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Passed your exams? Top 10 Graduation Gifts for Him & Her

Even though there may not be graduation ceremonies this year, if they did the work and passed the exams, we think you may want to consider one of these top 10 graduation gifts for him and her for 2020.

This year is a highly unusual one for many graduates around the world. Some will not be having graduation ceremonies due to the global pandemic. Others will be having virtual graduations, drive-through graduations, or properly social-distanced walks. Still, the graduate in your life worked hard for the past four years to get to this point and perhaps now more than ever deserves a just reward. We think the perfect college graduation gift is time – in the form of a watch. Here we take a look at special graduation gifts, including one or two unique graduation gifts for him and for her for 2020.

Top 5 graduation gifts for Her 

Top 10 Graduation gifts for Her - watches

Movado Ultra Slim Moderna – $595

If your daughter was a student of  — or is a lover of — architecture, design, and all things Bauhaus, then Movado is a great graduation gift choice. Not only is it a highly affordable timepiece, but also the Modern Ultra Slim 35mm quartz watch is truly minimalistic in design, with just a dot at 12:00 and the hands. After all, we have our phones to tell the exact time. The famous Movado Museum dial was developed originally in 1947 by designer Nathan George Horwitt, who was a leader in the Bauhaus movement. Today, nearly 75 years later, the style is still in vogue. Just like your daughter.

Movado ULTRA SLIM - MODERN 47
Movado ULTRA SLIM – MODERN 47

Rado True Thinline -$2,100

For the young lady who likes subtlety and sophistication, the Rado True Thinline watch is an ideal graduation gift. The super-chic ultra-thin watch measures 39mm in diameter -so perfect for any wrist and is incredibly lightweight. It is crafted in high-tech ceramic – of which Rado was the pioneer in the field decades ago. It is also available in a wide spectrum of colors as part of the True Thinline Les Couleurs™ Le Corbusier series.

Rado True Thinline
Rado True Thinline

Cuervo y Sobrinos Senora Caramelo – $2,950

If she’s vibrant and full of life, consider a graduation gift that is as bold as she is: this rectangular, ergonomically curved steel Cuervo y Sobrinos watch with bright red dial and matching strap.  Caramelo, Spanish for candy, is the inspiration for this collection, which can be found in five different colors including yellow, blue, green, and orange. The colors are inspired by the bright hues found in Cuba, this Swiss brand’s birth land.

Cuervo y Sobrinos Señora Caramelo
Cuervo y Sobrinos Señora Caramelo

Hermes Galop d’ Hermes -$9500

Has your daughter always had her eye on the designer brands? Is she a lover of all things equestrian, or just all things beautiful? Either way, one of the best graduation gifts you can offer her is a watch that is as smart and sophisticated as she is. The Hermès stirrup-shaped case recalls the brand’s equestrian roots and the crown at 6:00 showcases the attention to detail and design. Even better, the simple look of the dial doesn’t belie the price tag.

Hermès Galop d'Hermès
Hermès Galop d’Hermès

Bamford Watch Department x Girard Perregaux  Cats Eye – $15,000

Easily one of the best graduation gift ideas of 2020 for her is something as rare and unique as she is. That’s why you may want to take a look at the Girard-Perregaux Cat’s Eye watches that are being customized – with authorization from the brand – by Bamford Watch Department. You can choose dial colors, hand colors, strap colors and so much more so that you give her exactly what she loves. Maybe she has a favorite color lipstick or a signature wardrobe color. Maybe it’s her school’s colors. Either way, it is a personalized graduation gift that will thrill her. Approximately $15,000 to start … but she’s worth it.

Girard Perregaux Bamford Cats Eye pink with diamonds
Bamford Watch Department x Girard Perregaux  Cats Eye

Top 5 graduation gifts for him

Top 10 graduation gifts for him - watches

Luminox Ice-Sar Arctic 1003.ICE – $495

For the young man on the go, the adventurer who likes to travel and is inclined to a profession that involves exploration and sustainability, Luminox has the answer. The brand that builds watches for the Navy Seals and Bear Grylls now brings us the Iceland-inspired Ice-Sar, for days with limited daylight and icy conditions. For a country with partial darkness several months of winter, Luminox’s unique self-powered illumination system offers a constant glow of time – for 25 years. This could be the one watch that could last most of his career.

Luminox Ice-Sar 1003.ICE blue
Luminox Ice-Sar 1003.ICE

Alpina AlpinerX -$995

Got a smart kid? Get him a smartwatch for a great graduation gift. The Alpina Alpinerx is a 45mm watch that commands a presence on the wrist. The quartz watch boasts a host of connected features that include navigational tools, charting of steps, sleep, and more, as well as text and email notifications and a list too long to provide here. The case is made of high-tech steel with glass-fiber designed for adventure and performance.

Alpina ALPINERX
Alpina ALPINERX

Breitling SuperOcean Heritage ’57 Limited Edition – $5,025

So, if your son is the type who spent summers and weekends living the surf life during college, you have no other option but to spring for the SuperOcean Heritage ’57 Limited Edition Capsule Collection.  It has all the earmarks of a laid-back summer lifestyle and it screams individuality. The colorful dial belies the technical prowess of this 42mm watch, which boasts a self-winding mechanical movement, is a C.O.S.C. certified chronometer, and is water resistant to 100 meters. Just 1,000 pieces will be made, so he will know that you selected a truly special graduation gift for him.

Breitling Superocean Heritage '57 Limited Edition
Breitling Superocean Heritage ’57 Limited Edition

BWD x Black Badger  TAG Heuer Carrera Caliber 5  Tropical Coffee Dial – $7,000

Looking for something that will forever remind him of the endless cups of coffee while crunching for exams?  Check out the new limited-edition Bamford Watch Department and  BlackBadger watches with tropical coffee dials.  Crafted in stainless steel with military coating, the watches – a limited edition of 20, so hurry – feature dials that are made using actual ground coffee. The Badgerworks coffee was specially roasted and ground at Café Da Matteo (top 5 worldwide café by Lonely Planet)  and then formed into dials and hand-finished for luster.

BWD x Black Badger TAG Heuer Carrera Caliber 5 Tropical Coffee Dial
BWD x Black Badger TAG Heuer Carrera Caliber 5 Tropical Coffee Dial

 Rolex Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona – $12,320

What young man doesn’t aspire to own a Rolex? If your son was the exceptional student, on course for a highly successful career, you could buy him his very first Rolex. Without coming off as though you’re giving a stuffy older person’s gift to him, opt for the younger auto-inspired Cosmograph Daytona model in steel. Oddly enough, steel is the hot metal of choice these days for watch lovers. The only thing is, you may get him hooked on loving watches – a long-term affair.

Rolex Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona

About the Author

Roberta Naas - Watch Journalist
Roberta Naas

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.

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