5 of the best Father’s Day watches for under $500Nick Kenyon
This weekend is Father’s Day in the northern hemisphere and what better way to thank the big man for years of putting up with toddler tantrums and adolescent angst than a wristwatch? I mean, it isn’t often that you get to really thank your dad for all that he has done for you, be it driving you to sporting events at ungodly hours of the weekend, ignoring the vodka you stole from his liquor cabinet or breaking his favourite pair of sunnies when you took them to school one day. To be fair, your dad probably loves you and has also benefited from an enormous amount of joy that you brought into his life. But a little bit of thanks goes a long way, especially when it’s expressed in something as nice as a watch. With that in mind, I’ve done a little bit of digging to save you time and have found five of the best Father’s Day watches for under $500. Enjoy!
Diver Dad – Dan Henry 1970 Diver
If your dad is the kind of guy who likes to spend time in the water – maybe he’s into surfing or enjoys a spot of fishing – this is a seriously solid option for him. This Dan Henry takes the best design cues of the 1970s dive watches and brings them into the 21st century, complete on a comfy rubber strap that’s a universally wearable 40mm in diameter. Price: US$290. Check out the watch right here.
Retro Dad – Timex M79 Automatic “Coke”
Timex were super popular when your dad was a kid and lately they’ve been making a strong comeback, with watches like this Timex M79 Automatic. Also measuring 40mm across, arriving on a well-made steel bracelet and featuring the eye-catching black and red “coke” bezel, this is a winner in any watch collector’s book. Price: AUD$499. Check out the watch right here.
Dressy Dad – Baltic HMS 002 Blue Gilt
Baltic are another brand who have made a name for themselves by reinterpreting the best of 20th century watch design and bringing it into the present day. The French brand launched the HMS 002 Blue Gilt a few years ago and the blend of the blue and gold dial, framed by the 38mm steel case, makes for a genuinely good looking watch. It arrives on a leather strap whose colour you can select, or a bracelet if that’s how your old man rolls. Price: €332. Check out the watch right here.
Everyday Dad – Seiko SRPE53K
Seiko is the everyman’s brand: they’re well-made, reliable and look great too. This Seiko SRPE53K is no exception, featuring a workhorse automatic 4R36 caliber, a robust steel bracelet and a deep blue dial that has a sunburst effect to it, making it play with the light. It’s no fuss and under the radar, but definitely built to last. Price: AUD$495. Check out the watch right here.
Chill Dad – Mr Jones Watches A perfectly useless afternoon
If your dad works hard during the week, but when the weekend rolls around is found reading a book in the garden or having a cup of tea on the couch, then this is the watch for him. If he hates rushing, doesn’t get stressed easily and loves getting to the airport four hours early, this watch entitled “A perfectly useless afternoon” is ideal. It measures 37mm in diameter and arrives on a comfy mesh bracelet. If you were wondering, the floating duck is the minute hand, while the outstretched leg tells you the hours. Not that it really matters on a Sunday afternoon. Price: £175. Check out the watch right here.