The clock is ticking. Thai Father’s Day is fast-approaching. And if you’re still trying to find the ideal gift for the man of the hour, fret not: we’ve got you covered.

Whilst there is no Father’s Day gift greater than the gift of time, there is one item that will always come in as a close second best: a watch. A tribute to the hours Dad spent raising you or a beautiful reminisce of the good times you share, a watch makes for – quite ironically – a truly timeless gift. It’s an accessory your old man can wear anywhere and every day from work to play, and can become an heirloom for generations to come. It’s a big investment that goes beyond a chocolate cake and a card, but it’s a worthy one. A good watch is a lasting, thoughtful gift, and it’s the marker of a man of great taste, a man you look up to.

As a tick-tocking reminder to always make the hours you spend with your father truly count, we’ve put together a list of different watches for different types of dads in a special horological Father’s Day gift guide. Whether he loves the outdoors or prefers the indoors with a glass of whisky, there’s a watch for every dad here that’ll always serve as a sweet reminder on his wrist: it’s time to call his favourite child. (You, it’ll be you).

[Featured Image Credit: NOMOS Glashütte; Hero Image Credit: TAG Heuer]

Father's Day gift Watches: Jaeger-LeCoultre

For the outdoorsy dad: Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris Automatic

For the dad that lives for the outdoors (even if it’s only a rooftop barbecue), the Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris Automatic (THB 240,000) is an ideal fit. Designed for the urban adventurer, the 41mm watch combines elegance with an athletic spirit, featuring a stainless steel case and classic brown leather strap. The dial boasts baguette recto hands and white luminescent numerals for easy legibility even up to 100 metres under the ocean, or 40 hours power reserve into a movie marathon in his man cave. A timepiece for the active, curious man with great style (and offspring that knows a great gift when they see one).

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Father's Day Gift Watches: TAG Heuer

For the dad who loves cars: TAG Heuer Monaco Calibre 11

If your dad loves fast cars and movies, this is the watch for him. An icon in every sense of the word, the TAG Heuer Monaco was the world’s first automatic chronograph, and became a true legend after Steve McQueen sported it in the 1970 Hollywood racing film Le Mans. This model (approx. THB 194,860) features the signature square case with a blue sunray brushed dial and blue calfskin strap with alsavel orange lining. Sporty and bold, the dial also boasts a blue flange with a 60 second/minute scale and 2 counters. Perfect for the dad that loves to live life in the fast lane.

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Father's Day Gift Watches: Vacheron Constantin

For the dad who loves a vintage Scotch: Vacheron Constantin Historiques American 1921

Vintage and vintage-inspired watches are having a bit of a moment lately, and understandably so. With an air of old world charm and retro design accents, a beautiful choice for Dad is the Vacheron Constantin Historiques American 1921 (THB 1,270,000). Inspired by the Roaring Twenties, the 40mm watch features an 18K pink gold square case, and most notably, a tilted Art Deco-inspired dial. The crown sits at the top corner as opposed to at 3 o’clock, where a sundial has been positioned, as opposed to the conventional 4.30 o’clock. Quirky and untraditional in design, this model has also been said to improve legibility for those who wear their watch on the left wrist, so left-handed dads, this one’s the one for you.

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Father's Day Gift Watches: NOMOS Glashuette

For the designaholic dad: NOMOS Glashütte Lambda Deep Blue

For the dad who loves minimalist design, you can’t go wrong with a NOMOS Glashütte timepiece. The Lambda Deep Blue (THB 660, 250) is the German watchmaker’s most expensive model – by a lot – but has been surprisingly well received by avid horology experts and critics. It’s not difficult to see why: the case is made from 18k solid white gold, boasting a refined contrast to the deep blue dial. The delicate hands present the time with high precision, whilst an individually hand-engraved “lovingly produced in Glashütte” inscription lies hidden on the balance cock. True to its Bauhaus roots in immaculate style, it’s the perfect watch for the dad who is a bit of a perfectionist, and likes his watch to be equally on point.

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Father's Day Gift Watches: Cartier

For the dapper dad: Cartier Ronde Louis Cartier

Worn as a dress watch with a tux or to a boardroom meeting with a suit, Dad will always look dapper with a classic like the Cartier Ronde Louis Cartier (approx. THB 587, 845). The 42mm watch features an 18K pink gold case, a beaded crown set with the signature Cartier sapphire cabochon, and a silver flinqué dial. Roman and Arabic numerals adorn the dial, with blue apple-shaped hands, and a rail-track minute circle. Elegant, sophisticated, and fitting for any occasion, it’s a timepiece for Dad that will never go out of style.          

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Father's Day Gift Watches: Frederique Constantin

For the jet-setting dad: Frederique Constant Classic Worldtimer

Be it for business or for pleasure, if there is one thing the avid globe-trotting dad needs, it is this: a worldtimer watch. The Frederique Constant Classic Worldtimer (approx. THB 133,145) is a beautiful option, featuring a stainless steel case and striking green dial on a green alligator strap. The worldtimer complication adorns the face of the watch, with a world map at its centre, and luminous indexes to encircle it. There’s also a date counter at 6 o’clock, a 24-hour disc with day-night indication, and a city disc with 24 cities. A wonderfully worldly watch for Dad to keep track of time not only wherever he may be, but also back at home (or where his beloved children are).

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Father's Day Gift Watches: IWC

For the dad who loves a bit of tech: IWC Portugieser Tourbillon Hand-wound

There are dads that don’t know how to open a PDF on a computer, and there are dads that take apart and put together again the motherboard of your laptop even after the third time you spill your iced tea on it. This one is for the latter dads. A tourbillon timepiece with an aura of maturity, the IWC 43.2mm Portugieser Tourbillon Hand-wound (approx. THB 2,113,650) features a white gold case, and see-through sapphire glass caseback. The slate-coloured dial is adorned with a flying minute tourbillon, rotating around its own axis every 60 seconds. Complete with a dark brown alligator leather strap from the House of Santoni, it’s a timepiece with true character for a man of great wisdom.

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Father's Day Gift Watches: Patek

And for the dad for generations to come: Patek Philippe Calatrava

Ending our list with the star of them all, a Patek Philippe is quite possibly the most exquisite watch you could gift your dad. As the famous saying goes, “You never actually own a Patek Philippe – you merely look after it for the next generation”, the classic Calatrava (THB 1,108,100) is the kind of watch that can make for a stunning family heirloom. One of the finest symbols of the Patek Philippe style, the self-winding Calatrava is an understated yet elegant watch, featuring a silvery opaline dial with a hand-guilloched centre, gold applied hour markers, and a white gold case. A throw-back design that will manage to remain relevant from father to son or daughter, for generations to come.

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This article first appeared on Lifestyle Asia Bangkok on 26 November 2018. 

Lisa Gries
Managing Editor, Bangkok
Lisa loves to travel, and is always on the lookout for the world’s best nap spots. She’s a serious Asian art history nerd, and has a knack for languages and coffee table books. She hopes to publish her own novels one day, one of which will likely be called ‘All The Great Conversations I Had In A Bangkok Speakeasy.’ It’s a work in progress.