At long last, it’s time to unpeel your daily dress watch from your pasty white wrist, throw it in the drawer and haul the chunky diving watch out of its box because all across Europe it’s holiday time.
Whatever else is irritating about going on holiday, and there is much, the packing, the organisation, the cost, and the hyperventilating children squabbling over buckets and spades, this is undoubtedly a watch lovers moment.
The ritual of donning your holiday watch, together with the official travel outfit for the 2011 vacation, should be savoured and not hurried.
Do not expect your wife or significant other to understand this important moment; she will be screaming at you in that irritating way she has to pack the suitcases in the car and check the tyre pressure for the seventh time, but you have a divers watch to put on and the holiday does not start until it’s safely clamped to your wrist.
In case you are still having trouble in deciding which watch to take with you this year, here are our suggestions of five holiday watches perfect for summer.
Hamilton Khaki King Scuba
This Swiss made but decidedly American clean cut Hamilton Khaki King features a stainless steel case with a stainless steel link bracelet. The rotating bezel is made from black ion-pated material. The dial is black with striking luminous silver-tone hands and Arabic numeral hour markers. 41mm in size it looks cool, with the day spelled out in full at 12 o’ clock and the date at 6 o’ clock. It’s water resistant to 330 metres. Priced at around $625.
The Vittorium Deep Diver
You can take the Vittorium watch down to 200 metres, or equally you can take it with you to dinner at that hotel down the road which looks infinitely better than yours. This chunky 47mm Swiss made watch runs on an ETA quartz movement and has all the usual goodies including a stainless steel casing, unidirectional bezel and a thick rubber strap. What you can’t see with a Vittorium is that they exceed the industry standards using Super-LumiNova® coatings on all Vittorium dials to maximize night vision capacity with more than a hundred fold the equivalent of natural light. At $895 this is the priciest of the bunch.
Seiko Orange Monster
Ah, the Seiko Orange Monster, code name SKX 781, a cult classic which remains immensely popular even with those used to splashing out considerably more on a divers watch. The unmissable bright orange dial shines like a beacon deep in the water or in the depths of the cinema trying to find the popcorn tub on the floor. It’s chunky and weighty and lets you know you’re wearing a watch. This automatic dive watch has gained so much attention from watch collectors. A really solid, good-looking, high quality watch with exceptional value for money. You can pick up an Orange Monster for just $169, which is the pick of the crop for value.
Citizen Eco Drive Titanium Diver
For those who require precision time keeping at greater depths, Citizen have created the Citizen Professional Diver watch. These watches are designed for high visibility under water and being Eco-Drive, the case will never need to be opened for a battery change keeping the waterproof seal and compression rating intact. A superb looking watch idea for skipping across azure blue waters to the perfect diving spot and plunging in. You can pick up a Citizen Diver like this for just $280.
The Casio Protrek
This watch not only looks sensational, it comes equipped with a compass, altimeter, barometer, thermometer, worldtime, moon data, tide graph, stopwatch, 5 daily alarms. It’s also solar powered and has 6 months battery reserve if it’s not exposed to the light in 6 months. Useful to know while in the depths of suburbia with just the street lights for illumination.
The Casio Protrek, which is water resistant to 100 metres, will also auto correct itself in most countries, whether in North America, Europe or Japan or even the outer reaches of Canada, Central America and China. It also detects magnetic north, so wherever you go on your vacation you’re covered. Prices for the Protrek start at around $245 and go up to around $530.