Getting on board with the Adina Brisbane to Gladstone Automatic Winners Edition Watch.
Second generation Australian family watch manufacturers Adina, well known for its fondness for the ocean. I guess as Australians we are surrounded by it! The brand headquartered in Woolloongabba, Brisbane has established a reputation for delivering high quality and functionality. Often taking watch aesthetics to a new level. The Brisbane to Gladstone Winners edition Automatic is a timepiece that pays homage to one of the greatest blue water classic yacht races in Australia. It’s designed with symbolism that tells a story. Us against the Ocean. To fully appreciate the merits of this Adina Automatic, it’s helpful to know the story behind Adina and people that bring these stunning watches to life!
The history of the Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht Race
The ocean has reserved its mysteries and have intrigued and challenged for as long as people have roamed the earth. In 1911 a daring group of sailors braved the treacherous 308 nautical miles and raced between Brisbane and Gladstone. 74 years later that same challenge is answered. The Brisbane to Gladstone yacht race stands as arguably the most important and most prestigious Ocean yacht race outside the Sydney to Hobart. Held every Easter it holds a special place in many Queenslanders hearts who line the shoreline vantage points to get a glimpse of these intrepid sailors. Last year being won by Wistari in extremely harrowing conditions.
The Adina Brisbane to Gladstone Automatic Winners Edition Watch at a glance.
The first thing you notice when looking at the face of the Adina is the shiny white ceramic of the bezel insert that surrounds the sapphire crystal equipped case. It creates a stunning visual effect in combination with the wave patterned dial. The watch also gives a nod to the hosting club, the Queensland Cruising Yacht Club with the distinctive red count down portion of the bezel popping to life from the polished case and bracelet.
Let’s get a closer look.
The case measures a generous but not onerous 42 mm in width and a solid 18 mm in depth. The case of this like all Adina watches cold stamped from premium 316L stainless steel. This grade of metal is known for its rust and corrosion resistance. It’s also a durable metal that holds up under pressure. The finish has a sophisticated and luxurious polished finish. The 20 ATM rated bi-oring crown and bezel are stainless steel. The latter is a anti-clockwise rotating style with a blade edge for a minimalist yet decorative edge and a white ceramic insert that gives the running track a true sense of opulence. When you flip the watch over it is almost as interesting to look at! The case back is clear to high light the automatic movement within. The white wave pattered dial celebrates the ocean foam. The white background of the dial sets the perfect backdrop for the black minute track. The hands are chunky and filled with Superluminova, a treatment that is also applied to the indexes. They glow brightly in low-light environments to display the time legibly regardless of the lighting. The watch is water-resistant up to 200 meters.
This showpiece of the Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht race is as you would expect Automatic. Her power plant is the Swiss Made Ronda R-150 automatic movement with 25 jewels and a power reserve of 48 hours. Functions include hours, minutes, seconds, and date at the 3 o’clock position on the dial. It’s a workhorse that has proven itself for reliability and accuracy. The bracelet is solid stamped stainless steel with a five-link design. It affixes to the wrist securely with a classic 3-fold style buckle with safety locking fold-over clasp.
Price and availability
The Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht Adina Automatic can only be owned by winning this race such is the exclusive nature of the club those who own one belong to. If it were for sale $1500 would be the asking price.
The Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht Adina Automatic watch is a unique piece of Australian yachting history offering water resistant, functional style. This timepiece has a story to tell. Even if you’re not familiar with the race, you are sure to see and appreciate the carefully chosen features that pay their respect to this epic test of man and ocean.