f there were any lingering doubts that summer has arrived, this past week should have put them to rest. Across the United States there’s been a serious heat wave, and here at HODINKEE HQ in New York City it’s been downright sweltering. So we thought now would be a pretty good time to check in with our team of editors to see what watches are getting the most warm-weather wear this year. We typically do a round-up at the end of each year (check out the 2018 and 2017 editions, if you need a refresher) but a mid-year edition seems appropriate too. You’re definitely going to notice a theme here, but that’s for good reason. These watches are sporty, easy to wear, and there’s not a leather strap in sight.
Of all the watches presented this March in Basel, the one that I was most tempted by was the Rolex GMT-Master II “Batman” on a Jubilee bracelet. The funny thing is that I’ve only pretty recently gotten into travel watches (for a long time all my go-tos were chronographs or time-and-date models). Ever since buying my Grand Seiko SBGM221 about a year and a half ago, I’ve come to see that the GMT is, in my view at least, simply the most practical complication in watchmaking. Adding a sportier GMT to be worn on a bracelet felt like a great thing to do, and I simply couldn’t be happier with my new Batman. It hasn’t left my wrist since the day I bought it earlier this month. I think it’s a perfect summer watch.
I love the freedom of summer, and part of the fun is pairing the warm weather and longer days with a proper summer watch. This year, I was fortunate enough to pick up the limited edition Divers Sixty-Five that HODINKEE recently created with Oris. As much ’60s vacation charm as you can pack into 40mm of steel, this special Oris is hand-wound and, as it was offered only in a no-date format, it’s a perfect watch to wear as you ignore September’s oncoming annual assault on leisure. Matched with a sweat and splash-ready rubber NATO, it’s hard to imagine a watch more ready for dock jumps, sunny hikes, bonfires, and the progressive development of a proud watch tan. Thin, light, and water ready, you can find me and this Oris wherever there’s sun, saltwater, and buck-a-shuck.