Updated March 23, 2019
Losing track of time is the leading cause of pier running, a syndrome that involves cruisers returning late to a ship when it's docked in a port of call. While excessive imbibing and a sheer lack of concern for the time are usually early warning signs, some pier runners aren't as remiss.
Many ships, especially those in the Caribbean, operate on "ship time," which can differ from the local time. If you rely on your mobile phone to keep track, but you've put it on airplane mode or left it onboard, you risk being tardy or -- even worse -- missing the ship. Our advice? Use a watch you can easily set and keep on you at all times. Step up as the responsible cruiser in your group -- and look good while doing it -- with one of these five nautical watches.
1. Stuhrling "Nautical Regatta Marina" Watch
An accessory that's stylish and functional? Yes, please. The "Nautical Regatta Marina" watch by acclaimed retailer Stuhrling is perfect for those looking for a watch they can keep on throughout their sailing, without having to take it off for a day in port. It's stylish yet comfortable, thanks to its flexible rubber band, and water resistant up to 330 feet, meaning you don't have to worry about it whether you're swimming in the ocean or on a snorkeling excursion. Swarovski crystals add an elegant flair that can complement any evening outfit.
2. Nautica "Coral Gables" Watch
Equally as functional as Stuhrling's watch, though a little more on the casual side, is Nautica's "Coral Gables" watch. Pair this gorgeous accessory with a loose-fitting linen dress and fedora for the perfect sea day ensemble. Standout features of Nautica's watch include a navy and Champagne-striped leather strap, an anchor-shaped seconds hand, and a water resistance depth allowance of up to 330 feet.
3. Apple Watch Anchor Bangle Bracelet
Apple Watch owners looking for a dressier band alternative will love this anchor-shaped bangle bracelet, available in silver, gold, rose gold and black. The bracelet, which is compatible with many Apple Watch models, is made of a durable stainless-steel material that is easy to adjust. Be aware: Like your phone, your Apple Watch might automatically reprogram to local time when you're in port. If necessary, make sure to adjust to ship time via your watch's settings.
4. Nautica Men's "Signal Flag" Watch
Nautica claims another spot on our list -- this time, with its "Chronograph Flag Black Dial" watch, fit for any sailing enthusiast. International maritime signal flags run along the bezel, adding a nautical touch to this sporty yet refined watch. The best part: It's water resistant up to 330 feet, so you don't have to worry about removing it before you head into the water.
5. Watercolor Map Watch
For those shopping on a tighter budget, we love this stylish Watercolor Map watch by top-rated small business Handmade People. The colorful map design will fuel any cruiser's wanderlust, while solid black or white leather bands can be mixed and matched with any outfit. We love that this watch is splash and rain resistant (because we all know how unpredictable weather can be), but bear in mind that it's not waterproof and isn't recommended for swimming.
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