A proper yachting watch has to have four main aspects for it to perform and suit the yachtsman lifestyle. In addition to being water resistant, of course, the watch should display a chronograph feature, be durable in a multitude of conditions, and feature a timer allowing the wearer to count down to the beginning of a yacht race.
While yachting today is often done for leisure, the light and fast quality of yachts make them perfect sporting vessels––which means the racers that lead them need tools to keep them at peak performance. It's important to carefully consider the watch you use this season, as it could make or break your races as well as the stylish soirees you host onboard your craft. A watch is arguably the most important and recognizable accessory for men, so make sure yours makes the statement you want it to about you and your yachting style.
These are our choices of some of the best watches inspired by yachting.
Breitling Superocean Héritage Ii B01 Chronograph 44
A state-of-the-art dive watch like the Superocean Héritage II B01 Chronograph 44 will stand up to any storm or rough conditions that racers may experience––not to mention it's incredibly sleek.
To buy: $7,665, breitling.com
Patek Philippe 5390G World Time Chronograph
The solid white gold case on this watch and the impeccable polish (not to mention overall craftsmanship, of course) make it a dazzling yachting timepiece.
To buy: $59,300, chrono24.com
Corum Admiral’s Cup AC-One 45 Tides
A go-to label for the yachtsman for over 60 years, Corum's Admiral's Cup is inspired by the yacht race of the same name. Its bright hue partners beautifully with its myriad of other stand-out features.
To buy: $9,600, corum-watches.com
Calibre De Cartier Diver Blue Watch
The Calibre de Cartier combines the strict technical requirements of a performance dive watch and the striking design of the classic Calibre de Cartier watches that came before it, ensuring comfort and durability during your every sail.
To buy: $7,900, cartier.com
Portugieser Yacht Club Chronograph
A gorgeous fusion of charcoal steel, durable matte black, and rose gold, this watch is inspired by a sumptuous yacht club lifestyle and the perfect eye-catching piece to compliment a summer ensemble.
To buy: $21,800, iwc.com
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Yacht-Master II
A display of highly considered alchemy of steel and gold––functionality and aesthetics––this timepiece is a striking addition to your yachting tools and necessities.
To buy: $25,150, rolex.com
Omega Seamaster Diver 300M Chronograph
The classic look of this Omega watch is complemented by its reliable construction and balanced design, a flawless go-to choice for all yachtsmen.
To buy: $6,000, omegawatches.com