Man Of The World Style Guide: Vintage Watch Picks For Summer

Mar 17, 2014


Spring is in full bloom, and warm weather is right around the corner.  Now is the perfect time to coordinate your summer wardrobe in true Man of The World fashion.  Summertime is all about ultimate relaxation and high-energy water sports, two seemingly opposite activities with one common theme: the good life.  Summer is the perfect time to highlight your taste in vintage timepieces, and with rolled-up sleeves, there is no better time to let your wrist do the talking when it comes to your style presentation.

Here are a few tips on how to pair a vintage watch from the Man Of The World Shop with your boat shoes and linen shirts to make the most of the casual season

If uninterrupted relaxation is your primary summer theme, we’d recommend a simple yet stylish timepiece such as this vintage Wittnauer chronograph (shown at top of page)) or the ever-perfect Rolex Oyster  (shown below).   Both of these watches dress down brilliantly, and will be the perfect adornment to measure the carefree passage of time while lounging at the poolside cabana with a Mojito.

Rolex Semi-Bubble

Water  sports means two things when it comes to watches: divers and yachting timers.  Whether you prefer to spend your time on the water or under it, steel sports watches such as a Heuer Skipper  or the Cordura Seagull (shown below) will always fit the bill for sporty summer fun.  Whether your preferred activity is snorkeling in Oahu or piloting a Sunfish off Nauset beach, vintage sports watches such as these will always be the perfect choice.

Cordura Seagull 1970s

As a final style tip, we recommend pairing your vintage wristwatch with a brightly colored NATO strap, as found through suppliers such as Crown & Buckle .  Whether you select a brightly hued strap in a single color or striped pattern, these straps are the single best accessory to have on hand this summer, and will make an indelible statement when paired with your timepiece.

Lastly, don’t forget to peruse our selection of fine vintage watches in the MOTW online shop.

Words by: James Lamdin - A vintage watch connoisseur and founder of analog/shift ( , an online boutique for a curated selection of exceptional wristwatches.

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