Father’s Day 2019 is right around the corner — Sunday 16th June to be precise — but it’s not too late to show your dad how much he means to you with a gift he’ll treasure forever. A watch is a classic choice pretty much any man can get behind. Despite the huge abundance of time-telling devices in today’s world — from our phones to our cars — a watch is still a useful and stylish accessory for the modern man.
But, with so many watches to choose from in thousands of styles, it can be a little overwhelming when it comes to choosing the perfect timepiece. With that in mind, we’ve put together this Father’s Day gift guide to share with you our top watch picks for different kinds of dads.
What to think about
Before you get lost in a sea of watches, it’s worth taking the time to first of all to think about what you’re looking for. Broadly, there are three main things to think about for your Father’s Day watch:
Budget: Before you even start your search, it’s important to set a budget. This will help to keep you on track and inform your decision along the way. The great thing about Father’s Day is you can get your siblings to help out as well, so make sure you ask them!
Type of watch: There are many different kinds of watch, and every man has his favourite. Whether it’s the functionality of the chronograph watch, the versatility of the diving watch, or the elegant simplicity of the dress watch, you need to think about what the watch will be used for.
Dad’s style: Thinking about your dad’s personal style is a great way to help inform your decision. You want your dad to wear his watch every day, so it’s important to get the aesthetics right. Does he prefer gold or silver? Steel or leather? Simple or complex?
Even armed with this knowledge, there is still a huge number of watches to choose from. To make things a little easier for you, we’ve selected the best Father’s Day watches for five kinds of dad.
The old-fashioned dad: Omega De Ville
For the old-fashioned dad who loves classic artisanship, an Omega De Ville watch will be right up his street. Authentic elegance meets luxurious appeal in this range of timepieces, combining watchmaking precision with an exceptional vintage look. Though many new models have been added to this collection since its inception in the 1960s, it still maintains that spirit of classical watchmaking.
Omega has been manufacturing the finest timepieces since 1848 and has gained much recognition for its precision design. The brand was chosen to be the official timekeeper of the US army in 1918, and was the choice of NASA during the Apollo 11 mission to the moon in 1969. The De Ville collection brings together a smart aesthetic with a classic feel and is an excellent choice for the old-fashioned dad.
The outdoor dad: Breitling Chronomat
The Breitling Chronomat range is perfect for dads with an active outdoor lifestyle who need a watch as practical as it is sophisticated. This sturdy and reliable military-inspired collection of watches can withstand whatever your dad throws at it. It’s water resistant, has glow-in-the-dark hands, and has a hardy design with a choice of a leather, or stainless-steel strap. If your dad likes the outdoors, he’s going to love a Breitling Chronomat.
Breitling’s biggest contribution to the history of watchmaking was the chronograph, which allowed aviators to accurately time themselves with a separate stopwatch function. The Chronomat range was the natural evolution of this, featuring two logarithmic scales and a rotating bezel that allowed it to be used for basic multiplication and division, ideal for athletes and pilots alike.
The minimalist dad: IWC Portofino
If your dad prefers the classic, minimalist look, then the IWC Portofino range will have a great Father’s Day watch for him. Designed with the laid-back lifestyle of the Mediterranean in mind, this collection is ideal for the dad that doesn’t take himself too seriously but still wants to look fashionable. With an uncluttered design and beautifully simple numerals, the Portofino series takes inspiration from the pocket watch.
Founded in 1868, IWC Schaffhausen has long been known for its top-quality aviation watches and its use of titanium as a key material component. For the last 30 years, the Portofino range has become one of its most successful, and is a popular choice for both men and women. With its elegant leather strap and stunningly beautiful dials, this watch is perfect if your dad doesn’t like too much fuss.
The suave dad: Rolex Datejust
The Rolex Datejust collection combines perfect function with sophisticated aesthetics, making it the ideal choice for the suave dad. Combining gold and steel has been a feature of Rolex watches for over eight decades. These elegant timepieces have gained a reputation for the highest calibre of craftsmanship. This classic self-winding wristwatch was a pioneer when it was first released, displaying an automatically changing date.
Nine years later and Rolex added its unique Cyclops lens to magnify the date, which is still seen in models today. It’s simple, suave, and sophisticated, and has cemented its reputation as a luxury watch with celebrity owners including Christian Bale, Harrison Ford, Paul Newman, and Roger Federer.
The nautical dad: TAG Heuer Aquaracer
For the active dad who needs a watch that is reliable and performs in all conditions, look no further than the TAG Heuer Aquaracer range. Built to withstand the power of the ocean, the philosophy of this collection is durability and strength. It can operate at a depth of up to 300 metres and has in-built shock resistance, meaning this watch won’t falter under pressure (no pun intended). But the Aquaracer range is also stylish, with its stainless-steel casing and sleek white, grey, and black dials.
TAG Heuer is a Swiss brand that has been manufacturing luxury watches since 1860 and has developed a reputation for expert craftsmanship and design. They have been at the forefront of watch innovation for over 150 years, and their watches are known for their incredible accurate chronographs.
We hope you’ve found this Father’s Day gift guide informative and useful in your hunt for the perfect gift. Whatever kind of dad you’ve got, you can treat him to something special this Father’s Day with a luxury watch from Est1897.