Watches For Your Life On The Water

What makes a good sailing watch?

The obvious is being able to read the time, and if you need countdown or data quickly, look for digital readouts with large numbers.  Backlit functions are essential for anyone heading offshore, whether racing or cruising.

  • Water-resistance – The working environment of a yacht captain makes this feature a no-brainer. Even if you don’t plan on going swimming with it, your timepiece will get in contact with water sooner or later. And in addition to the casing being waterproof, you should also look for corrosion-resistant components such as silicon or stainless steel.
  • Chronometers – In addition to providing precise timing, a chronometer is an essential tool for calculating longitude.

Make sure you have a well-fitting wristband or strap that securely clasps. Dive and sailing watches have a variety of type of wristbands from soft rubber to synthetic wristbands to steel.

If you plan to race and use your watch for start timing, look for programmable start sequence options, a sync button, countdowns that switch to seconds in the final stages. A loud, clear alarm or ‘beep’ function that tells you time to the gun is particularly useful, so you can keep watching your course, trim and other boats around you during the final approach to the line rather than having to glance at your wrist.

Vaer DS4 Meridian Solar Power Dive Watch Scratch-resistant Sapphire Crystal


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Luminox Master Carbon Seal XS.3813.L Men's Military Diving Watch  300m Water Resistant Sapphire Glass


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Garmin quatix® 7 Stnd Edition, Marine GPS Smartwatch, Tide Changes, Anchor Drag Alerts, Waypoint Marking 


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Spinnaker Hull Men's Meca-Quartz Chronograph Watch with Black Dial and Brown Genuine Leather Strap


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Citizen Eco-Drive Promaster Sailhawk Mens Watch, Stainless Steel with Polyurethane Strap, Dive Watch


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Garmin MARQ Captain, Men's Luxury Tool Watch, Advanced Features, Wind Speed, Direction, Temperature, Tide 


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Bulova 97B168 Men's Marine Star Chronograph Watch


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Omega Men's Seamaster Black Dial Watch


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Tissot Sailing-Touch Mens Rubber Strap Multi-Function Watch T056.420.27.051.01


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