If 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.
Cara Barrett Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Ref. 15450

Ok, ok, ok, I know I always talk about and wear this watch, but what can I say I'm a Taurus and therefore a creature of habit not to mention that this is just the ultimate summer, spring, fall, and winter watch. But this is about summer, which is my favorite time of year, so for the purpose of this round-up I will focus on that. Call me crazy, but I love summer. I'm one of those rare people that loves the heat and heavy humidity, so for me a bracelet is a must to keep the moisture at bay. I also have this weird thing about a sleeveless wrist with most watches, but the Royal Oak looks good with a short sleeve tee, a long sleeve tee, and everything in between. Not to mention, the hand-brushed links look dope in the late summer sunlight and, as you know, I am a sucker for sparkly things. I'm looking forward to wearing this watch for the remainder of the slower season.
$16,500; audemarspiguet.com
Jon Bues GMT-Master II Ref. 126710 BLNR

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.
$9,250; rolex.com
Jack Forster Omega Speedmaster Professional

I'm not entirely sure why, but over the last couple of months I've gradually been wearing, more often, a watch that had not gotten a great deal of wrist time over the last year or two, which is an Omega Speedmaster Professional. Generally speaking, for daily wear I alternate between a couple of Grand Seikos, but maybe because of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo lunar landing, I started looking at the Speedy again. The watch is one that I have owned for close to 30 years now (its hard to believe its been that long) and having it back on is an exercise in nostalgia, but also in renewed appreciation of the strength of the original design. I have it on a vintage Speidel Twist-O-Flex bracelet and between that, and the amount of time Ive spent with this watch, I find that to see it on my wrist makes the years fall away (sort of).
$5,350; omegawatches.com
James Stacey* Oris Divers Sixty-Five Limited Edition for HODINKEE

I love the freedom of summer, and part of the fun is pairing the warm weather and longer days with 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.
$2,700; limited.hodinkee.com/oris
Cole Pennington Omega Flightmaster Ref. 145.013

This summer has been full of travel, and that means two things: Lots of flying and the need for a watch that can keep track of a second time zone. My vintage Omega Flightmaster (ref.145.013) makes life at 35,000 ft. a little more interesting. It helps me capture the bygone era of flight, when the notion that a single mile of runway could take you anywhere on the globe was still fascinating and romantic. The nine oclock register is an AM/PM indicator on this example, powered by a caliber 910 movement. Since many transcontinental flights (mostly to Asia) use the Polar Route that heads over the Arctic region, the AM/PM indicator actually comes in handy when its light outside (or dark in the winter) for the duration of the flight. It makes waking up in a daze and sliding up the window shade that much less of a guessing game.*
Stephen Pulvirent Swatch Skin Classic

Earlier this summer I wrote about my love for this simple, inexpensive little quartz watch, and I'm putting my money (and my wrist) where my mouth is. When the temperatures get crazy, wearing this watch is like wearing no watch at all. The mesh strap breathes exceptionally well and the thin plastic case doesn't even register as a watch on the skin. Plus, if it gets all sweaty and gross I don't worry about it. Personally I dig the Sky Net variant, since it's got a bit of that sector dial inspiration, but there are a bunch of good options out there, and you can opt for rubber over mesh if that's you preference as well. In all honesty, I've been rotating my watches pretty regularly this summer a lot more than usual, in fact* but this one is a consistent standby. I know this is a non-traditional pick for a HODINKEE Editor, but don't knock it until you've tried it. Anyone who wants to come at me in the comments below is more than welcome to do so I'll stan for this watch all summer long.
$125; swatch.com


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