Record breaking summer ends - our luxury watch picks for the last few days of sunshine


by Nils Rau

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September 20. 2018 - by Nils Rau

This year's late summer has spoiled us with all that sunshine. And what could be nicer than enjoying this time again? We present you with ten watches, which are guaranteed to sweeten the last weeks of summer - from the Rolex GMT-Master II suitable for travelling to the colourful TAG Heuer Formula 1. Read on and get to know our favourites for the last few days of summer!


One summer, many occasions and the right watch

Summer 2018 was a record-breaking year with the amount of sunshine completely spoiling us. But before we turn on the heating again for the first time, get warm blankets from the cupboard and put the kettle on for some tea, we have a charming end of summer ahead of us this year: The last chance to go to the beach again, spend mild evenings in good company in beer gardens or bars or simply stroll along the park and enjoy the beautiful atmosphere.

Hand on your heart: This time would only be half as beautiful if we could not combine it with our favourite passion. There are numerous luxury watches that make summer much more worth living - whether Rolex, Nomos or TAG Heuer. I myself smiled at the topic of summer watches for many years, and experienced something first hand: Since I’ve had the current Rolex Submariner with the green dial, I know how much fun this watch is especially in summer - the hot season is simply ideal for colourful dials. Instead of leather straps, stainless steel or perlon straps are particularly pleasant. And swimming in the sea or pool with a waterproof wristwatch on your wrist is not only practical, as you don't have to worry about the integrity of your timepiece, it's twice as much fun.

Our favourites for the last warm summer days: 

TAG Heuer Formula 1

The Formula 1 collection from TAG Heuer has always embodied a sporty and fresh style thanks to its colours, with durable quartz movements at reasonable prices - these characteristics make a Formula 1 a perfect summer watch. Since the models are water resistant up to 200 meters almost throughout, nothing stands in the way of late summer enjoyment at the nearest swimming lake or outdoor pool.

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Omega Speedmaster

Admittedly: The Omega Speedmaster is a watch for every situation and every season. It can be worn comfortably in summer with the help of a wide variety of Perlon and Nato straps (or even on the stainless steel bracelet). And in sunlight, the concave totalisers and the slightly grained dial really come into their own.

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Rolex Submariner

A Submariner fits to every occasion. The uncompromising robustness and in particular the water resistance of 300 metres ensure that the Submariner can remain on the wrist during all activities and can take part in almost anything. In summer, the yellow gold or bi-colour models or the green version ("Hulk") have a special shine that is just indescribable.

Shop the Submariner

Rolex GMT-Master II

Want to plan a spontaneous getaway in the late summer? Then the Rolex GMT-Master II is the right companion: Thanks to the GMT function, local time and home time can be read at a glance. We can’t think of a more authentic companion as the GMT-Master II was developed in the 1950s especially for the American airline Pan Am.

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Rolex Datejust

Of course, the Rolex Datejust should not be missing either. The special thing about this watch is its incredible diversity, as there are dozens of combinations of this classic in the truest sense of the word: Diameter, bracelet, bezel, dial and material can be chosen according to your personal taste. Both the fluted bezel and the sun-brushed dials are a real pleasure on warm summer days! 

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Rolex Milgauss

The Milgauss is one of the most underestimated watches in the Rolex collection. But it is particularly extravagant when the sun's out. The orange second hand has that certain something and those who like it colourful should choose the version with the electrifying light blue dial and the green glass edge.

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Rolex Oyster Perpetual

The Oyster Perpetual offers the entire Rolex essence and the outstanding quality typical of this brand for comparatively little money. Whether 26, 31, 34, 36 or 39 millimetres: Each diameter offers summery dials that are guaranteed to sweeten the warm season. A nice detail of all models is the applied crown on the dial.

Shop the Oyster Perpetual

IWC Pilot's Watch

There are currently 36 different models of the IWC pilot watches. There is a perfect summer watch for every taste - no matter if simple classic, heritage version, gold watch or perpetual calendar. Some watches worth mentioning are the models with a white dial, which have a rather shadowy existence in the Pilot's Watch collection, but are among the most exciting watches in the collection.

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IWC Portugieser

If an elegant summer is more your style, then your watch of choice could be the IWC Portugieser. The applications on the dials, the beautifully shaped case and the elegant hands make the watch look graceful with a touch of summer. Probably the most beautiful summer Portuguese is the red gold version with perpetual calendar.

Shop the Portugieser

TAG Heuer Monaco

During the warm season of the year, long drives out in the open are also part of the experience. If you have a convertible in your garage, you can celebrate the jaunts with a TAG Heuer Monaco. No other watch embodies automotive culture as much as the Monaco worn by Steve McQueen in the cult film "Le Mans".

Shop the Monaco
Nils Rau

by Nils Rau

Nils is a guest author for the CHRONEXT Journal. He currently dedicates most of his free time to wristwatches – be that talking with friends, browsing through blogs and online magazines, or keeping an eye on the timepiece stock exchange. When he is not contributing to the CHRONEXT Journal, he works as a junior lawyer in Northern Germany. His articles focus on brands, trends, as well as the philosophical questions within the world of fine watches.

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