10 Great Watches to Wear This Summer • Gear Patrol – Gear Patrol

This story is part of our Summer Preview, a collection of features, guides and reviews to help you navigate warmer months ahead.

Summer has an official start and end date. But is that what defines it? Hell no. Summer starts when you first feel the sand between your toes, or the night you sit on your back deck with a friend (at least six feet apart) and drink a beer and don’t need a sweater; it ends when those opportunities go into hibernation.

It’s the same with watches. People say “summer watches” and we think divers and field watches and NATO straps — the stuff you’d wear to the beach. But there is no set definition, no start and end, to the summer watch. The summer watch isn’t a style, it’s a feeling. Here are the watches we’re feeling this summer.

Swatch Big Bold Jellyfish

As you may have done during carefree childhood summers, you wear a Swatch watch because they’re fun. Their playful spirit is well represented in the new Big Bold collection, here featuring a 47mm case and matching strap, both in translucent plastic that provides a view of the quartz movement within. The dial remains legible thanks to contrasting hands in primary colors.
Price: $110
Diameter: 47mm
Water Resistance: 30m
Movement: Quartz

Q Timex Falcon Eye

In the same vein as the popular Timex Q Reissue, the quartz Falcon Eye recreates a model from 1978 with unbeatable retro flare. Its incredible dial execution, killer bracelet and thoughtful touches make it a fun and affordable option that oozes funky summer style.
Price: $179
Diameter: 38mm
Water Resistance: 50m
Movement: Quartz

Le Forban Sécurité Mer Malouine

An obscure, vintage French brand recently reappeared making new affordable dive-style watches with a hefty helping of panache and refinement. Powered by an inexpensive Miyota automatic movement, the uniqueness and elegance of the delightfully named Le Forban Sécurité Mer Malouine very well could make it the only watch you need this summer.
Price: ~$440
Diameter: 39mm
Water Resistance: 150m
Movement: Miyota 8215 automatic

Seiko Prospex SNE535

These are modeled after the iconic 1975 “Tuna Can” Seiko diver, with a summery twist: all three models have a low-key, monotone design, in either camo green, gray, or deep blue. They’ve got street style, plus a solar-powered movement that’ll run forever given some sun, and the unbreakable addition of a stainless steel case covered in a protective shroud. If you can wear a 51mm watch, this ought to be your go-to for adventures.
Price: $450
Diameter: 47mm
Water Resistance: 200m
Movement: Seiko solar caliber V157

Hamilton Khaki Field Mechanical White Dial

The Hamilton Khaki Field’s been around for some years now, but the white dial iteration — a seemingly innocuous touch — adds a whole new element. While most field watches feature black dials, this one’s in a summery white. $525 gets a Swiss-made watch with two straps that’ll have most summer wear covered.
Price: $525
Diameter: 38mm
Water Resistance: 50m
Movement: H-50 automatic

AnOrdain Model 1 Post Office Red

This Scottish brand makes beautiful enamel dials (which are notoriously hard to manufacture) at a relatively affordable price. The red is one of the most stunning of its various available colors, a statement piece that matches a summer sunset.
Price: ~$1,470
Diameter: 38mm
Water Resistance: 50m
Movement: Selitta SW200-1

Ollech & Wajs Ocean Graph

The Ocean Graph is the latest in recently reinvigorated brand Ollech & Wajs’ vintage tool watch-inspired lineup. With a colorful take on a serious, 1,000m water-resistant dive watch, it’s going to be tough enough for an active, aquatic summer and stylistically on-point for general warm-weather chilling, too.
Price: $1,613+
Diameter: 39.6mm
Water Resistance: 1,000m
Movement: ETA 2824-2 automatic

Tudor Black Bay Bronze Manufacture Caliber

Tudor updated the beloved not-quite-a-Rolex diver at Baselworld a couple years back with an in-house movement. The slate dial and bronze case combo makes it even more handsome, and the perfect watch to wear to the beach.
Price: $4,150
Diameter: 43mm
Water Resistance: 200m
Movement: Tudor manufacture calibre MT5601 (COSC)

NOMOS Sport Neomatik Tangente Date

An asymmetric crown guard adds a perfectly sporty touch to the dressed-up NOMOS Tangente Sport. The new version, with either a black or white dial, has “vault-like” proportions and build, extra Super-LumiNova, and most notably, a beautiful, extra-segmented bracelet. Think “fancy, cool art gallery opening.”
Price: $4,980
Diameter: 42mm
Water Resistance: 300m
Movement: NOMOS DUW 6101 automatic

Panerai Luminor Marina Carbotech PAM 1661

Panerai’s new sport watch is lightweight, robust and features a dark, interesting texture thanks to the Italian brand’s carbon-composite case material. But its best asset may be how damn cool its minty blue lume looks in combination with black dial, black case and that iconic Luminor silouhette.
Price: $12,800
Diameter: 44mm
Water Resistance: 300m
Movement: Panerai in-house P.9010 automatic

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