One of the areas where watch brands are active in sponsorship and brand partnership are sailing sports. It is possible to come up with many different models of this sport, especially sailing races, where the names of different segments are included. Regardless of the basic criteria such as water resistance and sporty handling suitability, more specific models are also included. Regatta Timer is a functional product that counts as a complication in its own right. We put together the best 5 Regatta Timer models for you.
Rolex Yachtmaster II joined the Rolex model family in 2007 and was welcomed with great interest by the watch aficionados.
The model features a Regatta Timer function that can be programmed from 1 minute to 10 minutes which also allows the user to benefit a mechanical memory. Yachtmaster II is powered with the brand’s in-house Caliber Ref. 4161 employs a flyback column wheel chronograph function. Arguably, the most distinctive feature of the Yachtmaster II among other Regatta Timer models is its bezel operated functions which is done by turning the bezel in two directions. The model is offered in a 44mm diameter case and Oyster bracelet.
Rolex Yachtmaster II is available in stainless steel, stainless steel & 18K yellow or Everose (Rolesor in Rolex terminology) and solid 18K white, yellow and Everose gold.
The story of the Florentine brand Officine Panerai starts with the special diver watches produced for the Italian Navy. The second place in our list is reserved by the brand’s Luminor 1950 Regatta 3 Days Chrono Flyback Titanio model.
The PAM00526 is available in a 47mm Luminor 1950-style case, made of light-weight titanium with satin brushed finish. The model is offered on a black rubber strap that is accompanied with a Pre-V style tang buckle made of titanium. PAM00526 is powered by the brand’s in-house Caliber Ref. P.9100/R.
The user-friendly Regatta Timer is equipped with a chronograph function with flyback feature, which allows you to carry out all the measurements and calculations required during the race in a practical way. The contrast blue and orange details on the dial allow clear and fast information to be read.
It is also worth noting here that the brand designed another Regatta Timer model to commemorate America’s Cup sailing races with a limited production of 200 units (PAM00725).
Ulysse Nardin, one of the indispensable brands of sailing sports with its maritime history, is also on our list with the Marine Regatta Chronograph model.
The model, which was developed in collaboration with the professional yacht-men and members of the Swedish Artemis Racing Team sponsored by Ulysse Nardin, was introduced earlier this year at the SIHH 2017 exhibition. The model comes is a 44mm diameter case made of stainless steel. The case features a rubber insert fluted bezel and a pair of rubber coated pushers for offer easy grip with wet hands. Powered with the brand’s in-house self-winding movement Caliber Ref. UN-153, the model features a bi-directional countdown chronograph function and offers an impressive power reserve of 72 hours when fully wound.
The model comes in two versions, one in ocean blue with signature Artemis Racing yellow and the other in sea foam.
Omega, which introduced Regatta Timer models at the past also, enters our list at the fourth place with its X-33 Speedmaster model designed to commemorate the 35th America’s Cup and Emirates Teams New Zealand (ETNZ) team.
Originally designed for space missions, the Speedmaster X-33 was re-designed to perform the calculations required during the races. The model is offered in a light-weight Grade 2 titanium case. Like the original version, Omega Speedmaster X-33 Regatta also features a digital/analog combo display.
The model is powered by the brand’s Quartz movement Caliber Ref. 5620 and offered on a black coated nylon strap with blue stitching. The production is limited to 2017 units only.
The fifth place in our list is taken by the Sailing Yachttimer Countdown model from the well-established Swiss brand Alpina.
Alpina, renowned for its sporty themed models and outstanding price / performance ratio, is among the names that produce functional watch models with Regatta Timer. The model, which is powered with the movement Caliber AL-880 specially designed for sailing races, can count down from 10 to 1 in a gradual way. The model is offered in a stainless steel case measuring 44mm in diameter with a water resistance rating of 100 meters.
With a sales price below CHF 5000, 00, the model with the most accessible alternative title of our list is limited to a span of 8888 units only.