Holidays, vacation, much needed break. Whatever you call your two to three week summer time out, considering which watch to take with you may seem trivial in the global context of Middle Eastern mayhem, European economic meltdown and the upcoming G8 Summit in Northern Ireland, but take the wrong watch with you and it could be one of those irksome little things that you live to regret all holiday long.
So, which watch to bring with you on your richly deserved summer vacation? Contrary to what you might feel or even wish, this is not the time to unleash the sparkling Cartier Santos or the undoubtedly handy Girard Perregaux WW.TC World Timer. Have you ever tried to claim holiday insurance? They really don’t make it easy. And taking a high value watch with you simply adds hugely to your premium, and your problems should you be unlucky enough to lose or damage it.
Resist the temptation to take any watch with you of over £1,000 in value unless you are completely sure that it’s going to remain safe and sound at all times, and as that is something that is hard to predict, err on the side of caution. There is still plenty of performance and good looks at a lower price point. And be sure to bring a watch with you which is equally comfortable in the water as it is propping up the swimming pool bar, as presumably you will be getting in some sun and surf time.
Here then are our expert considerations:
Citizen Professional Diver
Slip this eye catching 43mm watch on and you’re covered for all eventualities. This smart, ultra reliable diver with the Pepsi unidirectional bezel is just what it says – the professional’s choice. With water resistance to 300 metres you can strap on oxygen tanks and visit the briny depths, or look suave and assured when dinner is served. The watch is powered by an eco drive movement which runs on stored energy, using minimal battery power. At just £179.00 you don’t have to worry if it takes the odd knock.
Oris Gents Diver
If you insist on a quality Swiss automatic, opt for this smooth Oris diver. With water resistance to 1000 metres you can take it anywhere. Again, the watch is designed for use by professional divers, with a helium escape valve for maintaining internal pressure and an extendible rubber strap. Date is displayed at 6 o’clock with a small seconds hand at the 10 o’clock position. This model features vibrant orange hands and markers for easy readability. The watch runs on an automatic movement with 36 hours power reserve. £1,190.00
Tissot PRS330 Chronograph
Tissot’s PRS 330 models are a high-end competitor in the fields of both sports and elegance. The PRS330’s richness lies within its intricate details and style. This watch is available with a rubber or stainless steel bracelet. The hardened 316L stainless steel casing will ensure it can take plenty of punishment. The watch runs on a reliable Swiss quartz chronograph movement with the date at 4 o’clock, a tachymetre scale and three sub dials. Water resistant to 200 metres, the watch is perfect for skin diving. £460.00
Casio G-Shock GA-100-1A1ER
No question, one of the best vacation watches you can possibly bring with you is a Casio G-Shock. You don’t need anything else, as this watch does it all. Tough as nails, smart and imposing, water resistant to 200 metres, with both digital and analogue read out. This high-impact men’s 55mm Casio X-Large G-Shock model comes in stealth black resin with white hour hands and digital read outs. Multi-function features include chronograph, 5 daily alarms, countdown timer, world time from an accurate Japanese Quartz movement with perpetual calendar and date function, LED backlight and digital tachymeter. The watch fastens with a sturdy rubber strap with a double tang buckle for extra security. At just £80.50, not surprisingly it’s one of the bestselling of all G-Shocks.
Squale Corallo Chronometer 061
If you are looking for something a little different, and which still supplies all the answers for a robust, reliable and good looking vacation watch, try the Squale Special Edition of the Corallo Chronometer. Squale was founded in 1950 by Charles and Hélène von Buren in Neuchâtel, Switzerland. Over the decades Squale has supplied to the elite corps of a large number of armed forces, including the parachutists of Italy’s Folgore Brigade and the Italian Navy’s Diving Corps. It’s a benchmark brand for divers’ watches internationally. With a precise mechanism, and a perfect dial, the Squale Corallo Chrono runs on an ETA 7750 self winding chronometer movement. Water resistant to 200 metres, it features a one way snap on bezel, large day and date at 3 o’clock and subdials at 6, 9 and 12 o’clock. £842.00