Which watch to take on vacation is a common dilemma. You want to look cool and chic, but at the same time you don’t want to be worrying about ruining your watch with salt water and suntan lotion on the beach. Leaving your watch in your hotel room during the day, where it could potentially get stolen, isn’t particularly reassuring either, thus the dilemma of which watch to pack.
The solution is to pick a water-resistant watch with a rubber strap or metal bracelet that you can strap on and keep on. And if you don’t own such a watch, well there is nothing like a little watch shopping on vacation when you have the time to explore all the options.
Here are our picks for the perfect summer vacation timepiece.
Seiko Prospex Black Diver 300m Hi-Beat SLA025
The Seiko Propex Black Diver 300M is a re-edition of one of the brand’s early professional diving timepieces from 1968. The design of this new piece is faithful to the original watch with the same sized case (44.8mm), the same notched bezel, rubber strap and crown. The dial and bezel also follow the 1968 design with the same fonts, indexes and hands, creating a great vintage looking watch. The timepiece features a hi-beat automatic movement (5Hz) with a 55-hour power reserve and is limited to 1,500 pieces.
Price: Euros 5’500
Royal Oak Offshore Selfwinding Chronograph
This limited edition Royal Oak Offshore is ideal for vacation time with its fun blue camouflage rubber strap and 100-meter water resistance. The timepiece keeps all the iconic design codes of the Royal Oak that we know and love, such as the big tapisserie dial, octagonal bezel (in blue ceramic here) and visible steel screws. Powered by the brand’s automatic in-house caliber, the Royal Oak Offshore Selfwinding Chronograph has a power reserve of 50 hours, an open caseback, and is limited to 400 pieces.
Price: CHF 32’400
Maurice Lacroix Aikon Automatic 42mm
If you are looking for something between sporty and classic, the Maurice Lacroix Aikon Automatic 42mm could be just the watch for you. Its steel bracelet and water resistance of 200 meters makes it perfect for the beach, and yet its black Clou de Paris designed dial with sophisticated markers is particularly elegant for all of your evening entertainment. If you are looking for just one all-rounder watch, the Maurice Lacroix Aikon Automatic is definitely worth checking out.
Price: CHF 1’750
Favre Leuba Sea Bird
Not to neglect the ladies, the Favre Leuba Raider Sea Bird is a great everyday timepiece for the summer. Water resistant to 100 meters, the Sea Bird comes in a 37mm stainless steel case with the choice of a matching stainless steel bracelet or leather strap. It features this gorgeous beige dial and pretty engraved cubic details on the bezel. It is powered by an automatic movement with a 38-hour power reserve and indicates the hours, minutes, seconds and date.
Price: CHF 1’950
Zodiac Sea Wolf Automatic BLUE Rubber
The Zodiac Super Sea World Automatic Blue Rubber features a 40mm stainless steel case with a uni-directional mineral crystal top ring. The dial comes in sporty white and orange colors with luminescent hands and indexes. The watch is powered by the STP 3-13 automatic movement and is water resistant to 200 meters. It comes on a blue rubber strap with perforations for maximum comfort.
Price: CHF 1’095
Alpina Seastrong HSW
The Alpina Seastrong HSW looks like a regular watch, only it is decked out with some pretty serious connected functions like call and message notifications, the correct time and date (all the time), activity and sleep tracking, alarm, dynamic coach, cloud backup and restore and a worldtimer function – all of which can come in very handy when traveling. The watch is water resistant to 100 meters and comes on a green rubber strap.
Price: CHF 595
Tudor Black Bay Bronze
You may well have seen this watch on the wrist of football legend, David Beckham, as he is currently wearing it in Tudor’s latest campaign. This is a great watch for the beach with its 43mm bronze case and unidirectional bronze bezel with a 60-minute graduated disc in matt slate gray anodized aluminium. The watch comes with a domed slate-gray dial and matching fabric strap and is powered by an automatic movement. As for the water resistance, this timepiece can go down to 200 meters.
Price: CHF 3’850
Hublot Big Bang One Click Blue Sapphire Diamonds
When it comes to fun and style, the Hublot Big Bang One Click Blue Sapphire Diamonds ticks all the right boxes with its 39mm sapphire case that has been tinted blue and sprinkled with diamonds around the bezel. In addition to the sapphire case, the dial is also made of sapphire and includes numerals and markers enhanced with a blue luminescence. The watch is powered by an automatic movement and comes on an interchangeable blue rubber strap. Limited to 200 pieces.
Price: CHF 75’000
Eberhard & Co. Scafograf 100
This all-white Eberhard & Co. Scafograf 100 with its white mother-of-pearl dial, luminescent hands and markers, and white rubber strap is the perfect accessory to any summer outfit. With a 38mm stainless steel case and white ceramic bezel, the Scafograf 100 is water resistant to 100 meters and is powered by an automatic movement with a 38-hour power reserve.
Price: CHF 2’400
Gorilla Fastback RS White
The Gorilla Fastback RS White has a striking design with its speedometer-like dial in black and white with red hands. It is housed in a 44mm carbon case with a ceramic bezel and fitted with a white rubber strap. The Fastback RS White is powered by the Miyota 8215 automatic calibre and is water resistant to 100 meters.