Socks, ties, and barbecue accessories are nice, but if you really want to up your game this Father’s Day, consider giving your dad a gift that’s both practical and symbolic: a stylish timepiece.
The industry’s finest makers have refashioned their most popular icons this year in brand-new collections that retain the essential characteristics of their best sellers, refined for modern-day tastes.
The best part is most of these pieces remain incredibly affordable. Whether he’s an Anglophile with a taste for pilot’s watches, a suit-wearing businessman with a penchant for the icons of watchmaking, or a weekend warrior who loves to dive, the following handsome timepieces fit the bill perfectly.
Panerai Luminor Pam774
Minimalists, fans of Italian design, and especially lovers of vintage Panerais will fall hard for the new Panerai Luminor Base Logo 3 days Acciaio ($4,750), a nod to the first Luminor publicly available in 1993 (see the vintage Panerai logo positioned at six o’clock). Boasting a hand-wound mechanical P.6000 caliber movement in a 44 mm stainless-steel case, the PAM 774 model shown below is both elegant and sporty for an everyday timepiece for dad.
Cartier Santos De Cartier
Watches don’t get more classic than the Santos de Cartier. With a lineage that dates back to 1904, when Louis Cartier created a wristwatch for Brazilian aviator Alberto Santos Dumont, the model was revamped earlier this year as part of the watchmaker’s ongoing effort to reboot its most iconic timepieces (see the recently revived Panthère and Tank collections). Now available in two sizes, medium or the large version seen here, the watch comes with an interchangeable steel bracelet and leather strap. For a man drawn to timeless objects, a Santos is unbeatable.
Omega Seamaster Diver 300M
In keeping with the watch industry’s collective focus this year on revisiting its most popular timepieces, Omega has taken a fresh look at its 25-year-old Seamaster collection, overhauling the line to include 14 redesigned models—six in stainless steel and eight in a combo of stainless steel and gold. Now equipped with a Master Chronometer Calibre 8800, a ceramic diving bezel, a polished ceramic dial featuring a laser-engraved wavy pattern, and indexes raised and filled with Super-LumiNova, the watch seen here in a larger 42 mm steel case is perfect for hard-core divers, or guys who want to look the part.
The first watch that Bremont founders Nick and Giles English designed upon founding the British brand in 2007 was the ALT1-C, an aviation-inspired timepiece that helped define the Bremont aesthetic. Updated over the years, the model was most recently redesigned in February to feature new applied indices (as opposed to Arabic numerals), an enlarged exhibition caseback allowing for a better view of the BE-50AE chronometer-rated movement, and sleeker and more contemporary hands inlaid with Super-LumiNova. The watch is available in two dial versions: navy and the vintage-looking panda style seen here.
Porsche Design TP 1919 Datetimer Eternity
The new 1919 Datetimer 70Y Sports Car Limited Edition from Porsche Design marks 70 years since the Porsche 356, the predecessor to the 911, made its debut on June 8, 1948. Limited to 1,948 pieces, the model pays homage to that important milestone in automotive history with a slew of design elements that echo the vintage car’s dashboard. From the tachymeter rings on the dial to the timepiece’s clear, functional, matte-black aesthetic, the features of the 1919 Datetimer—which comes in a 42 mm titanium case and is powered by an automatic Swiss movement remain faithful to its legendary inspiration.