By Julian Palma
Here at DapperConfidential, we still look at our wrists—and not our phones—to keep ourselves in track of time. We do so because we believe that an attractive timepiece is still an essential part of the modern gentleman’s style. And while this holds true for all seasons, well, it’s heating up real quick and we can’t think of a better time for fewer clothes and more accessories.
From sporty chronographs to hit the gym to more elegant dress pieces ideal for a first date, we’ve rounded up a few of our favorite summer watches, well-under US$150:
Luxury on a Budget
Why we love it: Since 1956, Armitron has embodied and nurtured the spirit of individuality. It still does that with this classy and classic two-tone watch. The round silver shape bezel coupled with gold-tone numerals and the handsome caramel strap adds a luxury look that not everybody will have.
Occasion(s): First date; quick check-in with your boss; rooftop dinner
Price tag: $
Why we love it: The unisex Siren digital watch from Nixon features a yellow gold case finished with a white, super soft silicone band for ultimate comfort. The water-resistance feature is very beach-appealing but its blended with a clean style for a perfect casual or sporty timepiece too.
Occasion(s): BBQ with friends; surfing, hiking; pool party
Price tag: $$
ESQ Mens Black Strap Watch
Why we love it: This ESQ chronograph watch is an accessible luxury timepiece. It features a textured black dial, 45mm stainless steel case with a rose gold plated bezel and a fine black leather strap.
Occasion(s): Airport lounge; Night at the opera; World Cup final
Price tag: $$$
Why we love it: The Waterbury collection from Timex balances well retro with classic-styling elements. We love the carefully stitched natural grey leather strap and the solid stainless steel construction. It complements well with more modern details like the subtle cream and a pop-of-orange hands, which contrast well with the lighter-grey dial.
Occasion(s): Summer festival; Coffee with friends; Sunday Movie
Price tag: $$$