It’s almost Father’s Day (June 17th), at least in a lot of countries around the world, and you might be searching for some (last minute) tips for a little gift. While nothing beats a nice drawing, painting or another DIY piece of art from your little girl or boy, at a certain age the presents start to become different of course. I will refrain from selecting watches as gifts because that’s most likely not the case for many of us. A gift for Father’s Day is most appreciated when a bit of thought and creativity has been put into it. Or just a simple visit to your dad for a coffee will do in a lot of cases as well.
That said, let’s have a look at some nice gifts for Father’s Day.
Since your father is a watch guy (otherwise you weren’t reading this), he probably loves to read about watches as well. This ‘A Man And His Watch’ book by Matt Hranek is something every sensible watch enthusiast will enjoy. It is about real people telling about their favourite watch. What’s not to like about that? A very inspirational book, covering a variety of (mainly) famous and less famous Americans who have a special relationship with their watch, or with a watch. Highly recommendable. Price $22USD, click here for example.
Don’t screw-up and damage your watches by using cheap tools. Bergeon is well-known for their high-quality watch tools, so please don’t go for anything less. There are a number of variations for the Bergeon 6767 tool, but the -F should be fine. A great Father’s Day gift and sets you back around $25 USD, click here for example.
Not cheap, but if you do have some money to spend on a gift, what about a watch winder? In my opinion, a watch winder is particularly useful if it can run on batteries (so you can put it in the safe for example) and is not making too much noise. I also prefer a single watch winder over an entire cabinet, but that’s because I am not in favour of keeping too many watches at home anyway. Wolf makes nice winders, value for money and tick all boxes when I would buy one myself (and actually I did, a couple of years ago). They didn’t have these nice and fresh ones that Wolf offers now, but I think I’d go for one of these cub models. Priced at 209GBP, click here for example.
You can never have enough watch straps as a man. It makes your precious companion even more versatile if you can switch from bracelet to strap, to NATO or even to a rubber strap for hot summers. Just make sure you know what the lug width is of the watch you want to buy it for. You can use a website like WatchBase.com to find out these details about most watches. In case you don’t know, just ask the company that sells straps. They most of the time know which straps go on which watches. Straps start cheap, but if you want something to last a bit, you have to pay a bit more. As simple as that. Go visit StrapsByFleur for leather straps like below, CrafterBlue for rubber straps and a nice selection of patinated straps from Two Stitch Straps. However, since time is short, make sure they can deliver in time to where you live.
If dad likes to travel, a leather watch roll is a very thoughtful gift. This way, he can always bring his favorite watches with him. There are countless (small) companies who craft watch rolls, mainly from leather, so there’s a wide variety you can choose from. However, I happened to like this one, from Convoy. Price is $75, click here for example. Just make sure that his watches will fit. If he’s into large watches, try to find out if the slots of the watch roll are big enough for them. Also, make sure a watch roll can be closed (with a little rope like this Convoy one) or with Velcro band or something similar.
But more important than any gift you bring, make sure to enjoy your time with your dad. Talk watches, for example. And to all fathers out there, enjoy!
Ever since he was a young child, Robert-Jan was drawn to watches, even though it were digital Casio and quartz Swatch models at the time. In the mid-1990s, his interest increased when he started to read about mechanical watches in... read more