Chrono Hunter's Hottest Picks Of The Best Summer Watches
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Chrono Hunter's Hottest Picks Of The Best Summer Watches

Chrono Hunter's Hottest Picks Of The Best Summer Watches

 

‘Here comes the sun, little darling…’ When the Beatles released this track on their Abbey Road album in 1969, we can only assume they were feeling the afterglow of the summer of love in 1967. Now, while we can't re-create the free love and peace that were rife during that era, nor the John and Yoko’s bed in, we can offer you something that may make your summer a hell of a lot brighter. 

So… what is a summer watch? While there’s no Cambridge definition of the term, it relates to the watches which imbue the ‘feeling’ of summer. And you know Chrono Hunter is all over horological vibes. We’re talking colour, refinement and unquestionable sophistication. We guarantee that you already have this within you and you just need the final touch to let it adorn your wrist.

Get ready to match your latest white sneakers or a fresh pair of tailored chinos with a timepiece that will upgrade your style to incomprehensible levels of refinement, luxury and stylishness! It’s time to crack open the Prosecco. Without further ado, please join us as we run through our hottest picks of the best summer watches. 

 

Breitling Top Time Ford Mustang

 

The Breitling Top Time Ford Mustang is one of the newcomers to Breitling’s Top Time collection. New for 2023, the model is part of a total of four sportscar-related Breitling watches such as the Chevrolet Corvette, Ford Thunderbird and Shelby Cobra. In our humble opinion, the new Breitling Top Time Ford Mustang could be one of the best summer watches.

 

Construction Of The Breitling Top Time Ford Mustang

 

Why should we consider this as one of the best summer watches? 

Breitling Top Time Ford Mustang - Source - Breitling

 

With its design based on the highly lauded Ford Mustang hailing from the 1960s and 70s, the timepiece follows its eminent design code of a certain dial colour that you know we can't get enough of at Chrono Hunter HQ. The green dial follows the famous car colour of British racing green. It’s so deep and hypnotising that even the Rolex Deepsea may have a tough time coming back up to the surface!

The dial features a dark green stripe that races through the centre, careering into the white minute track and black tachymetric scale on the periphery of the dial. Pertaining to the classic sports style of sports watches, the face has three squircle shaped black sub dials with red, yellow and grey hands at 3, 6 and 9 o’clock. So Breitling.

Housed in a stainless steel case with a polish as clean as the champagne glasses at that swanky hotspot in town, the model measures 41mm in diameter and features brushing on the case sides as an ode to classic Top Time models of old. Given a chocolate brown strap (or cigar brown hue for you timekeeping snobs), the timepiece oozes refinement and class, with a darker side that allows it to be worn in the evening when the sun finally sets. 

 

Final Thoughts Of The Breitling Top Time Ford Mustang

 

Powered by a COSC certified B01 movement, the new model marches to a merry beat of 28,800VpH and can run for a long 70 hours. Sufficient time to jet off to that overseas wedding and do a little flaunting of your new arm candy. The exhibition caseback allows a direct view into this automatic movement while the skilful craftsmanship of skeletonisation and brushing on the movement is just as impressive.

The new timepiece is stunning with its rich green colouring, which is very hot right now. (Oh you know we are all over model trends as quick as the new Rolex Daytona Le Mans Anniversary Edition being snapped up). This is reflected in the popularity of other green dial watches such as the much talked about Kermit Oris. So don’t be afraid to stand out from the horological crowd this summer with a timepiece that is as intriguing as it is reliable. 

Combining the automotive industry alongside the horological world garners incredible levels of interest for this model. Smack a COSC certification on it to guarantee quality and give it some sophisticated allure with a leather strap and you have yourself a solid investment piece. Get this new bad boy fitted with your finest white tee and fresh shades to start living your best life this summer with one of the best summer watches. 

 

How Much Does A Breitling Top Time Ford Mustang Cost?

 

You can buy a Breitling Top Time Ford Mustang at retail for £6,250 at the time of writing.

 

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Zenith El Primero Rainbow Flyback

 

Let’s be honest, if it has ‘rainbow’ in its name, the Zenith El Primero Rainbow Flyback will undoubtedly be a key contender as one of the best summer watches. Released in 1997 during Baselworld, there’s a strong injection of colour on this specific timepiece. 

 

Construction Of The Zenith El Primero Rainbow Flyback

 

It’s probably best if we crack straight on with what makes this beauty shine like its name, but first, a brief history lesson. 

 

Zenith Rainbow - Source - Horology Crazy

 

The ‘Rainbow’ aspect of the watches name doesn't come from the electromagnetic spectrum that soars above us. It actually relates to the name of a sailing boat which became the victor in 1934 during the America’s Cup. In light of this, Zenith decided to release a slew of sporty chronograph watches under the name ‘Rainbow’. 

Furthermore, The French Air Force had originally been the inspiration for this model. They had originally requested 1,000 watches per annum over 4 years. Yet, they obviously needed to be versatile and extremely durable due to the nature of military business. They cancelled the order, leaving six watches which had already been rustled up by Zenith

Composed of stainless steel, the bezel is bi-directional and given a lume dot at 12 o’clock. The first 20 minutes on the bezel is painted red, ensuring excellent visibility and the minute register sub-dial at 3 o’clock is given green, white, blue and yellow colour blocks. What a stunning array of light just in time for summer, Timelords. 

With no less than 7 different colours emanating from the timepiece to track various aspects of time, the base colours of black and white set the scene for the enigmatic sub dial and bezel to boast centre stage. Shall we be cheeky and also say the chronograph seconds and minute hand is a bold orange? Hmmm a controversial chrono seconds hand…that sounds familiar. Anyone have the itch for a Moonswatch?

 

Final Thoughts Of The Zenith El Primero Rainbow Flyback

 

Powered by the calibre 405, this movement is an upgrade on the previous calibre 400, adding a stunning flyback function and promoting the movement to even greater horological levels of perfection. While the model has a solid caseback, pertaining to the military aspect of the timepiece, the movement is still tough and reliable. 

As a discontinued and vintage model, expect a little hassle when trying to source a timepiece like this. Its colour scheme as well as its suave dial design and faux military heritage, are certainly selling points for this model. 

Get your shorts on for those casual summer days in the garden or go all out with a linen suit shirt to keep things breathable yet sharp when in the office. Let the colour do the talking with one of the best summer watches.

 

How Much Does A Zenith El Primero Rainbow Flyback Cost?

 

You can no longer buy a Zenith El Primero Rainbow Flyback at retail but source it on the secondary market for around £3,500 at the time of writing.

 

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Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra 38mm Summer Blue 

 

There’s nothing nicer than a relaxing dip after a scorcher of a day. Whether lounging in your 5 star hotel or private villa on the Amalfi Coast, please enter, The Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra 38mm Summer Blue. 

As part of the illustrious Seamaster collection launched this summer on the shores of Mykonos, it celebrates 75 years of this prestigious collection. And the recently updated Seamaster Aqua Terra 38mm Summer Blue is a belter watch fans, crafted in a stunning sheen of summery goodness.

 

Construction Of The Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra 38mm Summer Blue

 

The Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra 38mm Summer Blue prides itself on not only its skill on the waves but its luxurious summer appeal while chilling out above or below deck. 

Aqua Terra - Source - Omega 

 

After all, it’s not called summer blue for nothing. Measuring 38mm, it boasts a story of refinement, luxury and beauty. Crafted out of 316L steel, the watch is very durable and more than capable of any drunken mishaps after a few Martini’s strolling on the golden sands. 

The dial is where the style comes into its own. Following a carefully curated teak design, thin lines run horizontally across its face, drawing the eyes in and relating to the wavey life on your superyacht, or speedboat by the Marina. 

Featuring Omega’s very own distinctive summer blue colourway that graduates across all 11 new models, the steely construction of the case suits the light blue colour scheme that Omega employs. The dial includes a sun-brushed finish, followed up with a PVD coating, ensuring the lines look as deep as those Miami currents. 

While the caseback isn’t an exhibition, it’s solid, ensuring 150 metres of water resistance. Need we mention that it features the infinitely stylish Omega Seahorse and Poseidon emblems resonating a deep mythical connection to the sea. 

 

Final Thoughts Of The Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra 38mm Summer Blue 

 

The timepiece is powered by the Omega 8900 calibre. Fearing you won’t get an accurate measurement? The calibre is Master Chronometer certified, METAS approved and features a Co-Axial escapement and silicon balance spring, ensuring the highest performance possible. Rather like getting Usain Bolt to join your three-legged race at sports day. You know you’re onto a winner. 

As a new line from The Seamaster collection, the colour brings a new jolt to Omega’s portfolio. What a splendid way to celebrate the 75th anniversary of a new collection! Bolstered with a stunning calibre and part of the well renown Seamaster Aqua Terra lineup, the watch is certainly one to keep our eyes out for. 

Kick back old money style with white chinos and a white shirt. Feeling a little more modern? Why not put on your powder blue shirt and jeans to start feeling like a slicked back gentleman. Keep your sleeves firmly rolled up this summer is what we say.

 

How Much Does A Seamaster Aqua Terra 38mm in Steel Blue Cost?

 

You can buy an Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra 38mm Steel Blue at retail for £6,100 at the time of writing.

 

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Patek Philippe Aquanaut 5261R-001

 

Released in 1997, The Aquanaut collection brought with it a coaxing blend of youthfulness and excitement. It resembled a side to Patek Philippe which was unorthodox yet highly desirable. Suffice to say, the Aquanaut 5261R-001 follows on with great zest and has the potential to be one of the best summer watches for this year. 

Aquanaut Luce Annual Calendar - Source - Patek Philippe

 

Construction Of The Patek Philippe Aquanaut 5261R-001

 

As one of 17 new watches from Patek Philippe during this year's Watches and Wonders 2023,  the new Aquanaut 5261R-001 screams luxury, perfect for your shindigs in the summer sun.

The model itself sees its design codes relate to Patek Philippe’s other darling, the Nautilus. The rounded case is octagonal in shape and clocks in at 39.9mm in a rose gold case. Finishing up with a satin and polished shine, the timepiece ensures beauty at every angle. 

The rose gold case contrasts heavily with the dusky blue dial and composite strap which we will get to later. It’s not a combative combination, however, instead, it offers the model a sense of luxury and youthful elegance through the stylish blue accent. Gold applied Arabic numerals with the usual luminescent dosage ensure visibility and protrude from the globe style Aquanaut pattern which is embossed on the dial. 

 

Final Thoughts Of The Patek Philippe Aquanaut 5261R-001

 

Powered by the 26-330 S QA LU calibre, the movement is tough and given the luxury it warrants. Crafted with a 21K gold rotor, the movement powers a few things in this timepiece. Running the date aperture at 6 o’clock and the day and month sub dials at 3 o’clock and 9 o’clock respectively, the model powers a moon phase indication which is located at 12 o’clock. 

Don’t sweat trying to figure out how to control all these things. The moon phase indicator loses accuracy only once every 122 years. Now, get back on that sun lounger! The tropical strap is resistant to salt water and UV rays, perfect for strolling on the beach and catching some summer sun rays.

Crafted with precious metals and as a part of the great Patek Philippe name, the new timepiece has value written all over it. Wear one of the best summer watches when strolling around the Great Ocean Walk in Australia or wear it back home when firing out that last minute email. It’s just as warm here as it is over there after all…

 

How Much Does A Patek Philippe Aquanaut 5261R-001 Cost?

 

You can buy a Patek Philippe Aquanaut 5261R-001 at retail for £49,530. 

 

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Rolex Yacht-Master 268622

 

Brimming with nautical heritage, The Rolex Yacht-Master has been sailing the seas since the 1950s. For those who happen to have a yacht, firstly, are you free this weekend and secondly, this model is a must-have for you. For those who aren't so fortunate, don’t panic, this timepiece can be worn for your everyday excursions with ease. 

 

Construction Of The Rolex Yacht-Master 268622

 

As far as Rolex Yacht-Master watches go, this one appears to be the odd one out. 

The usual sizing tends to be 40mm plus, with a few models touching the heady heights of 44mm. Of course, this is a list of the best summer watches, so it makes more sense to introduce you to the Rolex Yacht-Master 268622. 

Yacht-Master - Source - Love Luxury

 

Measuring 37mm, the model is crafted out of Rolesium. If you aren't too familiar with the lingo, Rolesium essentially means the combination of 904L Oyster Steel and 950 Platinum. The end result is a phenomenal material which is both unique due to its steely allure and undeniable durability. 

We can only assume that you’ll find yourself by a body of water during the hotter days in summer. Lucky for you, this timepiece has a bi-directional 60-minute bezel which is given a ceramic insert to ensure tip-top visibility and maximum abrasion resistance. 

The dial is given a Chromalight display to allow you to see the time when the sun eventually sets. The theme is refinement in silver as the case and bracelet both gleam a stunning shine which is akin only to the distinctive Rolesium material. 

 

Final Thoughts Of The Rolex Yacht-Master 268622

 

The 2236 movement is supported by a Syloxi hairspring and Paraflex shock absorbers which protect the calibre against magnetism and jolts. The movement runs the rapid setting date and stop-seconds function for the hour, minute and seconds hands. Precise to -2/+2 seconds per day and lasting 55 hours, you’re in very good hands. 

Given a classic Oyster bracelet with a safety clasp and extension link, you can look as devilishly charming as Jordan Belfort during your next pitch in the office. Too formal for you? Wear this model when kicking back on your cruise around Bermuda or Barbados. As one of the best summer watches, mix it up or down. It really suits it all, Timelords. 

It has the potential to be a rousing investment as it is linked with the strong heritage of The Yacht-Master and given the modern sizing of 37mm, so feel no weight (pardon the pun) if you choose to sell this bad boy on. 

 

How Much Does A Rolex Yacht-Master 268622 Cost?

 

Enthusiasts can buy a Rolex Yacht-Master 37 at retail for £9,700 - at the time of writing.

 

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Omega Seamaster 300m

 

Without going all soppy on you, Timelords, The Omega Seamaster 300m is a stunning edition to any men's summer model collection. As a gift for my 21st birthday (thanks Dad), this timepiece has absolutely stood the test of time and has taken me through a few bumps and scrapes. I promise I won’t be biased!

 

Construction Of The Omega Seamaster 300m

 

Crafted out of stainless steel and coming in at a sizable 41mm, the Omega Seamaster features a ceramic bezel with an accompanying enamel diving scale. This ensures visibility at all times, especially due to the contrast of the white and black. Perfect for those long, warm summer days.

 

Omega Seamaster - Source - Omega

 

Fearing folks won’t realise this is a dive model at heart? Given a stunning polished black ceramic dial with laser engraved waves, the model is as reliable at quickly checking the time for the next train as it is diving into the sea in Seychelles. 

The dial is clean, with just a date aperture at 6 o’clock. The skeletonised hands and indexes are rhodium plated and given a good run over with Super-Luminova. The helium escape valve above 10 o’clock is a pretty cool feature, even if you intend on just diving below your sofa for the TV remote. Either way, its charm and dive timepiece charisma allows this model to be one of the best summer watches.

 

Final Thoughts Of The Omega Seamaster 300m

 

Let's run through a checklist here. COSC and Metas certified? Check. Anti-Magnetic? Yep, all thanks to the silicon balance spring. Looking awesome? You bet, Timelords. Powered by the calibre 8800, the model is a Master Chronometer, meaning the timepiece is extremely reliable. 

Resistant to 15,000 gauss and given a Co-Axial escapement to ensure expert timekeeping, you won't miss a second of the summer months. With the opportunity to adorn this in a matching steel bracelet or go with a cool three stripe NATO strap in red and yellow, you can dominate the room during a meeting with a steely shine or build sandcastles with your kids (or yourself) around the Algarve during the summer holidays. 

Its high quality movement and exceptional construction mean this piece has the potential to become a solid investment piece. 

 

How Much Does An Omega Seamaster 300m Cost?

 

You can buy an Omega Seamaster 300m at retail for £5,500 - at the time of writing

 

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Tudor Black Bay GMT

 

Let’s set the scene. The sharp winds of winter have passed. The sun is beaming down its rays of feel-goodness. I can think of no better time than to start exploring this stunning horological world. And it would be a sin to do this without the help of a very useful and summer inspired Tudor Black Bay GMT model. 

 

Construction Of The Tudor Black Bay GMT

 

This isn't your bog-standard GMT timepiece, Timelords. 

 

Deemed to be a ‘traveller GMT’ model, the movement allows for the GMT function to go forwards or backwards every 60 minutes through a gentle tug of the crown. Through this ingenious design, you can set the local time instantly and fuss-free. As it only rotates once every 24 hours, you can also tell whether it's AM or PM. Tell me more.

 

Black Bay GMT - Source - Watch Collecting Lifestyle

 

Featuring the ‘Pepsi’ style bezel of its predecessor in 2018, this new release during Watches and Wonders 2023 screams heritage and style. Feeling like black is a bit too morbid? The dial is released in a stunning opaline white, allowing the silvery snowflake style hands and indices to beautifully stand out. 

 

Final Thoughts Of The Tudor Black Bay GMT

 

Powered by the MT5652 calibre, the new model is COSC certified, ensuring the movement has consistent quality. Meanwhile, The Pepsi bezel is a mainstay in the watchmaking universe... Rolex have used it on their GMT-Master and now their sibling Tudor, is bringing it back around in 2023. 

The matte white dial is a solid block of light and certainly fits in with the theme of summer. Get on some white chinos for those after work outdoor meetups or keep things sophisticated with a black suit and shirt. 

Get those summer sleeves rolled up though as you want to stay cool and expose this model for all and sundry. As part of the Black Bay collection and featuring the highly sought after ‘Pepsi’ bezel, the timepiece has the potential to be a solid investment and possibly fill the role as one of the best summer watches around. 

 

How Much Does A Tudor Black GMT Cost?

 

You can buy a Tudor Black Bay GMT at retail for £3,590 - at the time of writing.

 

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Rolex Daytona Rainbow

 

Rolex and summer are as inseparable as you and your ‘good vibes’ playlist.

 

Construction Of The Rolex Daytona Rainbow

 

Rolex epitomises luxury and living a good life.

 

Rolex Rainbow Daytona - Source - The Collectors Circle

 

The Rolex Daytona collection by its very nature is aimed at those who wish to experience stunning horological ingenuity on a completely different plain. Have you seen the clientele like Eric Clapton and Jay-Z? In fact, did you know that there is typically a 5 year waitlist just to get your hands on the collection? Let’s not fret about that and get down to the beauty of the Rolex Daytona Rainbow. 

First appearing in 2012, the Rolex Daytona Rainbow is crafted out of Rolex’s own concoction, Everose gold. Of course, Rolex would name their timepiece a ‘Rainbow’ without a little more colour! The tachymetric scale is replaced with a variety of sapphires which cover the colours of the rainbow. This really does scream summer on South Beach all over from its case right down to the bezel.

Not enough? The lugs and crown guards are replaced with 56 brilliant-cut diamonds and how could we forget the 11 baguette diamonds that replace the indices. 

 

Final Thoughts Of The Rolex Daytona Rainbow

 

Worn by master footballers Harry Kane and Antoine Griezemann, celebrity Adam Levine also gets in on the act. Sometimes it’s nice to know that you’re following the timekeeping steps of social icons.

We won’t beat around the bush though. You could be butt naked and still look awesome with this on your wrist. However, for the sake of the public, we recommend pairing this with a black suit jacket and pink suit shirt for the formal look or dress it down with a simple black tee and black jeans to showcase the rainbow hues. 

Littered with diamonds and harder to get a hold of than Cristiano Ronaldo’s phone number, this model has a strong potential of being a great investment piece. Vibrancy and shine allow this stunner to be considered one of the best summer watches. 

 

How Much Does A Rolex Daytona Rainbow Cost?

 

You can no longer buy a Rolex Daytona Rainbow at retail due to it being discontinued. You can buy it on the secondary market for around £500,000 at the time of writing. 

 

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Richard Mille RM 88 Automatic Winding Tourbillon Smiley

 

There’s a strange occurrence when the sun comes out. Folks just seem a hell of a lot more happy, right? The mood changes in next to no time. Traffic’s no longer a problem and people are more inclined to wander around, taking in the scenery. Why not get yourself a model that imbues this!

 

Construction Of The Richard Mille RM 88 Automatic Winding Tourbillon Smiley

 

The Richard Mille RM 88 Automatic Winding Tourbillon Smiley took three years to develop and create. And it was certainly worth it. As that famous Irish stout brand has been proclaiming since 1759, good things come to those who wait.

But what makes this timepiece so upbeat? The entire dial face is littered with various emblems that hark to optimism and sunshine. From a large smiley face at 12 o’clock, a bizarre yet summer pineapple emblem at 9 o’clock and a hell of a lot more positive summer style motifs like rainbows and flamingos. Heck, this model can make even the coldest soul smile. 

 

Richard Mille Smiley - Source - La Cote des Montres

 

Of course, it wouldn't be a Richard Mille if the model wasn't as brilliant as it is eclectic. Given a helping hand by designer Oliver Kuhn, all the objects on the dial are designed to be small works of art, crafted from gold and weighing in at less than a gram. 

The caseback and bezel are extremely tough due to their ATZ ceramic construction. As I’m sure you know, those hardwood floors at that pricey bar can get slippery. Good job your Richard Mille is made of sterner stuff!

 

Final Thoughts Of The Richard Mille RM 88 Automatic Winding Tourbillon Smiley

 

Powered by the Calibre CRMT7, the movement is openworked and powers a few elements like the tourbillon and function indicator. Predominantly made of ATZ white ceramic and red gold and with a few elements like the bridges made from grade 5 titanium, the timepiece is durable and luxurious throughout. Even the rotor is crafted from 3N yellow gold!

Let's just say you're getting a very healthy 28,800VpH, 50 hour power reserve and extraordinary protection in the form of INCABLOC technology. Colour is the order of the day frankly and the Richard Mille Smiley is firing it out on all cylinders. We suggest pairing it with your most colourful linen shirt. No tacky Hawaiian shirts here! 

Every Richard Mille timepiece can be considered to be uber valuable due to the rarity of the brand as per the highly coveted RM 055 Bubba Watson which sells on the secondary market for around £400,000. This however goes one step further and is capped at 50 pieces. Owned by the likes of Pharell Williams, get your chequebook open for a big investment. 

 

How Much Does A Richard Mille RM 88 Automatic Winding Tourbillon Smiley Cost?

 

You can no longer buy a Richard Mille RM 88 Automatic Winding Tourbillon Smiley at retail as they are sold out but source one on the secondary market for upwards of £2.7 million. 

 

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Panerai Luminor Due Goldtech Madreperla

 

Don’t be too shocked yet, Timelords. We know that Panerai are a bit contentious due to their bulbous oversizing. There’s a reason why the big fellas like Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone wear them religiously. One such model is the Slytech Submersible. First released in 1996, the timepiece was limited to 200 pieces and is named after Rambo himself.

 

Construction Of The Panerai Luminor Due Goldtech Madreperla

 

Like Chrono Hunter, The Panerai Luminor Due Goldtech Madreperla does things a little differently. Panerai have been expanding the borders of their creativity, pushing the boundaries of what makes a Panerai and subsequently coming across the notion of modern sizing. 

The days of big watches and flashy pieces are running out as Gen-Z take control of the market and bring in their visions of subtle constructions and slim fitting watches. 

 

Panerai Madreperla - Source - Sami Saat

 

Panerai have adapted well to this and subsequently released the Panerai Luminor Due Goldtech Madreperla. Released in Watches and Wonders 2021, it paved the way for the 2023 Watches and Wonders model, the Panerai Radiomir Quaranta Goldtech which comes in at 40mm. 

Just to clarify, this is all coming from a brand which prides itself on tool watches and durability over design. The Goldtech Madreperla houses an iridescent mother-of-pearl dial face which stands out superbly against the Goldtech case, pink gold hands and indices. Just utterly radiant, Timelords. 

At 38mm, this is the smallest ever size from Panerai. This modern sizing is bolstered by the equally modern Goldtech which is Panerai’s very own concoction, blending platinum, copper and gold into a beautiful amalgamation with its very own shine. 

 

Final Thoughts Of The Panerai Luminor Due Goldtech Madreperla

 

Here’s another plot twist for you. The strap is crafted out of alligator leather and is bright red, accompanying the red tinged Goldtech casing and allowing the opaline dial face to shine out. As John Travolta proclaimed, Summer Lovin had me a blast. And we hope you do too time peeps with this sexy number dripping off your wrist. 

Powered by the P.900 calibre, the automatic mechanical timepiece pumps a hardy 28,800VpH and a subsequent power reserve of three days. Supported by INCABLOC anti-shock protection, you’re in safe hands with this timepiece. 

Red and gold work in sync like a well oiled machine, allowing you to pull this timepiece off with your freshly ironed white suit shirt for the office, or practising a bit of tai-chi on your balcony. It works for all occasions, Timelords. 

Crafted out of the highly revered Goldtech, representing the smallest sizing from Panerai, and featuring the stunning mother-of-pearl dial face, there is a shock factor which has the potential to allow this model to be a potentially excellent investment this summer. 

 

How Much Does a Panerai Luminor Due Goldtech Madreperla Cost?

 

You can buy a Panerai Luminor Due Goldtech Madreperla at retail for £16,000

 

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Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Tribute Monoface Small Seconds 

 

If you haven't heard of the Reverso collection, you must’ve been living under a large rock! Suffice to say, it was created for the British soldiers who were stationed in India and wanted to play polo without the threat of smashing the faces of their watches. 

If it was used in a place as hot as India, it’ll do just fine in the UK! And now Lenny Kravitz is getting in on the horological act as the new 2023 brand ambassador of JLC. But don’t fly away just yet. 

 

Construction Of The Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Tribute Monoface Small Seconds 

 

The Reverso is famed for its ability to swivel the case of the timepiece. 

 

The Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Tribute Monoface Small Seconds is crafted out of 750 pink gold in the classic rectangular case. Boasting 50 components, 40 of them are made just to ensure the smoothness and quality of the swivelling mechanism. The case design is unmistakable Jaeger-LeCoultre and the stunning precious metal construction elevates the timepiece into the perfect summer model. 

 

Reverso - Source - Watches News

 

This edition comes with a burgundy dial face. There is a beautiful sunray effect which creates a stunning sunshine finish. This is then lacquered, giving the burgundy colour more depth and richness, ensuring instant, eye catching design. 

Pink gold indices and hands are sharp and taper outwards towards the periphery. The small seconds counter at 6 o’clock follows the pink gold construction and doesn't cause any obstruction or clutter to the dial face. 

Even the back of the timepiece is finished to perfection. When you rotate the dial face, feast your eyes on the intensity of the sunray finish on the case. How many times can we mention ‘sun’ for this model!

 

Final Thoughts Of The Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Tribute Monoface Small Seconds 

 

We should start by tipping our horological hats to Casa Fagliano for the stunning burgundy strap that accompanies this timepiece. Crafted out of calfskin leather, the model is elevated to new levels of refinement, luxury and elegance. 

Powered by the Calibre 822 movement, this timepiece runs at a fairly steady 21,600VpH and offers a somewhat okayish power reserve of 42 hours. All running inside the ultra thin 7.56mm case, the entire piece is held to the same standard as its phenomenal heritage. 

No one wants excess weight during the heat of the summer season so the extremely slender timepiece is perfect for the period. If you fancy a little rough and tumble in the garden, simply switch the dial over to the caseback and get cracking. We suggest wearing this with your finest threads to really enhance the classy nature of the piece. We reiterate, no ghastly get ups this summer!

As a model from a strong heritage, crafted out of the highly precious metal pink gold and given a beautiful burgundy sheen, the timepiece has every chance of being a strong investment for your collection. 

 

How Much Does A Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Tribute Monoface Small Seconds Cost?

 

You can buy a Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Tribute Monoface Small Seconds at retail for £21,900

 

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Breitling Superocean Heritage B20 Automatic 42mm

 

The original Superocean collection stems as far back as the 1950s. Like the BBC during Christmas, there’s nothing Breitling love’s more than a classic re-run!

 

Construction Of The Breitling Superocean Heritage B20 Automatic 42mm

 

Measuring 42mm and composed of solid stainless steel with luxurious 18K rose gold, the timepiece is built for those sweltering days when you need a little security and durability, but want to show everyone you are a man who knows his luxury refinery. 

 

Superocean Heritage B20 - Source - Breitling

 

Following on from the design codes of the past, this ocean style watch utilises a blue unidirectional bezel with a polished ceramic ring. Given a few little jolts of rose gold on the edge of the bezel and the markers, the timepiece oozes refinement while the serrated bezel edge relates to the rough and ready world of the sea. Good job it's water resistant to 200 metres, right?

The deep blue dial allows the rose gold indices and classic triangular hands to clearly stand out. Both are dosed with a good old squeeze of luminescence, ensuring that the murkiest depths or the darkest night outs won’t result in you losing any vision, even in the brightness of summer. 

Pair this with a crisp white shirt before stepping on your private yacht or sun it up by the pool sporting some rather fancy Vilebrequin swim shorts for the ultimate relaxed vibe.

 

Final Thoughts Of The Breitling Superocean Heritage B20 Automatic 42mm

 

Powered by the Breitling 20 Calibre, the automatic movement. COSC certified and pumping out 28,800VpH of pure horological goodness, the watch can last you a solid 70 hours before packing in. 

It would be a travesty to wear camel overcoats and jackets in this heat. We recommend you wear this with a white polo shirt, when cruising on your yacht Jordan Belfort style or with a navy suit shirt for those formal evening drinks. 

Following on from the rich heritage of the brand and the unusual colour coding of rose gold and dark blue, you may be onto a winner here if you are looking for a watch with some investment potential. 

 

How Much Does A Breitling Superocean Heritage B20 Automatic 42mm Cost?

 

You can buy a Breitling Superocean Heritage B20 Automatic 42mm at retail for around £5,000. 

 

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Omega Seamaster Planet Ultra-Deep 6000m Summer Blue

 

Think The Rolex Deepsea is the only deep diving timepiece? Think again. May I introduce you to The Omega Seamaster Ultra Deep Summer Blue. Originally a prototype, The Omega Seamaster Ultra Deep reached the Mariana Trench and subsequently was released as a 6,000 metres water resistant collection to the common man. Why we would need such depth, no one really knows. 

 

Construction Of The Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean Summer Blue 

 

The same question must be asked: Why would you need a sports car that can reach 200 miles per hour? Answer: It’s an absolutely awesome stat!

 

Planet Ocean - Source - Omega 

 

This 45.5mm beast clearly has the cojones to do the distance, but how does it fare in everyday life? Well, Timelords. Style is not an issue here. Applauded by many on its release way above the shores of Mykonos in June 2023, the dial is like something we have never seen before. 

As discovered by the Five Deeps team, the dial etches various moon-like surfaces, pertaining to the exact ridges of the notorious area on the sea-bed…The Challenger Deep. This is all made possible by the superb lacquered finish that takes place upon the dial. 

Think it’s all a bit too serious? Like naughty school children, Omega has inscribed “OMEGA WAS HERE” inscribed on the dial. This is only revealed through shining a UV light upon it. It’s not really a beastly Omega model if it didn’t utilise the brands O-MEGASTEEL. 

As an alloy that’s around 50% harder than Omega’s standard 316L steel and double the resistance, there’s a reason why the watch can reach such incredible distances. Given a solid caseback to ensure the watch is fully waterproof, the timepiece is stamped with Omega’s emblems of Poseidon and two seahorses, resonating a mythical like feel to this scintillating summer watch.

 

Final Thoughts Of The Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean Summer Blue 

 

Powered by the Calibre 8912, the watch is a Certified Master Chronometer and approved by METAS. Given a silicon balance spring, while we cannot see the movement, we are told that it features beautiful Geneva wave patterns. Running at 3.5Hz and a solid 60 hours of power reserve, the timepiece is more than reliable. 

The watch might turn out to be the god of the waves, just like its emblem. Its astonishing ability to reach 6000 metres underwater and come back up like nothing ever happened is a feat rarely achieved, never mind accessible to the normal consumer, allowing this piece to be a possible investment opportunity.

Get on your slacks, boat shoes and fedora if you’re feeling like a suburban gentleman. Don’t feel quite so confident? A blue tee and jeans will ensure this rugged beauty is fit for the teak boards of a private yacht or cruising the Aegean. 

 

How Much Does A Seamaster Planet Ocean in Steel Blue Cost?

 

You can buy an Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean Steel Blue at retail for £12,000. 

 

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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar Salmon Dial

 

After an initial mixup of the supposed Japan-only timepiece being released worldwide, we all got a chance to gaze longingly at the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar Salmon Dial.

 

Construction Of The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar Salmon Dial

 

Would it really be a Royal Oak without the classic octagonal case structure? Embellished with the classic eight screw bezel and integrated bracelet, Audemars Piguet added a little more flourish to their classic Grand Tapisserie dial. 



Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar - Source - Audemars Piguet

 

Like a fish out of water, the dial jumps out at you instantaneously, resulting in a stunning salmon colour. This promotes the checkerboard style background and promotes the four sub dials at 12, 3, 6 and 9 o’clock. The sub-dials relate to the month, day, astronomical moon, the week and month. 

No, Timelords. That’s not a normal ‘seconds’ hand! It actually relates to the week scale which circles the periphery of the dial. Crafted out of titanium, this watch is a great example of what salmon pink can do for a timepiece!

 

Final Thoughts Of The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar Salmon Dial

 

At 9.5mm, the watch is exceptionally thin, but the Calibre 5134 is still capable of doling out a solid 19,800VpH and 40 hours of power reserve. We recommend pairing this model with an equally daring salmon coloured suit shirt for those office days or letting it shine in summer with a white linen t-shirt or neutral look. 

As part of the Royal Oak collection, the watch is extremely unique due to its salmon dial colour but retains the classic allure that’s made the collection so popular such as the octagonal bezel and visible screws. 

 

How Much Does An Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar Salmon Dial Cost?

 

You can buy an Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar Salmon Dial at retail for £91,100 - at the time of writing.

 

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Rolex Oyster Perpetual 41mm Yellow Dial

 

It isn’t just the mod con Rolex which should pique your summer interests. Take a gander at the Rolex Oyster Perpetual 41mm yellow dial for a side of Rolex which veers into vibrancy and pure elation!

 

Construction Of The Rolex Oyster Perpetual 41mm Yellow Dial

 

The Rolex Oyster Perpetual by its own accord can become a man’s best friend in no time at all. 

 

 

Oyster Perpetual - Source - Review Watches

 

Built at 41mm, the watch is crafted using the timeless Oyster Steel material. For those who don’t know, that’s Rolex’s own play on Rolex 904L steel. Give it a brushed finish and stick on a highly polished bezel… you have yourself a watch that sets the perfect scene for a gorgeous dial. 

Brighter than a sunset and more enigmatic than a bumblebee in summer, the yellow dial beams a bright beacon of happiness and positivity. Fitted with stylish single and double baton hour markers in a creamy white, this really is summer encapsulated. 

 

Final Thoughts Of The Rolex Oyster Perpetual 41mm Yellow Dial

 

Powered by the 3230 automatic movement, the watch runs at 4Hz and has a power reserve of 70 hours. Sleeker than a tailored suit and more fired up (and yellow) than a Lamborghini, the Rolex Oyster Perpetual 41mm Yellow Dial is exciting and epitomises what we feel as one of the best summer watches from Rolex. 

Stick on your canary yellow short sleeve shirt for those casual days or go with a grey suit shirt to let this beast roam free in the office. The highly unique colour and its associations with the classic Oyster collection, allow this timepiece to be considered as a solid investment piece.

 

How Much Does A Rolex Oyster Perpetual 41mm Cost?

 

You can no longer buy a Rolex Oyster Perpetual 41mm Yellow Dial at retail due to it being discontinued. You can buy it on the secondary market for around £15,000 - at the time of writing.

 

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Hublot Big Bang Tourbillon SAXEM Act II

 

Fluorescence is surely a given in the summer months. Make sure you keep your colour up to scratch with a timepiece that wouldn’t look out of place off the UFOs in Area 51… allegedly. 

 

Construction Of The Hublot Big Bang Tourbillon SAXEM Act II

 

It’s best if we define what the heck SAXEM is. 

 

SAXEM Act II - Source - Hublot

 

Defined as Sapphire Aluminium Oxide and Rare Earth Mineral, the watch is already dabbling on a different planet. If you happen to be a die hard fan of skeletonised timepieces, this watch will revolutionise your collection. SAXEM relates to sapphire, meaning the entire piece is transparent. 

Of course, this was no easy feat and it took three painstaking years for Hublot to get it nailed down to a tee. The highly colourful green and yellow sheen on the timepiece, was also a highly complicated matter. 

Inspired by the space industry and satellite technology, the vibrant colour is perfect for the highly avant garde timepiece. Given a polished finish, the intensity of the colour is not lost throughout the entire piece from every angle. 

 

Final Thoughts Of The Hublot Big Bang Tourbillon SAXEM Act II

 

Powered by the HUB6035, the self winding movement is accessible throughout the watch due to the unconventional construction of the watch. With a skeletonised tourbillon beating like an open heart, the watch is capable of lasting you 72 hours. 

The watch does all the talking about the kind of creative, bold and debonair guy you are. With personality in abundance pulsating from your wrist, why not keep things minimal with black chinos and a white suit shirt or keep things light and let the watch take centre stage. Capped at 50 pieces and utterly futuristic, this watch has the potential to be a solid investment.

 

How Much Does A Hublot Big Bang Tourbillon SAXEM Act II Cost?

 

You can buy a Hublot Big Bang Tourbillon SAXEM Act II at retail for around £180,000 - at the time of writing.

 

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Conclusion

 

Pack up, Timelords, class is dismissed. School is definitely out for summer. But we have still got plenty to inform and educate you on the wonderful world of watches! We’ve talked you through the best summer watches you can get your hands on. We can guarantee that each timepiece on this list has the potential to last you all summer long as Kid Rock perfectly stated. 

From the high class living of the Rolex Yacht-Master to the gaudy design of the Richard Mille Tourbillon Smiley, optimism is through the roof and la dolce vita is just around the corner. All you need is a beautiful luxury watch (and perhaps a sinful ice cream) to get yourself primed for the best summer yet. Now hit it. Summer, summer, summertime…time to sit back and unwind. 

 

We couldn’t agree with you more, Will Smith.

 

 

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Further Reading: 

The Ultimate Watch Collection For Under £60,000 - Tudor Black Bay, Rolex Daytona

9 Grail Watches You Should Start Collecting Today

 

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