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Windup Watch Shop's Guide to Summer '21 Watches
Words by Ed Jelley

When the sun’s out working over time, and the temperatures are up, it just feels right to add a little bit more color to your routine. For some reason, throwing a white and lime green watch with an equally wild strap pairing in the Summer just feels…right. Today, we’re taking a look at some of our favorite watches that are ready for summer. If you’re hitting the beach, taking a hike, or just enjoying a book in the shade, all of these picks from the shop are sure to make you glance down at your watch just to enjoy it, and not to worry so much about what time it is. Let’s take a closer look at these versatile Summer-ready timepieces. 

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Timex 36mm Blue

The Q, now in a smaller size. This 36mm quartz watch is reliable, affordable, and will look great on your wrist poolside, thanks to the beautiful blue dial. The domed acrylic crystal, rotating bezel, and funky bracelet give off vintage diver vibes without the hassle of actually going vintage.

Boldr Expedition in Dune

Although it’s not quite as bright as the sun, this sandy yellow-tinted watch is ready for summer action. A chunky (but wearable) 41mm case is water resistant to 200M, while a second crown operates the internal compass bezel -- an ideal companion for your summer adventures. 


Add that pop of color  to your collection in a subtle way with the light pink GMAS2100 by G-SHOCK. All of the instant classic looks of the octagonal “CasiOak”, but scaled down to fit smaller wrists. Rose gold accents on the dial make for an appealing look, while the durability and performance you expect from G-SHOCK make for a go-anywhere, do-anything watch that will rarely look out of place.

Hamilton Khaki Field Mechanical 

If you want to lighten up your watch collection, but can’t commit to a funky color, the white dial on the Hamilton Khaki Field Mechanical is the right watch for you. Inspired by military watches, this field watch is the perfect option for those hot summer hikes. Watch enthusiasts will appreciate the Swiss heritage, and hand wound H-50 movement inside with an impressive 80 hour power reserve.

Zodiac SSW GMT Neon Lime

Sure, you could mix up some white rum, sugar, lime juice, soda water, and muddled mint for a perfect cool summer mint mojito,or you could wear the watch equivalent right on your wrist instead. This bright green and white Super Sea Wolf GMT from Zodiac is cheerful and refreshing. You’ll appreciate the 40mm stainless steel case, 200M of water resistance and the GMT movement that’s ideal for tracking two time zones (home and vacation, perhaps?).

Vaer D5 Tropic

With “Tropic” right in the name, it’s hard to not get summer vibes from this vintage-inspired diver from Vaer. The white minute track on the outer edge of the dial is bold and bright, allowing you to read the time with ease. The rubber strap and 200M of water resistance aren’t afraid to go for a splash either.

Marathon MSAR Auto

Just because it's mil spec and practically bomb-proof, doesn’t mean this watch from Marathon can’t be fun. The matte white dial and bright red seconds hand make for a bright and legible combo. It ships on a stainless steel bracelet that’s one of the best options for summer -- nothing to dry or collect sweat throughout the day. 

Collins Yellow Sonar

This unique dive watch with its yellow dial is as cheerful as a hot and sunny day. The Sonar features an impressive 300m of water resistance in a comfortable and compact 39.5mm case. If you’re on the hunt for a summer dive watch that’s a little different, the Sonar from Collins makes a compelling choice.


Originally designed for surfers, the GBX100 ``G-LIDE '' is the perfect companion for hitting the water. It’s not just the 200m of water resistance, but also the programmable tide charts that help you get a jump on that next set of waves, or help you catch the fish waiting below. There are also several fitness tracking features that’ll help you keep that beach body you worked so hard for in shape.