About Sailing Watches
Competitive sports like sailing require precise timekeeping to count down to the beginning of a race. Sailing watches can withstand strong winds, choppy seas, rainy conditions, and feature a programmable regatta timer. This is crucial to the sport of sailing as yachtsmen must control their boats in the wind until the start of the race. Whether sailing out on the water for the day or speeding around a course, sailing watches have become a staple in every sailors’ wardrobe. Brands like Rolex, Panerai, Omega, and Breitling all offer stunning sailing timepieces that combine function with style. Learn about some of the functions that set sailing watches apart from other collections.
Unique Characteristics of Sailing Watches
Sharing many qualities with other waterproof luxury watches, what sets sailing watches apart from other pieces like dive watches? We’ll discuss a few main features that these timepieces must have to be categorized as a sailing watch.
Similar to a dive watch, sailing watches must be water-resistant up to at least 100 meters.
These pieces are exposed to harsh conditions and corrosive elements like seawater, so frequently they are made with materials like steel.
Rotating Bezel & Countdown Timer
Sailing watches feature a rotatable bezel that allows the wearer to set the regatta timer and countdown to the start of the race.
Many of these luxury timepieces also feature a basic chronograph, depending on the make and model of the watch.
Nautical and Durable Sailing Watches
Rolex Yacht-Master II
An ideal watch for water sports and sailing, the Yacht-Master II is a programmable, flyback regatta timer that allows sailors to select a countdown interval of anything from one to ten minutes. Combing character and performance, this watch has been a nautical favorite since its introduction in 1992. Watch this watch review comparing the Rolex Yacht-Master with the newer Rolex Yacht-Master II.
As the name suggests, the Seamaster is an eye-catching waterproof watch for leisure or sport. First introduced in 1948, this timepiece has a long history in the sailing watch category and is the official timekeeper of the America’s Cup. Watch ourreview on the Omega Seamaster 300m America's Cup Limited Edition.
Panerai Luminor Yachts-Challenge
An iconic Panerai collection, the Luminor Yachts-Challenge models deliver reliability and precision to admirers of sailing watches. Interested in other nautical models from Panerai? Read our Watch Review on the Panerai Luminor 1950 Regatta 3 Days Chronograph Flyback.