Like many holidays, Father’s Day is a moment to reflect and say thank you. But do you know how it all began? The origin of Father’s Day is a heart-warming tale that will bring tears to your eyes.
It was all started by a young girl called Sonora Louise Smart Dodd from Spokane USA who lost her mother when she was only 16. Her father subsequently raised her and her five younger brothers singlehandedly. One day Dodd was listening to a sermon in church about the importance of Mother’s Day and realized that it wasn’t fair that there wasn’t a day for fathers too. In 1909 she drew up a petition and appealed to her community to hold a special day for fathers as well. She wanted to hold it on June 5th, her father’s birthday, but as Spokane’s mayor needed more time to prepare the festivities, it was held two weeks later on June 19th. The date has remained across the world ever since.
A timepiece is a great gift to show how thankful you are, so if you haven’t already bought a gift, here are a few ideas for timepieces that will bring a smile this Sunday.
Hamilton Khaki Field Mechanical
Hamilton has an amazing range of affordable mechanical timepieces for men and one of our favorites is the Khaki Field Mechanical. This 38mm stainless steel timepiece comes in a range of different colors. Photographed here, is the black dial version with beige SuperLumiNova touches for reading at night and a handsome NATO strap in khaki and brown.
Price: CHF 475
Delma Shell Star
For the dad who loves a splash of color, this striking Shell Star from Delma is a great choice for Father’s Day. It comes with this eye-catching orange bezel with additional orange touches on the black dial and luminescent hands and indexes. Housed in a 44mm stainless steel case, the Shell Star is water resistant to 200 meters and is powered by a quartz movement.
Price: CHF 510
Raymond Weil Toccata
If your father is more the elegant type, how about this Toccata timepiece from Raymond Weil? It has a stunning blue sunburst dial that is paired with beautiful stainless steel indexes and hands and comes on a black leather strap. The 39mm steel watch is powered by a quartz movement and indicates the date in a window at three o’clock.
Price: CHF 701
Junghans Meister Driver Handaufzug
The Junghans Meister Driver Handaufzug is a great choice for Father’s Day with its vintage dial in gray with beige indexes and seconds sub-dial. The watch comes in a 37.7mm stainless steel case and features a manual-winding movement with a power reserve of 42 hours.
Price: CHF 1,304
Tockr Airdefender Chronograph Panda
This handsome timepiece by the American brand Tockr is a great choice for all the sporty dads out there. It features a chronograph, indicates the day and the date, has a rotating inner bezel and is water resistant to 100 meters, making it extremely practical for the active man. It comes in a 45mm stainless steel case with an open case back and is powered by an automatic movement with a power reserve of 42-44 hours.
Price: CHF 1,725
Hermès Arceau TGM
When it comes to great design and contemporary elegance, Hermès knows how to seduce its gentlemen clients. This Arceau TGM (Très Grand Modèle or Very Large Version) comes with a pure white lacquered dial that features the famous slanted numerals that bring a touch of originality to the timepiece. Other design details include the iconic Arceau case with its unique lugs that are different at the top from the bottom. The timepiece comes in a 40mm stainless steel case, with a calfskin strap (crafted in-house, of course) and a quartz movement.
Price: CHF 2,900
Eberhard & Co. “Quadrifoglio Verde” Chronograph
This brand-new limited-edition timepiece is the result of a collaboration between Eberhard & Co. and the car manufacturer Alfa Romeo that will surely appeal to automotive-loving dads. It boasts a generous 43mm stainless steel case and houses an automatic chronograph movement. The nod to Alfa Romeo can be found on the seconds sub dial at nine o’clock which sports Alfa Romeo’s iconic four-leaf clover, a lucky symbol on all its performance vehicles. The collection is limited to 250 pieces.