It’s almost Father’s Day here in Australia and if your dad is a man of taste and style, then he’ll definitely appreciate a new watch. As it just so happens, we’re quite passionate about horology ourselves, so much so that we have an entire section dedicated to it. Suffice it to say, if you’re seeking the perfect gift for your watch-loving father, you’ve come to the right place.
In our Father’s Day Gift Guide, you’ll discover a variety of models, sizes, materials, movements, features, styles, and prices. It all comes to us from legendary names like IWC, Raymond Weil, TAG Heuer, Breitling, G-SHOCK, and more. For good measure, we’ve also included a number of accessories that no true watch-lover can do without. Make Dad proud by putting some quality around his wrist this year.
Note: Father’s Day in Australia is on the 1st Sunday of September which is a different day to the USA and UK which is on the 3rd Sunday of June, but it doesn’t mean you can’t still shop the gift ideas listed below!
The Raymond Weil Freelancer Calibre RW1212
In Partnership with Raymond Weil.
Brilliant in every conceivable sense of the word, the Raymond Weil freelancer delivers quintessential Swiss horology. A skeletonised aperture on the dial face provides a window into the watch’s very soul, i.e. a diamond-polished balance wheel of impeccable detail. This is a special one, indeed.
Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch Professional
A living legend if there ever was one, the Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch Professional is quite literally fit for a trip to the moon. Its namesake predecessor was, after all, the watch that Buzz Aldrin was wearing when he first stepped onto the lunar surface. Under the skin of this updated chronograph is virtually the same hand-wound movement used by Aldrin and other NASA astronauts. It all comes packed within a 42mm case of stainless steel and delivered in a special presentation box. That’s one small gift for Dad, one giant leap for his excitement.
The Longines Legend Divers Watch
Dressed in black PVD coating, the Longines Legend Divers Watch fuses retro heritage and modern mechanics to sheer perfection. The result is a best-of-all-worlds stunner, which comes powered by self-winding mechanical movement and offers water resistance to 30 bar. If Dad gets his dive on, he’ll love it. And even if he doesn’t, he’ll still love it.
TAG Heuer Autavia Bronze
Few watch-lovers would argue with TAG Heuer’s new Autavia Range, which cranks up the distinction on its bronze model. As if the exquisite design wasn’t already enough, the watch comes bolstered by a revolutionary isograph, i.e. a proprietary oscillator with carbon composite hairspring and tailor-made balance wheel. Be forewarned: if you buy this timepiece as a gift, you might be very tempted to keep it for yourself.
IWC Big Pilot’s Watch Annual Calendar Spitfire
IWC’s best models come roaring out of aviation history and the Big Pilot’s Watch Annual Calendar Spitfire is no exception. Named for the single-seat fighter aircraft once used by the Allies during WWII, it renders an immediate and formidable impression. Don’t take all those vintage cues to mean the watch is anything short of brilliant in the performance department. In-house manufactured 52850 Caliber movement and its host of complications sees to that.
Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe Chronographe Flyback
Thick, sleek, powerful, and water-resistant to 30 bar, Blancpain’s Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe Chronographe Flyback is a diver watch out of Dad’s wildest fantasies. Features include a unidirectional satin-brushed ceramic bezel with ceramic insert, Liquidmetal hour markers, a black dial, and a black ceramic case. This one goes out to all the thrill-seeking fathers out there.
Breitling Premier B01 Chronograph 42 Norton
Celebrating a partnership between Breitling and British motorcycle-maker Norton, the Breitling Premier B01 Chronograph 42 Norton strikes a handsome balance between form and functionality. That’s not to mention choice details like the Norton motorcycle emblem on the transparent case-back, the subtle gold tones, and the applied Arabic numerals. Driving home the watch’s rugged allure is a raw brown leather strap.
Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde Quantieme Satin-Brushed Blue
Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde Quantieme Satin-Brushed Blue sounds pretty fancy and the avant-garde design follows suit. Putting overlapping dials and 18-karat white gold indexes against a satin-finished sunray blue backdrop, the distinguished dress watch makes for a veritable eye-popper. Get it for Dad and class him up a bit, will you?
Glashütte Original SeaQ
Expect a smile to pop up on Dad’s face as soon as he sees the name Glashütte Original on the presentation box. Upon discovering the Spezialist Collection’s SeaQ within, he might let out a gasp of pure delight. That’s because the brand and watch alike are downright quintessential examples of modern horology done right. With its stainless steel case of 39.5mm, this one puts big things into a tight package.
Bell & Ross BR 03-92 Diver Green Bronze
As if culled from the recesses of a sunken vessel, the BR 03-92 Diver Green Bronze signifies everything that makes Bell & Ross so unique in the first place. Limited in supply, it marries bronze and olive green to extraordinary effect. The watch is water-resistant to 300m and further distinguished by its gold-plated indices and hands, all of which have been given the SuperLuminova treatment. Dad won’t know how to thank you.
Nothing captures the spirit of adventure quite like G-SHOCK, which has been the brand of choice among extreme athletes and outdoor enthusiasts for decades. That brings us to the GMW-B5000D-1, a full-metal iteration with fine resin shock absorbers and smartphone connectivity. Like so many models before it, this one is built to last and loaded with functionality. It’s also quite affordable.
Grand Seiko “Grand Seiko Blue”
The race-car version of the Nissan Skyline 2000 GT-R is truly awesome and so is the “Grand Seiko Blue,” a 50th anniversary Seiko model crafted in the GTR’s honour. Flaunting the famous ‘Bayside blue’ colourway on its ceramic outer case, the watch delivers extreme comfort and a thrilling aesthetic in equal measure. Oh, and let’s not forget the white crocodile strap and silver white dial colour, which take their respective visual cues from Nissan’s famous white stripe. If Dad has a thing for both race cars and horology, you’re looking at the perfect gift.
Undone Type XX Watch
We’re big fans of Undone Watches and your dad will be, too. For one of the brand’s best models, look no further than The Type XX. Constructed from 316L stainless steel, the watch is light on the wrist and wallet alike. It’s also extremely durable and always ready for action, just like the 1950s aviation instrument for which it’s named. If you (or Dad) like classic style at an affordable price, check out Undone ASAP.
Watchpod Travel Watch Case
Dad might already own all the watches he needs, but does he have himself a travel watch case? If not, grab him the WatchPod, which puts a hard shell on the outside and a soft cushion within. Every aspect of this nimble product was designed to keep your watch safe, secure, and scratch-free. Plus, it’s far less costly than a nice watch.
BluShark – The Original Premium Nylon Watch Strap
Interchangeable nylon straps are all the rage these days and BluShark has this arena on lock. Choose between a variety of sizes and colourways and give Dad the gift of customisation. Not only is everything priced affordably, but this brand is one of the few to offer a premium buckle.
Esslinger “Speedmaster” Loupe
If Dad is a true watch-lover, the Esslinger “Speedmaster” Loupe makes for a thoughtful gift. What is a loupe, you might ask? It’s a special magnifying glass that creators and collectors use to view subtle details. This one comes in the form of an Omega SpeedMaster-style bezel, and looks that much cooler as a result.
Barrington Single Watch Winder
Mechanical watches require occasional winding and the Barrington Single Watch Winder is duly up to the task. Featuring a compact and stylish design, it delivers gentle rotation to ensure consistent movement over longer periods of time. Impress Dad by showing him you’ve been paying attention to his whole “watch thing” all these years.
Seiko Men’s SKX175 Stainless Steel Automatic Dive Watch
Classic and affordable, the Seiko Men’s SKX175 Stainless Steel Automatic Dive Watch pairs automatic movement with an analog display. The two-tone unidirectional bezel and stainless steel components make reference to high-end alternatives, but the price tag won’t leave you scrambling to make rent. That’s not to mention the water resistance to 200m, which is certainly nothing to scoff at.
George Daniels “All In Good Time: Reflections of a Watchmaker” Hardcover Book
Britain’s George Daniels defied his impoverished childhood to become one of the greatest watchmakers of the 20th century. In this hardcover book, the master craftsmen dives into his past, his passions, and his development of co-axial escapement, bringing readers along for the ride.
Wolf Stackable Watch Box
Wine collectors have their vintage bottles and watch collectors have their vintage models. What we’re trying to say here is that your dad might have a swath of premium watches, all of which need to be stored with care. That makes these stackable watch trays the perfect Father’s Day gift. In addition to the modular design, each tray features a glass side and ultrasuede lining. Nice!
Fluco Leather Strap
Germany’s Fluco has been around for over six decades, so it’s safe to say they know a thing or two about leather straps. If Dad favours leather and needs to swap out his old watch strap, you know what to get him this year.
Horofix Watch Bracelet Springbar Pliers Band Tool
Nothing says “watch-lover” like a man who can replace his own bracelet. If your dad is indeed one of those types, he can always use a Watch Bracelet Springbar Pliers Band Tool from Horofix. Made of quality aluminium, it will remove or insert spring bars with exacting precision. Features include two adjustable and reversible tips, which fit seamlessly between the watch’s case lug and bracelet.
It’s amazing how far fitness trackers have come in such little time. Not only can the Alpina E-Strap replace the regular strap on Dad’s watch, but it retains an elegant design by hiding its chip inside the buckle. Once secured around the wrist, it can track steps, calories, sleeping patterns, and more. Get one for Dad because a healthy watch-lover is a better watch-lover.