Summer is around the corner and with many countries loosening the restrictions put in place by the pandemic, more people are looking forward to getting out, indulging in sports and activities, and traveling and meeting friends once again. Generally, summer is the time to think about a new watch that can accompany you on your adventures. That may well be why at this year’s digital watch shows so far, we have seen a great number of sporty watch unveilings from top watch brands.
We know people like to take to the beach and the ocean in hot summer months — indulging in sailing, snorkeling, swimming, surfing, and even diving. That’s why so many watch brands have upped their game when it comes to water resistance and other features that make a watch perfect for the sun and fun. For those who are avid divers, too, this is your year. We are seeing so many great new dive watches equipped with bright color accents, deeper depth abilities, helium escape valves, and more. Don’t overlook these new dive watches if this is your sport.
If water isn’t your thing and hiking, climbing or outdoor mountain biking are more your style, watch brands have you covered. This summer a host of brands are releasing watches with compass points, altimeters, and other measurement systems that may be right up your alley. However, if your summer style this year is all about backyard picnics, barbeques and friends, fear not, there are some great summer watches that offer sporty-chic appeal without having others thinking you’re ready to jump off a cliff.
Just remember, tool watches are all the rage this year, so if you have a hobby, it’s pretty certain you’ll find a watch that offers the form and functions that you need and want. Here we take a look at some perfect summertime watches for your particular quests.
Water Lovers -Glashutte Original SeaQ Bicolor – Price USD 13,325
You can’t go wrong – at all – if you love the water, with this Glashutte Original SeaQ Bicolor watch. Because it is water-resistant to 200 meters, you can dive with it, but this watch is the perfect all-around water watch. It has function and great looks, perfect for showing off (just a little) at the local yacht club. Powered by an automatic movement with 40 hours of power reserve, the 39.5mm watch features a ceramic bezel and a sunray blue dial.
Divers – Bell & Ross BR 03 Diver Military – Price USD 4’500
While you may think of Bell & Ross as all things aviation, the brand has strong diving expertise, as well. So, if you’re into going deep, check out the BR 03 Diver Military—new this year. Created in a limited edition of just 999 pieces, the 42mm watch is crafted in black ceramic with a military green dial. Powered by the BR-Cal 302 in-house automatic movement, the watch is water-resistant to 300 meters. It is sold with a rubber strap and an olive drab synthetic fabric strap with Velcro closure for over a dive suit.
Spelunkers – Delma Cayman Field Automatic – Price USD 1,100
This Delma Cayman Field Automatic watch is built to go the distance with you – wherever that is. Offering hours, minutes, and central seconds, as well as a date, it also gives a 24-hour display and is water-resistant to 500 meters. With luminous hands and markers, and a textile khaki-colored strap, you can take this 42mm stainless steel watch cave exploring, hiking, and more. Delma offers the Cayman Field Automatic in two additional strap options, black rubber, and stainless steel.
Looking to add a little color to an otherwise dull day, check out the Ball Watch Engineer M Pioneer that glows rainbow-colored in the dark. Created in a limited edition of 1,000 pieces, the 40mm stainless steel watch is powered by an automatic movement with 80 hours of power reserve. It is a COSC-certified chronometer that can take a beating, making it perfect for those mountain bike trails. No worries if you get caught in the rain and mud. It is water-resistant to 100 meters.
Avid mountain climbers who push themselves to the limits may want to take a closer look at the Montblanc 1858 Geosphere Limited Edition 1858 watch made in conjunction with explorer Reinhold Messner, who has created his own seven summits list. The 42mm bronze watch offers a 24-hour display, second time zone, day/night indicator, and domed turning northern and southern hemisphere globes. It features the compass points on the bezel, and the back has a unique laser engraving recalling the Gobi Desert, which Messner crossed. Just 1858 pieces will be made.
Backyard Barbequers – Hermès 08 – Price USD 5,700
The urban chic person who enjoys a barbeque and wine by the outdoor fire pit, check out the all-new Hermès 08 collection of “sport” watches. The round dial within a square case with cushion corners is the perfect expression of pure geometry. Offered in several versions, this black DLC and titanium model is a study in monochromatic sporty elegance. The watch is powered by an in-house automatic movement with 50 hours of power reserve.
The list of perfect watches for summertime goes on and on. Suffice it to say that if you have a hobby, an interest, or an inkling to tell time in style, check out the newest watches on the market in our search of over 15’000 watches and use our guides to navigate to your next timepiece.
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.