The Summer Blues

10 Blue Watches for a Red-Hot Summer

July 21, 2015 Buying Guides By

The color blue is enjoying its moment in the horological sun. And for good reason. Blue is equally casual and elegant, providing a nice alternative to the usual black- or white-dialed watches seen on most wrists. Blue also pairs well across a wardrobe, from boat shoes to wingtips, with a black or brown strap or a NATO. Blue also conjures up both the sky and the sea, making it the perfect color for a summer watch. Here are 10 to tempt you before fall arrives.


Tudor Pelagos $4,400


IWC Portugieser Annual Calendar $21,300


NOMOS Ahoi Atlantik $4,060


Citizen Blue Angels Skyhawk A-T $695


Breitling Superocean Heritage 46 $4,405


Tiffany & Co. CT60 Chronograph $6,750


Christopher Ward C9 5-Day Automatic $1,895


Bremont U-2 Blue $5,695


Girard-Perregaux Sea Hawk $10,600


Omega Speedmaster ’57 Co-Axial $8,900

Jason Heaton

I’ve always been a bit of an adventure fiend, a Midwestern boy seduced by the exoticism of adventure magazines and Hemingway novels. So, I feel like I’ve arrived now that I’m writing for Gear Patrol. It justifies as “research” a lifetime of tramping about the planet, climbing mountains, diving wrecks, and having a basement that looks like your local outdoor shop. Though I lean towards the Polarfleece aesthetic, I’ve been known to enjoy the occasional urban weekend in a tweed jacket or an evening in (gasp!) a tie. I only wear mechanical watches, drive my adequately patina’d Alfa Romeo Spider right up until the snow flies, and always keep an open bottle of single malt close at hand. My sporting cred runs the gamut from velodrome bike racing to Nordic skiing. I’ve done adventure races; I golf twice a month in the summer, have summited Colorado 14ers,and have even been scuba diving everywhere from Sri Lanka to Boston Harbor. I’ve traveled extensively in Europe, the US, and Asia, somehow earned an English Literature degree and learned German, French, and Latin along the way. I have studied photography and can make a mean saag paneer. I can’t say where Gear Patrol will take me. But as someone once said: “it’s not an adventure if you know the outcome.” And that’s just the way I like it. I’m here to serve you, my fellow adventurers.

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