Summer time and watches. Two very different subjects which, for me, have always been linked. And not just because if you wear a watch on a daily basis, this is the season when you slowly develop a rather unfortunate tan line around your wrist. I always want to try a new watch as summer approaches. At first I didn’t know why, so I sat down, pulled out my watch collection, and remembered.
Then it hit me. Summer is when I started wearing a watch. I don’t remember what summer – or how old I was – I was young enough to be excited about months of freedom and running outside with my friends. But I was old enough not to have to tell my parents where I was going. My dad bought me a simple little Casio digital watch and presented it to me as if I had the key to a new world. “Keeping track of time is your responsibility now,” he said. Now, when I was told I had to be back at 4:30 p.m. to clean up for dinner, I had a tool to help me figure out how to make it happen.
I never took it off. Swimming, sleeping, camping or just playing in the garden, this Casio circled my skinny wrist – the buckle locked down to the very last hole in the strap I’m sure. Since then, my watch collection has grown with me and become more elegant and sophisticated. But the idea remains the same. Even though summer is a time for vacation and relaxation, watches are just plain useful. Plus, there’s something to be said for a cool looking watch adding a touch of style to an otherwise simple summer outfit. You might be wearing a t-shirt and shorts, but when you have an awesome watch on your wrist, you feel a little more dressed up.
Of course, the season of outdoor adventures can be tough on a watch. That’s why it’s a good idea to strap on something that can withstand harsh UV rays, salty salt water, and abrasive sand and dirt. Luckily, there are plenty of options that are as sturdy as they are beautiful. From traditional brands to more modern manufacturers, you can find watches that look stunning on your wrist but won’t cost much unless you want to invest in something really spectacular. After all, it’s summer… a season of madness.