These watches scream summer | GQ
“The bezels are the really distinctive thing of the three watches,” Carlson said. “I wanted this capsule to be sober, subtle, but also fun.” No room has a better time than the multi-colored bezel piece that Carlson describes as a homage to the ’90s. It’s not hard to imagine this contrasting color pattern appearing somewhere in The prince of Bel-Air, but the color ring isn’t that different from the designs of older yacht-timer watches either, leaning directly into Rowing Blazer’s Big Cape Cod Energy. (It’s also the only unrestricted piece in the collection.)
The other two watches, each limited to just 500 pieces, are directly inspired by separate Seiko or Rowing Blazers models. The “Rally Diver” checkered bezel is directly inspired by a vintage Seiko of the same name. Now the watch is reborn with a slightly more understated round case and crisp black and white pattern. The watch with the zigzag bezel, on the other hand, is entirely Carlson: the pattern is a signature of Rowing Blazers.
In addition to the standard metal straps, the watches also come with fabric NATO straps in bright colors, such as mint green and rainbow. The watch also has a skeleton back. No, not like that – I mean, literally, there’s a hunched skeleton resting its head against its bony hand engraved on the back of the watch. The design is another motif of the Rowing Blazers and is rightly included as a memento mori, a constant reminder that we are always running out of time. And if we’re all going to die anyway, shouldn’t we at least be watching the minutes go by on a super fun watch?
The limited edition watches are already sold out at Rowing Blazers and Hodinkee. As of this writing, the last place to claim yours is The Seiko website. The piece in contrasting colors is also available on Rowing blazers, where the purchase is accompanied by a Seiko daddy hat.
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