Father’s Day. It’s one of those quasi-holidays that has a nasty habit of sneaking up on you. And worse, one that has unclear expectations in the gifting department. We’re pretty sure socks and jocks sit on the inadequate side of the ledger, but what constitutes a cracking pressie for dad is a trickier nut to crack. Wine is always a low-effort, high-yield option, scalable to any budget. But it lacks creativity. Now, if your old man is partial to the odd watch (perhaps he’s even subtly – or maybe not so subtly – shared this article) we would humbly suggest that some variety of horological paraphernalia would be well in order. Only one problem: Father’s Day is on Sunday, and you’ve left your run a little late.
But, as always, we’re here to help. Here’s six solid options for the watch dad in your life. And the best thing? They’re all Australian sellers, meaning that you might make it for Sunday if you order right now.
Something different in the strap department?
A new watch is a big call for Father’s Day (save that for a milestone birthday), but a new strap is the next best thing. Mix it up with this stylish, lightly padded grey number from Sydney-based Bas & Lokes. $165
Or how about a custom strap?
If you’re unsure about the the particulars of lug widths and hide selection, or your father just happens to be tres picky, how about involving him in the journey? Nothing says “world’s best dad” quite like a custom, one-of-a-kind strap. Check out these options from Mill, hand-made in Brisbane. Apparently he also makes them for Apple Watches, but we’ll ignore that bit. From $160
Time for a carry upgrade
When your father talks about watches (before you zone out), does he drop phrases such as “tropical patina” and “heritage reissue”? If so, there’s a good chance he’ll appreciate the quality this Tailfeather wallet/notebook holder represents. The best bit is that this Horween beauty might inspire him to finally ditch that crusty excuse for a wallet he’s been toting in his back pocket since 1996. from $189
Bags of style
Take his daily carry to the next level with this #dapper duffel from L’bardi. Bonus points if your dad actually rocks a Royal Oak. $399
They see him rollin’
If your father’s idea of carry is more watch, less weekend, this excellent roll from Bremont is one of the best in the business, if only because of the clever design feature that allows you to stash spare straps and strap-changing tools in the central “roll”. If you go with this option you might need to manage expectations that there’s no Supermarine inside. $280
Mix’n’match NATO straps
And finally, it’s a proven fact that you can never have too many NATO straps. Nothing would please your dad more than a bunch of colourful options. Cheap and cheerful in the best possible way. Plus, Sydney seller FTW. From $10