All sorts of styles and qualities can make for a good warm-weather watch, but only a subset of them are right for that quintessential, hotly anticipated summer experience: going to the beach. A beach watch should of course be able to handle salt water and sand, but it doesn’t hurt of the watch is sporty and colorful as well. The four sub-$1,000 beach-ready watches below are each great options.
Seiko Prospex “Samurai” SRPB53
Beloved for its value, robustness and character, Seiko’s “Samurai” is up to just about any task, and will feel right at home on the sand, on the boardwalk or in the water.
Movement: Seiko 4R35 Automatic
Casio G-Shock G-Lide GWX5700SS
Made for surfers and featuring a digital tide chart, the G-Shock Glide GWX5700 is made for soaking up rays with its solar-charging tech, and it’s comfortable and colorful as well.
Movement: Casio Tough Solar Quartz
Hamilton Khaki Navy Scuba Auto
Though not rated for deep diving, the Hamilton Khaki Navy Scuba Auto’s dive watch style and fresh colors are appropriate for the beach, and its 100m of water resistance is more than enough for swimming.
Movement: Hamilton H-10 (ETA Base) Automatic
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