It’s getting warmer by the day, which means we’re thinking about the watches that we want to take with us for all of our summer adventures. Whether that means lounging by the pool, diving in the ocean, channeling James Bond, or pretending to be a racecar driver, these are the perfect pre-owned picks to get your summer break off to a great start.
Tudor Heritage Black Bay Steel & Gold
The best watches are the ones that you want to wear often, and as we head into warmer months, we can’t think of one we’d rather keep putting on than this 41mm Black Bay Steel & Gold. Its two-tone construction delivers the luxury of gold with the sportiness of steel for an effect that’s made for lounging by the pool while on vacation. It’s just enough to be indulgent, with its weighty 18-karat gold central bracelet links, yet practical enough for daily wear.
Tudor Heritage Black Bay S&G 79733
And it’s backed up by solid watchmaking and the legendary build quality that Tudor, the younger more aspirational sibling of Rolex, has come to embody.
Rolex GMT-Master Ref. 16700
The reference 16700 is the last GMT-Master and the follow-up to the 16750. And yet, it debuted after the launch of the GMT-Master II, known for its independent local hour. This is because Rolex continued to produce the GMT-Master well after the successful debut of the GMT-Master II, as a more affordable alternative.
This example has a fully blacked-out aluminum bezel insert, one of the iconic bezel variations dating back to the reference 1675. As a result, it has a monochromatic appearance that runs against the better-known colorful Pepsi variation.
Rolex Daytona ref 116500LN
There is no chronograph more famous than the Daytona, the original hard-to-get steel Rolex sports watch. Its legacy and its connections to the world of automotive sports are legendary, and in the field of endurance racing it’s practically peerless. There are some big F1 and IndyCar races coming up this month, and LeMans, itself, in June. Having a watch like this one on your wrist while taking in the action would be most fitting.
Today we have the latest version with black ceramic bezel insert, featuring a design that instantly evokes Rolex’s early Valjoux-powered Daytonas while boasting a number of modern-day Rolex enhancements, including an in-house chronograph movement with Parachrom hairspring. We’re pleased to offer the most recent chapter in one of watchmaking’s really legendary stories.
TAG Heuer Aquaracer 300M Caliber 5
The Aquaracer is a sporty, affordable, good-looking modern dive watch, its angular bezel with large legible numbers making it easily recognizable from across the room. It’s a luxury watch, sure, but with 300 meters of water-resistance, tough stainless steel build, and a price just north of $2,000, it’s a watch that you can wear confidently through all of summer’s adventures without missing a beat. And at 43mm, it has serious wrist presence without being overly bulky. The 12mm height will let it slide under your linen shirt sleeve as you order a frosty beverage from an open-air bar.
Inside is the Calibre 5 automatic movement, a modified version of a tried-and-true ETA engineered for reliability.
Omega Seamaster 300 Master Co-Axial James Bond ‘Spectre’ Limited Edition
And last but not least we have the 2015 Omega Seamaster 300 Limited Edition made for Spectre. Worn by Daniel Craig in the film, it has an obvious vintage vibe, channeling the early dive watches made by Omega. But make no mistake: This is a serious piece of modern watchmaking, a Master Co-Axial Chronometer, which means it’s not only highly accurate but also tremendously antimagnetic. It also has a useful 12-hour bezel, which means it can be used, on the fly, to track a second time zone.
OMEGA Seamaster 300 Master Co-Axial James Bond SPECTRE Limited Edition 188.8.131.52.01.001
This ought to come in handy if you plan to really make the most of this summer and get a good trip under your belt, hopefully to a warm island renowned for scenic dives, drives, or both.
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