If there’s one thing we know about a modern watch lover, it’s that there’s always room for a new timepiece in his collection. That brings us to the following Father’s Day Gift Guide, which covers the full spectrum of price points, styles, accessories, and brands. As you may soon discover, the world of horology has never put so many high-quality choices at your disposal as it does at this very moment. From indestructible G-SHOCKs to iconic IWC Big Pilots, you’re just a few clicks away from making this a Father’s Day for the ages. And remember that there’s a good chance Dad will pass some of his cherished pieces onto you when the time is right, so choose wisely.
Seiko Prospex 1965 Diver’s Modern Re-Interpretation Save the Ocean Special Edition
In partnership with Seiko
The story behind the latest Seiko Prospex line is as legendary as the watches themselves. Each one harkens back to a 1960s or 1970s predecessor that was once worn by explorers and researchers during Arctic and Antarctic expeditions. Reinterpreted to meet modern standards, the new pieces are built to last, distinguished by a glacial theme, and committed to various marine conservation efforts.
Amongst the handful of updated models, the 1965 edition may very well be our personal favourite. It pays direct tribute to an ultra-reliable and highly legible diver’s watch, which was crafted to withstand the harshest conditions. Similarly robust, the contemporary version features an icy dial face of deep blue, flanked by a one-way rotating bezel and stainless steel case.
Powered by an automatic movement, Seiko Prospex’s limited edition diver produces an impressive 70-hour power reserve. It’s water-resistant to 200m, dressed to impress, and always ready for adventure. Get one for Dad and witness its versatile sense of style as he turns heads across a slew of terrains. Great design. Great cause. Great heritage. Great watch. –SPB297J, AU$1,950
Longines Spirit Zulu Time Watch L3.8184.108.40.206
In partnership with Longines
Swiss watchmaker Longines is an ongoing pioneer of the classic aviation watch, with a signature winged hourglass logo and decades-spanning legacy to show for it. That legacy continues with the Longines Spirit Zulu Time, a masterful piece that combines historic benchmarks with aesthetic upgrades and modern innovations to glorious effect. We previously went hands-on with this brilliant stunner and can’t recommend it highly enough. Get one for your watch-loving dad and prepare to make his year.
It was 1925 when Longines produced its first watch with the ability to span multiple time zones, and the Spirit Zulu Time blazes a trail back to that original groundbreaker. The word “Zulu” (or Z for short) is in reference to the universal time zone of the same name, used by aviators and members of the armed forces. Historic underpinnings aside, it’s also just a stylish sports watch and a high-performing one at that, hence the 5-star chronometer certification. May it serve your dad well across a slew of adventures.
Q Timex Reissue
A callback to their original quartz classic, the Q Timex Reissue delivers a Rolex-style aesthetic at a fraction of the price. This is a retro revival done right and it will cost you less than US$200. Choose between a variety of colourways. – US$179
UNDONE Type 20 Classic
Premium design and unbeatable value are the recurring themes over at UNDONE and this aviation watch keeps the trend alive and well. It takes direct inspiration from a 1950s predecessor that was once issued to French military pilots. Classic indeed. – US$309
Hamilton American Classic Intra-Matic
Hamilton’s watches strike an expert balance between American craftsmanship and Swiss precision and this signature chronograph is no exception. It updates a 1968 predecessor with an exclusive automatic movement and stunning Panda dial, bringing killer vintage style into the present with palpable panache. – CHF$2,150
Citizen Promaster NY0071-81E
Hailing from the Promaster Marine Collection, this mechanical timepiece employs ultra-hard mineral crystal glass and a super titanium bracelet. Lighter and stronger than the standard stainless steel counterpart, it delivers a 40-hour power reserve and water-resistance to 200m. We love its combination of emerald green bezel and black dial and your dad will too. – AU$749
Casio G-SHOCK Carbon Core Guard GA2100-1A
Forged from a high-strength resin material with carbon reinforcement, this analog/digital G-SHOCK is ultra-thin and ultra-tough. Water-resistant to 200m and loaded with functional features, it’s ready for all the action you can throw its way. – AU$200
Seiko ‘Turtle’ SRPE93K Prospex
Seiko’s iconic ‘Turtle‘ is an automatic dive watch that punches well above its price tag. Measuring 44.3mm in diameter, it bears the design hallmarks of an instant classic and comes protected by patented Hardlex crystal glass. – AU$725
IWC Big Pilot’s Watch 43 (IW329301)
IWC’s Big Pilot series is having a banner year and with good reason, as each model cultivates the absolute best in prime legibility, technical performance, and minimalist design. This particular iteration puts Rhodium-plated luminescent hands and white markers over a deep-black dial and runs on a Swiss-made calibre 82100 automatic movement with a 60-hour power reserve. Accept no substitutes. – AU$12,900
Bell & Ross BR 03-92
This eye-popping aviator watch renders massive impressions out of every spare detail. It takes direct inspiration from cockpit dials, hence the circle-in-a-square juxtaposition of its unmistakable case. Pair that with an in-house movement and a cobalt sunray display and you have all the trappings of a minimalist masterpiece. – AU$4,707
Piaget Polo Date G0A47014
Our journey through luxury terrain continues with this sporty stunner from Swiss masters Piaget. We can run down the features but who needs to do that when the watch’s visual prowess speaks for itself?
Rado Captain Cook Automatic
Vintage detail and modern performance collide on Rado’s groundbreaking Captain Cook collection. Choose from amongst a wide variety of styles, strap up, and take to the world outside your door like the explorer you are.
Swatch Clearly Gent
Swatch’s quartz-powered watch and its bio-sourced plastic case offer a transparent window into the heart of time itself. For those on a budget, this one’s a no-brainer. – AU$115
Garmin fēnix 6 Pro & Sapphire
GPS smartwatches have come a long way in little time and the resilient fēnix is here to prove it. Touting a streamlined and utterly wearable design, it delivers a seemingly endless host of advanced functions. Use it for up to 14 days on a single charge as you track fitness metrics, view pre-loaded ski maps, stream music without a phone, and more. – AU$1,149
Huawei Watch GT 3 Pro
Equal parts functional and fashionable, Huawei’s GT 3 Pro allows you to alternate between a wide array of stylish dial faces. It also charges quickly and comes with a slew of fitness features, including heart rate monitoring and over 100 workout modes. – AU$799
WOLF Axis Double Watch Winder with Storage
When it comes to watch accessories, there is nothing more prestigious or awe-inspiring than a high-quality watch winder and WOLF is the undisputed king. The legendary WOLF Winder brand has been dishing out premium travel, upkeep and storage options for over 175 years, making sure dad’s timepiece gets the love and attention it deserves. This Axis Double Watch Winder with Storage is crafted from copper plated laser cut perforated steel, delivering a modern aesthetic complete with clean, sleek lines. Best of all, it can be set between 300 and 1,200 turns per day, moving in clockwise, counter-clockwise and bi-directional actions. If dad has a revered timepiece that deserves to be on display, only a WOLF Winder will do. – AU$1,219
Ritche NATO Strap
Is your dad the kind of guy who likes to buy his own watches without exception? Fret not because he can always use more premium NATO straps. These ones combine ballistic nylon with stainless steel hardware and come in various colours and sizes. – AU$50
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