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Fathers Day Watch Gift Guide

Paul Altieri

Father’s Day is right around the corner but there is still time to get Dad the perfect Father’s Day watches! Rather than giving him another tie or shaving kit, try surprising him with a beautiful luxury watch and make this year one to remember. Pre-owned luxury watches are among the few things in life that are able to retain their value throughout the years, and they often get passed down from father to son, becoming cherished heirloom pieces that serve future generations.

Whether you need a gift for Dad – or you are a dad and simply want to treat yourself to something extra special this year – a luxury watch makes the perfect Father’s Day present. Below we are taking a closer look at some of the best luxury watches to give as Father’s Day gifts, along with the different types of dads that are likely to appreciate them the most.

Rolex Datejust

Fathers Day Gift Rolex Datejust 36 116233 Two-Tone Steel and Gold

Datejust Fast Facts:

  • The first Rolex Datejust introduced in 1945.
  • The world’s first watch to indicate the date through a window in the dial.
  • Rolex’s most diverse collection of watches.
  • Rolex’s best-selling watch of all time.

For the classic dad, the stereotypical man-of-the-house father figure, there is no watch more fitting than the iconic two-tone Datejust. While Rolex produces a number of ultra-famous and iconic models, there is arguably no timepiece more emblematic of the Rolex brand itself than the classic 36mm version of the stainless steel and yellow gold Datejust. If you have read our Rolex Datejust buying guide, you’ll know that the Datejust is – and always will be – the quintessential Rolex watch.

Rather than being designed for one particular environment or activity like the brand’s sports models, the Rolex Datejust is the brand’s original go-anywhere, do-anything timepiece and it has been a cornerstone offering of Rolex’s catalog since it was first created way back in 1945. Over the years, the Datejust line has become Rolex’s most diverse collection of watches, and you can now find models in a wide variety of different sizes, materials, and configurations.

Whether Dad spends his days sitting at a conference room table, relaxing at the beach, or (ideally) a little bit of both depending on the day, the Rolex Datejust is the perfect watch for the occasion and it could easily be the only watch that a person owns and wears, every day for the rest of their life.

Rolex Submariner

Fathers Day Gift Rolex Submariner 16610 Black Stainless Steel

Submariner Fast Facts:

  • The first Rolex Submariner was introduced in 1953.
  • The world’s first watch water-resistant to 100 meters (modern models water-resistant to 300m).
  • Versions issued to various military branches throughout history.
  • Available with or without a date display.

For the outdoors-oriented dad that always seems to be spending his free time in nature and braving the elements, a stainless steel Rolex Submariner is the perfect watch that is guaranteed to stand up to whatever he might encounter while out enjoying the untamed wilderness. Although the Submariner was originally designed for scuba divers, its durable construction, highly legible display, and superlative water resistance make it the perfect ultra-rugged timekeeping companion, both for use on dry land and deep below the surface of the ocean.

Similar to the Datejust, the Rolex Submariner is one of the undisputed icons of horology, and it has served as the blueprint for the classic dive watch for more than half a century. Those who are interested can learn more about that in our Rolex Submariner buying guide. Modern Submariner watches feature cases and bracelets made from highly corrosion-resistant 904L stainless steel and they offer users 300 meters (1,000 feet) of water resistance. Additionally, their rotating timing bezels enable them to be used as rudimentary timers, allowing users to track elapsed time for events up to 60 minutes in length.

Rolex Submariner watches have been used in some of the most demanding conditions on this planet and they have even been issued to various nation’s military branches, so you know that they are more than up to the task of accompanying Dad on his next outdoor adventure, whether that involves scuba diving, camping, or even just a weekend fishing trip.

Rolex Oyster Perpetual

Fathers Day Gift Rolex Oyster Perpetual 41 124300 Green Dial Stella

Oyster Perpetual Fast Facts:

  • The first Rolex Oyster Perpetual was introduced in 1931.
  • Always feature waterproof Oyster cases and self-winding mechanical movements.
  • Time-only movements with running seconds (no date displays).
  • The purest expression of the pioneering origins of Rolex.

For the understated dad – the modest man of the house who appreciates fine goods and expert craftsmanship but does not like to flaunt it, the classic Rolex Oyster Perpetual is an excellent option that offers all the hallmark features of a Rolex watch while still managing to fly under the radar. The Oyster Perpetual is Rolex’s entry-level line of timepieces that combine the brand’s two key innovations – the waterproof ‘Oyster’ case and the self-winding ‘Perpetual’ movement.

Without so much as a date display, let alone any other additional features or complications, the Rolex Oyster Perpetual adheres to a minimalist feature set and offers a classic and timeless aesthetic that can easily be dressed up or down to suit the occasion. Additionally, while all modern Oyster Perpetual watches feature time-only displays, smooth bezels, and Oyster bracelets, a wide variety of case sizes and dials colors are available, letting you choose a version that perfectly suits Dad’s wrist and unique style.

With a history dating all the way back to 1931, the Rolex Oyster Perpetual is the brand’s oldest line of watches that is still in production today, and it has served as the backbone of Rolex’s catalog for nearly an entire century.

Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch

Fathers Day Gift Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch Hesalite Stainless Steel

Speedmaster Fast Facts:

  • Omega Speedmaster was introduced in 1957.
  • Officially flight-qualified by NASA for all manned space missions.
  • Originally designed for the world of automotive racing.
  • The first watch that was worn on the moon.

For the automotive and aviation enthusiast dad, the classic OMEGA Speedmaster Moonwatch is a fantastic option that offers one of the most illustrious pedigrees in the entire history of wristwatches. First launched in 1957 as a chronograph designed for the world of automotive racing, the Omega Speedmaster soon became the official flight-qualified watch of NASA in 1965 and would later go on to be the first watch worn on the moon in 1969. Over the years, a number of different watches would become qualified for space flight, but the classic manually-wound OMEGA Speedmaster remains the only one certified for both spaceflight and EVA (use outside of a spacecraft, such as during spacewalks).

Just like the Rolex Submariner, the Omega Speedmaster is universally regarded as one of the most iconic sports watches ever created and as a testament to the success of its design, the core aesthetic of the Speedmaster has remained largely unchanged throughout the years, despite being in constant production for more than half a century. As mentioned in our OMEGA Speedmaster buying guide, this model is instantly recognizable and widely considered to be one of the finest chronograph watches ever created, the Omega Speedmaster makes the perfect Father’s Day gift for the dad in your life that can’t get enough of car racing and space exploration.

Rolex Day-Date President

Fathers Day Gift Rolex Day-Date 40 President Yellow Gold

Day-Date Oris Divers-Sixty Five

  • Rolex Day-Date was introduced in 1956.
  • The first watch in the world to display the day of the week spelled out in full
  • Exclusively crafted from precious metals (either gold or platinum).
  • An internationally recognized status symbol and the world’s most iconic gold watch.

Lastly, for the boss dad – aka mister executive and the man in charge, there is no better watch than an iconic Rolex Day-Date in solid 18k yellow gold. Since its introduction way back in 1956, the Rolex Presidential has been the brand’s flagship collection of watches and it can be spotted on the wrists of countless celebrities, world leaders, and professional athletes all over the globe.

The Rolex Day-Date was the world’s first watch to offer users a modern calendar, featuring instantaneously changing day and date displays with the day of the week spelled out in full through a window in the dial. An interesting fact you may have read on our Day-Date buying guide is that this model was only constructed from precious metals such as solid 18k gold or 950 platinum. The Rolex President is the definition of a timeless classic and it is the perfect luxury watch for the dad who spends his days closing deals from the C-suite.

Widely considered to be the world’s most famous gold watch, the Rolex Day-Date is a universally recognized statement piece that is synonymous with success and personal accomplishment. However, despite its unapologetically luxurious appearance, all modern Rolex Day-Date watches are water-resistant to 100 meters (330 feet) making them more than capable of being worn all day, every day – from the beach to the boardroom and everywhere between.

Oris Divers-Sixty Five

Oris Divers-Sixty Five

Oris Divers-Sixty Five Fast Facts

  • The Oris Divers-Sixty Five is a revival of an iconic dive watch originally released by Oris in 1965.
  • Designed for diving, the Divers-Sixty Five offers water resistance up to 100 meters (330 feet)
  • Available in a variety of materials, including stainless steel and bronze
  • The collection features a range of dial options, from classic black and dark blue to vibrant green and unique gradient effects,

The Oris Divers-Sixty Five is an exceptional choice for a Father’s Day gift, particularly due to the rich history of Oris watches and classic design, which echoes the original 1965 model. This vintage-inspired watch combines nostalgic aesthetics with contemporary watchmaking technologies, making it both a stylish and practical accessory. Its robust construction and timeless look pay homage to Oris’s deep roots in precision Swiss craftsmanship. The watch’s history of reliability and durability in various environments also mirrors the enduring strength and steadfastness of fatherly love, making it a meaningful gift.

Beyond its historical significance, the Oris Divers-Sixty Five boasts features that enhance its appeal as a Father’s Day present. With water resistance up to 100 meters, it is suitable for both everyday wear and recreational water activities, perfect for dads who enjoy an active lifestyle. The watch is available in various case materials, including the unique choice of bronze, which develops a distinctive patina over time, personalizing the watch with each wear. Furthermore, the clear, easy-to-read dial and luminescent markers make it a practical choice for all ages, ensuring that it can be cherished and used efficiently for many years. These qualities make the Oris Divers-Sixty Five not just a watch but a legacy item that fathers can eventually pass down through generations.

Paul Altieri
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