2023 will go down in history as a hugely significant year. The usual new arrivals on the yacht scene were flanked by a veritable flurry of big milestones in the watch sector. Alongside the 60th anniversaries of two iconic timepieces, the Rolex Cosmograph Daytona and the TAG Heuer Carrera, it is significant that Omega, for instance, unveiled the Seamaster, 75 years ago, while five years later, Blancpain stole the show with the Fifty Fathoms, a watch that helped made diving a more accessible sport. I953 proved a very special year for maritime watches too, with the legendary Rolex Submariner making its debut. Then, in 1973, the Italian company Allemano presented its first depth gauge which is being celebrated in the current Shark collection.
Around the same time, Baume & Mercier released the Riviera, a collection that remains one of its pillars today. In 1993, Audemars Piguet unveiled the Royal Oak Offshore collection, which went on to include a limited edition celebrating Alinghi’s victory in the 2003 America’s Cup. Speaking of said competition, Panerai and Tudor have both launched new watches for the next edition with Tudor making its first appearance alongside Alinghi Red Bull Racing. First and foremost, however, 2023 marks Sea Time’s fifth year of publication. Judging from the warmly enthusiastic reception it has received so far, it is seen as much more than just another watch special. I personally like to think of it as bringing to the surface the many stories that make this sector so rich in genuine emotion. Read on!