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The best watches to gift your dad on Father’s Day

There are dads who really know how to take care of themselves, adopting a healthy lifestyle by eating responsibly and working out regularly — and in case you forget, the dadbod is still a thing. There are also dads out there who don’t really pay much attention on caring for themselves — so perhaps a pampering or grooming session would be perfect as a gift for Father’s Day.

But for fathers who are constantly in the know on the latest trends and cults in fashion, it can be quite a tricky feat to get something that he’d appreciate for a long time. That’s where a functional accessory like the watch comes in fittingly. It is a gift that he can cherish for a long time, and a piece that he can show off to his peers. And with watches treading on the ‘smart’ concept, sporting a smartwatch now makes you cool and current.

Here’s where we come in with your essential guide to the best timepieces to gift your dad on Father’s Day.


Practicality is the keyword when it comes to buying a timepiece for dads. Emporio Armani’s leather strap watch is a great accessory for dads to wear during weekend brunches or for short getaways. The stylised green strap is a modern alternative to the usual black leather ones — especially if he’d like to have something that stands out in the crowd. 

RM1,500 (approx. conversion)

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G-Shock’s recent collaboration with storied jazz label Blue Note Records has birthed a unique model inspired by vinyl records. The case back is designed in the image of the vinyl, giving you a nice vintage vibe in a contemporary silhouette. This new G-Steel Watch also enables you to connect to a smartphone via Bluetooth to keep accurate time and easily change the settings including world clock, alarms and more.  It is the perfect timepiece for dads who are always on the go.


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The Vanguard Crazy Hours reflects the brand’s audacity, while bringing a unique aesthetic to the collection. Have a look at the classy black carbon case adorned with flashy applique relief numerals and tone-to-tone winding crown. The lines and curves of the timepiece give it an elegant flair with a touch of sportiness. This is a timepiece that your dad will treasure for a lifetime.

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The combination between yellow gold and black leather strap is a classic look for the suavest of dads out there. What makes this timepiece extra special is its chevron dial that is crafted with utmost precision. The stylistic geometric numerals also give an architectural feel to the watch, circled with a textured bezel in the same colour tone.

RM8,168 (approx. conversion)

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If you’re thinking for a gift for new fathers (ladies take note), think of something simple and classy — a watch that men will cherish forever. As a brand that is deeply rooted in family values, Piaget is channeling its storied heritage into the Altiplano timepiece with a watch that will only get better with time. The 40mm round 18K pink gold case features a silver dial opaline displayed in three levels: simple black indices and a date aperture at 9 o’clock on the first; two baton-shaped hour and minute hands on the second; and small seconds at 5 o’clock with its off-centred indicator (a Piaget’s signature) on the third. The timepiece is completed with a brown alligator strap with 18K pink gold ardillon buckle for an elegant and classic aesthetic that will never age. 


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The Seamaster Diver 300M is the perfect Father’s Day gift for adventurous dads everywhere. Not only does it come with a history of diving experience and technology since its creation in 1993, the timepiece also looks sharp with a suit or any office attire. Make a sleek fashion statement with this 42mm stainless steel watch that comes with laser-engraved waves on its ceramic dial, and a ceramic bezel with distinctive diving scales. The timepiece is powered with the Omega Master Chronometer Calibre 8800 for optimum performance — more reason to plan for a diving trip to bring the watch out for a ‘test dive’.


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Gift your dad an understated timepiece that screams elegance and luxury with Versace’s latest V-Urban watch. The meticulous design features a round gold patinaed case with a white sunray dial. And if your dad is the kind who doesn’t like an elaborate design, the V-Urban comes with minimal embellishment; just a Medusa head at 12 o’clock. Your dad has a choice of a gold-tone metal band or leather strap, which is perfect for every occasion.


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If you’re on the fence on what to get for Father’s Day, you can never go wrong with the gift of health and fitness. Regardless of where your dad falls on the gadget-user spectrum, Fitbit has something unique for every father to help him up his game. The Fitbit Ionic smartwatch is one that can help your dad develop a healthy lifestyle with its easy-to-use fitness tracking features, goal-based exercise modes and more. It has a longer battery life (up to a week), and are available in three different colourways.


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Martin Teo
Martin has a bent for history and food culture, especially of the Peranakan heritage. Since the pandemic, he finds joy in plant parenting and continues to expand his collection of Philodendrons, Anthuriums, and Syngoniums. He's now on a lookout for the elusive Philodendron Florida Beauty to add to his urban garden.