[intro] It seems that the thing with sailing watches is that they fall into two categories: watches that are designed with sailing in mind and which bask in the luxury connotations associated with the sport, and watches that the sailing fraternity actually wear. That’s not to say that many don’t fall into both camps, but it is important to draw the distinction. [/intro]
What is required from a good sailing watch?
In the world of sailing watches, one thing stands out as a necessity and that is the ability to provide a 5 to 10 minute countdown for race starts. Other must have’s obviously include; water resistance, durability, easy to press buttons when wearing gloves or with cold, slippery hands, easy to view both in bad weather and at night and suitably loud enough to be heard at sea.
Another key point is battery life and this is why many prefer solar powered watches, or at least a watch which combines the two.
Oddly enough the following are not generally listed amongst the must have’s, but are more nice to have’s – although many argue that some of these features overcomplicate a watch that should be easy and functional to use. Nevertheless, many sailing watches of distinction come with:
- Temperature Sensors
- Tide Graphs
- Moon data
The top ten
So after extensive internet research and in no particular order, our top ten sailing watches of distinction – which people on boats actually wear and recommend – are as follows:
- Rolex Yachtmaster
- Casio Sea Pathfinder
- Casio G-Shock Series
- Gill Regatta Master
- Ronstan Clear Start
- Omega Seamaster Collection
- TAG Heuer Searacer
- Luminox Yachting Series
- Sunnto Yachtsman
- Timex Ironman
Insuring a sailing watch
The above list comprises huge variances in price, which is a factor deliberately overlooked, primarily because it is a topic of great discussion in the sailing/watch-wearing world. Opinion varies from the requirement to invest in a technically excellent timepiece that is not only practical and functional, but also a beautiful piece of craftsmanship to be appreciated and enjoyed, all the way through to the thought that all sailing watches should be considered disposable.
The big fear of course with any expensive sailing watch is that it’s a lot of money to invest when Neptune may take a fancy to it for himself. Good watch insurance is the answer here; if you are lucky enough to own a high end timepiece then it’s a good idea to look into insurance policies. Highworth Insurance are specialist providers of high value polices at competitive rates 0844 225 4025.