7 Watches for Summer – Some Current Favorites

Starting Off Summer with a Seasonal Timepiece

Summer is finally upon us. You’ve traded your jeans and dress pants for linen slacks or shorts. You’ve swapped your button down for a polo. You may even slip on a pair of sandals or boat shoes instead of loafers on casual Friday. Each season, you get to joyfully rediscover your wardrobe. You can do the same with your watches. In colder months, you may gravitate toward a darker dial or a leather band. Perhaps you favor your dress watches during the holiday season. But summer presents an opportunity to enjoy a different set of watches. The season lends itself to brighter colors and maybe even a rubber strap. In addition, summer activities necessitate different types of watches, like a solid dive model. Here, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite watches to kick off the season.

Rolex Explorer

A black dial rolex explorer

The warm weather of summer means you’ll likely be embarking on an adventure outdoors. Maybe you have a tradition of backpacking or camping each summer. Perhaps you enjoy something more exotic for your annual vacation, like an excursion to a foreign country. Either way, the Explorer is an excellent companion. This is a watch built with thrill-seekers in mind, from climbers to cave dwellers. If the Explorer can ascend to the summit of Mount Everest, it can handle wherever your summer adventures take you.

Panerai Luminor Marina

A Panerai Luminor with a black dial on a rubber strap

Day or night, during summer showers or the sweltering heat, the Panerai Luminor is a foolproof model. Although it has been in production since the 1950s, the brand manufactured it exclusively for military use until 1993. That said, you know the Luminor is rugged enough to withstand any conditions. With water resistance up to 300 meters, the Luminor is ideal for scuba diving or a day at the beach. This particular variation also features a rubber strap that’s a great look for summer.

IWC Aquatimer

Watches for Summer - A Blue Dial IWC Aquatimer

For the perfect combination of style and substance, look no further than the IWC Aquatimer. This particular model embodies the summer spirit with a bright blue color scheme and functional yet fashionable rubber strap. Plus, the Aquatimer is the ultimate dive watch. It was born out of the peak era of sea exploration and scuba diving in the 1960s. The Aquatimer helped IWC break into the dive watch category. Since then, it’s become a staple of the brand’s catalog. We predict it’ll quickly become a staple of your summer wardrobe as well.

Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean

Watches for Summer - A Black Dial OMEGA Seamaster

You don’t have to be a diver to appreciate the Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean. It’s also an awesome sports watch for wherever your summer takes you. The Planet Ocean is a newer variation on the classic Seamaster, first introduced in 2005. In addition to the bells and whistles for divers, the Planet Ocean is also the official watch of James Bond. Whether you’re visiting your favorite body of water or looking as dapper as 007 himself, you can’t go wrong.

Breitling Bentley

Breitling for Bentley - Blue Dial Chronograph

There’s nothing quite like a summer road trip. Maybe you’re lucky enough to take a simple drive around town in a convertible with the top down. You might not own a Bentley, but you can still cruise through summer in style with a Breitling Bentley. The two illustrious brands have partnered together since 2002. Their work has resulted in some stellar timepieces. This particular model features bold purple dial with complementary purple leather strap. It’s the perfect pop of color to brighten up your summer look.

Tudor Tiger Prince

A Red Tiger Prince Oysterdate

The Tiger Prince is a transitional model in the Tudor family that’s sure to help you transition into summer. The watch is a member of the brand’s Oyster Prince line that first debuted in 1952. Tudor designed the aptly named Tiger Prince in collaboration with the renowned pro-golfer Tiger Woods. Its introduction marked a significant era for Tudor, one in which they transitioned from Rolex-made parts to ones exclusively made for Tudor. This particular variation of the Tiger Prince showcases an all-red color scheme. It’s a fun and fiery hue for summer.

Cartier Pasha

watches for summer - Cartier Pink Dial Pasha

We’re in full support of women sporting men’s models. However, we’d be remiss if we didn’t include one specifically for the ladies. The original inspiration for the Cartier Pasha was a watch created on commission by the Pasha of Marrakech in the 1930s. The watch needed to be rugged enough for activities like daily swims and dressy enough for royal duties. The result was the Pasha, a watch that’s equally fashionable and functional for summer. This particular model has a subtle pink dial for just a touch of color to add it to our picks of watches for summer.

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