezialuhren, with the support of Peter Göbel, sports director of the Bodensee-Klassik and Hamburg-Berlin-Klassik rallies, and are based on the rally experiences they gained at the 1st Hamburg-Berlin-Klassik rally in 2008. That’s because not only skill and concentration are vital in nostalgic races, but also reliable time measurement. In the competition trials, as well as in passage controls and time trials, functionality, utmost precision and optimum readability are what really count – demands which are fulfilled by the chronographs and their equipment. For example, they feature a countdown bezel enabling to-the-second target times which are easy to read and accurately set. Red numerals for the last 15 seconds are more attention-grabbing in the critical time zone and afford clarity when things get hectic. The power reserve indicator of the 917 GR, designed in the form of a classic fuel gauge, is a nod to automotive tradition. The 917 is distinguished by its display of the date and day of the week.
Lining up at the rally’s starting line are 125 years of automotive history: 180 vintage classics constructed up until 1994 are aiming for victory and a trophy. It is a sporting event involving regularity and reliability. During the three day tours the crew must overcome five legs and around 590 kilometres. Diverse competition trials, as well as passage controls and time trials, must be completed. The route takes drivers through picturesque scenic side roads around the Lake Constance region, which is located on the border of three countries: Germany, Austria and Switzerland. The rally will commence and end in Bregenz.