An old rule once said you couldn’t wear white before Memorial Day or after Labor Day. We no longer strictly abide by this guideline, but passing of Memorial Day has us reaching for our summer whites. This includes our watches. A watch with a clean, crisp white dial is the perfect way to get into a summer mindset. Even if you’re still putting in long hours at the office, you can simply glance down at your wrist and imagine you’re on island time with the right summer watch.
A white watch is not only a great look for summer but also a practical one. Light colors reflect light and heat rather than absorb it. So, a solid white watch is perfect for days spent on the fairway for a business meeting or at the beach on a family vacation. Plus, the versatility of a white watch can seamlessly take you from a backyard barbeque to a date night. That’s why we’ve rounded up some of our favorite watches with white dials.
Omega Seamaster Diver Limited Edition
Nothing quite epitomizes summer like the patriotic colors of our flag and a hot blockbuster action film. The Omega Seamaster Diver Limited Edition encompasses all these aspects of a quintessential summer in a single watch. This James Bond Tribute watch features a commemorative 007 marker on the seconds hand and a white dial accented by red and blue detailing. Certainly, this makes it an ultimate summer timepiece.
The Rolex Skydweller is a perfectly balanced watch for summer. It’s practical and durable enough for an annual camping trip in Costa Rica while mechanically complicated enough to impress a client at a business meeting in Milan. Wherever your summer travels take you, you can rely on the Skydweller. It’s annual calendar and dual time zone display to easily read off home time and destination time in style.
Omega Seamaster Ploprof 1200M Co-Axial
The Omega Seamaster Ploprof 1200M Co-Axial is one of the most distinctive and unique dive watches. Like any good dive watch, it’s sporty, rugged and robust, yet it has a certain charm fit for someone with distinguished taste. Also, the effortless and lightweight style of the Seamaster Ploprof 1200M Co-Axial makes it a no-brainer to slip on with any summer ensemble.
The Grantour collection was born out of Tudor’s partnership with Porsche. The model draws inspiration from the famed German automobile manufacturer’s flair for stunning simplicity. The basic date version of the Tudor Grantour is a slightly dressier variation within the collection. Blue accents highlight the white dial, giving the watch a distinct look and feel of summer.
Rolex Explorer II
If you’re the type of person who prefers a thrill-seeking summer adventure over a lazy day of lounging by the pool, then the Rolex Explorer II might just be your go-to summer watch. The rugged design of the Explorer II makes it durable and practical for any excursion. Take it anywhere from a hiking trip to a day whitewater rafting. Still, the all-white variation also provides a crisp, clean, handsome look that’s easy on the eyes.
Cartier Calibre de Cartier Chronograph
The Calibre de Cartier was the brand’s first sport model to feature their own in-house movement. While initially the model had a simple, straightforward design, it’s since undergone a few upgrades, including the addition of a chronograph function. On a hot summer day, you can never go wrong with a classic black and white color scheme or the timeless style of a Cartier.
Panerai Luminor Marina
The Luminor is one of Panerai’s most instantly recognizable and popular models. For the first several decades of production, the Luminor saw use only in the military. It’s resulting reputation is that of an incredibly tough and sturdy timepiece. Whether you find that your summers are filled with adventures or whether you simply find that you become more active once warmer weather hits, the Luminor Marina is a great option with a sleek white dial.