If you’re scratching your head over the mystery of trying to find the perfect gift for one of the men in your life—be it a husband, brother, father, son, or friend, you might want to consider the wonderfully versatile world of wrist watches. Watches make excellent gifts for people of all types, regardless of age, interest, or background. Everyone at some point needs to know the time; everyone enjoys things that are convenient; and nearly everyone enjoys looking sharp when they go out. A watch delivers all 3 of these things in spades, and a whole lot more besides. Join me today as I explore a number of great watches from Best Buy’s current supply, and hopefully you’ll find the perfect gift for at least one of the men on your list!
Men’s Dress Watches
One of the most popular types of men’s watches for those that find themselves frequently wearing suits is the classic dress watch. Stylish and understated, Men’s Dress Watches are perfect for weddings, formal dinners, the boardroom, and numerous other occasions.
The Tissot Everytime Large Men’s Dress Watch is a fine example of the above. Tissot is a longstanding and well respected brand whose watches are highly desirable. This one features accurate Quartz timekeeping that will keep your loved one from being late to those important board meetings, while its simple black dial and rose gold finish, hands, and indices will ensure they’re always looking sharp and professional. This watch makes a respectful impression and shows that the wearer takes their business seriously, but not so seriously that they can’t also have a little fun. Great for a variety of different activities and occasions, just don’t take it anywhere near the water—its 30M water resistance rating is only useful for the light splashing that comes with washing one’s hands or walking in sprinkling rain.
Men’s Casual Watches
Men’s Casual Watches come in many different forms and styles, and they also offer a great deal in terms of functionality. But what makes a truly great casual watch in my own personal opinion is when that watch takes a minimalist design approach.
Consider, for instance, the Fossil Minimalist 44mm Men’s Casual Watch. This beautiful watch comes from a popular fashion brand—Fossil, that always seems to be on trend. That certainly is the case here. This watch, which features Quartz timekeeping for near pinpoint accuracy, also has a black stainless steel case, a beautiful brown dial with Roman numerals at the 6:00 and 12:00 positions, and a brown leather strap that perfectly suits both the black case and the brown sunburst dial. With stick indices and a chapter ring of fine minute markers, this watch just screams casual elegance. Throw in its 50M of water resistance and only 8mm case thickness and you have a wonderful everyday watch. The only thing not minimalist about it is its 44mm case diameter, which is rather large, though it does fit the trend of today’s wrist watches.
Men’s Sport Watches
Like virtually all wrist watches, Men’s Sport Watches offer a wide variety of styles, materials, and complications, but they’re mostly built to withstand hard use and tough circumstances. Dive watches, for instance, are a type of sport watch with superior water resistance that can withstand extreme depths, while field watches are the hiking/camping equivalent. Both types are built for rugged, outdoor use.
The Citizen Eco-Drive 43.5mm Men’s Solar Powered Sport Watch is one such example of a watch that comes with a spirit of adventure. With 100M of water resistance, this is the first watch I’m looking at today that’s safe to take in the pool. And if you should happen to find yourself adventuring in low-light conditions, you’ll be able to see the time in the dark thanks to its luminescent hands and hour markers. Other features of this fine Citizen specimen include a date feature at 3 O’Clock and the ability to collect solar power via the Sun (or any light source, for that matter). Of course, it also has a stainless steel bracelet and case (the case diameter is 43.5mm) and looks and performs as well in casual situations as it does in sporty ones. As a massive fan of Citizen watches myself, I can easily endorse this one!
Finally, we have Chronograph Watches, whose primary function is timing things. Whether that be baking a cake or recording lap speeds at the Indy 500, a chronograph can do the job. Small sub-dials generally adorn the face of these watches, and they often have a tachymeter scale printed on the outer bezel. These watch may look complex, but they’re extremely useful and a whole lot of fun!
As an example of a fine analog chronograph, consider the Bulova Moon 45mm Men’s Analog Dress Watch. This model, referred to by watch collectors and enthusiasts as the Bulova Moon Watch, gets its name from that fact that the one-of-a-kind original its design is based on was in fact worn on the Moon by Astronaut David Scott during the Apollo 15 mission in 1971. Today’s version has a high beat (262kHz frequency) Quartz movement that is lights-out accurate, and its design is both functional and attractive. Featuring a sapphire glass crystal in the front, a bead-blasted stainless steel case, and elongated pushers that are wholly unique in the wide world of watches, this Bulova beauty makes an impressive sight. In fact, I like it so much I even have one myself (as you can see in the header image above).
Truth be told, there is an absolute ton of overlap between the different watch classifications. For instance, many casual watches are also suitable as dress watches, and vice versa; and most chronographs are also considered sports watches—timing auto (and other) races is one of their main reasons for existing at all. As such, I wouldn’t recommending worrying too much about the different watch classifications, and would focus instead on choosing a model that you believe will suit the needs and personal style of the individual you’re buying it for. Good luck and Happy Holidays!