Cheesy as the saying goes, time really is the most precious gift you can give. If there’s anything this pandemic has taught us, it’s that our lives are fleeting, and the ultimate gift we can give our loved ones is our time.
On the other hand, if you take the phrase literally, well, it still holds true. Time is a precious gift; a well-made watch is an investment that withstands the test of time and can even be passed on for generations.
This season, show how much you care by giving the gift of time—literally and figuratively—to your loved ones. Don’t worry, we’re here to help with the literal part with this roundup of classic, sporty, and everyday timepieces.
Can’t go wrong with the classic
For the man and woman with a classic sense of style, these wrist candies offer a chic, timeless look.
This Orient mechanical watch features a domed dial and domed crystal design in a just-right 36.4mm size case. It comes with baton hour markers and thin dauphine hands that help accentuate the white sunburst dial. The all-occasion brown leather strap adds to its contemporary classic vibe.
Oris Classic Date
The name couldn’t be more apt—this truly is a classic-looking watch. Available in 28.5mm and 42mm sizes, the Oris Classic Date has a three-piece stainless steel case, big crown, and exquisitely engraved numerals and indices on a finely patterned dial.
Michel Herbelin Perles
For the woman in your life who loves jewelry, here’s a fabulously luxurious feminine watch. The bracelet is made up of five delicate strands beads—or ‘perles’—while the white Mother of Pearl dial is housed in a stainless steel square case.
Hamilton Jazzmaster Lady Auto
For the woman who likes to juggle her time efficiently and gracefully, this classic watch is a must. This 34mm timepiece features sleek indexes on the white dial, a date indication window at the 6 o’clock position, and a see-through case back that shows the Viewmatic movement. A silver-toned stainless steel bracelet completes the look.
Michel Herbelin Trophy
It may be designed for adventures at sea, but the black dial, steel strap, and 42mm case of the Michel Herbelin Trophy give it a classic look perfect for the seafaring adventurer who wants a timeless piece on his wrist.
Looking for a reliable, stylish watch that can be worn every day and that works with almost anything? Check out these timepieces.
Hamilton Jazzmaster Open Heart Lady Auto
This is a sophisticated watch that reveals a glimpse of the Swiss-made automatic movement through its precise cut-out design. The Jazzmaster Open Heart Lady Auto is available in a variety of dial and strap combinations for the urban woman who wants a sleek, contemporary timepiece she can wear anytime.
Classic style meets contemporary design in this mechanical watch from Orient’s Sun & Moon Semi-Skeleton series. The Sun & Moon subdial at 6 o’clock and semi-skeleton view at 9 o’clock are set in an elegant dial framed in a stainless steel gold case and curved sapphire crystal glass. A rich brown leather band completes the look.
Hamilton Intra-Matic Auto Chrono
A modern reworking of a 1968 signature piece, this watch offers a sporty but classic look. If your dad, brother, or husband appreciates a vintage-inspired chronograph, then he will most likely dig this watch. It combines authentic 60s appeal with the exclusive H-31 automatic movement, plus that panda dial is just lovely to look at.
Michel Herbelin Newport Chrono
This Michel Herbelin piece makes a bold style statement with its dial that turns from deep black on the outside to an intense blue at the center. It features a date window at 4:30 and three counters in azure blue at 3, 6, and 9 o’clock. This modern watch is characterized by its clean-cut style housed in a steel case and paired with a steel strap.
Oris Aquis Date
A watch that’s at home in the boardroom or at the beach, the Oris Aquis Date is a no-brainer if you’re looking to give your loved one an accessible yet robust dive watch with a Swiss automatic movement but enough elegance for daily use. This Aquis Date model with a green dial is simply gorgeous, but you can also get it in different colors such as black, blue, brown, and white.
Ready for the outdoors
If the thrill-seeker in your gift list loves diving, hiking, camping, or just anything to do with the outdoors, here are some pieces you can check out.
Orient Star RE-AU0306L
This mechanical sports diver watch features a stainless steel band complemented by a sleek black dial with a date window at 3 o’clock, and luminous watch hands for high visibility in dark areas. It’s got special ring frames for a high level of shock-absorption, a diving bezel, 200-meter resistance, and meets ISO standards.
Hamilton Khaki Field Mechanical H69439411
This 38mm watch has that old-school-cool vibe to it thanks to its classic army style. It features a matte stainless steel case, three-hand display, and durable NATO strap. This Hamilton piece is rugged, resilient, and robust, which makes it an ideal timepiece for those who seek adventure.
Hamilton Khaki Navy Scuba Auto
The Khaki Navy Scuba Auto from Hamilton is available in a variety of colorful dial and strap options, but this particular one (pictured) has a fresh, nautical look to it. The beach or ocean lover in your Christmas list will definitely make a splash when this watch is strapped on his wrist.
Oris Divers Sixty-Five
Retro charm—this vintage-looking chronograph has lots of it. It’s based on the design of the very first diver’s watch Oris created in 1965 and features a robust stainless steel case, a sapphire crystal, and an automatic Swiss-made mechanical movement. The Divers Sixty-Five Chronograph can be worn with either a leather strap or a stainless steel bracelet.
Orient Divers FEM75001BR
For those who love big watches, here’s an upsized diver from Orient. It has a 44.5mm case and a black dial enhanced by luminous silver-tone hands. While this is a diver watch, it’s actually pretty versatile and will suit any occasion—from formal to sporty to casual.