Did you hear about the tourist in Ibiza who was robbed off his $1 million-worth Richard Mille? Well, there’s a cautionary tale if there ever was one. The last thing you want to do on holiday is worry about the expensive watch on your wrist. Ideally what you want is something that’s functional, not-to-expensive, and of course, stylish and on-trend. Here is our list of five watches in the biggest color trend of the year for watch dials — green.
Rado Captain Cook
The Hyperchrome Captain Cook is based on a heretofore obscure 1960s diving watch and eschews Rado’s more modernist aesthetics in favor of a vintage-retro look. The case diameter of this new model, at 42 mm, elegantly splits the difference between the somewhat modest, historically faithful 37-mm and the rather hefty 44-mm versions of the Captain Cook.
The case and rotating divers’ bezel are in polished stainless steel, with the bezel equipped with inserts made of high-tech ceramic inlays in polished green to match the colors of the dial. The case is water-resistant to 200 meters, with a solid caseback stamped with three seahorses, a suitably aquatic motif established by earlier Rado dive watches. The watch is paired with a cool retro beads-of-rice bracelet. If you had to carry only one watch on your holiday, this is a good candidate – good for the beach or the lounge bar.
Seiko Prospex Street Style Ref. SNE535
Inspired by the design of Seiko’s iconic Ref. 6159-7010 Tuna can model from 1975, this is a low-key diver that’s good oodles of style. This diver is great for those with a sense of adventure about them this summer – the 47 mm stainless steel case has a protective shroud.
Unlike the original Tuna models that were powered by mechanical calibers, this new version runs a solar-powered movement – so all you need is some sun and this baby will keep ticking. Water-resistant to 200 meters, you won’t have to think twice before you go scuba-diving with this on.
Montblanc 1858 Geosphere
This is probably the most expensive watch on this list, but it has an understated appeal. The 1858 Geosphere has a tool watch-like aesthetic is designed to pay tribute to the Seven Summit mountaineering challenge. First released in 2018, it was presented this year with a khaki green dial and bezel that pairs perfectly with a bronze case. Its worldtime feature that was developed in-house could be really useful keeping track of different time zones during your holiday.
The 42-mm bronze case has a brushed finish with polished, beveled edges that underline their shape and a bronze bidirectional fluted bezel with a black ceramic insert featuring the four cardinal points. Good for the outdoors enthusiast, good for the flâneur too.
Oris Aquis Fresh Date
The Aquis range has been a mainstay of Oris’s high-performance diving watches range. The latest from the Holstein-based brand is a modestly-sized diver with a cool, fresh finish with a mint-grey gradient dial and a grey tungsten bezel insert. The watch uses a 39.5 mm case made from stainless steel.
It has a screwed-in crown and a screwed-in stainless steel caseback. The tungsten bezel insert frames a double-domed sapphire crystal with an anti-reflective coating on the inside. The case is water-resistant to 30 bar (300 metres). The grey bezel also forms a strong contrast with the fresh mint dial which grades to grey as it moves outwards from the center of the dial.
Citizen Promaster Tough
Those looking for a durable, attractive, and affordable timepiece to wear over the summer holidays should take a look at the new Citizen Promaster Tough series, a refined take on the greater Promaster collection. The green dial version Ref. BN0211-09X uses a stainless steel case that has been coated in Duratect — Citizen’s proprietary surface hardening technique that allows for superior scratch resistance as well as anti-rust and hypoallergenic properties.
The case has a two-piece monobloc construction that removes the traditional caseback from the equation and enables a thinner case profile. It is paired with a matching hybrid Cordura ballistic fabric and polyurethane strap and is powered by Citizen’s Eco-Drive technology.
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