With summer starting in the Northern hemisphere, temperatures are usually on the rise. While there might not be such a thing as a ‘summer watch,’ many of us like to change to more sportive watches featuring metal bracelets or rubber straps during the hottest season of the year. The following four might differ in character, but they all have in common that they are perfect summer companions.
Seiko Prospex LX U.S. Special Edition SNR051
At the end of last year, Seiko launched the Prospex LX U.S. Special Edition SNR051. While it was an homage to the brands’ involvement in space explorations, it is also perfect for enjoying on earth. It entices with the beautiful Zaratsu polishing and a grey dial, which was actually inspired by the light of the moon. The case features a clever design, which not only looks good but is also aimed at wearability. This makes it that it is a perfect match for many, despite its generous size of 44.8mm. Its diameter also helps to space out the different functions of this Seiko, like the power reserve and second timezone complication, to maintain a clean design. With a case and bracelet crafted from titanium, it is a light watch to wear, while its water resistance is a comfortable 10 bar, making it not afraid of water.
Omega Seamaster Diver 300M
Many people opt for a diving watch to accompany them through the summer. With its robust design and excellent water resistance, it is hardly a secret as to why. Omega’s Seamaster 300M is a staple in this category, as it gets a new look with its green dial and bezel. This trend color looks surprisingly good in what is, in essence, one of the more elegant diving watches out there. While I always recommend getting any watch on a bracelet when available, Omega is also offering the Seamaster Diver 300M on a rubber strap. Get that one as well, and combined, it will make this Omega one of the most versatile watches in your collection and perfect for the summer season.
Rolex Cosmograph Daytona
What can be more perfect as a summer watch than a timepiece that was born as a beach boy? The first time Rolex printed the name Daytona on the dial of its now iconic chronograph was 1965, but it was already active on this beach in the 1930s, where Rolex ambassador Sir Malcolm Campbell broke the land speed record a total of five times. Thanks to the screw-down crown and pushers, it is a true Oyster with a water resistance of 10 bar. Rolex also offers this model with their Oysterflex. While this looks like a rubber strap, the brand refers to it as a bracelet, and once you experience it, you know why. They craft it by using flexible metal blades and over-molding them with a high-performance elastomer. This way, they combine the best features of a rubber strap and a metal bracelet.
Bell & Ross BR 05 Skeleton Nightlum
Another watch with a lot of character is the BR 05 Skeleton Nightlum from Bell & Ross. They give a nice twist to the traditional skeleton watch by cutting away the excess metal of the movement in an industrial way and covering it with a smoked sapphire crystal. This way, you get a semi-transparency that suits the sportive theme of the case very well. It also makes the hour markers, filled with Super-LumiNova, seem to float on top. This gives the Bell & Ross a dynamic look. Like the Seamaster, is also the BR 05 Skeleton Nightlum available with a metal bracelet and a rubber strap. As they have quite an effect on the look and feel of the watch, with the rubber strap giving it a surprisingly formal appearance, the advice is again to get both to make for the perfect summer combo.
What’s on your wrist this summer, are you looking to add a new watch to your summer rotation? Let us know in the comments!