Changes in season precipitate shifts in our own lives both big and small. When winter hits, we hunker down and re-discover our bookshelves, but when summer rolls around we’re more care free. We make use of those longer days by soaking up the sun, staying out later, changing up our food choices, beer choices, and what we choose to put on our wrists.
Whether you are looking for a watch to go along with a more formal warm-weather occasion, or a rugged tool to take along with you to the beach or into the desert – there are a huge number of iconic and utilitarian summer watches out there for men. Not only do these watches give off a cool and light feel, their breathable bands and construction will keep from making you feel like you have a 10 pound shackle around your wrist. Before the season gets in to full swing, take a look through some of the best summer watches for men.
If the Weekender watch from Timex isn’t one of the most classic warm-weather watches, then we don’t know what is. With a nylon slip through strap that won’t get heavy and sticky as the day ticks by and a big faced 38 millimeter silver-tone brass case with a cream dial – this watch is a great everyday wear during the summer that fits well with everything from playing pickup games of baseball or kicking back with a book in the sun. A quartz movement keeps the hands moving whether you want to pay too much attention to time passing on lazy days or not.
Seiko Men’s SNK803
Want some motivation to keep moving throughout the summer? No, we’re not talking about a fit-bit or some wearable device, just a classic automatic watch. Powered by the movement you generate from moving your arm, this watch can go and go without the assistance of a battery as long as you keep it on. While the movement is admittedly not the most accurate a watch can have – this unique and old-school system does inspire a kind of kinship between you and your timepiece. This movement, combined with a 37 mm stainless steel case and cool canvas strap make it a unique and accessible watch for the summer.
Daniel Wellington Canterbury
Maybe it is just because our founding fathers adopted the Declaration of Independence in July months, or perhaps there is something fundamentally ‘American’ about grilling on a balmy day – but the summer months inspire a kind of patriotism. Daniel Wellington’s 40 millimeter stainless steel quartz movement Canterbury Round watch is a subtle way to celebrate that spirit a little bit every day. With a clean, gold-toned face and mild water resistance, it’s a solid choice for any guy.
Aulta Leeway Nylon
If you are looking for an understated chronograph that you can take with you anywhere from the beach to the bar, this piece from Aulta is a hell of a pick. The 44 millimeter 316-L stainless steel case and mineral crystal will protect the Japanese Miyota chronograph movement and dial from water for up to 300 feet, but it looks good enough for even the most casual occasion.
Seiko Prospex Solar Dive Watch
If there is one thing that the summer has an abundance of it is sun. Seiko’s Stainless steel Prospex makes use of that with it’s solar powered diving watch. Resistant up to 660 feet, this 43 millimeter case and Hardlex dial window encase a black dial with silver hands and three sub-dials that display seconds, minutes, and hours – it’ll keep ticking wherever you take it. On top of all of that, the Prospex comes with a price point as attractive as it is.
Casio G-Shock Mudmaster
For some, June, July, and August mean lots of laying by the pool or beach and sipping on strong drinks. For others, it’s the best time of year to get downright dirty. For that latter group, there is the Mudmaster, a shock resistant, mud-resistant, multi-functional watch for the guy who is looking to get out and enjoy the good weather to the fullest. Equipped with a resin band, up to 5 daily alarms, and a digital compass, it is an ideal watch for adventuring.
With a clean face, slim hands, and a light nato strap to keep you cool, everything about this watch is right for the warm months. The 40 millimeter case is made from stainless steel and can keep ticking even under 300 feet of water, making it ready for everything from diving to dinner and drinks. This timepiece comes with a load of class and a 2-year warranty from its Swiss manufacturer.
More often than not someone’s back-story can tell you a lot about who they are now and how they function. The same goes for watches. Inspired by the WWI infantry field watch, this 44 millimeter Stainless steel piece from Tsovet is more than capable of helping you navigate the modern battlefield. With a Ronda 512.1 quartz movement and a depth rating at nearly 330 feet, this smart looking watch is one hell of an add on to your collection.
Victorinox Maverick Sport
Everyday adventures call for reliable allies. Whether on a hike, on a bike, or just on your morning run – this Swiss made timepiece is a solid companion. The 43 millimeter watch casing holds an analog quartz movement and a silver white dial that displays military time while the unidirectional rotating bezel displays seconds and protects the anti-reflective sapphire crystal. On top of all of that, the watch is good for dives up to 330 feet.
Lum Tec Combat B28
Who needs traditional 1-12 hour markers on your dial when you can run with military time? A 43 millimeter case made from 316-L stainless steel with an anti-reflective sapphire window, this blacked out watch is understated but unique for any guy’s wrist. Quartz powered and equipped with glow in the dark hands and numbers, it is good for use all day and late into the night.
This timepiece is built specifically for the serious hiker looking for a tool to help them conquer trails. As much a mini hiking computer as it is a legit timepiece, the Core operates as a compass, a barometer, an altimeter, a thermometer, and so much more. It’ll set off an alarm when storms start approaching, and even read out the day’s sunrise and sunset times. A perfect pick for the summer adventurer.
Bulova Men’s Accutron II
When it comes to summer activities, this one may be best matched with something on the classier side – like yachting or smoking cigars in a linen suit (maybe both?). With a high performance 262 kHz quartz movement, gorgeous blue dial, and 43 millimeter stainless steel case and light metal band, this timepiece is a perfect pick for formal wear.