Everyone thinks ties, shirts, and golf balls/tees when it comes to Father’s Day, but why not think about giving some more unique Father’s Day gifts this year. Easily one of the most important things you can give is the gift of time. Wristwatches are all about showcasing time in a style that also shows off his unique personality. Even better, is the fact that you don’t have to break the bank to find the best watches to gift dad. Here we take a look at 10 best watches for Father’s Day gifts.
For the Golf Lover Dad – TAG Heuer Connected Golf Edition – $2,550
While most fathers work hard, they also like to relax a little and enjoy some time off – and that often means some time on the green. Easily one of the most unique father’s day gifts for the golf lover is the all-new TAG Heuer Connected Golf Edition watch. Designed to help improve the wearer’s golf game, it tracks scores at each hole, gives detailed information on swings and previous scores, and so much more … all while also tracking fitness, steps, heartbeat, and even text messages.
For the Conservation Minded Dad – Alpina Alpiner National Park Foundation Edition – $795
Another perfect father’s day gift, especially if dad is conservation-oriented, is the Alpina Alpiner National Park Foundation Edition watch — a piece dedicated to helping America’s impressive park system. The 42mm watch is created in collaboration with the National Park Foundation and features a forest green dial and tan leather strap with the Foundation logo. It is a North American exclusive, so hopefully, you can get your hands on one, and for each one sold, $100 is donated to the cause.
For the Tech-Savvy Dad – Montblanc Summit 2+ Titanium Sport Edition – $1,170
Father’s Day gifts can be so difficult to pick out, but if dad is tech-savvy, a hybrid connected watch makes the perfect gift for dad. The Montblanc Summit 2+ offers a nice blend of digital sophistication and traditional design. The different case finishes – black DLC steel, stainless steel, rose gold-colored and bronze-colored steel can be combined with a variety of interchangeable strap options. It offers advanced features and exclusive apps using Wear OS by Google. The 43.5mm watch, with 8GB of storage, is compatible with iOS10+ and Android 6.0+.
For the die-hard Elvis Fan – Hamilton VenturA Elvis80 – $1,425
You know, he turns up the headphones and sings along with Elvis to all of your dismay, but a die-hard Elvis dad would love to rock with the legend. How to do that? Gift him the Hamilton Ventura ELvis80 watch. With its mid-century modern triangular case, the Ventura dates back to 1957 when it was launched as the first electrical battery-powered watch. Elvis Presley loved the look and even wore it in the 1961 movie Blue Hawaii, further catapulting it to cult-like status. Today’s updates are offered in many colors and styles.
For the Avid Duck Hunter – Ball Watch’s Fireman Ducks Unlimited Camouflage – $1,375
This father’s day, think about dad’s favorite hobby and indulge in a personalized father’s day gift. Well, maybe the watch isn’t personalized, but its selection is because he will know you took the time to think of his hobbies. If dad is a big duck hunter, take a look at Ball Watch’s Fireman Ducks Unlimited Camouflage watch. With a camouflage dial and free camo NATO strap, the automatic 40mm watch is water resistant to 100 meters. Even better, it features micro-gas tubes in the hands and markers for night or early dawn reading, is anti-magnetic and shock resistant so it won’t break when he pulls the trigger. A portion of the proceeds of the sale of each watch benefits Ducks Unlimited’s conservation efforts.
For the Star Wars Fanatic – Citizen Star Wars™ Luke Skywalker – $300
Inside every great dad is a kid who most likely believed in magic or monsters, or both. Maybe he is a lover of the most beloved sci-fi movie of all time: Star Wars. If so, he probably saw himself as Luke Skywalker – out to save the planet. Now you can help him recall those robust memories this Father’s Day with a Citizen Star Wars™ Luke Skywalker watch. The stainless steel case features an aluminum brown bezel and brown leather strap with blue and green stitching to represent the colors of Skywalker’s lightsaber. The browns recall the fact that he was a farm boy first, and the beige dial boasts an embossed stamp of the Imperial Window. The case back is etched with the words, “I’m Luke Skywalker and I’m here to rescue you.” Topping it all off, the watch is powered by Citizen’s Eco-Drive technology so it never needs a battery.
For the Aviation Buff – Tutima Grand Flieger Airport – $2,500
Perfect gifts for Father’s Day are hard to come by, but if dad is an aviation enthusiast or a pilot, the Tutima Grand Flieger Airport is right up his ally. The German watch brand has been building pilot’s watches for almost a century and continues to create bold, robust watches that are highly legible instruments. This watch is easy to read, offers an ergonomic design and a distinctive blue matte dial with luminescent hands and markers. Crafted in stainless steel with a blue ceramic bezel, it houses a Manufacture-made movement. On a strap, the 43mm watch offers vintage appeal with an updated character that dad will love.
For the Dive Enthusiast – Ulysse Nardin Diver X Nemo Point – $9,900
If your dad is the active sort who enjoys a little underwater or on-water adventure, consider a father’s day gift that is right up his ally: the Ulysse Nardin Diver X Nemo Point watch. Not only is it crafted of titanium with a unidirectional carbon bezel perfect for diving, but also it boasts high-tech parts in its mechanical movement. It is part of an unveiling that celebrates the brand’s role as the Official Timekeeper of Vendee Globe challenge wherein single sailors sail around Cape Horn and Nemo Point – where the nearest landmass is more than 1600 miles away. Even if dad’s not that adventurous, he’ll still love the rugged watch. Even better, if you’re a little behind in shopping for dad or the father of your kids, it is available now on the brand’s new e-commerce site.
For the World Traveler – Frederique Constant Classic World Timer Manufacture – $14,995
For the sophisticated businessman who typically trots around the globe on business several times a year, consider a world timer watch such as the Frederique Constant Classic World Timer Manufacture. The watch offers time indications in 21 zones around the world, along with date indication and map of the continents. An iconic watch for the brand, the new World Timer watch is created in a limited edition of 88 pieces in rose gold for $14,995. But if that’s too steep for your wallet, check out the steel version at $4,195.
For the Dad Who’s Always Late – Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Control Memovox Timer – $15,600
Even though he loves you very much and has all good intentions of getting to dinner on time, or getting to that special event, sometimes dad loses track of time. This Father’s Day, the perfect gift for dad is the watch that will keep him on schedule: the Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Control Memovox Timer. An alarm watch that can be set in two different ways, the watch is inspired by the brand’s classic Memovox alarm from 1950, but with an all-new striking mechanism and even a sapphire case back for viewing the hammer as it hits the gong to sound the alarm.
About the Author
Roberta Naas is a veteran watch and jewelry journalist who began her career in the early 1980’s, and was the first female watch journalist in the United States. She is the editor and founder of the authoritative watch blog, ATimelyPerspective, has written six books on watches, writes for numerous consumer publications (including Forbes and Elite Traveler) – and always brings forth in her work the essence of what makes watches tick. She tirelessly travels the world in search of watch news and stories that she turns into compelling and enlightening articles.