Passed your exams? You deserve a watch!

Whether you are finishing your exams or eagerly awaiting your results (or not so eagerly, as the case may be), why not take a break from the stress and start looking for the perfect graduation present?


Watches have always been a great gift idea to mark an important occasion and one of those special moments in life is definitely graduating from college. Leaving education for the working world is a big step in the life of any young person and a fine timepiece is the perfect way to remember all the hard work you have put into your studies.

Now, obviously, you are not going to be buying yourself a watch as you are still a poor student, so you will need to forward your wish list to your parents — who may also be poor after paying for your studies — so feel free to link in godparents and grandparents too! We are sure they will appreciate a few tips about what to get you. Here are some ideas below, but do take a look at our Watch Search too, where you will find thousands of watches in every budget.

Bell & Ross

Best known for its timepieces that replicate the shape of airplane cockpit instruments, Bell & Ross has introduced a number of new designs to its collection over the last few years and some great timepieces for ladies too. Check out the Bell & Ross BR V294 Bellytanker at CHF 4,850 and the Bell & Ross BR S Grey Camouflage at CHF 2,450.

Bell & Ross BR V294 Bellytanker
Bell & Ross BR S Grey Camouflage


Nomos Glashütte was formed two months after the fall of the Berlin wall and is the largest producer of mechanical timepieces in Germany. They also produce their movements in house, which is nothing to be sniffed at, especially at these great prices. Photographed here: The Nomos Orion Neomatik at CHF 3,630 and the Nomos Club Campus Neomatik at CHF 2,780.

Nomos Orion Neomatik
Nomos Club Campus Neomatik


Another great brand from Germany is MeisterSinger, which is renowned for its one-handed watches that indicate the time to the nearest five-minutes. This unique way of reading the time is a great way to remember to appreciate the passing of time. MeisterSinger No. 01 is priced at CHF 1,564 and the MeisterSinger Neo is CHF 1,120.

MeisterSinger No. 01
MeisterSinger Neo

Maurice Lacroix

Maurice Lacroix; based in Saignelégier, Switzerland; is a great choice for your first serious Swiss watch. The brand’s tagline is “Your time is now”, which really speaks to graduates about to embark on their journey into the professional world. See the Maurice Lacroix Aikon at CHF 1,590 and the Maurice Lacroix Fiaba at CHF 1,190.

Maurice Lacroix Aikon
Maurice Lacroix Fiaba


One of the most respected Swiss watchmakers, Jaeger-LeCoultre was the timepiece of choice for Queen Elizabeth II during her coronation in 1953. So, if you like the idea of a royal seal of approval on your watch, you can’t go wrong with a Jaeger! Take a look at the Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris Automatic at CHF 7,000 and the Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso One at CHF 5,650.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris Automatic
Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso One


When it comes to timeless wristwatches, Rolex will never go out of style. The most famous of Swiss brands has been the mark of success for over a century now. So if your grades are good, tell your parents how much you deserve one! Check out the Rolex Oyster Perpetual Submariner Date at CHF 8,100 and the Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust 36 at CHF 7,800.

Rolex Submariner Date
Rolex Datejust 36

Ralph Lauren

In 2008 Ralph Lauren partnered with Johann Rupert from the Richemont Group about a joint venture to create timepieces together, combining Lauren’s sense of style with the watchmaking group’s expertise. The watches are gorgeous as we are sure you will agree. Check out the Ralph Lauren RL 67 Safari Chronometer 45mm “Black Aged” steel with black dial at CHF 3,100 and the Ralph Lauren Stirrup Small Steel at CHF 2,300.

Ralph Lauren Safari
Ralph Lauren Stirrup


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