Can you believe we’re halfway through the year? June means school’s out, the first day of summer is near, and your next vacation is right around the corner. But before the season officially kicks off, it’s time to celebrate dear old dad. Father’s day is coming up in just a few short weeks. Whether your dad is a total watch geek or just starting his collection, you can’t go wrong with a timepiece. If you play your cards right, he may just pass the watch on to you down the line. Here, we’ve rounded up some tried and true models for dad as well as some of our favorite accessories.
TAG Heuer Aquaracer
If your dad can’t wait to get to his favorite body of water this summer, consider the TAG Heuer Aquaracer. This fresh collection first hit the brand’s catalog in 2005. It incorporates functionality fit for professional divers with a crisp, modern design. The result is a sporty yet classic dive watch. With a 300-meter depth rating, it’s perfect for amateur divers or simply those who enjoy a day at the beach. The Aquaracer is the perfect Father’s Day gift to get your dad in the spirit of summer.
Tudor Fastrider Black Shield
Just a few years ago in 2015, Tudor took their Fastrider collection to the next level. They introduced the Black Shield. The model builds on Tudor and Ducati’s initial creation with a completely new look and feel. It features a futuristic, all-black ceramic design, which not only looks cool but also performs well. The sold ceramic construction, as opposed to basic ceramic coating, leaves the Black Shield virtually scratchproof. Whether your dad’s a fan of the Italian motorcycle manufacturer or the black watch trend, he’s sure to love this model.
IWC Pilot’s Watch Spitfire
IWC has been laser focused on refining their lines of pilot’s watches for the past decade. In 2003, they launched the Spitfire collection, named after the exceptional English fighter plane. The Reference 3777 Pilot’s Watch Chronograph builds on the previous models in the Spitfire line with new enhancements. This model features a handsome slate grey, sunburst dial, which echoes the color of the aircraft that inspired the line. It’s a great entry-level watch if your dad is looking to start his collection of pilot’s watches or IWC models.
Panerai Luminor Marina 1950 3 Days
Whether your dad’s a military history buff or fan of purpose-built design, he’ll appreciate the Luminor Marina 1950 3 Days. Panerai first introduced the model at the annual SIHH show in 2010. However, as the name suggests, it draws inspiration from models of the 1950s worn by navy frogmen. Features like the oversized 47mm case, crown protection bridge, and small seconds subdial are nearly identical to the original. The result is a highly legible and rugged design that’s ideal for dad.
Some Dad’s are daring, and the NOMOS Tangomat Ahoi fits the bill for that Dad. It’s bright blue dial and white numbers stand out in a modern and cool design. It is legible, looks really smart, and comes on a versatile NATO strap. Plus, it has a 40mm case making it large enough to make a statement, but not so large that it makes the wrong one. And, it has an exhibition caseback adding to its cool factor. Its the perfect choice for the Dad who is different from the rest.
Breitling Super Avenger II Limited Edition
Breitling’s Avenger collection is comprised of highly precise and durable self-winding chronographs. The brand designed the models for amateur and professional divers as well as anyone who appreciates an impeccably designed timepiece. Bigger, bolder, and beloved, the Super Avenger is a heftier variation of the original with a whopping 48mm build. Breitling produced this limited edition variation in just 300 pieces. It houses the brand’s Caliber B13 self-winding mechanical movement and boasts a 42-hour power reserve. For a watch that’s just as daring as your dad, you can’t go wrong with the Super Avenger II.
Not every dad is a rugged, bold risk-taker. Some dads are more down to earth or even a bit nerdy. For a dad with an appreciation for science, check out the Rolex Milgauss. Though you may typically associate Rolex with sport watches, they designed the Milguass with scientists and engineers in mind. It made history when it debuted in 1957 as the world’s first antimagnetic watch. Over the years, its limited production has garnered a cult following. With a classic Rolex style and scientific elements like the iconic orange lightning bolt hand, the Milgauss is an excellent option for dad.
Wolf Blake Watch Roll
If your dad already has a burgeoning collection, consider getting him some cool accessories this Father’s Day. A watch roll is an ultra-handy and practical gift for any watch owner. Wolf’s Blake watch roll features a pebble leather exterior and supple ultrasuede lining with a snap closure. The roll holds up to three watches, perfect for the dad who regularly travels for business or pleasure. This is an awesome watch-centric gift that won’t break the bank.
Wolf Cub Winder with Cover
A watch winder is another essential accessory for any watch owner. Wolf’s Cub winder is a single winding module. It features a glass cover, grosgrain faceplate, and chrome finished hardware. With the option to run on AC power or batteries, dad can use his winder at home or on the go. This is another great, affordable gift option to celebrate your dad this Father’s Day.