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Amazing new regatta watch by Maurice Lacroix: the Pontos S Regatta

  At the Baselworld Watch and Jewellery show 2015 in Basel, Swiss manufacturer Maurice Lacroix presented a new model in their Pontos series: the Pontos S Regatta . The dial has an aperture between 10 and 2 o’clock, were the countdown is shown in figures. See Maurice Lacroix in the Brandlist here.  

More history facts about the Memosail regatta watches added.

  After searching the internet a lot, I finally found some more facts about the start of the Memosail regatta watches. In 1926 Ebauches SA was created by three major watch companies (A. Schild AG, Fabrique d’Horlogerie de Fontainemelon and A. Michel AG), as a holding company for Swiss watch movement manufacturers. The purpose of…

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But what exactly is a regatta watch?

 

A regatta is a series of boat races, especially for sailing or rowing but even for powerboats. The term regatta comes from the Venetian regata (contention for mastery) or regatare (compete). Unlike any other competition at a regatta audible and visual signs are given before the actual start, instead of at the starting time. At first this was a 5 minutes period, later on 10, 15, and even 3 or 6 minutes. During this countdown the competing yachts are not allowed to pass the starting line.

Yachttimers, also referred to as regatta timers, yachting chronographs or sailing watches, are watches specially designed and made for the countdown to the start of a sailing race. They have a special feature to visualize the remaining time to the start, helping the helmsman to obtain the best position, reaching the starting line at full speed, just as the starting gun sounds!

Over the years various mechanical (and quartz) regatta movements have been developed. These movements are described in the brand list, underneath you see the caliber timeline.

 

Caliber timeline:

 

Mid 1960’s: introduction of the Aquastar Regate, with a Felsa 4000N movement. Shortley after used by Heuer as well.

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1970’s: introduction of the Memosail, with a Valjoux 7737 movement. In 2007 Habring uses this movement for their ChronoSport Nautic.

1970’s: introduction of the new Aquastar Regate, with a Lemania 1345 movement. Followed by Tissot, Omega and again Heuer and a little later by Lemania itself.

Late 1970’s: introduction of a V.I.P Memosail, with a Valjoux 7767 movement.

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Mid 1980’s: the Valjoux 7757 movement appears in the Memosail Skipper, the Atlantic Skipper, the Wyler Vetta La Giraglia and the Eberhard Regatta. Sofar it’s not clear which came first.

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1997: introduction of the Piquot Meridien Volantis Regatta, with either an ETA 2892-A2 movement with a DD 2027 regatta module, or an ETA 2824 movement with a DD 2028 regatta module. These regatta modules are developed by Dubois-Dépraz in 1993.

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2003: introduction of the Omega Seamaster Diver America’s Cup Racing, with the Omega 3602 movement (ETA 2892-A2 with a DD 2027 regatta module). Same caliber used in the Bulgari Diagono Professional Chrono Amplificator.

2003: introduction of the Bulgari Diagono Professional Regatta, with an ETA 2892-A2 movement with a DD 42028 regatta module.

2004: introduction of the Louis Vuitton Tambour LV Cup Régate automatique, with an ETA 2892-A2 with a DD 2140 regatta module.

2005: introduction of the Audemars Piguet Roal Oak Offshore Alinghi Polaris Chronograph, with an AP 2326/2847 fly-back movement (Jaeger LeCoultre 899 with a DD 2847 regatta module).

2007: introduction of the Rolex Oyster Perpetual Yacht-Master II Regatta Chronograph, with the Rolex caliber 4160 movement.

2007: introduction of the Audemars Piquet Roal Oak Offshore Alinghi Team Chronographe, with an AP 2326/2848 fly-back movement (Jaeger LeCoultre 899 with a DD 2848 regatta module).

2007: introduction of the Girard-Perregaux Laureato Regatta Tourbillon chronograph, with the GPV02 fly-back movement.

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2011: introduction of the Alpina Extreme 40 Sailing Chronograph. with an Alpina AL-880 movement.

2013: introduction of the Corum Admiral’s Cup AC-One 45 Regatta, with a Corum CO 040 movement.

2013: introduction of the Panerai Regatta 3 Days Chrono Flyback Automatic Titanio, with a Panerai P.9100/R movement.

2013: introduction of the TAG-Heuer Aquaracer 500m Calibre 72 countdown chronograph, with a TAG Heuer caliber 72 movement.

2015: introduction of the Maurice Lacroix Pontos S Regatta, with a Sellita based movement with a DD2018 regatta module.

2016: introduction of the Bremont Regatta AC and Otusa, with a Valjoux 7750 based Bremont BE-17AE movement.

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