Watchonista’s Dads & Grads Gift Guide

Watchonista’s Dads & Grads Gift Guide

Whether you are honoring the stalwart father figures in your life or sending recent graduates off into the world well-equipped, here are some sure-fire gift ideas that will delight dads, grads, or both.

By Mike Espindle
Executive Editor

As they say, ‘tis the season for recognizing both the fathers in our lives and the proud recent graduates we know and love.

So, with some help from Citizen Watches and a little creative ingenuity, you’ll see that the right gift can more than satisfy both camps.

How is your dad like your grad? Take a look.

Citizen Layers of Time Collection

A celebration honoring the 100th anniversary of the first Citizen watch, the watches in the new Layers of Time collection have structural and colorful dials (inspired by geological rock and mineral layers) that are universally appealing. Furthermore, with five limited edition models in the stable, you are sure to find a perfect match for any wrist on your list.

Ranging from Layers of Time versions of the burly 44.6mm Attesa Chronograph to the elegant 29.5mm Citizen L Mae (with some added sparkle from diamond-decorated indices), all five watches in this collection are driven by the renowned light-powered Citizen Eco-Drive movement technology.

Moreover, they all come in sleek, black DLC-treated cases with matching bracelets and feature gorgeously layered dials made from recycled polycarbonate and printed with cutting-edge structural inks developed by FUJIFILM. This special ink builds up reflective layers as it is applied, creating an ever-changing color show as the dials catch the light.

Here are the gift options this artful collection presents: First, there is the Attesa Chronograph (Ref. CC4057-60E) featuring a 44.6mm Super Titanium case and bracelet and satellite timekeeping that includes a world timer for 27 cities (40 time zones), a 1/20th-of-a-second chronograph, dual time zones, Universal Coordinated Time (UTC) display, a perpetual calendar, and more.

Lastly, equipped with the brand’s Satellite Wave GPS technology, the Attesa Chronograph, which lists for $2,295, will automatically update your watch to the correct date and time in only 3 seconds.

The second watch in the series, the 42mm Attesa Chronograph (Ref. AT8286-65E), also features a Super Titanium case and bracelet, a world timer (covering 26 time zones), and a perpetual calendar (with day and date indicators).

However, this timepiece, which retails for $1,495, also has Atomic Timekeeping functionality that automatically adjusts the watch’s time or calendar while traveling overseas by receiving local time signals in four different regions.

The third watch, the 46mm Promaster Geo Trekker (Ref. BY3005-56E), which sells for $895, is a professional-grade, stainless steel pilot’s watch featuring bold chronograph pushers, 5-link steel bracelet, an outer slide rule bezel function, and a northern hemisphere disc rotating counterclockwise at 6 o’clock.

Next, the 43mm radio-controlled PCAT Chronograph (Ref. CB5878-56E), which retails for $850, is also made with Super Titanium and features atomic timekeeping technology with synchronized time adjustment available in 24 time zones, a chronograph measuring up to 60 minutes, perpetual calendar, 12/24 hour time, alarm, and a power reserve indicator.

Finally, the stainless-steel 29.5mm Citizen L Mae (Ref. EM1067-53E), available for $650, has a crystalline-like, gradient blue dial featuring diamond accents and quickly evokes the layers of the Earth.

Smythson Marshall Travel Wallet

While the world of business travel is played out digitally more and more, whether you are a veteran road warrior or just starting out, there is nothing like having hard copy backups when you are far from home. Luckily, the fabled 130-year-old Bond Street stationer Smythson has been making the ne plus ultra gender-neutral travel wallet for decades.

The Marshall Travel Wallet, featuring the house’s classic textured leather finish and unmistakable gold embossing, has luxurious leather-lined sleeves for your passport, all your travel documents, and a zippered pouch for international currency. Plus, they have six sophisticated color options to boot. Bon Voyage!

Laphroig Càirdeas 2024 Cask Favourites Single Malt

While a beleaguered dad could always use a fine, stiff drink, if we are talking about college graduates, too, here’s a rarified tipple that is a real crowd-pleaser. But you’ll have to wait until later this month to deliver your gift.

Created by Master Blender Calum Fraser on the fabled Scottish Isle of Islay (renowned for producing fabulously smoky, heavily-peated single malts), this 10-year-old 2024 Cask Favourites Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky is a blend of Laphroaig Càirdeas’ popular 2019 Triple Wood and 2021 PX Cask offerings.

Bottled at 52.4% ABV, this artful dram pours into a pale gold color, noses with the expected smoky peat and charred citrus notes, and drinks with a cinnamon/caramelized sugar opening that fades into a soft hazelnut/honey finish.

Aesop Gloam Eau de Parfum

A shared message for fresh-out-of-the-dorm graduates and frazzled fathers: It’s time to clean up your act! Enter the far-flung Australian skincare company Aesop and its Gloam Eau de Parfum.

Described as a gender-neutral body scent, Gloam Eau de Parfum presents an exotic but arresting floral and earth-scented marriage of mimosa, saffron, and iris, with hints of orange flower, jasmine, and patchouli.

Rally Tyro 2 Composite Pickle Ball Paddle

Traditional tennis fans might object to the overtaking of stately courts worldwide by the fast-moving, noisy sport, but – like it or not – Pickle Ball is here to stay for young and old alike. Fortunately, once armed with the Rally Tyro 2’s lightweight composite face and tough polymer core to absorb impact, players can expect to deliver lightning-fast returns with plenty of power.

The Tyro 2 features a thin grip circumference and a 5-inch handle, so it has a perfect grip and fit for any hand. And the cool retro/1970s color and styling lets the world know you know your pickle.

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