One watch. Four rules. 340 countries.

Human exploration and curiosity knows no limits. We've conquered almost every corner of the planet, been to the moon, and sent our tools and toys to Mars and way beyond!
In essence, the quest for the unexplored is what makes us humans.
Of course, there will always be a few who happily live by the famous Homer Simpson's maxima: "If something is too difficult, then it's not worth doing!"
But not us: we are smart, curious, trustworthy, reliable and unstoppable 'desktop explorers'.

What if...?

Would it be possible to send a wrist watch on a journey to visit every corner of the earth?
And if it is possible, how long would such a journey take?
What are the chances that it would return home safely, still keeping correct time? How can we solve obvious logistic problems? Most importantly, would it be fun to be a part of the story of The-most-travelled-watch-in-the world?
In my books, the answer to all of the above is YES!

A few simple rules

A game with no set rules is not a game at all. The beauty of being 'the first' is that we can write the rules to suit us, and whoever wants to beat us, he would need to do so on our terms.
The official UN list of Countries lists 198. To visit them all is surely a challenge, but not something that would require serious effort- the only limitation is time and money.
A far more comprehensive list of "every corner of the earth" would be to visit the countries on what is known as the DXCC list. This list consists of 340 countries and territories, including some extremely remote places which are visited by humans only now and then. For example, the islands close to the North and South poles or the specks of dirt in the middle of Pacific Ocean.
For those who try, the DXCC list is the ultimate challenge, and for that very reason we should set the bar right there.
Apart from time and money, impeccable logistics and plenty of luck would be required to send a watch to all DXCC entities. In other words, such task would be a challenge even for the wealthiest person on the earth, yet not out of reach of any individual or group.

Second rule: the watch would need to physically land on firm ground (or ice!). Flying over or sailing by does not count.

The third rule: the watch would need to keep time and be physically on the wrist of the wearer.

And the final rule: in case of loss, no substitute watch can continue the journey. The last country visited will be the one to count in our final total.

Are you ready to join us?

Are you an international traveller, sailor, pilot, or just someone who makes one trip a year to an overseas destination? Would you like to be remembered as someone who wore The-most-travelled-watch-in-the world to India, Japan, Egypt, Willis Island or Temotu province?

Do you like to participate in group efforts and offer your service for a common goal?

If so, make yourself known, you are welcome.

The challenge

Apart from all obvious problems, above all, it is the physical travel time that will slow us down. Therefore careful planning and punctuality is essential.
What we are looking for in this initial stage is someone who is already booked for a foreign destination and can QUCKLY visit and return the watch.
Later, after the watch has visited all 'the easy ones' we will focus on those who will travel for longer periods of time (2-4 weeks) but who can visit the most new places during their trip.
The final stage: to schedule delivery of the watch to hard core expeditioners traveling to extremely remote places. Such a trip could take 3-6 months or longer!
Based on the above, I would estimate that all 340 DXCC entities can be visited by various individuals in 5-12 years. Yes, we are in this for the long haul!



Round the World tour

May 27-31, 2013.
Philippines

June 03-07
Indonesia, West Malaysia, Singapore

June 12 - 21
India, United Arab Emirates , Pakistan

June 24 - July 14
Serbia, Bosnia, Hungary, Romania, Montenegro, Albania, Croatia, Slovenia

July 18 - 28
Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Austria, Germany

August 1 - 30
Luxembourg, Belgium, France, Iceland, Canada, USA, UN HQ

September 1 - 30
England, Wales

October 1 - 30
Jersey, Guernsey, Curacao

November 1 - 30
Venezuela

December, 2013 - March, 2014
Amsterdam Island

April 28 - May 10
China, Taiwan

May 20 - June 20
Sri Lanka

July 14 - 30
Fiji Islands, Papua New Guinea

September 01 - 30
Greece, Turkey

October 02 - 20
Kazakhstan, Estonia, Finland, Ukraine, Cyprus, UK Bases on Cyprus

November 02 - 07
Argentina, Paraguay, Bolivia

November 10 - 20
Chile, Peru, Ecuador

Australia and its DXCC territories

Every big journey starts from the home so it is important even at this stage to get familiar with our local march route.
Like the US and UK, Australia is one of a few countries which has multiple 'countries and entities" on the DXCC list.
If we are to tick them all off, our watch must visit:

Lord Howe Island
Norfolk Island
Willis Island
Melish Reef
Christmas Island
Cocos (Keeling) Island
Macquarie Island
Antarctica
Heard Island

I would not be surprised if you have not even heard of some of the above listed islands! If this is your case, it is time to dust off your Atlas!
We have at least one subscriber on Norfolk, and in deed, visiting either Norfolk or Lord Howe is not a big deal. The same applies to Christmas and Cocos Island which both have good connections to the mainland.
But this is where things become tricky: Willis has a population of 2 (two!) meteorologists who are permanently located there. It is an amazing place! Mellish reef is uninhabited, but visited by sailors on their trip to Caledonia. We have a base on Macquarie Island and I know of a Queenslander who spent a year there as a technician. The same apply to Antarctica. And freezing and windy Heard Island is visited only once in 5-10 years!
If your journey with The-most-travelled-watch-in-the-World stops here and right now, you've just learned something new about your own country so no time wasted.

Where are we at right now?

The-most-travelled-watch-in-the-World embarked on its first overseas destination on May 27, 2013. The honour went to a watch enthusiast who took it on it's maiden journey to Philippines.

Having fun already? Are you interested in hosting the watch or taking it to some exotic location? If so, send us an email and we'll do our best to get you on board. Expect surprises and plenty of cool photos!


AFGHANISTAN COCOS (KEELING) ISLAND HUNGARY MOUNT ATHOS SERBIA
AGALEGA & ST BRANDON IS. CHRISTMAS ISLAND ICELAND MOZAMBIQUE SEYCHELLES ISLANDS
ALAND ISLANDS COLOMBIA INDIA MYANMAR SIERRA LEONE
ALASKA COMOROS INDONESIA NAMIBIA SINGAPORE
ALBANIA CONWAY REEF IRAN NAURU SINT MAARTEN
ALGERIA CORSICA IRAQ NAVASSA ISLAND SLOVAK REPUBLIC
AMERICAN SAMOA COSTA RICA IRELAND NEPAL SLOVENIA
AMSTERDAM & ST PAUL IS. COTE D'IVOIRE ISLE OF MAN NETHERLANDS SOLOMON ISLANDS
ANDAMAN & NICOBAR IS. CRETE ISRAEL NEW CALEDONIA SOMALIA
ANDORRA CROATIA ITALY NEW ZEALAND SOUTH COOK ISLANDS
ANGOLA CROZET ISLAND ITU HQ NICARAGUA SOUTH GEORGIA ISLAND
ANGUILLA CUBA JAMAICA NIGER SOUTH ORKNEY ISLANDS
ANNOBON CURACAO JAN MAYEN NIGERIA SOUTH SANDWICH ISLANDS
ANTARCTICA CYPRUS JAPAN NIUE SOUTH SHETLAND ISLANDS
ANTIGUA & BARBUDA CZECH REPUBLIC JERSEY NORFOLK ISLAND SOV MILITARY ORDER OF MALTA
ARGENTINA DEM. REP. OF THE CONGO JOHNSTON ISLAND NORTH COOK ISLANDS SPAIN
ARMENIA DENMARK JORDAN NORTHERN IRELAND SPRATLY ISLANDS
ARUBA DESECHEO ISLAND JUAN DE NOVA, EUROPA NORWAY SRI LANKA
ASCENSION ISLAND DJIBOUTI JUAN FERNANDEZ ISLANDS OGASAWARA SUDAN
ASIATIC RUSSIA DODECANESE KALININGRAD OMAN SURINAME
AUCKLAND & CAMPBELL IS. DOMINICA KAZAKHSTAN PAKISTAN SVALBARD
AUSTRAL ISLANDS DOMINICAN REPUBLIC KENYA PALAU SWAINS ISLAND
AUSTRALIA DPRK (NORTH KOREA) KERGUELEN ISLAND PALESTINE SWAZILAND
AUSTRIA DUCIE ISLAND KERMADEC ISLAND PALMYRA & JARVIS IS. SWEDEN
AVES ISLAND EAST MALAYSIA KINGMAN REEF PANAMA SWITZERLAND
AZERBAIJAN EASTER ISLAND KURE ISLAND PAPUA NEW GUINEA SYRIA
AZORES EASTERN KIRIBATI KUWAIT PARAGUAY TAIWAN
BAHAMAS ECUADOR KYRGYZSTAN PERU TAJIKISTAN
BAHRAIN EGYPT LAKSHADWEEP ISLANDS PETER I ISLAND TANZANIA
BAKER HOWLAND ISLANDS EL SALVADOR LAOS PHILIPPINES TEMOTU PROVINCE
BALEARIC ISLANDS ENGLAND LATVIA PITCAIRN ISLAND THAILAND
BANABA ISLAND EQUATORIAL GUINEA LEBANON POLAND THE GAMBIA
BANGLADESH ERITREA LESOTHO PORTUGAL TIMOR-LESTE
BARBADOS ESTONIA LIBERIA PRATAS ISLAND TOGO
BELARUS ETHIOPIA LIBYA PRINCE EDWARD & MARION IS. TOKELAU ISLANDS
BELGIUM EUROPEAN RUSSIA LIECHTENSTEIN PUERTO RICO TONGA
BELIZE FALKLAND ISLANDS LITHUANIA QATAR TRINDADE & MARTIM VAZ IS.
BENIN FAROE ISLANDS LORD HOWE ISLAND REPUBLIC OF KOREA TRINIDAD & TOBAGO
BERMUDA FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF GERMANY LUXEMBOURG REPUBLIC OF SOUTH AFRICA TRISTAN DA CUNHA & GOUGH IS.
BHUTAN FERNANDO DE NORONHA MACAO REPUBLIC OF SOUTH SUDAN TROMELIN ISLAND
BOLIVIA FIJI ISLANDS MACEDONIA REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO TUNISIA
BONAIRE FINLAND MACQUARIE ISLAND REUNION ISLAND TURKEY
BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA FRANCE MADAGASCAR REVILLAGIGEDO TURKMENISTAN
BOTSWANA FRANZ JOSEF LAND MADEIRA ISLANDS RODRIGUEZ ISLAND TURKS & CAICOS ISLANDS
BOUVET ISLAND FRENCH GUIANA MALAWI ROMANIA TUVALU
BRAZIL FRENCH POLYNESIA MALDIVES ROTUMA UGANDA
BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS GABON MALI RWANDA UK BASES ON CYPRUS
BRUNEI GALAPAGOS ISLANDS MALPELO ISLAND SABA & ST EUSTATIUS UKRAINE
BULGARIA GEORGIA MALTA SABLE ISLAND UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
BURKINA FASO GHANA MARIANA ISLANDS SAINT BARTHELEMY UNITED NATIONS HQ
BURUNDI GIBRALTAR MARKET REEF SAINT HELENA UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
CAMBODIA GLORIOSO ISLAND MARQUESAS ISLANDS SAINT KITTS & NEVIS URUGUAY
CAMEROON GREECE MARSHALL ISLANDS SAINT LUCIA US VIRGIN ISLANDS
CANADA GREENLAND MARTINIQUE SAINT MARTIN UZBEKISTAN
CANARY ISLANDS GRENADA MAURITANIA SAINT PAUL ISLAND VANUATU
CAPE VERDE GUADELOUPE MAURITIUS ISLAND SAINT PETER AND PAUL ROCKS VATICAN CITY
CAYMAN ISLANDS GUAM MAYOTTE SAINT PIERRE & MIQUELON VENEZUELA
CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC GUANTANAMO BAY MELLISH REEF SAINT VINCENT VIET NAM
CENTRAL KIRIBATI GUATEMALA MEXICO SAMOA WAKE ISLAND
CEUTA & MELILLA GUERNSEY MICRONESIA SAN ANDRES ISLAND WALES
CHAD GUINEA MIDWAY ISLAND SAN FELIX ISLANDS WALLIS & FUTUNA IS.
CHAGOS ISLANDS GUINEA-BISSAU MINAMI TORISHIMA SAN MARINO WEST MALAYSIA
CHATHAM ISLAND GUYANA MOLDOVA SAO TOME & PRINCIPE WESTERN KIRIBATI
CHESTERFIELD IS. HAITI MONACO SARDINIA WESTERN SAHARA
CHILE HAWAII MONGOLIA SAUDI ARABIA WILLIS ISLAND
CHINA HEARD ISLAND MONTENEGRO SCARBOROUGH REEF YEMEN
CHRISTMAS ISLAND HONDURAS MONTSERRAT SCOTLAND ZAMBIA
CLIPPERTON ISLAND HONG KONG MOROCCO SENEGAL ZIMBABWE
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