Finding the Perfect Watch For a Summer Adventure
Summer calls for adventure and every adventurer needs a robust, reliable watch. Whether you’re hiking, camping, laying on a beach, or exploring a National Park, these casually-designed watches are perfectly suited to your comfortable summer attire too.
The selections from Elevated Lifestyle partner WatchBox are simple watches with personality and at least enough water resistance that if an impromptu dip in the water comes to be, your beloved watch won’t need to come off your wrist. Take the plunge with us and explore WatchBox-recommended timepieces for this summer!
For the overwater bungalow: IWC AQUATIMER
The IWC Aquatimer was designed as a diver, and though it has evolved, there have always been distinct details that separate it from other conventional dive watches on the market. Often seen with a unique lug design, and more often than not with an internal rotating bezel rather than an external one, the Aquatimer is a quirky piece that won’t appeal to everyone. For fans of more bold colors, keep an eye out for the Cousteau limited edition models that occasionally hit the market. Perfect for diving into the South Pacific from a luxury bungalow.
For mountain hikes: ROLEX EXPLORER
Adventure and exploration go hand in hand, and few watches are as closely linked to global exploration as the iconic Rolex Explorer. While testing prototypes had been floating around for a good while beforehand, a predecessor to the Explorer did scale Everest with Tenzig Norgay, and even though it wasn’t purpose-built for that expedition, that still makes for a mighty cool bit of history. The modern version is a simple no-frills design as originally intended, much akin to that of a modern field watch. As with all things Rolex, these models are very reliable, and thanks to a screw-down crown can easily survive your summer adventures (wet, dirty, or otherwise).
For the morning swim: BREITLING SUPEROCEAN
While the collection was refreshed for 2019, the Breitling Superocean has long held its own amongst the many tool watches in the brand’s repertoire. Significant water resistance (at times up to 1000m), ceramic timing bezels, and extremely bright lume on its indices and hands are all part of the equation, and being a broad collection, your options will range from punchy shades of orange and yellow, through to stealthy black dials and DLC cases to match.
for a day at the beach: AUDEMARS PIGUET ROYAL OAK OFFSHORE
It’s hard to go wrong with the ultimate beach watch from one of the watch industry’s greatest makers. You can find the Royal Oak Offshore in carbon, steel or titanium with bright dials or understated ones (albeit with colorful accents). A rubber strap 3-hand version remains popular, but depending on your preference there are ample chronographs on leather if that’s more your speed.
for alaskan adventures: ORIS PRO DIVER
The Pro Diver is a tank of a watch, available in a number of configurations (3-hand, chronographs, and others). Available on rubber strap or bracelet, these watches measure as much as 51mm across, though given the short, integrated lug design they aren’t quite as big on the wrist as that number suggests. Often cased in titanium to help offset their heft, the Pro Diver (as its name suggests) was actually designed in collaboration with professional divers, which is what led to the creation of the special locking bezel mechanism on these pieces. This rugged watch can survive any outing, even the most rugged of adventures in Alaska.
for the fishing trip: PANERAI SUBMERSIBLE
Until this past year, the Submersible was an obscure offshoot of the Luminor line, but now Panerai has committed to a full Submersible collection. Effectively a Luminor with a diving bezel, you can find everything from the more compact steel version measuring 42mm across, up to the big, bad (and rare) Bronzo models. Their aesthetics are distinct, but similarly to the aforementioned Oris, they’re a bit weighty on the wrist. In chronograph guise, they’re also one of the few options out there using a central minute hand for timing, which is a feature you’ll love if you’ve gotten sick of squinting at subdials.
for business trips: OMEGA SPEEDMASTER
If water resistance is less of a concern, the ultra-reliable Speedmaster is another no-brainer for your summer adventures. The watch that remains good enough to issue to NASA can easily handle anything your day-to-day activities will throw at it. Understated enough to match with anything, and its 3-register chronograph will handle the timing of your treks, should you be curious to know how long it takes to reach your destination (or how long your steaks have been on the grill).
for the utilitarian: BELL & ROSS BRV2-94
There are a lot of offerings from Bell & Ross that could handle summer adventures, but there’s something about the BR V2-94. Its design ticks too many boxes to ignore; its comfortable case size, its screw-down pushers and crown, and its domed sapphire crystal make it a fantastic daily-wear candidate on a budget. If you’re lucky, you can try snagging the new Bronze version that launched last year
for the club house: JAEGER-LECOULTRE MASTER COMPRESSOR DIVER
These gems are EASILY the most underappreciated watches Jaeger-LeCoultre has ever made. Clever, quick releasing screw-down crowns, unique designs, and that same impeccable fit and finish that fans have come to expect from the brand; what’s not to love? Depending on the model in question they can range from roughly 42 to 46mm in diameter, so there are models to suit any wrist size. This watch can handle the rigors of daytime fun, as well as the demands of formal dinner dress codes at luxury resorts.
for the undecided: TUDOR PELAGOS
The entire watch community would be let down if the Pelagos didn’t make this list. Many offerings from Tudor qualify as “adventure ready,” but the titanium cased diver with some of the brightest lume out there, and a sleek micro-adjusting bracelet clasp? Yep, it’s an obvious choice if there ever was one. Both the ETA-powered example and the more recent version fitted with Tudor’s in-house manufacture caliber are worthy of consideration.
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