Summer is here and that means it’s time to relax, unwind, and enjoy that summer sun. To experience the summer in style, you’ll want to wear the ultimate accessory: a luxury timepiece. However, in the summer, you’ll need to think of both style and comfort, as the summer heat can offer some unique practical challenges. To help you find a watch that’s comfortable and fashionable, here’s our list of our favorite functional and fun watches for summer. Read on to the end to also see our top tips on summer watch care!
1. A Rolex With a Glidelock Clasp
Glide into summer with a Rolex that features a Glidelock clasp, such as the 40mm Rolex Submariner featured above. A Rolex Submariner is classic, all-season watch that’s as at-home at the office as it is out on the open seas during your summer vacation. And the Glidelock clasp on this particular Rolex makes it particularly appropriate for summer.
In the summer, heat can cause our bodies to swell. Sometimes this is noticeable, while sometimes it’s hard to notice. However, even mild swelling can be extremely uncomfortable if you’re wearing a watch. That’s where the Glidelock clasp comes in. This double expansion bracelet is able to easily expand to ensure your comfort, with absolutely no tools required.
2. A Diving Watch With a Rubber B Strap
Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph Watch
If sweat is a concern for you in the summer, select a high quality rubber strap, like the Rubber B strap seen on the Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph diving watch pictured above. Rubber may seem like the opposite of what you would want to handle sweating. However, high quality rubber straps like the Rubber B are designed to be lightweight, waterproof, and to prevent moisture build up, making them perfect for hot summer days.
Note: While we would consider Glidelock clasp and rubber straps the best watch bracelet options for summer, Nato straps another good, flexible option for the summer months. Also of note, leather strap watches are among the worst for summer, as leather is not breathable and can be quite uncomfortable in the heat. And dark leather straps, such as black leather straps, tend to collect heat even more than other leather straps.
3. A Watch With a Fun Pop of Color
It’s always a good idea to have a watch with a colorful dial in your collection, as this can add energy and vibrance to your summer outfits. A colorful wristwatch we love for summer is the Burberry watch featured above, which boasts a pink dial and rose gold case. These two design elements lend this watch a monochrome coral look that can add a touch of playfulness to any ensemble.
4. A Summer-Themed Watch
What’s better than hitting the beach? Hitting the beach with a watch that embraces the spirit of summer wholeheartedly. Take, for example, the Chopard Happy Sport Happy Beach watch pictured above. This sport watch is fun, luxurious, and still practical, thanks to its summer-friendly rubber watch strap.
A Note on Summer Watch Care
Generally, women and men’s luxury watches are built to stand the test of time, especially finely made Swiss luxury watches. Many more affordable watches, such as Seiko or Timex watches, are also built to stand up over time. Still, no matter your watch’s construction, it doesn’t hurt to practice a little bit of extra care during the summer months to ensure your watch looks fresh and stays functional all summer long.
There are two summer elements that often lead to damage or build up on your watch: water and sand. Many luxury watches are water resistant and may even be designed for use around the water. However, always be mindful of your crown’s position. Even a water resistant watch can get damaged if you hop in the ocean with a loose or unscrewed crown, since this nullify’s the watch’s water resistance.
Speaking of the ocean, there’s also the issue of salt water during the summer. Salt water isn’t inherently dangerous for a water resistant watch. However, it can lead to build up over time, which can causing pitting or a filmy effect. To stop this problem before it begins, remember to simply rinse your watch with fresh water after your day splashing around in salt water is done.
Lastly, there’s the issue of sand. Anyone who’s ever been to the beach knows that sand can get anywhere. Unfortunately, this includes underneath a rotating bezel. If you find that sand has gotten trapped in your watch, it’s best to remove it sooner rather than later. If your bezel is removable, removing trapped sand is simple. If it isn’t, you can try submerging your watch in warm water, then turning the bezel, which will usually dislodge trapped sand.