Let’s be real for a second: wedding season is never really over. Sure, it peaks in the spring and summer, but the wedding day could really come at any time. And, while we all know it’s really the bride’s show, there’s no reason the groom can’t give his wrist a little attention on the big day.
So whether you’re a bride hoping to get something special for the groom, a groomsman who wants to have your buddy’s back, or the groom himself looking for that sentimental watch for your wedding day, we’ve got you covered. From vintage watches to high-end modern timepieces, read on for six solid wedding day watch recommendations.
The Datejust is arguably the perfect groom’s watch. It’s timeless and versatile, dressy enough to work under a suit cuff and casual enough to fit in low-key settings. An excellent all-purpose timepiece, the Datejust will wear well beyond the wedding day. And, it’s also one of the best option for the price-conscious watch buyer. As a starter “nice” watch, few other timepieces can compare.
For the groom, you have several Datejust versions to choose from. The classic 36mm Datejusts is a great value in stainless steel or two-tone, or you can opt for a little more modern with the Datejust II at 41mm. Whether the groom’s tastes veer more discreet or more modern, the Datejust’s style will last forever.
The Reverso’s subtly-sized Art Deco design is a classic. Rectangular in shape, thinner than most oversized modern watches, the Reverso is a subtle choice for a groom’s watches that’ll get major props.
And if you have a mind to personalize your watch in any way, the Reverso might just be the best watch for the job. The reversible dial caseback was practically made for that purpose (if it doesn’t have another dial).
The IWC Portuguese is a groom’s watch for those with modern tastes. It’s a chronograph that looks perfect with a tux, business suit, or long-sleeved polo shirt.
The Portuguese comes in a few variations of layout, dial color, and case material. If you’re looking for versatility in your groom’s watch, the stainless steel model is the ideal mid-range timepiece. It’ll look right at home on the wedding day and long after.
Vintage OMEGA Seamaster
Unlike the sportier models you’ll find from OMEGA today, a vintage Seamaster makes an unexpected but fantastic groom’s watch. Why? Easy. It’s a watch that pairs well with a suit, a dress shirt, or even just a casual outfit.
Generally, older Seamaster models are conservatively sized and minimally styled, making them a smart groom’s watch option. And, since vintage Seamaster models develop a beautiful patina over time, they’re perfect picks for a groom with an appreciation for objects with a little history.
Vintage OMEGA Seamasters are also one of the most affordable vintage watches on the market. Another plus—find one with a 14k yellow gold case and get it engraved to mark the special occasion.
The Cartier Tank is a classic. It’s one of the oldest watch designs still produced today, which means there are a lot of sizes, styles, materials to choose from when it comes to a watch for the groom. And whether you’re a watch enthusiast or not, it’s a timepiece that commands respect across the board.
Want to go minimal and discreet for the wedding day? A traditional Tank Solo is a good bet. Leaning towards something a little more out-of-the-ordinary? Go for the Tank Louis XL. Whichever Tank you choose, its instantly recognizable shape stands out from the crowd. It’s the perfect groom’s watch for those that prefer a unique, eye-catching take on a classic.
Patek Philippe Calatrava
Or, you could always go for one of the most iconic dress watches ever. The Calatrava boasts an 80-year history and incredible status among watch lovers. It’s an excellent wedding day watch for grooms that love to have the best of everything.
With its gold case, minimalist white dial, and leather strap, the Calatrava is a timeless watch that’s not only perfect for the big day but which will also last for generations.
It’s become a trend lately to get the groom a watch for his wedding day. We’re in total agreement—a classic watch makes a great gift and sill erve as a nice reminder of a very important event. And no matter what watch end up on the groom’s wrist for the big day, it’s sure to become a sentimental accessory long after that. So whether you’re gifting or buying for yourself, make sure you pick something you like.That’ll make the wedding day all the more special.
Editor’s Note: This article was originally published on June 16, 2016. We have updated it for clarity.