11 handsome watches Dad will love this Father's Day
Give him the gift of timekeeping.
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Friendly reminder: Father’s Day is June 20. The date is quickly approaching, which means you’re soon going to require a gift. But dads are notoriously difficult to buy for because, really, how many coffee mugs and ties does one guy need?
This year, consider bedecking his wrist with a handsome new watch. Below you’ll find a range of options at all prices, from fan favorites by Casio and Seiko to smart watches from Apple to a couple higher-end timepieces for those extra-stylish dads out there.
So if your dad has ever responded to “What time is it?” with “It’s time for you to get a watch,” now you can get that watch—and give it to him on Father’s Day.
1. This military-inspired Citizen Eco-Drive
Citizen Eco-Drive watches are powered by light, so they never need a battery change. This chronograph model features luminous hands, three subdials, and a date window. The red second hand contrasts handsomely with the steel bezel and black face, while the military-green reinforced canvas strap looks good and stays comfortably secure on the wrist. The watch is also available in a blue-on-blue design.
The Citizen watch has a 4.6-star rating from more than 1,800 people on Amazon. Multiple reviewers mention purchasing this watch for their fathers, with one saying “Dad loved it!” Another says it’s their dad’s favorite watch, and that he appreciates its durability and comfort.
2. This beloved Seiko Automatic
Sometimes a watch comes along that looks like a million bucks, but will only set you back a few hundred. This is that watch. The Seiko 5 Automatic pairs a stainless steel case and bezel with a black dial for a classic look that goes with everything your dad owns. The face has a day-and-date display and luminous markers for easy reading in low-light conditions., The watch is also water-resistant up to 100 meters, so while it’s not a dive watch, it can withstand a brush with water, should your dad go swimming or, say, take a tumble from a submarine.
The Seiko 5 is widely regarded as one of the best values on the market. One customer says: “It's comfortable, robust, and classy. I can't recommend it enough because of its outstandingly reasonable price and functionality.”
3. This built-for-anything Casio
If your dad loves hiking, biking, or bragging about his proprietary blend of trail mix, then he needs a G-Shock. It’s simple, comfortable, and accurate, and offers a stopwatch function, countdown timer, alarm, and auto calendar. And it can take a beating—that’s why it’s trusted by outdoors enthusiasts around the world.
The G-Shock boasts a 4.7-star rating on Amazon from 10,000 reviews. People love its durability and all the features packed into its budget-friendly price. One reviewer says, “This is by far the most durable yet inexpensive watch a person can own,” while another adds, “This thing will likely outlast me.”
4. This expert-approved Apple Watch
Tell your dad the Apple Watch “puts the ‘fun’ in functionality.” He’ll like that. He’ll also like the watch’s ability to track workouts like running, walking, and cycling, take calls and reply to texts, and even measure blood oxygen levels, all from his wrist. (Yes, it also tells time.) The Apple Watch is available in a variety of aluminum cases, including black, white, blue, and red.
For all its features, the Apple Watch Series 6 won best smartwatch accolades from our testers. Amazon shoppers agree, with over 35,000 people giving it a 4.8-star rating. One newly converted customer says: “This is my very first Apple Watch and I'm just amazed how stunning this is! I feel sorry I never bought this before because I did not think it would be helpful. I was very wrong. This watch has so many features to help me every day, including apps to help with my health.”
5. This modern and minimalist Skagen
Skagen exudes Scandinavian design, building low-profile and stylish watches that drape snugly and comfortably around the wrist. The quartz-powered Sundby line features a titanium case that’s just 8 millimeters thick, along with a stainless steel mesh band, creating a minimalist aesthetic. Choose gray on gray, black on black, or add some color to the equation with a deep blue face.
The Sundby has netted nearly 3,000 five-star reviews on Amazon, with fans noting its comfortable fit and attractive design: “[It’s a] very elegant looking watch, and it’s so lightweight that I forget I’m wearing it. I really like how adjustable the clasp is. You can adjust it to your wrist size without having to add/remove links.”
6. This mechanical Hamilton field watch
Though pricey, Hamilton’s Khaki Field Watch is one of the best values in Swiss mechanical hand-wound watches out there. With military heritage based on the original 1960s version, it has a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal, stainless steel case, and three-hand display. Whether your dad reads books about military strategy or just appreciates a timepiece he can tinker with, you can’t go wrong with this one.
Owners of the watch agree: “I have owned over a hundred watches from Rolexes and Omegas to Timex, and I don’t think I’ve liked any of them more than this watch,” says one.
7. This Garmin running watch
Reviewed named the Garmin Forerunner 245 Music the best running watch, so if your dad’s been known to lace up his running shoes and hit the road, this is the watch for him. It provides all the basic metrics—distance, time, and pace—as well as advanced feedback to assist with workouts, including the ability to preprogram a speedwork session and get guidance from the wrist. The watch syncs with music streaming services Spotify and Apple Music, so he can download playlists and listen to his favorite songs over a Bluetooth headset. Despite its many functions, the watch isn’t too big and sits comfortably on the wrist. It’s also water-resistant, which is perfect for running in inclement weather or operating the watch in swim mode. It’s available in multiple colors, too, including black, white, and aqua.
"For me, this watch has everything I want and nothing I don't," one reviewer raves. "It has features to help me ensure I get enough training volume in, recover adequately, and reduce my daily stress. The built-in relax (breathing timer) is really nice when I need a quick break during a stressful day. The music function works awesome with Spotify, and Bluetooth connection has been reliable. The watch is light, comfortable, and it's easy to find new bands.”
8. This sporty Tag Heuer
Switzerland’s Tag Heuer produces reliable watches across a range of styles. This elegant racing-inspired chronograph is quartz-powered and has a stainless steel bracelet with a driver’s extension to fit over the sleeve of a racing suit—the last of which is probably more of a conversation starter than a functional feature for most dads. It’s available with a black or blue dial covered in durable sapphire crystal.
Hundreds of reviewers rave about this watch, noting its high quality and versatility. One customer says: “I absolutely love it! Keeps time very nicely, and looks great in both casual and work environments. It looks at home whether it's on my wrist rock climbing or if I'm wearing it for a formal occasion.”
9. This Victorinox Swiss Army watch
Victorinox watches are built to last and this is no exception. The case is made from I.N.O.X. titanium, which the company claims is engineered to withstand extreme conditions. The titanium case and scratch-resistant, anti-reflective sapphire crystal will also keep the watch safe from more humdrum encounters, like accidentally banging the watch on a desk corner. It’s available in 13 color configurations and three straps: leather, rubber, or metal.
More than 700 Amazon customers give the watch high marks for its toughness, design, and price. “[It’s a] durable, accurate and affordable everyday watch. Fit and finish is great and the quartz movement is very accurate.”
10. This Bulova dress watch
A simple dress watch is a suit’s best pal, adding subtle sophistication to any look. Bulova’s elegant options let you add polish to any ensemble your dad wears, for a surprisingly affordable price. This dress watch has a black leather band, stainless steel case, and silver-and-white dial sporting classic Roman numerals. At just six millimeters thick, the case sits close to the wrist and fits snugly under button-down shirts and suit cuffs, peeking out with just the right amount of panache.
Customers give this watch 4.7 stars on Amazon, commending its lightweight feel and thin case, with several reviewers mentioning that it looks more expensive than it is.
11. These stylish Shinolas
Detroit-made Shinola watches have taken wrists by storm since the brand debuted in 2011. Its lineup of timeless timepieces and leather straps are made in-house by a team of artisans. The entry-level Detrola line is casual yt vibrant, while the higher-end Monster Automatic dive watches pack in features like anti-reflective sapphire crystal, 38-hour power reserve, and a depth rating up to 1,000 feet. Additional options include adventure-proof surf watches and dressier choices that would pair nicely with a suit, so they’ve got something for every dad out there—including yours.
- Get the Detrola Watch from Shinola for $395
- Get the Monster Automatic Dive Watch from Shinola starting at $1,250
Prices were accurate at the time this article was published but may change over time.