What do Alpina, Blancpain, Breitling, Longines, Omega, Oris, Rolex and Tudor have in common? Of course, they’re all hoping to conquer the very limited and therefore precious space on your wrist, but they also have all released watches this year that are ideal for sun, fun, and watersport. Scroll down to see my selections for summertime watches.
Alpina Seastrong Diver 300 Chronograph BigDate
A 44-mm steel chronograph, water-resistant to 300 meters and equipped with a Ronda quartz caliber with big date indication ($1,295).
Blancpain Ocean Commitment Bathyscaphe Chronographe Flyback
43.6-mm titanium case, water-resistant to 300 meters, equipped with Blancpain’s in-house caliber F385 ($20,200; click here for a review of this watch)
Breitling Superocean II 44 mm
The dial color is “mariner blue.” The 44-mm steel case is water-resistant to 1,000 meters and the watch is equipped with a COSC chronometer-certified ETA 2824-2 caliber. If this size is too big for you, the watch is also available in a 42-mm version (prices start at $3,650 for rubber-strap model; click here for more info on the Superoceran II collection and here for a review).
Longines Heritage Diver 1967
A replica of a 1967 Longines timepiece, it looks like the original one, but everything is simply done better in this modern version. Water-resistant to 300 meters, the watch is equipped with an ETA A08.L01 chronograph caliber; prices start at $3,100.
Omega Seamaster Diver 300m ‘ETNZ’ Chrono
For the renewal of its partnership with the Emirates Team New Zealand in the America’s Cup, Omega launched this chronograph, with a 44-mm titanium case and 300-meter water resistance. The watch is equipped with the Omega co-axial caliber 3330 (6,500 CHF; click here for a review).
Oris Divers Sixty-Five
A replica of a 1965 divers’ watch from Oris. Today, this 40-mm steel watch is water-resistant to 100 meters and equipped with a Sellita SW200-1 caliber ($1,650).
Rolex Yacht-Master 40
A 40-mm Everose-gold watch with a black ceramic bezel, water-resistant to 100 meters, equipped with a high-tech rubber strap and Rolex caliber 3135. The Yacht-Master 37 will be priced at $22,000; the Yacht-Master 40, at $24,950. Click here to read WatchTime’s report on the watch from Baselworld 2015.
Tudor Pelagos Black
This new dive watch from Tudor, in a 42-mm titanium case water-resistant to 500 meters, is equipped with the brand’s new in-house Caliber MT5612. The watch comes with a rubber and titanium strap ($4,400).