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My Top 5 Watches To Wear For The Summer

Updated on July 29, 2016

The Best Watches To Keep You Looking Fresh All Season

Casual walks on the beach.

Laying in a hammock.

Sharing an ice-cold beverage with friends after a day out in the sun.

No matter who you are, the summer months have a lot to offer for just about anyone. Summer is a time to enjoy the weather, the great outdoors, new cultures, or relaxing with those you care most about.

Watch collectors and enthusiasts never want to be without their favorite timepieces, but they also know that every watch has a time and place to wear each one. A high-end luxury watch may not be the best to wear when climbing treacherous rock faces just as much as a watch worn on on the hiking trail may not be suited for a formal dinner party.

Judging by where your travels may take you or knowing how you typically enjoy your time in the Summer will all go towards deciding which types of watches to pick up. Here are 5 of the best watches to buy when thinking about enjoying those longer, warmer days.

Federico's Tips For Wearing Watches In The Summer

Armand Nicolet S05 Chronograph & Complete Calendar Watch

Armand Nicolet, S05 Chronograph & Complete Calender, Men's Watch, Titanium Case, Rubber Strap, Swiss Mechanical Automatic (Self-Winding), T614AGN-AG-G9610
Armand Nicolet, S05 Chronograph & Complete Calender, Men's Watch, Titanium Case, Rubber Strap, Swiss Mechanical Automatic (Self-Winding), T614AGN-AG-G9610

A Watch That's Tough Enough For The Trail

Suggested Price: $2,480

The world has a tremendous wealth of natural beauty to explore and avid lovers of the outdoors are always looking towards their next adventure. But if you think that your experiences don’t hinge almost solely on the gear you bring along, you may find yourself learning several hard lessons. Outside of a good pair of boots and first aid kits, outdoor enthusiasts may often forget about wearing a watch on their travels.

Knowing the time and day is important, especially if you should get lost and need to find your way back to society. For the outdoorsman, a watch to bring along should be one that can tolerate abuse with causing discomfort. Water resistant up to 300 meters, a rubber watch band and titanium clasp, and a lunar phase calendar, this chronograph watch from Amand Nicolet is one to take a look at. Its self-winding automatic movement and sapphire crystal make this watch tough enough to bring on any outdoor excursion.

Men's Rado True Chronograph Watch

Rado, Rado True Chronograph, Men's Watch, Ceramic with Plasma Treatment Case, Ceramic with Plasma Treatment Bracelet, Swiss Quartz (Battery-Powered), R27896102
Rado, Rado True Chronograph, Men's Watch, Ceramic with Plasma Treatment Case, Ceramic with Plasma Treatment Bracelet, Swiss Quartz (Battery-Powered), R27896102

The Best For Battling That Hot Commute To Work

Suggested Price: $1,180

There’s not much worse than a commute to work in the hotter months of summer. If you prefer making your way to the office via public transportation, walking, or bicycling, some days can feel like torture and downright unbearable. It’s best to wear lighter colors and potentially shed as many layers as possible without sacrificing your personal style.

Another way to combat the heat is to buy a watch that’s built specifically to deal with the heat. Ceramics were first developed as a material in several iterations of the NASA Shuttle’s heat shields for their resistance to high heat. Manufacturers have brought this space age material to watches and enthusiasts have many brands to choose from.

Rado has the True Chronograph series of ceramic watches that are both lightweight and boast modern style. So if you’re interested in a watch that still looks great but may be a better fit for warmer climates and weather, the Rado True is a solid choice.

JeanRichard Men's Aquascope Watch

JeanRichard, Aquascope, Men's Watch, Stainless Steel Case, Rubber Strap, Swiss Mechanical Automatic (Self-Winding), 60400-11D705-FK4A
JeanRichard, Aquascope, Men's Watch, Stainless Steel Case, Rubber Strap, Swiss Mechanical Automatic (Self-Winding), 60400-11D705-FK4A

A Watch That Keeps On Ticking, From Water Polo To SCUBA Diving

Suggested Price: $1,440

No summer is complete without taking a much-needed dip in the water. From Olympic sized swimming pools to the depths of crystal clear beaches in the Caribbean, taking a swim will always be something to enjoy in Summer. There are lots of watches out there which are built to withstand hundreds of meters underwater, but few actually realize just how deep watches can be submerged without causing irreparable damage to the watch.

Diving watches are built specifically to withstand several hundred meters underwater and the varying levels of water pressure. Some of these watches can range into several thousands of dollars, but the Aquascope model watch from JeanRichard offers similar levels of water resistance from other high-end divers watches without breaking the bank. So if you plan to spend several hours catching a few waves or exploring underwater sea life, this watch is another to add to your collection.

Movado Men's Circa

Movado, Circa, Men's Watch, Stainless Steel Case, Leather Crocodile Strap, Swiss Quartz (Battery-Powered), 0606587
Movado, Circa, Men's Watch, Stainless Steel Case, Leather Crocodile Strap, Swiss Quartz (Battery-Powered), 0606587

My Favorite Summer Watch For Living It Up

Suggested Price: $995

Summer is a time to be spent outdoors, but this doesn’t mean you’ll be without a fair number of formal events to attend. From weddings, to galas, to annual family reunions, Summer is chock full of events where you’ll need to sport your best formal wear. This is more of a general thing to keep an eye out for, but if you haven’t picked up a dress watch to accompany formal attire, now’s the time to put some serious thought into it. Movado is one of the most popular watch makers in the world, and the Circa is one that is beautifully designed, simple, and relatively affordable. So go ahead - take the plunge.

Baume And Mercier Classima Executive

Baume and Mercier, Classima Executives, Men's Watch, Stainless Steel Case, Leather Crocodile Strap, Swiss Mechanical Automatic (Self-Winding), MOA08462
Baume and Mercier, Classima Executives, Men's Watch, Stainless Steel Case, Leather Crocodile Strap, Swiss Mechanical Automatic (Self-Winding), MOA08462

The Best For A Day Of Beers, BBQs, and Fireworks!

Suggested Price: $3,150

There’s no right or wrong way to enjoy Summer. It’s up to you to go out and make the most of your time before it’s over and you’re pining for warmer weather in several months into Winter. Personal time to dress down and relax with friends and family is something to cherish, so keep it casual and let your personal style shine. Thinking about how many warm nights you’ll spend enjoying delicious food straight off the grill, this beautiful watch from Baume & Mercier is one you’ll be wearing year round as your go-to casual watch.

Don't Forget To Keep Cool & Be True To You

Summer is a gift, but only you know how to spend it best. Food, travel, and beautiful weather are only worth it if you’re enjoying yourself. Chase your passions, find what you enjoy; but don’t forget that there’s a perfect watch for almost any scenario.

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