Sailing - Background

OMEGA ON DECK

From rookies to race-hardened veterans, sailors from all levels of the sport have taken to the water knowing that OMEGA is there in support. The brand proudly backs entire crews, such as Emirates Team New Zealand, times intrepid events such as the Volvo Ocean Race, or supports the efforts of just one sailor, such as Dame Ellen MacArthur when she broke the solo round-the-world record in 2005.

THE WORLD’S TOUGHEST RACE

Across 45,000 nautical miles of treacherous water, the Volvo Ocean Race is the world’s longest offshore race. In 1990, it was won by Sir Peter Blake and has always remained a true test for the toughest sailors. OMEGA is the Official Timekeeper of the event, helping to track progress through every dramatic leg.

The Winner’s Watch

The “Volvo Ocean Race” Limited Edition is presented to the winners of the 45,000 mile competition. In total, 73 of these unique chronographs are available. The models are based on the Seamaster “Deep Black” design and include a Volvo Ocean Race subdial at 3 o’clock, as well as the competition’s logo on the caseback.

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A Tribute To Success

The triumphant prize for the toughest race

DIVE INTO THE "DEEP BLACK"

The Seamaster Planet Ocean “Deep Black” is a truly robust watch that can handle the extreme conditions of the open sea. With distinct touches of red, this is the model that OMEGA has chosen for its celebration of the Volvo Ocean Race.

DISCOVER THE WATCH

BUILT TO SURVIVE

A robust watch for extreme conditions

… "Precision, accuracy and pioneering spirit are fundamental to what we do and OMEGA has been right by our side for over 20 years"…

Grant Dalton, CEO of Emirates Team New Zealand

THE KIWI CONNECTION

OMEGA has been a proud supporter, sponsor and Official Timekeeper of Emirates Team New Zealand since 1995, when the brand partnered with America's Cup legend, the late Sir Peter Blake.

Sailing Ambassadors

Peter Burling and Blair Tuke, the Olympic and America’s Cup champions, represent OMEGA on the water.

ESSENTIAL KIT: THE SPEEDMASTER X-33

OMEGA committed to equipping each member of the Kiwi crew with a new timepiece, before they took to the waters of Bermuda for the 35th America’s Cup. Sporting a mix of analogue and digital functions, the X-33 includes an ingenious Regatta function, to keep track of the critical five minute count-down to the start of the race.

WAVE RESISTANT

The X-33 is titanium-tough

…" It was a great experience working alongside OMEGA's design team. They respected my input and were 100% committed to producing a timepiece fit for boat racing at the highest level"…

Glenn Ashby, Skipper of Emirates Team New Zealand

ALL FOR ONE

There's no place for the maverick outsider in sailing. It's a team sport and everyone must work in synch to achieve great results. At OMEGA, we take the same approach to watchmaking. We're all about teamwork and we bring that same collective spirit to our support for ETNZ.

ETNZ "DEEP BLACK"

Planet Ocean gets patriotic on the ETNZ "Deep Black", which embraces the blue and red of the New Zealand flag. Cased in black ceramic, it features a ceramic bezel with an OMEGA LiquidMetal™ diving scale that uses rubber - in blue and red - for the first 10 minutes.

SERIOUS SAILING TECH

On the ocean, the “Deep Black” rises to every challenge

…"The start sequence for sailboat races is just 5 minutes, so the pressure is on"…

TEAM TILT

With a strong sense of national pride, OMEGA is supporting the new generation of Swiss champions. Team TILT is a squad of ambitious and talented young sailors hoping to make their mark at the Red Bull Youth America's Cup, which runs alongside the main event in Bermuda.

A SHARED PASSION FOR PRECISION

As a watchmaker OMEGA is constantly aiming for greater precision and the same is true of Emirates Team New Zealand. The crew's new cutting-edge cycle grinding system allows the grinder to adjust the boat's hydrofoils with greater precision.