Okay, ladies, it has been a long time coming (this year more so than any other year thanks to the pandemic) … but summer is here. With it comes a host of great watches to keep you company day and night.
Finally, summer is almost here and we can get outside and enjoy not only the warm sun and the green grass, but also the fresh air and (hopefully) pandemic-free environment. Summer means different things to different people. Teachers and others in the education field are particularly lucky because they get almost three full months off to relax and enjoy. For those who are still working, though, summer means taking some vacation time off and maybe even traveling a bit.
It is also about indulging a little and doing the outdoor things you most love to do.
For some, that indulgence is laying out on a sun-kissed beach or having cocktails poolside at the strike of 5:00 (or even earlier in the day). Heck, it’s summer. Indulge. A rubber strapped watch in a host of colors is the perfect accessory. If you are the type that prefers the active water life, snorkeling, diving, surfing or just catching some waves, don’t worry, the watch brands have you covered with some exceptional water-resistant timepieces perfect to accompany you.
Have serious sports on your mind, like running the marathon or trekking up the world’s longest staircase on that single day they open it? New chronograph watches abound that will help you time your runs. Hiking and biking to new heights? A good compass watch with an altimeter and other indications can keep you on track. Or, if you are just looking to show off your summer tan with the perfect little white dress, there is a watch that will go the distance with you. Here we take a look at 10 perfect summertime watches – unveiled new this year — for the adventurous yet soulful woman.
Everyone will notice your moves when you surf with the new Oris Divers Sixty-Five Cotton Candy watch on your wrist. Crafted in bronze with a bronze bracelet, this watch will knock them off their boards. It is sold with a choice of pale blue, seafoam green, or cotton-candy pink dial. The 38mm case is water-resistant to 100 meters.
Price $2,750 (and $2,450 on a leather strap)
Diving the Maldives – Chopard Happy Ocean
Hard to believe this Chopard Happy Ocean watch with its great looks, wave blue/gray dial, and dancing diamonds is ready to go to 300 meters below the surface, but it is. The 40mm two-toned gold and steel watch is powered by an in-house-made automatic movement with 60 hours of power reserve. The color-coordinated bezel features a luminescent marker at 12:00 for easy underwater orientation.
Paddle Boarding In Style – Rolex Datejust 36
There is paddle boarding and then there is paddle boarding in style. With the Rolex Datejust 36 officially certified Superlative Chronometer that is water-resistant to 100 meters, you can definitely reflect the sun while boarding. Crafted in two-tone Oystersteel and 18-karat gold, the watch is powered by an automatic in-house movement with 70 hours of power reserve.
Biking the Coastline – Alpina AlpinerX Smart Outdoors Freeride World Tour
When you’re busy pedaling, you need a watch that tells the time, and maybe the direction, at a glance. Try out this Alpina AlpinerX Smart Outdoors Freeride World Tour Special Edition from Alpina. Just 40 pieces are being made, but this watch, crafted in glass fiber and stainless steel, boasts a host of connected functions so you always know which direction you’re going and how fast.
Golden Glow Glampfires – Rado Captain Cook Marina Hoermanseder
Looking to show off your glow at an evening campfire? Take a look at the hot new Rado Captain Cook Marina Hoermanseder edition watch. Created in conjunction with the daring German fashion designer, the new watch is sold with two straps, including a single strap and a great double wrap-around strap in peachy pink tones perfect for summer. Accents include a signature buckle and rose gold-colored case with a white dial and white ceramic bezel. It’s water-resistant to 100 meters – just in case you opt to take a dip in the seas.
Sky Blue Dreams – Baume & Mercier Riviera
This striking Baume & Mercier Riviera watch is crafted in stainless steel and features a blue-on-blue dial motif that matches any Caribbean waters. This 36mm watch, powered by a quartz movement, is perfect for the days you just can’t get out to take in the blue skies and the ocean.
Jungle Rainbows – Breitling Chronomat Automatic 36 South Sea
Looking to enjoy the tropics this summer? You won’t have to go far if you invest in the new Breitling Chronomat Automatic 36 South Sea watch. This 36mm watch with a green dial is a certified chronometer, attesting to its rugged durability and precision. The stainless steel bezel is set with a rainbow of gemstones for the perfect tropical hues.
Strong Sailing – TAG Heuer Aquaracer
This TAG Heuer Aquaracer watch is perfect for time spent on the water or even in it. The 36mm stainless steel watch houses an automatic movement that is water-resistant to 300 meters and features a blue lacquered dial. The matching blue bezel is crafted in ceramic and eight diamonds dress up the dial – perfect for the yacht club.
Sassy Tans – Zenith Chronomaster Revival A385
For those who love the look of bold beauty and retro styling, you can’t go wrong with the Zenith Chronomaster Revival A385 chronograph watch with gradient tan and brown fume’ dial. Powered by the El Primero 400 precision movement, the watch boasts 50 hours of power reserve and the stainless steel cushion-shaped case gives a superb vintage appeal.
Hiking the Hills – Montblanc Summit Lite
A unisex watch at 43mm, this Montblanc Summit Lite Connected watch will hike the hills and back with you. Even better, it will check your heart rate, offer you a barometer reading, track your body energy and be your cardio coach. If you’re sleeping in the woods for a night, it will track both your sleep and your stress. Fear not if it rains a little, you might get wet but the watch can handle some rain.
Obviously, there are a host of other hobbies and interests and an array of watches that are the perfect accessory. For instance, if you’re into doing a little research and being in the know about watches, check out our guides or use our search of over 15’000 watches to find the right watch for your journey.
About the Author
Roberta Naas is a veteran watch and jewelry journalist who began her career in the early 1980’s, and was the first female watch journalist in the United States. She is the editor and founder of the authoritative watch blog, ATimelyPerspective, has written six books on watches, writes for numerous consumer publications (including Forbes and Elite Traveler) – and always brings forth in her work the essence of what makes watches tick. She tirelessly travels the world in search of watch news and stories that she turns into compelling and enlightening articles.