Question for Sinn 556i owners (winding concern)

Hey all! I recently got the 556i Aquamarine. I truly love it. But I'm wanting to clarity a concern I have with the winding of it - and would love some help if anyone can shed some light on this for me. Mostly curious if anyone has had a similar experience? Let me know :)

Bit of context: I want to make sure I'm able to manually wind it properly when I inevitably need to. Sinn manual says there's 3 positions for the crown: (1) when you unscrew it (manual wind here, clockwise); (2) ghost-date/no function; and (3) time-setting & seconds hacking.

When I unscrew to position 1, and start winding (clockwise as manual says), the winding feels really strange. Very different to other watches - no distinct clicking like in my hamilton khaki or bb58. It sounds strained, completely different to what I'm used to. And so I'm rather unsure if it's safe to wind in the position. I thought f*** it and did when the watch ran flat, and it worked. Has been keeping good time so far too. But I'd like to know if this is safe/ normal, and if anyone has noticed this difference in winding their 556 vs any other mechanical watch. 

Another oddity I've found is unlike the bb58, I find it hard to tell what position the crown is in after unscrewing. There isn't as distinct a click / locking feeling as I get with my bb58. Also unsure if this is normal / safe, or but another sign there could be a fault here.

Any help / knowing your experiences would be fantastic! Much love and happy collecting. :) 

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If it runs after you wind it, it shouldn't be of any issues. Can't really do something wrong mate. And by the way.. Really nice watch. I did not have this on my radar. Congrats 

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Hmm, I have given up to make sense of how a watch feels when winding. I have just one watch with a 2824 (similarnto the Sinn?) and that feels really, really odd when winding manually as if there is sand inside. So that's that, for whatever it js worth. My Seiko is also loud but the sound and feel isn't as weird to me. My Rolex clicks (a little) but makes that grinding noise to some degree as well, like as if it has bigger pieces of rock inside 😵‍💫. I don't like it either. My 2892 based movements are much more silent but I'm not sure I prefer that 😅 because I'm never sure whether it's actually winding until the seconds hand starts moving.

I guess to summarise, winding an automatic always feels odd to me and I must confess sometimes I put the watch on, wear it for a few minutes until it starts running and set it afterwards so I don't have to 😬

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I dont really like winding automatics as the feeling is neither here nor there. i usually give them the seiko shuffle, even with my FXD, and off it goes. 
 

Wait til you hear a Spring Drive wind. 

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I can confirm this happens with my Sinn as well.  I can also confirm: A) It is completely normal and okay, and B) If you hold it RIGHT up to your ear while you wind it, you'll hear it working.

This also happens with my Christopher Ward C63.  I would have sworn that it wasn't actually winding anything.  In fact, I stopped wearing it for a few days and only wound it by hand just to check it out.  But sure enough, it works just fine with manual winding.

For my collection, the Hamilton and SWC are the loudest, being almost gritty as you feel the gears turning.  Then come the Seiko movements, which have nicely satisfying clicks without any feeling of friction, then the Sinn, which you can barely feel but not hear, then the CW, which doesn't feel like anything is happening, and only by holding it up to your ear can you confirm that it's being wound.

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Looks great Dominic.  Great choice!  

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If it feels the same all the time and if it works, it should be ok. To wind my 104 it affords much force, compared to my 856 where i can barely feel any resistance. Sometimes it´s confusing how different it feels, but i think if it not suddenly changes it should be ok. 

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MegaBob

Hmm, I have given up to make sense of how a watch feels when winding. I have just one watch with a 2824 (similarnto the Sinn?) and that feels really, really odd when winding manually as if there is sand inside. So that's that, for whatever it js worth. My Seiko is also loud but the sound and feel isn't as weird to me. My Rolex clicks (a little) but makes that grinding noise to some degree as well, like as if it has bigger pieces of rock inside 😵‍💫. I don't like it either. My 2892 based movements are much more silent but I'm not sure I prefer that 😅 because I'm never sure whether it's actually winding until the seconds hand starts moving.

I guess to summarise, winding an automatic always feels odd to me and I must confess sometimes I put the watch on, wear it for a few minutes until it starts running and set it afterwards so I don't have to 😬

I have the same "sandy" feeling in my Sinn 104. But it keeps perfect time 😳👍

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I really love seeing a Sinn that isn't a black dial. I know that black dial tool watches are the brand's bread and butter, but this watch looks fantastic! Thanks for sharing.