Optimum Time

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Getting the best start in a sailboat race often comes down to having the time right.

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Now available in the United States are the square Optimum Time OS 738 and the round OS 463 sailing wristwatches. Both come with a scratch-resistant mineral crystal face cased in stainless steel and a silicone strap with a heavy-duty stainless-steel buckle. Other useful features include: tide and bearing information (OS 463), audible alerts, syncing for spot-on starts and electroluminescent backlit displays for nighttime viewing. Shock- and water-resistant to five atmospheres, the watches also count down and up for handicap races, and have a countdown and repeat feature for one-design racing. Retail prices are $120 (OS 463) and $125 (OS 738). Ocean Racing, Grosse Pointe Farms, Mich. Phone (313) 887-8415. www.oceanracing.com

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This article originaaly appeared in the Home Waters sections of the July 2010 issue.