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Like boat racing and/or IWC Watches?


IWC is running a promotion they’re entitling “Money Can’t Buy Experiences” that gives you a chance to win one of two trips to a yacht race and an Portuguese Yacht Club Chronograph.  First off, the contest details:

Registrants will be entered for a chance to win one of two Money Can’t Buy Experiences during the Volvo Ocean Race:

  • Two round trip flights to a Volvo Ocean Race stage destination
  • Hotel accommodations (Including airport and hotel ground transportation)
  • An IWC Portuguese Yacht Club Chronograph
  • In-port sailing experience (subject to weather conditions at location)
  • A VIP visit to the Volvo Ocean Race Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing boat and private meet-and-greet with the team
  • Registration is open between 10 August 2011 and 16 March 2012.

Contestants can win trips to one of two Volvo Ocean Race stages:

  • Experience 1: the race start in Alicante, Spain (29 October 2011)
  • Experience 2: a mid-race stage in Miami, Florida (19 May 2012)

IWC will select the winners via random drawings at the IWC headquarters in Schaffhausen, Switzerland. Experience 1 will be awarded on 30 September 2011 and Experience 2 on 30 March 2012.

Even though I don’t know a lick about ocean yacht racing, it’s still one heck of an impressive trip.  Then, you add in the watch that’s up for offer, and things get even more interesting.  For starters, let’s examine the name of the watch – pre IWC, it’s to hearken back to their Yacht Club watches of the 60s and 70s that was one of their most popular models.

And what about it’s yachting credentials?  It can certainly handle the water, as it’s rated at 6 bar for WR and has a rubber strap. And when it comes to timing things, the chrono fills the bill.  It can time in quarter-second increments, and then there’s a second sub-dial that allows you to time over longer periods – up to twelve hours, if you want!

Other specs include:

  • Screw-down crown
  • Luminescent hands & indices
  • Hacking seconds
  • Sapphire glass front and back, with AR coating up front
  • Case:  44.5 mm, available in steel or red gold
  • Pricing: $12,600 (steel), $23,100 (red gold)
  • 62 hour power reserve on the in-house automatic movement
All in all, looks to be a great watch, with an impressive movement (read more about it here).  And, if you manage to win the contest, it does look to be a great experience.

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