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It’s officially summer, which for many, means fun in the sun, sand, and water! Here at Gray & Sons, we love summer, especially since we’re located in Miami Beach—home to some of the best beaches in the country. But, no summer wardrobe is complete without a trusty timepiece in tow. Water resistant and sporty watches to be exact. So if you don’t have an awesome robust and waterproof watch (or you’re just looking to add another one to your collection), then read on to see which pieces we recommend for the year’s hottest season.

Breitling Superocean 42

While Breitling is famous for making aviation-inspired watches, that doesn’t stop them from making very cool diver’s watches too. Take for example this Breitling Superocean 42. As its name suggests, this Breitling diver’s watch sports a generous 42mm. Its stainless steel case houses a black dial with an ultra-cool red track around its periphery.

Sporty Watches for Summer: Breitling Superocean 42
Sporty Watches for Summer: Breitling Superocean 42

For diving purposes, there’s the unidirectional rubber bezel and oversized Arabic numerals with luminescence for optimal legibility in murky waters. Dubbed a “superdiver” model by Breitling, this Superocean 42 is water resistant to 5,000 feet (1,500 meters) deep.

The Breitling 17 Caliber is an automatic movement that offers a date function and power reserve of 42 hours. The Breitling Superocean 42 is an awesome choice from the brand’s collection of sporty watches.

OMEGA Seamaster Planet Ocean

The OMEGA Seamaster collection includes a bevy of marine inspired models including the very robust Planet Ocean 600M line. Introduced in 2005, the Planet Ocean is OMEGA’s modern diving watch that, as the name alludes, can dive down to 600 meters (2,000 feet).

Sporty Watches: OMEGA Seamster Planet Ocean
Sporty Watches For Summer: OMEGA Seamster Planet Ocean

With its orange bezel on the 45.5mm stainless steel case and orange accents on the black dial, this particular Planet Ocean is a great sports watch for the summer.

Powered by OMEGA’s Co-Axial Caliber 2500, this Seamaster Planet Ocean offers time and date functions, in addition to a 48 power reserve.

Rolex Submariner

What’s the most famous dive watch in the world? It’s by far, the Rolex Submariner! Not only does this watch look great with almost anything you’re wearing, it can certainly handle your summer activities too.

Sporty Watches for Summer: Rolex Submariner 16610
Sporty Watches for Summer: Rolex Submariner 16610

Sporting a very wearable 40mm stainless steel case topped with a black aluminum bezel and black dial, the look of the Rolex Submariner is unmistakable. Plus, since the Rolex Submariner is a watch that’s been around since the 1950s, the choice of different models is wide.

Whether you opt for a vintage Submariner or a modern one, each watch is driven by an in-house Rolex automatic mechanical movement. This particular stainless steel Rolex Submariner ref. 16610 from 2002 houses the Caliber 3135 and is waterproof to 300 meters (1,000 feet).

Panerai Luminor GMT

Since Panerai was once the official supplier to the Italian Royal Navy, they definitely build sporty watches that can keep up with any summer action. Specifically, the Panerai Luminor comes equipped with a patented crown-bridge to keep out any water. And throw in a GMT function to keep track of another time zone, in addition to a date function, and you’ve got an ideal summer luxury watch.

Sporty Watches for Summer: Panerai Luminor GMT
Sporty Watches for Summer: Panerai Luminor GMT

This Panerai Luminor GMT includes a 44mm stainless steel case and a matching stainless steel bracelet. Furthermore, its black dial features the characteristic oversized numerals—in this case just at 6 and 12 o’clock.

Sitting in the case is the Caliber OP VIII mechanical movement. Although Panerai has plenty of manual-winding movements, the Caliber OP VIII is an automatic one. Powering the center hour and minute hands, small seconds subdial, extra 24-hour hand, and date, this Panerai caliber provides 42 hours of power reserve.

Ulysse Nardin Marine Chronograph

It may seem strange that a watch company based in land-locked Swtizerland boasts a nautical rich heritage. But such is the case with Ulysse Nardin. A company that started by crafting marine chronometers in the mid-1800s, today, Ulysse Nardin has some of the best marine-inspired luxury watches available in the market.

Sporty Watches for Summer: Ulysse Nardin Marine 1503-150
Sporty Watches for Summer: Ulysse Nardin Marine 1503-150

Take for instance this Ulysse Nardin Marine with its 43mm stainless steel case and black rubber strap. Made to the highest of standards, this Ulysse Nardin Marine Chronograph houses a black dial with oversized Arabic numerals for top legibility, in addition to the trio of registers for the chronograph function.

Water resistant to 100 meters (330 feet), the Marine Chronograph is just as at home aboard a yacht as it is swimming overboard. It is worth noting that this Marine Chronograph is, technically, particularly special. It runs on the Caliber UN-150, which is Ulysse Nardin’s first in-house made chronograph movement.

Patek Philippe Aquanaut

One of the top contenders for luxury sporty watches is the Patek Philippe Aquanaut. Celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, the Aquanaut is the younger and less expensive alternative to the famous Nautilus.

More superyacht than superdiver, the Aquanaut is the epitome of casual chic. This ladies’ Patek Philippe Aquanaut features a 35mm stainless steel case in the iconic rounded octagonal shape. On the black dial, there are the Arabic numerals along with the minute track on the periphery. At 3 o’clock, there’s also the date function. Moreover, the embossing on the dial matches the embossing on the black rubber strap for an appealing overall look.

Sporty Watches for Summer: Patek Philippe Aquanaut
Sporty Watches for Summer: Patek Philippe Aquanaut

Running on an in-house Patek manufacture movement, Caliber 330, the Aquanaut has both incredible aesthetics and technicality. Above and beyond that, the Aquanaut is also water resistant to 120 meters (400 feet)

Both spectacular to look at and robust enough to partake in summer fun, the above high-end sporty watches have it all. What’s more, since these timepieces are from the best watch brands in the world, they will last well beyond this summer. In fact, they are built to outlast one owner to be enjoyed by several generations. So, complete your gear this season and treat yourself to one of our fine sporty watches.



Written by

Celine Simon

Celine is a freelance luxury watch writer who has enjoyed working in the horology industry for over ten years. Like many of the high-end timepieces she writes about, she comes from Switzerland—the heart of fine watchmaking. From Singapore to Montreal to Geneva to Dubai, Celine has lived all over the world but now calls Southern California home.