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5 Watches Dad Actually Wants For Father’s Day

June 15, 2018

BY Paul Altieri


Father’s Day is just around the corner, but don’t fret, it’s not too late to pick out the perfect gift for dad. This year, forego the last-minute gift you rush around the mall to choose and surprise him with a timepiece that shows you took the time to pick out.

For the man who’s had such a big impact on your life, there’s no better gift than a Rolex, a watch that will last a lifetime — and surely remind him of you every time he glances down at it. But when it comes to choosing a Rolex, it can be a bit daunting. Does he need an everyday watch, or something sporty? Maybe he fancies a dress watch, or you caught him drooling over a famous vintage. Here, we’ve chosen the best watches for every type of dad to help you figure it out.

For The Practical Dad: The DateJust

Just because dad is practical doesn’t mean he needs a boring watch. That’s where the Rolex DateJust comes in. This watch will transition from day to night, boardroom to boat, weekend-wear to cocktail party. With its classic looks and sturdy functionality, the dad who likes value or simply needs a no-frills everyday watch is going to appreciate a trusty DateJust.

The Rolex Datejust II

For The Practical Dad on Father’s Day: The DateJust

We suggest going for the two-toned DateJust 16233. This 36-mm watch sits on the wrist perfectly, as it’s not too big or overpowering. Plus, the 18k yellow gold and stainless steel case, bezel and Jubilee bracelet give it an elevated look that easily transitions from casual to dress wear. What we also love about this watch is the bright white face and Arabic hour markers which give it a classic and versatile look that’s easy to read. Of course, dad will always be able to know what day it is with the signature Cyclops date at 3-o’clock. Don’t think twice about this one, he’ll treasure this Father’s Day present for years to come.

For The Adventurous Dad: The Daytona

If you have a dad with a need for speed, there’s no doubt that he’ll drool over a Daytona. This timepiece is named after the Florida race track and was famously sported by racecar driver Paul Newman. This is also for he dad who deserves something truly special, as the Daytona is highly collectable and sought after by watch collectors of all kinds.

Father’s Day For The Adventurous Dad: The Daytona (Image: Robert Herjavec)

For The Adventurous Dad: The Daytona (Image: Robert Herjavec)

If you’re going to invest in a Daytona for dad, go for the ref. 116520 this Father’s Day. This 40mm stainless steel watch has bold black face with killer black and silver sub-dials and luminous hands and hour makers. This watch is also outfitted with an automatic 4130 movement, chronograph, scratch-resistant sapphire crystal, 44 jewels and a waterproof screw-down crown. At the end of the day, we guarantee dad’s going to love sporting this watch — it’s just as fun to wear and enjoy as it is to show off.

For The Dad Who’s Always On The Water: The Submariner

Is your dad always out on the boat, scuba Diving, or just hitting the beach? Then don’t look any further than the sporty and durable Submariner. While this watch has a waterproof Oyster case and screw-down crown that can withstand depths of up to 1,000 feet, we guarantee he’ll want to keep this watch on his wrist on land, too. Can you blame him with this incredible deep-blue face and bezel of the Submariner 16613?

For The Dad Who’s Always On The Water: The Submariner

For The Dad Who’s Always On The Water: The Submariner

The two-toned 40mm case and Oyster bracelet forged out of stainless steel and 18k gold give this sportsman watch an elevated look. But what you really can’t take your eyes off is that blue dial with luminescent hands and hour markers surrounded by a blue and gold bezel. In our opinion, this watch is one of Rolex’s best examples of where form meets function — the striking aesthetics pairing perfectly against the sheer sturdiness of this timepiece.

For The Dad Who Likes To Impress: The President

There are few watches as iconic, luxurious and revered as the Rolex President. Worn by American Presidents, world-leaders and CEO’s alike, there’s no doubt your dad will be in good company sporting this timepiece on his wrist. While you can easily wear this watch daily, this is also a great choice for the dad who is in need of a dress watch this Father’s Day.

The Rolex Day-Date 228238 is similar to the reference 6611

For The Dad Who Likes To Impress: The President

If you’re going to go for a President, you should go all out. We suggest the Rolex President ref. 18238 in 18k yellow gold with a pearl-like face and diamond baguette diamond hour markers. It’s inherently luxe with world-class metals and gems while remaining understated with a monochromatic look. Alongside it’s elegant face and Presidential bracelet, this watch is outfitted with a trusty 3155 automatic movement, day and date, double quickset, scratch-resistant sapphire crystal, waterproof screw-down crown. This is the kind of watch that he can wear forever, as it will always transcend time and trends.

For The Jet-Setting Dad: The GMT-Master

This timepiece was built for pilots, but even the business-traveling dad will appreciate sporting this watch as he jets from home to the office — wherever that is in the world. If you’re going to go for a GMT-Master, we suggest going for the GMT-Master II – 116710 with an iconic two-toned bezel. We love this blue and black version, dubbed the ‘Batman’ for it’s masculine look.

For The Jet-Setting Dad: The GMT-Master

This watch is revered for its ability to help pilots keep track of time as they fly across the globe, and that’s evident in every single detail — from the 24-hour ceramic bezel to the luminescent hour markers and hands, as well as the inner reflecting ring. Being GMT-Master, this watch is also outfitted with features like the impressive 3186 automatic movement, Cyclops date at 3-o’clock, Quickset, scratch-resistant sapphire crystal, waterproof screw-down crown and that famous rotating bi-directional timing bezel.





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