There is a vast array of available yachting watches (also known as sailing, sail or yacht watches) on the market. However, there are major differences in their technical features (for example, some even include a GPS, or tide and weather info), types of movements and in materials being used. The choice of these characteristics determines the price which can be from several thousand dollars (the brilliant Rolex Oyster Perpetual Yacht-Master II costs staggering $28,000) to next to nothing (the cheapest being the Casio Sea Pathfinder that costs just $30). Despite the differences, these timepieces have a few common features. Each of them includes: a countdown timer that measures time until the start of a regatta, a stop watch that measures time once the race starts, as well as certain water resistance.
Luxury Yachting Watches with Automatic Mechanical Movements
The exclusive Rolex Oyster Perpetual Yacht-Master is a new amazing yachting watch that was presented at the latest edition of Baselworld Watch Show. This high-end watchmaking marvel includes the Rolex 4160 Calibre automatic mechanical movement with Parachrom hairspring, a scratch and corrosion proof ceramic bezel, and a programmable countdown with a mechanical memory. This prominent yacht watch has a price that matches its amazing characteristics and costs $28,000.
Another exclusive sailing wristwatch with a mechanical movement is the luxurious Panerai Radiomir Regatta. This incredible timepiece has a sapphire crystal, the automatic OP XXI Caliber movement, as well as a scale in knots for the calculation of the average speed of a vessel. The Panerai Radiomir also features a case that is 47 mm wide and the watch is $17,000 worth.
The third deluxe model of analogue yachting watches is the gorgeous Corum Admiral’s Cup Tides Titanium. This useful sailing timepiece possesses a case made of titanium and rubber, the self-winding CO 277 movement, as well as a tide and lunar month display and water resistance of 300 m. If you choose the Corum Admiral’s Cup Tides yachting watch, you will have to pay $6,750.
Omega also has a great automatic yachting watch, called the Seamaster 300M Racing Chronograph Watch. It is water resistant to 300 meters and has a stainless steel case (with a diameter of 44 m) and bracelet, a black analogue face, a sapphire crystal, the prestigious self-winding Omega 3602 movement, a power reserve of 44 hours and a price of $3,770.
The next in line is the TechnoMarine 609008 UF6 Magnum Yachting Watch that includes a stainless steel case (45 mm wide), a stationary bezel, a Swiss quartz movement and a rubber strap. The sailing watch from the Geneva-based watchmaker is also water proof up to 200 m and costs $1,575.
There is also an innovative yachting watch by TAG Heuer, named Aquaracer Calibre S Regatta CAF7110.BA0803 Watch. This advanced timepiece has the Caliber S Electro-Mechanical movement which is a hybrid-quartz automatic that includes mechanical parts and a precision of quartz. The Aquaracer has a solid stainless steel case and bracelet, three functioning modes (hour, chrono and regatta), a water resistance to amazing 300 m and a price of $1,170.
If you want to own a yachting watch that features an Italian design and a Swiss construction, you can buy the stylish Orefici Regatta Yachting Chronograph Watch. The Swiss made timepiece, from the Special Edition, is inspired by the famous regatta races in Portofino, Italy. It has a yachting timer on its bezel, a black stainless steel case (constructed from thirty separate parts), a black rubber strap and a price of $795.
The next available yachting timepiece is the feature-packed Suunto M9 watch. This amazing timepiece from the Finnish company Suunto includes the world’s smallest GPS receiver chip, a compass and information about the weather. The personal sailing device also helps you navigate; it stores 50 routes, and is PC compatible. This very useful and technologically advanced product is available for just $700.
Affordable Quartz Yacht Timepieces
The Seiko Velatura Yachting Timer Watch is the next quartz-driven sailing watch. This smart timepiece, constructed in Japan, includes the Seiko 7T84 Caliber quartz movement, a sapphire crystal for ultimate protection, a special strap (made of leather and nylon) and a titanium case (43 mm wide). This superb timepiece is watertight to 200 m and costs $500.
There is also a sailing timepiece by Sector called the Yacht Master. This neat watch has a unidirectional rotating bezel, a stainless steel case (44 mm wide), a sapphire crystal and a price of $400. The similar amount of money ($342) is necessary for the purchase of the Bulova Yachting Watch 65B115 that includes a Swiss quartz movement, a sapphire crystal, a round stainless steel case (41.5 mm wide) and a black rubber strap. Even more affordable are the yachting watches from Citizen and Nautica. The superb Citizen Sailhawk JR4034-53E Yacht Racing Timer Watch costs only $200 and includes loads of useful functions, such as world time, two alarms, a two-stage power saver and retractable hands. This watch also has a stainless steel case and a titanium rotating bezel. The yachting watch by Nautica – model 16525G costs just over a hundred dollars ($116) and includes a Japanese quartz movement, an appealing blue analogue face protected with a mineral crystal, a stainless steel case (42 mm wide) and a unidirectional rotating bezel.
If you are a yachting enthusiast, but are also unwilling to pay much for a suitable wristwatch, you can choose one of the two most affordable available products. The large digital Freestyle Unisex Mariner Sailing Watch FS84898 has a plastic case (47 mm wide), a silicone band and a quartz movement. The cheapest watch on the list is the digital Casio Sea Pathfinder SPS-300C-1VER. Despite its price of just $30, it has many useful features and includes a moon phase graph, a tide graph, a dual time, five daily alarms and an ability to withstand low temperatures.