Summer is a tough time for watch owners. Picking a suitable timepiece for a day out is hard because you never know where you could end up. You really need a watch in your collection that can handle it all, from the boat to the beach to the bar. The last thing you want to be doing is removing your dress watch at the beach or diving into the ocean without realising you’re wearing it. The ideal summer watch is robust and waterproof and will wear well with your swim shorts in the day and with a linen shirt in the evening. We’ve picked out 8 Serious Summer Watches below ranging from below $2,000 to around $6,500.
Panerai PAM0000 on Rubber
If you’re lucky enough to get your hands on a PAM000 we’d highly recommend picking one up. The PAM0000 is Panerai’s base model from their LUMINOR collection and one of the brand’s most sought after watches – why you ask? Price. At roughly $6k the watch presents great value (which we think it will retain) for what is a very desirable brand. I think it looks better on the rubber strap than on the leather band which makes it ideal for all summer activities.
Tudor Black Bay Navy
I thought the Black Bay in Red was nice but the flat Navy bezel blows the Red out of the park. There’s a couple of reasons Tudor has seen such a boom in recent years, the most important being the strength of their vintage inspired designs and selection of all occasion straps. I do however believe the market has changed its perception of Tudor, no longer seeing it as the poor man’s Rolex but a significant brand with a far more attractive price point. Movement aside; essentially the market has finally realised they can purchase the world’s most loved sports watch made by Rolex for less than half the price of said Rolex.
IWC Aquatimer Automatic
We got hands on with the 2014 Aquatimer range at IWC earlier this year and were really impressed, not just with the higher priced special editions but the entry level Aquatimer Automatic. IWC have opted for a more subtle approach to the new collection dropping the bright colours and referencing the functional design of the first Aquatimers in the 1960’s. The base model features a lovely 42mm case and wears very well as an everyday sports watch on both the casual rubber band or steel bracelet.
SINN 856 S on Rubber
As you know we’re big fans of Sinn and I consistently find myself telling people to halve their $5000 budget for a swiss watch and point them in the direction of the German made Sinn. This particular Sinn has a number of features which make it the ideal summer watch including a optional Rubber strap with deployment clasp for swimming and PVD coated Tegiment steel for superior robustness. The black PVD case is also less susceptible to sun glare.
Longines Legend Diver
The Longines Heritage Collection is without doubt the brand’s most attractive range of products. The Legend Diver is vintage re-edition with interior rotating bezel, gorgeous hands and beautifully engraved case back. The vintage design makes it a comparatively subtle dive watch, one you could easily wear with a jacket and trousers. The super compressor case allows diving to depths of 300m so the occasional Red Leaf session shouldn’t hurt it at all.
Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra 38.5mm
I’ve always had a bit of an issue with the Omega Seamaster. I hated the bezel on the token 300m diver and I’ve always thought the Planet Ocean, while attractive, was too big. Interestingly when Daniel Craig picked up the James Bond role Brioni suits and Tom Ford shirts weren’t the only things made especially for him. Yes like myself Daniel had an issue with the size of the Seamasters so Omega created a midsized version of the Aqua Terra for him, which he wore in Skyfall in 2012. That same watch was made available to the public and it is the undisputed champion of the Seamaster range, especially with the teak concept pattern dial finished in Navy Blue. It is as versatile as a sports watch gets – functional and elegant.
Stowa Seatime Black Forest Edition 1
The Germans are making great watches across the board, from Lange all the way to Stowa. This Stowa is a seriously cool piece of kit and priced very well considering its case is made from Titanium. The new Seatime features the brand’s first application of their DYNADOTS bezel which displays the passing of time with the increasing size of the luminova. Light and innovative the Seatime is sure to impress but you’ll have to get in quick because it’s limited to 200 units worldwide.
Nomos Ahoi Atlantik
The Ahoi Atlantik was presented at Basel last year but I had to include the 2014 edition with new dark grey dial, available with or without date function. Another German powerhouse NOMOS are producing some of the best value watches on the market. The Ahoi Atlantik nomos have refined their minimalist style to create a functional dive watch that you could wear everyday, even with a suit. We’re big fans of the braided nylon strap and the price, starting at $4200 AUD.