Ho, ho, ho. The holidays are fast approaching. While we’ve yet to cut the turkey and give thanks for the things for which we’re grateful, it probably isn’t too early to start practicing your best “thank you face” on the off chance your friends and/or family gift you with a luxury watch this yuletide.
I know you want that to happen. We want that to happen too. That’s why the team at Bob’s Watches has decided to put together the ultimate holiday gift guide to aid your nearest and dearest in finding the perfect watch with which to fill your stocking.
To keep things simple, we’ve narrowed down our advice to nine distinct categories based on lifestyles and personal opinions (you can never have too many of either). Suggestions range from the most iconic pieces the industry has ever produced to lesser-known gems hiding just off the beaten track. Hopefully, you’ll be able to find something that strikes a chord with your watch-adoring loved ones.
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Watches for The Jet-Setter
For those air-mile hoarding, wanderlust-ridden, itchy-footed globetrotters we have assembled a hanger full of options to help you navigate your way towards a purchase.
In the Jet-Setter category, you’ll find all of the usual offenders that never seem far from seasoned travelers’ wrists, as well as a host of nuanced options that work just as well for the experienced collector or the industry neophyte looking to set themselves apart from the pack.
Watches for the Driver
It is pretty common for those who show an interest in watches to also have at least a passing interest in automobiles. While the sheer size and function of a car makes it seem (to the uninitiated, at least) like far more “value” for the money than a luxury wristwatch, the cross-appeal of these items doesn’t really come down to cost at all – it’s all about the mechanics, intricacy, and artisanship of both disciplines. And if your beau is a closet motor-head, why not drag them out into the light with a motor-sport-themed timepiece?
On the track, a fine wristwatch can be used to time the cars’ performance, and while off the track, it becomes a placid companion on long drives to nowhere. Both industries are known for pushing the boundaries of what is possible in pursuit of incremental gains in speed or accuracy, and as such, the wealth of options available in the Driver category is vast.
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Watches for the Collector
Buying watches is not necessarily the same as collecting watches. Specific types of watches, normally those with immense provenance rooted in history, appeal more to those looking to build a collection that focuses either on a particular style of watch or attempts to assemble an assortment that collectively gives an overview of the entire industry.
At the very highest echelon, watch collecting may not even be about wearing a piece, and so the regular considerations that run through the minds of would-be purchasers need not apply. In the Collector category, we put forward a selection that takes these niche desires into account, and zeroes in on the rare and “important” pieces that collectors frequently aim to add to their haul.
Watches for the Pilot
Not many of us can take to the skies in the cockpit of a plane with the controls at the mercy of our fingertips; however, for some people, this is a regular occurrence. And for others with a keen interest in aviation and its history, pilot’s watches or other timepieces inspired by those who live above the clouds make for the perfect everyday timekeeping companions.
Known for large, highly legible dials in simple cases with massive, oversized crowns (for ease of operation while wearing gloves), the pilot watch genre is one of the fastest-growing within the luxury watch industry, and some of the most advanced models in the Pilot category are fitted with chronograph complications or are even capable of displaying multiple time zones.
Luxury watches make great holiday gifts and were built to last a lifetime.
Watches for the Classic Man
The idea of what it means to be a man is changing, but how a gentleman might choose to outfit himself has remained remarkably constant. Classically-sized watches (those with smaller diameters and slimmer profiles) have enjoyed something of a renaissance recently, which is good news for the dapper dude looking to add a vintage or heritage piece to his collection.
In the Classic category, dressier styles and precious metals abound. Watches that look more at home with a finely tailored suit than board shorts and sneakers are the order of the day. In terms of aesthetic longevity, it is (and always has been) hard to beat the timeless aesthetic of a traditional timepiece.
Watches for the Athlete
Sports watches are a popular category for their dynamic styling, robust cases, and high-frequency movements; tool watches tend to be made for the field with grittier designs, a functionality-first mindset, and reliable workhorse calibers. While few athletes would wear a luxury timepiece while competing, those that pursue extreme sports often find themselves in need of a mechanical companion to go along with their regular electronic kit.
The Athlete category encompasses both the watches the modern-day adventure would wear en route to the summit of Everest, alongside the vintage models used by explorers of the past, such as the early dive watches that Jacques Cousteau can often be seen slipping onto his wrist before strapping on an air tank and descending into the depths of the ocean.
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Watches for Him and Her
With more women than ever interested in luxury watches and the craft of traditional mechanical watchmaking, an increasing number of brands are now producing horologically interesting watches that can be comfortably worn (and look great) on any wrist, regardless of size or gender. The His & Hers collection consists of amazingly versatile watches with appealing designs and neutral case sizes, which can be worn by both him and her.
Our very own Founder and CEO, Paul Altieri, has gone through the vault to bring us his hand-picked choices for this holiday season. As a world-renowned watch collector, Paul’s personal taste offers an intriguing insight into the mind of an industry veteran, who knows what he likes and, crucially, why he likes it.
Bob’s Watches COO Carol Altieri has chosen to focus on pre-owned luxury timepieces from across the board. With customers ever more adamant that a luxury watch purchase should be a value buy, the secondary market provides an excellent place to seek out your next piece of treasure at a reasonable price. With watches ranging from the modern day to curious models almost forgotten by the industry, Carol’s choices reveal exactly what is out there to whet the appetites of experienced and first-time buyers alike.
Shop our Holiday Gift Guide today and find the perfect gift for the watch collector in your life.