Sail­ing-themed mod­els prove that dive watches aren’t the only op­tions for those who love the sea.

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Div­ing watches aren’t the only tick­ers de­signed for those who love the sea.

The horo­log­i­cal winds of late have brought us a wave of new sail­ing watches, mostly ded­i­cated to the Amer­ica’s Cup – the world’s old­est sport­ing tro­phy. Known for its his­tor­i­cal naval roots, Pan­erai has long had ties to the sail­ing world, hav­ing had its own Clas­sic Yachts Chal­lenge for more than a decade. In 2017, the brand be­came the of­fi­cial part­ner of the 35th Amer­ica’s Cup, and cre­ated five special edi­tions for the event, including mod­els for Or­a­cle Team USA and Softbank Team Ja­pan. But what typ­i­cally makes a sail­ing watch? We demon­strate us­ing the – take a deep breath – Pan­erai Lu­mi­nor 1950 Re­gatta Or­a­cle Team USA 3 Days Chrono Fly­back Au­to­matic Ti­tanio.


Be­fore a race starts, teams have to line up their craft be­hind an in­vis­i­ble line in open wa­ter, and keep them in po­si­tion – 10 to 15 min­utes be­fore the race. That’s why the re­gatta count­down timer is a sail­ing-watch sta­ple. In this watch, a user sets the count­down timer, us­ing the pusher at 4 o’clock to move the red minute chrono­graph hand back­wards. When the chrono­graph is started us­ing the pusher at 10 o’clock, both the red minute and blue sec­onds chrono­graph hands start mov­ing as part of the count­down. Once the count­down ends, the chrono hands start show­ing the elapsed time since the start of the race.


Com­monly found on au­to­mo­tive-themed watches as well, tachymeters are scales that can be used for com­put­ing mea­sure­ments such as av­er­age speed over a pre­de­ter­mined dis­tance. The unit for the scale here is marked in knots, so sailors can have a rough idea of how fast (or not) they are go­ing.


Half the fun of sports is hav­ing an undy­ing al­le­giance to one’s favourite team. As the of­fi­cial watch of Or­a­cle Team USA (which, sadly, did not win the Amer­ica’s Cup 2017), this 47mm time­piece fea­tures red and blue con­trast stitch­ing, an en­graved team logo on the case­back, and black leather straps fea­tur­ing em­bossed team lo­gos.


While sail­ing and div­ing are both aquatic sports, it is gen­er­ally not ex­pected of sailors, un­like divers, to de­scend too deeply into the sea, if at all. Which is why sail­ing watches, like the ti­ta­nium one shown here, gen­er­ally have wa­ter-re­sis­tance lev­els of 100m, as op­posed to the 300m wa­ter re­sis­tance you get with dive watches.

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