A watch is one of the most meaningful gifts a guy can receive. With a long tradition of marking important milestones such as graduations, weddings and birthdays, they are also practical gifts that can be appreciated every day. If you want to show someone on your holiday shopping list a little extra love this season, these terrific timepieces will do the trick. Check out our horology gifts guide for our top picks!
FOR THE SUITORS
Show colleagues and mentors alike how much you appreciate their time with one of these classic watches.
$2,400 CAD/$2,150 USD – Available online at Longines.com and Longines Retailers
Launched in 2005, Longines is a traditional watchmaking company delivering high-end timepieces at a surprisingly affordable price point. The Longines Master Collection marries classical elegance with exceptional quality, with all pieces featuring self-winding movements. The collection boasts a wide range of dial, face, and strap options, so you’re sure to find a look that’s perfect for that special someone on your holiday shopping list.BUY NOW
$279 CDN/$195 US – Available online at DanielWellington.com, at Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom and Hudson’s Bay
The Daniel Wellington Classic Oxford Watch features an absolutely classic look with an understated charm. The blue and red NATO strap is the perfect accompaniment to the minimalist rose gold dial, ready to add instant swagger to any ensemble. 36mm and 40mm sizes are available, with a strap width of 18mm and adjustable length of 150-200mm. At a cool $195 USD, this watch is one of the best horology gifts this season.BUY NOW
$220 CDN / $185.00 USD – Available online at Skagen.com or at La Maison Simons
The Skagen Hald Mesh Watch is a showstopper in minimalist design. We love the unique, industrial look of the steel-mesh band that pairs so well with the modern, streamlined face. This 26mm watch features a sandblast dial with two-hand movement, linear indexes and mirrored bezel. With such an affordable price point, we wouldn’t be surprised if you bought one to put in your own stocking too!
FOR THE CHIC GEEK
Whether your boy is into street style or normcore, these good-looking, glow-in-the dark gadgets have plenty of features to keep them entertained.
$45 CDN/ $34.95 USD – Available at Casio.com
Casio has been a leading manufacturer of everyday digital watches for decades. The Casio Illuminator World Time AE1200WHD-1A is the perfect stocking stuffer for your favorite horology enthusiast. This stainless-steel digital watch is packed with incredible features, like a world time indicator and world map, countdown timer, LCD display, LED light with after-glow, and an alarm. Plus, it’s water resistant up to 100m, making it a great choice for swimming!BUY NOW
$220 CAD/ $180 USD – Available at Swatch.com
The Swatch Night Attack is a great horology gift, with many features making it an easy go-to timepiece. The stainless-steel case and black aluminum band add instant style to any outfit, with a techy face that’s full-on geek chic. The watch is also water resistant up to 30m and features glow in the dark hands for nightly timekeeping.BUY NOW
$80 CAD/ $55 USD – Available online at Timex.com.
The rugged Timex Expedition Vibration Alarm watch is an easy choice this holiday season. The no frills black 22mm resin strap and 43mm resign case make this a perfect gift for runners and athletes. The watch is jam-packed with features, like a 100-hour chronograph, 24-hour countdown timer, and three vibrating/audible alarms. The watch is also water-resistant up to 100 meters, making it a great option for swimming laps.BUY NOW
FOR THE GOOD SPORTS
Adventures can take place anywhere, anytime. Tell your team that you’ve got their backs with one of these rugged yet elegant sports timepieces.
$1380 CAD/$1,100 USD – Available online at Shinola.com, in Shinola boutiques, and at Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom
The Shinola Rambler Tachymeter 44 is an outstanding chronograph watch that exudes classic style. Featuring a brushed stainless-steel case, a polished bezel, dark blue dial and a tan leather strap, this is the perfect watch for any sportsman on your horology gift list. They’ll love the chronograph stopwatch feature and the tachymetric scale that lets you accurately measure speed over time.BUY NOW
$5,605.00 CAD/$4,700 USD – Available at Breitling retailers
Treat that someone special to a luxury watch this year. Breitling has been one of the hottest luxury watch brands over the past decade or so, and any horology enthusiast would absolutely melt if gifted one of these time pieces. Inspired by the original 1950s Superocean, the Superocean Heritage II brings this iconic diver’s watch into the modern era with a full range of high quality, stylish appointments.BUY NOW
$2,400 CAD/$2,150 USD – Available online at Omega.com and Omega retailers
The Omega Aqua Terra 150M Co-Axial Master Chronometer 41mm is a truly exceptional timepiece. Omega’s high-quality craftsmanship is on full display here, with the Omega caliber 8900 movement that beats at 25,200 vph and has a power reserve of 60 hours. The Co-Axial Escapement featured in this watch also provides greater precision, stability and durability. Plus, the watch is available with a number of luxurious face, dial and band options, so you can customize the perfect gift this holiday season.BUY NOW
$895 CAD/$750 USD – Available at Bulova.com or Bulova retailers
The Bulova Special Edition Chronograph C features a rugged design with a steel mesh bracelet and stainless-steel dial with blue, white and red accents. The watch’s six-hand chronograph movement features Bulova’s unique quartz movement technology for high-precision accuracy, and the watch is even water resistant up to 50 meters.BUY NOW
WHERE TO BUY?
We hope you enjoyed this horology gifts guide. Most of the above watches are available at the individual brands’ boutiques, online, or at various retailers such as Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, La Maison Simons, or Holt Renfrew in the US and Canada. Happy Shopping.
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