The Best Gifts for Watch Lovers
Whilst you may not be able to buy your watch lover friend a new watch just yet, there are a number of super cool gifts that they will definitely get his or her heart ticking. Discover a ton of great gift ideas for watch lovers.
We have put together a list of some of the best gifts for watch lovers and watch collectors. Whether your watch-loving friend or family is more luxury or more hipster, we have some great gift ideas for you.
WOLF – The Rocket – $ 290
If you are looking for a high-end quality watch winder, then it’s difficult not to fall on WOLF during your Google search. Their patented technology enables WOLF watch winders to count the precise number of rotations when in use, whereas other watch winders just make an estimate. They are pre-programmed to turn 900 turns per day and have three settings: Clockwise, Counter-Clockwise, and Bi-directional.
The Wolf The Rocket is the smallest travel watch winder in the world. It is tiny enough to cradle in your palm, function flawlessly within any hotel safe, slip into your overnight hold-all, or pack for an extended vacation abroad. Simply said, The Rocket provides the ideal wind for your watch at any time and in any location.
Watches & Pencils – From $55
Dutch illustrator Teun van Heerebeek combines his love of watches with his passion for art to produce watch-inspired art, to our great delight! He always starts his work by sketching with a pencil, hence the name Watches & Pencils. There are lots of different options, such as the “Rolex Explorer” and the “Panda Dial” seen below. Available in different paper sizes, each one is personally produced and signed by the artist. If you have a particular watch your watch-loving friend would like him to draw or a crazy idea that could inspire him, you can even commission a piece!
MB&F M.A.D. Gallery – Something for Everyone
MB&F, which stands for Max Busser & Friends, is known for its incredible mechanical watches that defy everything you thought you knew about time. Back in 2011, they opened their first MB&F M.A.D. Gallery in Geneva, Switzerland, followed by Taipei in 2014, Dubai in 2016, and Hong Kong in 2018. Smaller galleries called MB&F Labs open in Beverly Hills, Bangkok, and Singapore in 2022.
The concept is ground-breaking, with 50% watch boutique and 50% art gallery all dedicated to the world of mechanical and kinetic art. The galleries showcase MB&F’s Horological and Legacy Machines, as well as Co-creations such as table clocks made with L’Epée 1839 and music boxes made with Reuge – as well as carefully picked artworks by diverse artists from across the world. You are sure to find something for every lover of mechanical watches and every budget.
LOUPE Systems – From $ 580
All of the loupes from Loupe Systems can be mounted on the iPhone or iPad of any watch lover, so they can take amazing macro photography or video of their watch. They come with two interchangeable black silicone rubber top elements. The first one gives a 40mm wide viewing field on the 6X Model 01 and 60mm on the 3X Model 02. The second one places the eye closer to the loupe allowing for a wider 50mmm viewing field on Model 01 and 70mm on Model 02.
Kross Studios TIE Advanced x1 Watch Winder – $2,500
If your friend is a watch lover and a Star Wars fan, you can’t go wrong with the Star WarsTM themed TIE Advanced x1 Watch Winder from Kross Studios. A fully operational art piece in solid black anodized aluminum with an integrated winding engine inspired by the TIE Advanced x1 starfighter piloted by Darth Vader in Star Wars: A New Hope. Hand-finished and assembled in-house, the sculpture measures 20cm long, 28cm wide, and 17cm high, with a total weight of 4kg. The watch winder is equipped with an infrared sensor that detects when you put your watch in the winder.
MijMoj Oak Watch Stand – £ 44
These beautifully handmade solid oak watch stands from MijMoj, are a fun addition to any watch lover’s bedside table or desk. They are perfectly designed to display and organize their precious watches with a choice of a stand for 3, 4, or 5 watches. For an extra £5, you have can add a personalized text in the front with great options to choose from or simply choose your own. Adding an acrylic case cover to keep their watches safely away from any harmful elements is also an option.
Ticket to La Chaux-de-Fonds in Switzerland
This is the absolute holy grail for any real watch nerd, a ticket to the sleepy Swiss mountain town on the border of France. This is where the behind-the-scenes watchmaking magic happens and is home to manufacturers such as Girard Perregaux, Breitling, and Cartier, to name but a few. La Chaux-de-Fonds has been dubbed the Silicon Valley of the watchmaking industry, and it has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2009. A trip here, coupled with a few factory tours, is a gift that can’t go wrong.
Wolf Windsor 5 Piece Watch Box – $215
When you are looking for a gift for a watch lover, you are bound to find something that catches your eye on Wolf 1834. They make everything from watch rolls to watch safes. The Wolf Windsor 5-piece watch box comes in 3 different versions, all in top grain leather exteriors with a choice of black or brown and ultra-smooth black, purple, or orange suede lining. It features chrome-finished hardware and a lockable glass cover.
Erika’s Originals Straps – from $80
Erika’s Originals straps come in all colors and sizes, making it a great gift to update any watch lovers’ watch. Each of the patented MN Straps is made from in-house woven elastic nylon webbing that not only adjusts to your wrist but regulates moisture making it one of the most comfortable watch straps out there. Each strap can be personalized with your choice of stitching color, buckle style, and printing or laser engraving.
Horological School of New York – $ 215
If the person you’re shopping for is interested in dabbling but hasn’t yet learned the watchmaking skills, the Horological Society of New York’s Virtual Horological Tutoring, accessible in small group sessions and one-on-one tutoring, could be a great present idea.
The Horological Society of New York has provided public classes taught by expert watchmakers since the 1950s. These award-winning workshops advance HSNY’s purpose by making horological knowledge accessible and fun for the public. In their first workshop Horology 101: Movement Mechanics, a watchmaker will teach you how a mechanical watch mechanism works and how to use watchmaking equipment properly. You will then disassemble and rebuild a mechanical watch movement. There is no prior experience necessary.
Juvo Luxury A1 Single Watch Winder – $350
A watch winder is a perfect gift for any watch lover who owns an automatic watch. When they take their watch off, they can simply place it in the winder guaranteeing that it will continue running until they choose to wear it next. The Juvo Luxury A1 single watch winder features a contemporary high gloss wood panel exterior with a patented aluminum extrusion design, a front glass cover, and a black watch holder. It runs on both AC power or AA batteries and comes with a 2-year manufacturer’s warranty.
The Wristwatch Handbook by Ryan Schmidt – $ 58
The Wristwatch Handbook by Ryan Schmidt is the perfect gift for the watch lover that is starting his collection. A comprehensive guide to all mechanical movements with more than 450 illustrations from leading watch brands. Divided into two sections; the first gives the reader an understanding of what a mechanical movement is. The second section explains all of the different complications or functions that you can find in a mechanical watch.
Lorenzi Milano Roll on Watch Case With Watch Tools – $850
Lorenzi Milano combines craftsmanship and tradition, using only materials from natural sources. Everything they do is crafted by hand in their workshops in Italy. The Lorenzi Milano Roll-on watch case with instruments comes in soft lamb nappa leather, available in either brown or black, allowing you to wrap the watches in it safely. The watch tools are made of aluminum and stainless steel, guaranteeing the maintenance of any watch lover’s prized possessions at home or while traveling.
EVY Designs Watch Movement Cufflinks – $50
Evy Designs’ unique personalized gunmetal vintage watch movement cufflinks feature highly detailed vintage watch movements, including ruby jewels and brass cogs. For an additional $20, you can even personalize each cufflink with your own message making this a great gift for the watch lover of your choice.
Döttling “The Guardian” High-Security Traveling Case – $ 14’000
Ok, let’s be honest, if you can afford to buy the Döttling “The Guardian” high-security traveling case as a gift for your watch-loving friend, you can probably afford to buy them a watch. However, if they are the type of person who already has everything, this should tick the box. A double-walled high-security tube that is almost as hard as diamonds and is impossible to drill through. The material cannot be destroyed even using a sledgehammer. It is equipped with a GPS locator and a 3-digit high-security door lock. You can store up to 6 wrist watches with a little place left over for some extra cash.
Watchrats Socks – $25
WatchRats makes socks, and yes, you guessed it – with watches on them. Their latest addition is the Jumbo Genta socks which feature watches designed by the famous watchmaker Gerald Genta. Made from sumptuous cotton; this is a fun gift for any watch lover out there. They also make handkerchiefs, face masks, and phone cases.
Smythson Mara Travel Watch Roll – $475
This crocodile-embossed leather Smythson watch roll is the perfect way to keep your wristwatches safe whilst traveling. Made from Smythson’s signature premium calf leather, it features a suede lining and a removable padded roll. It can even be personalized with your gold-stamped initials.
ART of Horology – From $25
Art of Horology was founded by Liam and Clare, a husband and wife team who share a passion for watches. There are over 50 prints to choose from, but you can custom order watch art for any watch you would like. A perfect gift for any watch enthusiast. They even do T-shirts and baseball caps with your favorite watch on them.
The Magic of Watches – $44.99
The Magic of Watches by Louis Nardin is a smart introduction to fine watchmaking for watch lovers who are looking to further their watch knowledge. Louis Nardin explains how and why watches are so precious and fascinating. Why is a million-dollar watch sometimes more fragile than a 15-dollar one? How does a mechanical movement work? How does a quartz watch work? A unique publication that focuses on the basics so that the reader can better understand watches.
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