Ben discusses the synergy between him and Rolex.
What does it mean to be a Rolex testimonee?
I have been aware of Rolex’s involvement in sailing for many, many years and it is an honour to be involved. Sailing is a technical sport. Precision and excellence are core to the overall performance in sailing from a sporting perspective and this is a common link with what Rolex stands for.
I have huge admiration for the pioneering offshore sailors from the 1960s, Sir Francis Chichester, Bernard Moitessier and, in particular, Sir Robin Knox Johnston. Robin has a big influence in my life. I’ve known him for many, many years and we have often talked about his adventures and expeditions. And, probably as a result, the round the world sailing record is always something I have been drawn to and would love to have a crack at one day.
When did you get your first rolex?
My first Rolex I received for winning the 2002 Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards. I was fortunate enough to win this award on four occasions, in 1996 before Rolex came on board, and then in 2002, 2008 and 2012. All great moments in my career and to receive a Rolex with its 60 years of history in the sport is something very special.
What’s your favourite Rolex watch? What do you like the most in terms of functionality and practicality of this watch?
While I find the Deep Sea to be a seriously impressive piece of engineering, my favourite Rolex is the Sky Dweller in terms of the look, feel and functionality. It is quite suited to my lifestyle, moving about the world so much.