Valentine’s Day is nigh and it’s time to start hinting you want cupid’s clock as well as his arrow. But as some of us know all too well, some partners are easier to convince then others – especially if they’re not every bit the watch enthusiast that you are. Watches are also regrettably expensive which, particularly in these chaotic times, can be quite a deterrent. But what if you could share your next watch purchase? Would that make a new addition more feasible? To get you started, here’s a list of six Valentine’s Day watches, all 36mm in diameter, you can happily share with your partner.
Tudor Black Bay 36
The Tudor Black Bay 36 is held by many watch enthusiasts as the Rolex Explorer alternative. It’s not so much that it is an homage – absolutely not the case – but that it also a great 36mm diameter watch. In fact, it actually has more to offer in some ways with greater dial colour variety, greater water resistance at 150 metres and, last but certainly not least, this snowflake-handed watch is less than half the price. Price: $2,950 USD.
Breitling Superocean Automatic 36
The Breitling Superocean Automatic 36 is technically billed as a women’s watch, but the truth is 36mm is more a classic profile than a gendered diameter. The watch is highly robust with a strong rubber strap, steel case, and 200 metres of water resistance. It is available in three colours: orange, blue, and white with one of these models hopefully meeting your partner’s taste, assuming a dive watch is an option. Price: $3,450 USD.
Nomos Ahoi Neomatik Siren Red
Probably the most fitting for the theme of this list, the Nomos Ahoi Neomatik Siren Red has a vibrant red dial that will forever represent the love you have for one another (you old romantic you). Even better, the 36mm watch and its Bauhaus aesthetic will really attract those who are not necessarily in the market for an overwhelmingly tool-watch look, but would like the robust characteristics of one to ensure the watch stands the tests of time. Bringing 200 metres water resistance, an in-house automatic movement made in Germany, plus a range of well-executed embellishments and decorations, the Nomos Ahoi Neomatik Siren Red should tick all the boxes inside and out. Price: $4120 USD.
Omega Constellation Co-Axial Master Chronometer 36mm
With plenty of configurations to choose from, the Omega Constellation Co-Axial Master Chronometer 36mm could be a great candidate as a watch to share. It’s aesthetic is classic in form, but it has a very modern build and movement. It’s integrated design will flatter the wrist, while the contrasting satin and polished finishes result in a more elegant offering. For the more watch inclined, on the back side of this piece is a sapphire exhibition caseback that offers a window into the in-house Co-Axial 8800 movement with a silicon co-axial escapement and arabesque Cotes de Geneve applied to its rotor and bridges, all of which make for total horological eye-candy. Price: $6050 USD.
Rolex Datejust 36mm
If you can swing it, as well as actually find one for sale at retail, the Rolex Datejust 36 is arguably one of the best all-around watches that money can buy. Its silver Sunday dial is incapable of offending anyone’s taste, worst case scenario it is simply too conservative – but fortunately there are black, blue, and many other colours and configurations to choose from. The modern jubilee bracelet, and easy link adjustment, means you can possibly size the watch for the smaller wrist and simply extend the clasp that extra 5mm to fit the other. Formal and functional, the Datejust 36 is a very classy watch but it is also highly robust with 100 metres of water-resistance, superlative chronometer movement with 70 hours power reserve and chronergy escapement, and super tough 904L steel that has the heft of a precious metal. Price: $8550 USD.
Chopard Alpine Eagle Small
When the Chopard Alpine Eagle was introduced, I was immediately more drawn to the Alpine Eagle Small. A reflection of the warped modern perception of watch fit and sizing, the 36mm is much more wrist approachable than the larger 41mm version and dial purists will definitely appreciate that the Alpine Eagle Small rids itself of a date window between the 4th and 5th hour indices. The blue dial is a work of art, it’s texture symbolic of the iris of an eagle’s eye. The specifications should please all involved, with robust Lucent steel, a chronometer certified in-house movement, 8.4mm case thickness, and 100 metres of water resistance. Price: $9700 USD.