Watchonista's Gift Guide To Having A Stylish Father's Day
While we won't be including any fanny packs or crocs in this style round-up, here are some ensembles that pair nicely with classic timepieces.
The Rolex Datejust 36mm: The Sensible Reward
While you will see various TikTokkers and YouTubers flaunting Richard Mille and Audemars Piguets (which are excellent in their own right), the Rolex Datejust has served as the "I Made It” watch for longer than most TikTok stars have been alive.
To be more specific, the two-tone Rolex Datejust 36mm shown here has graced the wrists of business tycoons and presidents since it was introduced in 1945. Here, we have paired it with a tan, cotton suit, and navy Polo. It is the perfect summer look for the dad who wants to dress down a suit. He can also pair this ensemble with your favorite loafer, as shown, or for the more daring – a clean white leather sneaker.
The Omega Speedmaster: The Sky is No Longer the Limit
Falling only slightly behind the Rolex Submariner, the Omega Speedmaster is arguably one of the most historically significant and recognizable watches of the last several decades. While we won't get into the entire story of how it went to the moon, we will discuss why we chose this "First Omega in Space" version.
With a slimmed-down 39.7mm case size, this Omega Speedmaster bridges the gap between dress and sport. The stainless-steel case has a strong feeling on the wrist, while the rich-brown leather strap adds a flair of sophistication. While this watch goes great with just about any ensemble, we've paired it with a simple button-down, some denim, and a great pair of driver’s gloves.
The Panerai Luminor Base Logo: No Longer Just For Arnold
You don't have to be Arnold Schwarzenegger to pull off this watch anymore. With a range of sizes, we love Panerai. The Luminor Base Logo is everything great about Panerai's design and at a most reasonable price-point. While this brand’s watches can quickly jump to the $7,000 plus range, this manually wound two-hander is everything you need and nothing you don't.
When it comes to what outfits you can pair this watch with, confidence is everything. For the bold who like to ruffle feathers, go ahead and wear it with your favorite sport-coat and dress trousers. For the rest of us, pair it with a casual ensemble such as the one pictured. Because the watch makes such a statement, it quickly elevates the look and shows real personality. While you can pair it with a variety of straps, it's best on a rubber strap for summer.
The Cartier Tank: A Relic from a Time We Dream About
Close your eyes; the year is 1960. You sit in an office off Madison Avenue in New York. The faint smell of cigarette smoke wafts through the air – phones buzz outside your office door. You open your eyes and look down at your Cartier Tank, an indicator of the time and your status. You are Don Draper.
Ok, he wore a Jaeger-LeCoultre, but the point remains the era of smaller watches was pretty darn great. While the time wasn't without countless problems, people cared about dressing up. While you might not be the protagonist from the AMC show Mad Men, you can still wear a fantastic piece of early to mid-1900's design.
Continuing the theme of sartorial flair, we paired this watch with a beautiful Italian sport coat and some tassel loafers that evoke a sense of sprezzatura. While it certainly isn't the 1960s anymore, you can still dress just as elegantly, and the Tank is the perfect watch for it.
The Grand Seiko SBGV245: The Grand Explanation
While just about anyone can appreciate a Rolex, this Grand Seiko makes for a fantastic chance to nerd out to your closest friends and family members. Does it tick just like a Timex? Well, kind of, but there's more. Let's dive in.
This 40mm Grand Seiko ticks a lot of boxes, but thanks to its 9F Quartz movement, it does so twice a second. That ensures it hits precisely on the markers every single time. In addition, Grand Seiko grows its own quartz crystals and specifically pairs them to its 9F line of watches. While it might not have a mechanical movement, it is still hand-finished, even though you will probably never see it.
Anyway, now that you get the picture, we paired it with an elegant long-sleeve polo and gray trousers to match the strap. Following Japanese culture, elegance is always understated.
Purchasing A Watch For Dad On eBay
So, here is to you, dad. Style, similar to taste, evolves as you age. But these watch and outfit pairings will stand the test of time and make any dad look his best. Thanks to eBay’s Authenticity Guarantee, qualifying watches over $2,000 are checked and doubled-checked prior to the buyer receiving them. Giving you that extra layer of trust and confidence that dad will receive exactly what he was looking for – only the best for dad!