There’s certain accessories that I pull out for the summer months that don’t get much play during cold weather. Turquoise and coral, definitely. Strappy stilettos, obviously. But what about watches? Some people save their colorful straps for summertime (opting for the more traditional brown, black or metal for winter), while others have less expensive sporty versions that seem more appropriate for outdoor activity.
Luckily, this week’s Portero theme is featuring watches that are practical, durable and appropriate for any type of sport you are attempting in the great outdoors. From diving watches to those created just for boating, racing and aeronautics, we have a wide selection that vary in terms of price, style and materials.
First, a little background. Diving watches were created for military purposes in the 1930s, and feature a minimum water resistance greater than 100 meters (or 330 feet). Most high-end models have a resistance of 200-300 meters, but there are styles that can far exceed those depths.
If you are a scuba diver or are regularly underwater, one of the most important things to do is to have your watch pressure tested (at a repair facility like Tourneau) every year or two and have the seals replaced. Brands also recommend rinsing the timepiece with fresh water after being exposed to seawater.
Boating or Yachting watches, in addition to having many of the same characteristics of diving watches, can offer many functions like tide chart accuracy. Racing watches are all about precision. Featuring complications like split second chronographs and stop functions, these models are all about the art of timing and the exact amount of time and speed you can achieve.
Lastly, we have aeronautical, or Pilot, watches. While you might think that Breitling owns this category, there are a host of other brands (including IWC, Bell & Ross, and Longines) that make highly technical pilot watches. Things to look for are ultimate durability, and characteristics including magnetically sheilded cases, maximum readability, and the precision of a chronograph.
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