What's your perfect watch for vacation?

I came to the conclusion that my square GW-M5610U is the perfect watch for me to wear during vacations for the following reasons:

  1. It's light and comfortable to wear. Squares are light and very comfortable to wear once fitted with a combi-bracelet.
  2. Egalitarian. No one can tell how loaded or broke you are when you wear a square.
  3. Stealthy. There's nothing there to catch the eye or unwanted attention, keep moving folk there's nothing to see here.
  4. Keeping time. One thing I have to admit where the M5610U is better than the 5600E is in its ability to switch time zones and it's auto-light is working great. It's perfect for traveling, even if you happen to find yourself stuck in a cave five time zones away.
  5. No batteries, no worries.
  6. Looks great near a coffee cup in the morning.
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Today I did my best to wake up at dawn and the morning sun rising behind the Edom's mountains didn't disapoint. Absolutely worth it.

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So I basically the M5610U is my perfect traveling and vacationing companion, what's yours and why?

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I would probably take my Seiko solar chronograph if it were a non-beach destination and my Casio Duro if it was a beach destination. If I knew I had to go to a dressier event while away, I would also take something like my Tissot Classic Dream or my dressier Citizen Eco-Drive which has a beautiful white dial and is thin like the Classic Dream to fit easily under the cuff. 

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That’s a solid choice. I mix it up to have experiences with different watches, but I’m a one watch person when traveling. Much of the time, my default is a Submariner. Despite scare tactic headlines, it’s under the radar, takes a licking, and easily dresses up and down.

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Tudor BB GMT.  Dressy enough to be formal, sufficient WR for the water, and perfect for crossing time zones, no batteries required.

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Panerai PAM 372. Great WR for beach and pool, looks good on all sorts of straps, and it's comfortable for hot weather. 

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I’m with you. Love taking my G Shock square when I’m on a trip, any G Shock really. Unless I’m traveling to a formal event, my square is coming with me. 

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Damasko DS30, 200m WR, thin, nobody knows what it is, and even if they did, they wouldn't care. 

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Great choice. 

I've never been on vacation but if I was then I'd take a g shock in the summer.

Or my titanium Casio in the rest of the year. 

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It's a tough choice though. I don't want to carry extra crap when I go places but I also find both of them to be important tools for certain uses. 

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My SARB035 will always be with me on a vacation. Then I normally add one, sometimes two, to cover the type of activities planned. Your 5610 covers most situation and is my favourite G Shock.

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Amphibia for me, if it's a beach/pool/nature vacation. A, I don't like plastic; B, I like to encounter fellow watch nerds. G-Shox are worn by many; only nerds and thieves recognize a Vostok :)

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I wanted to ask something similar to this. Does anyone take multiple watches on holiday? I think three is good. 

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I did the same. For my Vegas trip, I carried my beloved g shock DW290. Didn't know what to expect. Either a calm relaxing time or the hangover part deux. It was a mix of both, and the g shock handled it with aplomb. 

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Postmanpaddy

I wanted to ask something similar to this. Does anyone take multiple watches on holiday? I think three is good. 

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I only take one watch on vacation for simplicity. I can understand taking more, but unless I was going to the races, a chronograph wouldn’t be on my radar. 

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I normally take three, but my GADA is my Aquaracer:  good on the beach and good at night with a smart shirt and shorts;  I live in England so I only ever holiday in hot countries. 😁

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Here's me in Madeira Beach last summer with said watch.

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My perfect vacation watch:

It depends on where I’m going and how far I’m traveling. 
 

  • Staying in the RV (caravan) for a weekend, I’m going to take a field watch. Something with at least 100m WR. (Hamilton Khaki Field Automatic or Seiko Land Tortoise)
     
  • Weekend in the city, I’m going to bring a dress watch for going to museums and dinners. (Seiko Presage)
     
  • Over seas and work trips will require a GMT that has a touch of class. (Longines Spirit Zulu Time)
  • Trip across the US would require a diver that can be dressed up. (I have an Oris Aquis, but ideal would be the Diver 65, Tudor BB 58, or Omega Aqua Terra.)
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Good question. It depends where I’m going and what I’ll be doing. For example should I go to a dreaded all-inclusive (not my ideal vacation) I would also bring my G-shock square or Bulova Surfboard. If I went to Iceland (idea vacation), I would bring my Baby Alpinist. Should I do Europe, then it would depend on what the event of the day is as I could go out to a nice dinner, attended a museum or walk the city. In that instance, and even all the other examples I’d still bring 3 watches:

  1. GMT
  2. Gshock Square 
  3. Bambino
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cornfedksboy

I only take one watch on vacation for simplicity. I can understand taking more, but unless I was going to the races, a chronograph wouldn’t be on my radar. 

Not even a daily beater and a dress watch for dinners? If people used chronographs only at the races not many people would own them 😂