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My watch went swimming by itself on the weekend, so time for a newbie. What is a good yachting watch. yes ive searched you type in yacht and watch and see how many results you get......

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Timex Ironman Tri. Cheap, Rugged, Good timing options. When I was a kid, I had a nice heuer stopwatch. I still have it but it doesn't work very well. And I'm sure my grandfather paid too much for it.

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Watches are like sunglasses; disposable. From your post you've already learned this once. I buy mine at a booth at the local airport or mall for under $20.

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Yes, the Rolex Yacht Master is the business, but for those of us buying one new sail a year look no further than here...

 

 

I've had a Suunto sailing watch for a number of years and have not been pleased with the battery life and poor night-time illumination. The sailing timer is good but a lot of other watches have this as well. Next time I'll get something cheaper probably.

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real sailing watch

 

Anything else just won't do.

Well, I was just about to buy one -- really I was, oh yes -- but then they required that I sign a user agreement before being able to see their precious brochure.

 

Sorry boyz. That seemed a bit of attitude, so that was the end of that. Homie don't play dat.

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Yes, the Rolex Yacht Master is the business, but for those of us buying one new sail a year look no further than here...

 

Yeah, realisticly I wear a ladies ironman. Because I have dainty wrist' and it fits under foulies easily and the buttons dont get pushed by just rolling your hand around. But when the cannon goes off the little watch gets thrown in the bag and the rolly goes on, I would wear it inside out if I could.

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I have been really happy with the Gill Regatta Master II. It works great. It might be a little more then the Timex but I think it's better for what we do.

 

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Depends on your budget, rolex then fine (ie out of my league) - I use an Optimum Time watch (has ISAF starting timers) - bought over the net from the UK, about A$70 I think, about half the same watch from Ronstan, takes a couple of weeks in the post. My Timex Ironman stopped working properly and I have a Casio but that's just ugly and small faced.

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In a pinch my iron man does just fine. However, I like

the Ronstan. Lots of very useful features. Like a synch

function, a rolling function for when starts gets postponed

and really really big numbers. I've seen a number of people

strap it to the mast in larger dinghies.

 

If the Optimum Time is really only $ 70AUS and pretty comparable

to the Ronstan, I need to check it out. Wonder what it would cost

coming to the US.

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If you don't mind wearing a watch the size of a can of tuna, I like this one. I've been wearing a predecessor model for 6+ years, putting it through hell and worse, and it keeps on ticking, figuratively. Compass, tides, barometer, count down timer that's great for the starting sequence, 5 different alarms for your offshore watch schedule, etc. My biggest complaint, battery life, seems to be mitigated on this newer model by augmenting the battery with solar power. I keep thinking mine's going to die and I'll get this new model but it hasn't happened yet.

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Yes, the Rolex Yacht Master is the business, but for those of us buying one new sail a year look no further than here...

 

I have a Rolex but it needs to be adjusted all the time. Mine is just a nice gold bracelet that if in a pinch could give me an idea of about what time it is. Even then, I have a hard time seeing the hands on it because the face and hands are gold too.

 

Timex works just fine for countdowns and all...

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If you don't mind wearing a watch the size of a can of tuna, I like this one. I've been wearing a predecessor model for 6+ years, putting it through hell and worse, and it keeps on ticking, figuratively. Compass, tides, barometer, count down timer that's great for the starting sequence, 5 different alarms for your offshore watch schedule, etc. My biggest complaint, battery life, seems to be mitigated on this newer model by augmenting the battery with solar power. I keep thinking mine's going to die and I'll get this new model but it hasn't happened yet.

 

I just bought the solar powered, titanium banded version of this Casio and it is great. Cost 5x what a basic Timex Ironman did, and probably isn't worth it for daily use, but I really like the barometer thingy and the timer is a bit better than Timex too (beeps on the minutes, audible final 10 seconds etc). It is probably the best watch I've had. Got it on Ebay, arrived via Singapore in about a week, battery reading 'Medium', left it in the cockpit for 2 hours last week while working on the boat and she is still charged up to 'High'. It also has a Power Saver mode which uses the solar and motion sensors to determine when it has been taken off at night, kills the display until you give it a shake.

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Yes, the Rolex Yacht Master is the business, but for those of us buying one new sail a year look no further than here...

 

I have a Rolex but it needs to be adjusted all the time. Mine is just a nice gold bracelet that if in a pinch could give me an idea of about what time it is. Even then, I have a hard time seeing the hands on it because the face and hands are gold too.

 

Timex works just fine for countdowns and all...

 

 

gold on gold, you say? southeast florida, you say? lemme guess-your crew shirts are pink tank tops

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I like my Suunto M3, mostly because of the large digits and easy timer functions... only complaint is the glass scratches easily.

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One of the best ever - 1980's Seiko Silver Wave 100 ...model is A827. Rotating bezel to select 3min, 5min, 10min, 15min (plus 20, 40, 45, 60) countdown - switches to stopwatch mode w/button push to capture your elapsed time. Audio countdown beeps for final approach to the line. When Seiko discontinued this watch, Steve Benjamin bought up a bunch of them to resell - I still have two and have an eBay notify for whenever they show up (rarely!). Great watch if you can find one.

 

WWing

 

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I received a Casio Pathfinder about 7 years ago while working in Iraq. It was used the 18 months there, and 24 months in Afghanistan and 24 months in Qatar. Still in use today. Shows timezones, altitude, baro, compass, and probably other functions that I have not used it for. Has solar charging built in, synchs to the NIST world clock signal, and has not killed off the battery. It is not waterproof, but has been in the pool, ocean, and rainstorms of Florida. If it ever dies, I will get another one.

PS: It also has the temperature, and today, costs less than $200...

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I think the Aquastar watch is pretty cool. I will be bringing them into my store.

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Yes, the Rolex Yacht Master is the business, but for those of us buying one new sail a year look no further than here...

 

I have a Rolex but it needs to be adjusted all the time. Mine is just a nice gold bracelet that if in a pinch could give me an idea of about what time it is. Even then, I have a hard time seeing the hands on it because the face and hands are gold too.

 

Timex works just fine for countdowns and all...

 

 

gold on gold, you say? southeast florida, you say? lemme guess-your crew shirts are pink tank tops

 

:) Yep, you got me! Just remember, nothing goes better with a pink tank top than red hot short shorts and suspenders. :)

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Depends on what you mean by a yacht watch. Lots of things factor. Do you want it to help starts? Need a stopwatch? How waterproof? How does cost play? Batteries? Are you 'into' watches?

 

I normally wear my Omega Seamaster Chrono, in titanium. But I'm into watches. It's very comfortable and will likely outlive me. As long as I don't give it to Neptune that is. But it is a great watch. If I was more utilitarian about such things, I've probably have a Gill Regatta Master II. I have a GMT Master II which I love, but I actually see nothing 'Yachting' about the original Yachtmaster. Now the new one is better, but I cant wrap my head around the overdone visual treatment. Way too flash for my tastes.

 

 

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If you don't mind wearing a watch the size of a can of tuna, I like this one. I've been wearing a predecessor model for 6+ years, putting it through hell and worse, and it keeps on ticking, figuratively. Compass, tides, barometer, count down timer that's great for the starting sequence, 5 different alarms for your offshore watch schedule, etc. My biggest complaint, battery life, seems to be mitigated on this newer model by augmenting the battery with solar power. I keep thinking mine's going to die and I'll get this new model but it hasn't happened yet.

 

There's another version with Solar powered battery (http://www.casio.com/products/Watches/PRO_TREK/PAW1500T-7V/) - battery life shouldn't be a problem now. However, my complaint to this watch is - no synchronisation function once the countdown started.

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The TH Aquaracer, if nothing else so for its name. Solid, waterproof and dependable.

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Yes, the Rolex Yacht Master is the business, but for those of us buying one new sail a year look no further than here...

 

Both the Rolex and the Suunto Yachtsman are excellent watches - for posing in the bar. For sailing/racing, not so much...

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Optimum Time - I've had this model for about five years, and it has never let me down.

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Both the Rolex and the Suunto Yachtsman are excellent watches - for posing in the bar. For sailing/racing, not so much...
Completely agree. Suunto is battery hog. Sailing watches are for suckers.

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I have been really happy with the Gill Regatta Master II. It works great. It might be a little more then the Timex but I think it's better for what we do.

 

Gill Watch

 

Had a Gill watch that worked wonderfully for a couple of years then went tits up. Sent it back to China twice and it never worked well again. Finally the main adjustment stem fell out for the final time, resulting in a trip to the ash can.

 

Great watch while it works, crap warranty service when it doesn't.

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Been using a Nike outdoor watch for about 5 years. Pretty bulletproof and I think it was about $50. Just got a Suunto Vector. For sequence etc we actually use and Opti timer stuck to the bulkhead

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Have had most all the watches mentioned here and the operative word is HAD ... have found what I think is a very good solution and found it purely by accident. Was in Sam's and noticed this one in the case on sale (Casio PAW1200T). Got it and haven't looked back. The sailing functions are great but so are the others, but the Titanium finish is the best thing along with a VERY tough crystal. All the other watches got scratches and dings on them (including the Rolex and especially the Suunto), this one just shrugs it off. Looks great too if you like big Ti watches. Other really nice things for me are the solar power (it really works and works well) and the time sync with atomic time via ota signal. This thing keeps perfect time all the time and for the price might be the last watch you buy for a long time.

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Have had most all the watches mentioned here and the operative word is HAD ... have found what I think is a very good solution and found it purely by accident. Was in Sam's and noticed this one in the case on sale (Casio PAW1200T). Got it and haven't looked back. The sailing functions are great but so are the others, but the Titanium finish is the best thing along with a VERY tough crystal. All the other watches got scratches and dings on them (including the Rolex and especially the Suunto), this one just shrugs it off. Looks great too if you like big Ti watches. Other really nice things for me are the solar power (it really works and works well) and the time sync with atomic time via ota signal. This thing keeps perfect time all the time and for the price might be the last watch you buy for a long time.

 

What sailing shoes do you prefer with your Casio?

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Rolex, you gotta be shittin me !!

I really like my Timex Freestyle Mariner. It's got big digital numbers and the Timer function is easy to work and if you miss the 5 min, it can quickly go to 4, or 3, or 2, or you get the idea

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Rolex, you gotta be shittin me !!

I really like my Timex Freestyle Mariner. It's got big digital numbers and the Timer function is easy to work and if you miss the 5 min, it can quickly go to 4, or 3, or 2, or you get the idea

+1

I have a fabulous dress watch that I leave at home, you should do the same... Walmart has some deals, or an airport place if you are short on time. $9.99 is a good price, you can find them cheaper.

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After watching (no pun..) someone else's Yachtmaster going flying off the boat into the deep last year, I'll stick with less expenseive options.

 

Timex ironman was better when it had the countdown/count-up option in it but still the cheapest/best option. Suunto is very good.

 

Seiko has a new sailing watch out, Linky I'll never buy another Seiko again though; too expensive to repair after warranty etc.

 

I just bought this one Linky from Tissot. Looks cool, could be useful for offshore, we'll see.

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After watching (no pun..) someone else's Yachtmaster going flying off the boat into the deep last year, I'll stick with less expenseive options.

 

Timex ironman was better when it had the countdown/count-up option in it but still the cheapest/best option. Suunto is very good.

 

Seiko has a new sailing watch out, Linky I'll never buy another Seiko again though; too expensive to repair after warranty etc.

 

I just bought this one Linky from Tissot. Looks cool, could be useful for offshore, we'll see.

 

I have that seiko.. Great for getting compliments while on land... Completely useless on the water..

 

Saw the trissot while stranded in Tampa intl... Looks cool but...

 

Best I've ever had was the original citizen stars n stripes watch... It died...

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After watching (no pun..) someone else's Yachtmaster going flying off the boat into the deep last year, I'll stick with less expenseive options.

 

Timex ironman was better when it had the countdown/count-up option in it but still the cheapest/best option. Suunto is very good.

 

Seiko has a new sailing watch out, Linky I'll never buy another Seiko again though; too expensive to repair after warranty etc.

 

I just bought this one Linky from Tissot. Looks cool, could be useful for offshore, we'll see.

 

I've had a Tissot for several years. It's gone everywhere...sailing, hiking, in the shop.... it's held up well. Keeps good time.

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Rolex, you gotta be shittin me !!

I really like my Timex Freestyle Mariner. It's got big digital numbers and the Timer function is easy to work and if you miss the 5 min, it can quickly go to 4, or 3, or 2, or you get the idea

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I have a fabulous dress watch that I leave at home, you should do the same... Walmart has some deals, or an airport place if you are short on time. $9.99 is a good price, you can find them cheaper.

+1. Run them you til the battery dies. Cheaper to buy a new one than replace a battery.

only thing is those cheap ass plastic wristbands smell like gangrene for months. Best to buy now and put on a window sill to outgas a bit.

 

who cares about countdown timers as most RCs use GPS time

 

important to ensure a bright backlight to help illuminate your combination padlock after the launch drops you off on your boat half in the bag...

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aztec sundial works fairly well but it is A BITCH putting in my bag

 

but Musto boots fit well

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I would reccomend the gill regatta master myself, its simple and impossible to break.

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From Mizzen Topman

 

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Fighting Ships 1750-1850

 

“…the end of the Seven Years War saw a technological breakthrough that freed mariners from shackles that had bound them since man first learnt to navigate: the problem of longitude was solved.

 

“Mariners had been able to fix their latitude fairly accurately from the end of the 17th century using the quadrant and later the sextant to measure the elevation of the sun or pole star.

 

“To fix their longitude, however, remained a problem, and it rested on the ability to tell the time accurately at sea. It may seem surprising that this was not possible, but clocks themselves were relatively new inventions, and to produce one that maintained its accuracy for long periods of time despite the motion of the ship, in humid and dry weather, and in hot and cold temperatures, was beyond everyone. Everyone, that is, except a young man called John Harrison, who from the age of 12 had kept a watch under his pillow to study its motion and listen to its tick. Harrison had been working on the problem of longitude for 34 years and had produced a number of solutions of varying quality (and enormous size), but in 1760 he produced his masterpiece, the H4. The portrait shows two of his previous inventions behind him, and the H4 in his hand. The H4 was almost frictionless and in a trial set up by the Admiralty it lost only 5.1 seconds in an 81-day voyage to Jamaica. For the first time ever, mariners could find out with a fair degree of certainty exactly where they were.”

 

Sam Willis, Fighting Ships 1750-1850

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Casio SPF-40T-7V Titanium is the right one. Not to exxy, nice big dsiplay, easy to set up and understand without the book-of-words, good battery life, and lots of toys to keep you from getting bored in rail meat mode.

 

Seriously though the Rolex/Suunto etc price point is for barflys and "owners" rather than sailors. I hocked my wife and went into the Rolex shop in Geneva last Christmas to look at the Yachtmaster 11 and it took two sales consultants about 10 minutes to work out how to operate the thing.

 

ANyway when you get to my age and eyesight level anything with hands and more than about two functions is invisible when the shit hits the fan. :P

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After watching (no pun..) someone else's Yachtmaster going flying off the boat into the deep last year, I'll stick with less expenseive options.

 

Timex ironman was better when it had the countdown/count-up option in it but still the cheapest/best option. Suunto is very good.

 

Seiko has a new sailing watch out, Linky I'll never buy another Seiko again though; too expensive to repair after warranty etc.

 

I just bought this one Linky from Tissot. Looks cool, could be useful for offshore, we'll see.

 

I have that seiko.. Great for getting compliments while on land... Completely useless on the water..

 

Saw the trissot while stranded in Tampa intl... Looks cool but...

 

Best I've ever had was the original citizen stars n stripes watch... It died...

I still have that watch. I found it a bit cumbersome to wear while racing. I go with some generic Casio I've had for about ten years or so now.

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After watching (no pun..) someone else's Yachtmaster going flying off the boat into the deep last year, I'll stick with less expenseive options.

 

Timex ironman was better when it had the countdown/count-up option in it but still the cheapest/best option. Suunto is very good.

 

Seiko has a new sailing watch out, Linky I'll never buy another Seiko again though; too expensive to repair after warranty etc.

 

I just bought this one Linky from Tissot. Looks cool, could be useful for offshore, we'll see.

 

I have that seiko.. Great for getting compliments while on land... Completely useless on the water..

 

Saw the trissot while stranded in Tampa intl... Looks cool but...

 

Best I've ever had was the original citizen stars n stripes watch... It died...

I still have that watch. I found it a bit cumbersome to wear while racing. I go with some generic Casio I've had for about ten years or so now.

 

I also prefer the casio.

 

Now, which sailing shoes do you prefer?

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After watching (no pun..) someone else's Yachtmaster going flying off the boat into the deep last year, I'll stick with less expenseive options.

 

Timex ironman was better when it had the countdown/count-up option in it but still the cheapest/best option. Suunto is very good.

 

Seiko has a new sailing watch out, Linky I'll never buy another Seiko again though; too expensive to repair after warranty etc.

 

I just bought this one Linky from Tissot. Looks cool, could be useful for offshore, we'll see.

 

I have that seiko.. Great for getting compliments while on land... Completely useless on the water..

 

Saw the trissot while stranded in Tampa intl... Looks cool but...

 

Best I've ever had was the original citizen stars n stripes watch... It died...

I still have that watch. I found it a bit cumbersome to wear while racing. I go with some generic Casio I've had for about ten years or so now.

 

I also prefer the casio.

 

Now, which sailing shoes do you prefer?

Red ones. PM Some Dude, he can fill you in on the details.

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After watching (no pun..) someone else's Yachtmaster going flying off the boat into the deep last year, I'll stick with less expenseive options.

 

Timex ironman was better when it had the countdown/count-up option in it but still the cheapest/best option. Suunto is very good.

 

Seiko has a new sailing watch out, Linky I'll never buy another Seiko again though; too expensive to repair after warranty etc.

 

I just bought this one Linky from Tissot. Looks cool, could be useful for offshore, we'll see.

 

I have that seiko.. Great for getting compliments while on land... Completely useless on the water..

 

Saw the trissot while stranded in Tampa intl... Looks cool but...

 

Best I've ever had was the original citizen stars n stripes watch... It died...

I still have that watch. I found it a bit cumbersome to wear while racing. I go with some generic Casio I've had for about ten years or so now.

 

I also prefer the casio.

 

Now, which sailing shoes do you prefer?

Red ones. PM Some Dude, he can fill you in on the details.

 

Some Dude has been incapacitated as a result of his herbes flair up.

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Optimum Time - I've had this model for about five years, and it has never let me down.

I just bought the OS223. Good price/quality I think; build quality is OK (feels solid), good buttons, clear display, easy operation.

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Rolex, you gotta be shittin me !!

I really like my Timex Freestyle Mariner. It's got big digital numbers and the Timer function is easy to work and if you miss the 5 min, it can quickly go to 4, or 3, or 2, or you get the idea

 

I don't think he is "shittin you."

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My watch went swimming by itself on the weekend, so time for a newbie. What is a good yachting watch. yes ive searched you type in yacht and watch and see how many results you get......

 

I raced Ensigns up in Maine with an old codger a couple of years ago. The guy simply had a Timex wristwatch with a second hand, and nailed every start. You don't need a sync function; you just look at where the second hand is when the horn blows! In addition, most folks nowadays have digital compasses with excellent timers on them. And a lot of race committees now broadcast their countdowns over VHF. Don't know if dedicated sailing watches are really needed these days -- kinda belt and suspenders.

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This is a good option if you don't want to spend too much...

http://uncrate.com/stuff/louis-vuitton-tambour-regate-automatic-americas-cup-watch/

 

LOL

 

Seriously, though, dont overthink this one. I've got a solar titanium Casio Pathfinder, had it for several years, watch out for them on sale and it is worth it, they are veritably indestructible. One watch, many uses, looks good enough for work or play. Big screen (not Ronstan big but still) compass, barometer, etc. Reliable. Only thing I wish it had was a quick timer reset if you miss the horn, but cmon that is asking alot for a universal timepiece. I've got an old Stars'n'Stripes Citizen that just sits on my dresser; looks good for dressy events but no way would I wear it on race day.

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I like my Suunto M3, mostly because of the large digits and easy timer functions... only complaint is the glass scratches easily.

 

i agree that the M3 is a superb timer. however the folks at Suunto appear to have discontinued this model. Sad. Sad. Sad. the timer on the yachtsman is nowhere near as convenient and intuitive to use as that on the M3.

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After watching (no pun..) someone else's Yachtmaster going flying off the boat into the deep last year, I'll stick with less expenseive options.

 

Timex ironman was better when it had the countdown/count-up option in it but still the cheapest/best option. Suunto is very good.

 

Seiko has a new sailing watch out, Linky I'll never buy another Seiko again though; too expensive to repair after warranty etc.

 

I just bought this one Linky from Tissot. Looks cool, could be useful for offshore, we'll see.

 

I have that seiko.. Great for getting compliments while on land... Completely useless on the water..

 

Saw the trissot while stranded in Tampa intl... Looks cool but...

 

Best I've ever had was the original citizen stars n stripes watch... It died...

I still have that watch. I found it a bit cumbersome to wear while racing. I go with some generic Casio I've had for about ten years or so now.

 

I also prefer the casio.

 

Now, which sailing shoes do you prefer?

 

Casio for sure, but for shoes it depends on what sunglasses I'm going to go with that day.

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Depreciation depends on how long you keep the watch for. Rolex always tend to increase the sale price of their watches so you've got a good chance at getting most of it back.

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I have used the Ronstan watch for 5+ years and it's great. The sync feature is great

 

Are there any sailing countdown watches that integrate with GPS clocks? The reason I ask is that most RCs do everything on the minute using a GPS.

 

Here's my "vision".

 

1. Set watch to GPS integrated mode

2. Tell the watch that your start is in X minutes where x is between 1 and 60.

3. When you hit start, it syncs to the nearest minute according to GPS clock.

4. Countdown proceeds similar to Ronstan 5,4,1 mode

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real sailing watch

 

Anything else just won't do.

 

Are you fucking kidding me? I remember when you were just some long haired, hippy, sometime redneck and now you advocate wearing a Rolex while racing sailboats?

 

I used to wear my Rolex sailing from time to time because I was too lazy to go below and stash it. Beat the living crap out of it enough times that it no longer pressurizes and I keep it far away from salt water now. It doesn't even have any funcionality that you would want sailing, either. Really a terrible option for racing. Unless you are some Newport Beach poser trying to hide the fact that you are really from Waco, Texas. Then it's probably a great option. Hope the wife and kid are well.

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I used up two Timex Atlantis watches. They were fine. I wished the display was bigger.

 

I have a "jewelry" (i.e. expensive) watch which I wear on land. Right now, I wear a $14 watch from Target on the boat.

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No watches or jewellery are worn on my boat. The injuries can be far too gruesome.

 

Get some handheld thing that can be stowed in a pouch or pocket. Better all round and bigger displays.

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No watches or jewellery are worn on my boat. The injuries can be far too gruesome.

 

Get some handheld thing that can be stowed in a pouch or pocket. Better all round and bigger displays.

What about cock rings?

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No watches or jewellery are worn on my boat. The injuries can be far too gruesome.

 

Get some handheld thing that can be stowed in a pouch or pocket. Better all round and bigger displays.

What about cock rings?

 

Nipple rings too?

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