Forget neck and bow ties or matching pocket squares. He already has too much of them in his closet, anyway. And no, your dad doesn’t need another screwdriver set for Father’s Day. For sure, he would better appreciate a gift that’s been wrapped with much thought put into it. Something that reflects his own personality. Something that he can use all the time.
Giving your dad a watch, specially on Father’s Day, ticks all these boxes. It may be more traditional for him to buy his son a watch, but a timepiece is always a good gift idea no matter whose wrist it’s intended for. It’s also a sweet way of showing how much you appreciate all those times he patiently spent teaching you how to ride a bike, picking you up at ungodly hours (when you still didn’t have your own ride), and working long hours in the office just so he could bring home the bacon.
It may sound simple, but picking out a watch that matches your dad’s personality and style can be a little tricky. And with only two weeks to go before Father’s Day (it falls on 18 June this year), who has enough time to sift through thousands of choices out there? To help you out, we’ve put together this list of watches you can consider getting dad on his special day.
Heritage Black Bay S&G (steel and gold) gets its overall shape, domed dial, and crystal from the Big Crown, Tudor’s first waterproof watch that came out in 1958. While retaining the lines and proportions that Heritage Black Bay is known for, Tudor updated its signature look with yellow gold rotating bezel and winding crown and a steel bracelet.
Fitted with Manufacture Caliber MT5612, this variation of a 2015 movement beats to a frequency of 4 Hz with a 70-hour power reserve. For the first time, this diver’s watch now comes with a date feature.
If your dad prefers a more unconventional watch, the Hublot Spirit of Big Bang in a satin-finished, polished, and microblasted 18k King Gold case might be just right for him. It comes with black structured lined rubber straps and black ceramic titanium buckle clasp, and its 45mm polished sapphire crystal bezel is held in place by six titanium screws in a barrel-shaped case — which makes it look bold and a little intimidating.
Underneath its tough-looking exterior is an old soul of El Primero, which was reworked and rebranded into an automatic chronograph movement called HUB4700. It also operates in a 50-hour power reserve.
Featuring a blue, sun-brushed dial and matching calf-leather straps with alligator patterns, Maurice Lacroix Aikon Chrono is a pretty handsome timepiece. It is crafted with diamond-cut hour, minute and second hands in rhodium execution inside a 44mm stainless steel and sapphire case crystal case. More importantly, it is precise in telling the time as it houses a quartz chronograph movement.
One of the latest masterpieces from the contemporary Swiss watch brand, the Hautlence Moebius features an impressive one-piece sapphire crystal case, which allows a panoramic (even hypnotic) view of a double-axis tourbillon that seem to float inside. Reading the time may be a bit challenging, but it can also be fascinating. The watch features a playful chain-link hour display hour on the left, a large retrograde minute display in the centre, and a power reserve on the right side.
The Ball Watch created this limited-edition Engineer Master II Aviator to commemorate the company’s 126 years of watchmaking. Designed with large 12th and 6th hour displays, its hands and dials are fitted with luminescent micro gas tubes. This makes the timepiece completely readable even in total darkness. This 46mm stainless steel case is the only Ball timepiece fitted with a rubber strap, and has only 300 pieces available.
Dads who travel a lot will surely love the Breitling Chronoliner B04 Boutique Edition. An automatic chronograph, it has a second timezone display and a high-tech ceramic rotating bezel that is meant to read the third timezone – both in 24-hour scales. These make it easy to measure flight times during long-haul flights. Accentuating this flight captain’s watch are a blue bezel and dial with a matching Aero Classic rubber strap.
Powered by a movement that is just 1mm thin, Rado True Thinline is the slimmest high-tech ceramic timepiece from the Swiss watch brand. Light and minimalist in design, it features a polished scratch-resistant case and bracelet in plasma ceramic with blue details rounding off its sporty-chic look. It also has a deep blue dial that contrasts with the rich grey shine of the plasma piece.
One of the most popular timepieces in Longines’ Heritage range, the Lindbergh Hour Angle Watch is a vintage-style timepiece with its hours painted black against a white lacquered dial, and blue steel hands. It has a stainless steel bezel that frames a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal glass. Fitted with a brown alligator leather strap, this 47.5mm beauty houses a self-winding mechanical movement and packs a 46-hour power reserve.
For the tech-savvy dad, consider Montblanc’s Smartwatch Summit. Combining fine Swiss watchmaking traditions with the most advanced wearable technologies, this first-ever smartwatch from Montblanc has a summit-shaped fitness watch face (inspired by the elegant 1858 collection) that can track daily goals. The 46mm case — made from PVD-coated stainless steel with satinated finishing — is water resistant and is only 12.5mm thick. It runs on an Android Wear 2.0 operating system that is compatible with both iPhones and Android smartphones, with apps that can be directly downloaded into the gear via direct WiFi connectivity.
This Jaeger-LeCoultre watch commands attention with its stainless-steel case (49.4mm x 29.9mm) with a silver grained main dial. The Reverso Tribute Moon’s date indicator features a blue opaline-finished face with a moon disk surrounded by a starry vault. Meanwhile, a pair of dauphine hour and minute hands as well as appliquéd baton hour-markers rotate around the contrasting dials — lending a stylish and modern look to the entire timepiece.