Grant Chronograph Leather Watch
Can a timepiece actually be called “timeless”? Yes! Consider Fossil’s Grant watch (in all its variations), with its iconic Roman numerals inspired by vintage clocks. This model’s silver steel case, light brown leather, and bright blue dial make it one for the ages.
To buy: $115, fossil.com.
Timex X UO Weekender Watch
The Old Reliable of American watches (“it takes a licking but keeps on ticking”), the Timex timepiece is reinvented here in an inexpensive fashion-forward (and yet retro) design. It’s versatile, too: The leather strap can be easily switched with two casual nylon alternatives.
To buy: $75, urbanoutfitters.com.
Dakota Mini-Clip Microlight Watch
When this double-duty clip-on watch marks the hours after sunset, the built-in LED light will help Dad find his way—not to mention his misplaced keys. The luminescent hands and hour markers shed even more light on the subject—underwater, too!
To buy: $34, amazon.com.
Classic Oxford Watch
David Wellington pairs clean watch design with the colorful patterns of nylon NATO straps, which originated with the British Navy. (Divers used them over wet suits.) The result? A simultaneously preppy, sporty, and classic timepiece Dad will wear from the boardroom to the boat deck.
To buy: $195, needsupply.com.
Skagen Theodor Leather Watch
Give your Man of the Hour this up-to-the-minute fusion of minimalism and sophistication. Both casual and dressy, the Theodor easily transitions from Little League games to big-time business meetings.
To buy: $125, skagen.com.
Nixon Time Teller P Watch
Both classy and affordable, this timepiece brings simplicity to new (not to mention modern) heights. Its poly materials make it practical, too: If busy Dad is always eating (and spilling) on the go, he can easily wipe the watch clean.
To buy: $60, amazon.com.
He probably never preened on a runway or posed in the pages of GQ, but this model watch is perfect for your model dad—whether he’s a fashion plate or just a stand-up guy. The striking combination of navy-blue dial and rose-gold stainless case make this a stylish addition to his wardrobe. (And it’s from noted fashion designer Michael Kors, no less.)
To buy: $250, macys.com.
Seiko 5 Stainless Steel Watch
If Dad’s the strong, silent type, he’s met his match with this imported stainless-steel watch: nothing flashy—just solid and reliable, with a touch of Dad’s own understated elegance. (Not to mention a scratch- and water-resistant crystal dome.)
To buy: $110, amazon.com.
Invicta 1517 Force
If your overworked, overwhelmed dad needs a hand (a minute or an hour hand, that is), give him this water-resistant marriage of sport and tech—sort of like what James Bond might wear if James Bond were, well, your dad.
To buy: $104, amazon.com.