National Geographic : 1971 Jun
"How an Accutron watch helped me set the American record for the fastest single-handed sailing across the Atlantic'.' By Tom Follett Marine Consultant If you're crazy enough to sail across a 3,000 mile ocean with no crew, no motor and no way to contact shore, then you'd better have a couple of things going for you. A boat, for one. Mine was called "Cheers." And every single inch of her forty feet was designed, built and tested specially for the crossing. But all that wasn't worth a can of beans if I couldn't get her from Plym- outh, England to Newport, Rhode Island. To navigate, I used my hand calibrated, Royal Navy sextant and my four-year-old Accutron watch. What I had to have going for me besides a boat (and luck) were naviga tional instruments. So I used my hand calibrated, Royal Navy sextant. And my four-year-old Accutron watch. When you compute longitude, even if your sextant is perfect, if your time- piece is just 40 seconds off, it'll throw you 10 miles off course. And I had enough to worry about without that. My Accutron had a tuning fork movement guaranteed accurate to within a minute a month.* It also had forty-eight months of experience on other boats. After all that time of keeping me on course (no matter how far off a storm tried to throw me) I trusted it to come through again. And as you can see by that big head line up there, it did. It's been two years now, since the crossing. And "Cheers" has retired to a British museum. But my old Accutron watch has re mained very accurately on the job. And I would still be wearing it now, if it weren't for the fact that Bulova gave me a new one for writing this ad. Accutron Deep Sea "A": Water resistant to 666 feet. Crystal-enclosed elapsed time indicator. Luminous hands and markers. Stainless steel case and band. $195. Other styles from $110. *Timekeeping will be adjusted to this tolerance, if necessary, if returned to Accutron dealer from whom purchased within one year from date of purchase. ®Bulova Watch Company, Inc. The watch that's become a navigational instrument. Accutronr by Bulova.