Looking for a thoughtful Christmas gift? The recipient is a watch enthusiast! Hmmm… You’ve landed in the right place. Take a look at my proposals for what I think are the best affordable watches for a good Christmas gift. Every watch featured is what I as well, as a watch enthusiast would like to receive as a gift this festive season. So, have a look. I am foolproof that these are the types of watches that will be treasured forever…
For A Watch That Can Become A Family Heirloom – Seiko SKA787P1 Automatic
A good watch can be passed down for generations and become a precious family heirloom. Giving a watch as a family heirloom means that you are teaching responsibility and excellence to your children. To me, a watch that will age well and make a good impression as a gift this holiday season is Seiko SKA787P1. This is a stunning piece and as with every Seiko watch, quality and workmanship are superb.
The watch’s metallic appearance and the brushed racetrack make it a perfect masculine option. Add to it the angled dial ring, and you have a very eye-catching watch. The strap is made of high-quality calf leather and the see-through case back is always a welcome addition.
For Something Minimalist – Junghans Max Bill
In addition to blondes and the black color, minimalism also doesn’t know how to get out of fashion. These easy-to-read timepieces have a straightforward design that unveils true simplicity. If I would have to pick one watch to wear every day, for the rest of my days, I would go with something that expresses elegance and simplicity. Max Bill from the German watchmaker Junghans is up to the challenge. Being one of the classiest watches I can think of at the time of writing, Junghans Max Bill is a timeless piece and a perfect Christmas gift for a watch enthusiast.
A Watch For Everyday Wear – Wenger Swiss City Active
Wenger watch brand is world-known for delivering military-grade watches that comply with government regulations for endurance against water, dust, and extreme temperatures. Made with the same standards of workmanship but for everyday wear, is the Wenger Swiss City Active. It is a watch that I fully recommend as a Christmas gift for a watch enthusiast. It is simple but durable and well built.
For A Luxury Watch – Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra
Second only to Rolex in terms of luxury and brand recognition, Omega is one of those watch brands that we watch enthusiasts would like to wear at least once in our lifetime. From the stylish construct to a superior movement beating underneath, quality is key with Omega. Rest assured as the watch’s high-class style will always make an aesthetic appeal, whether the lucky recipient is in the boardroom or at the bar. Price the last time I checked: $5.200
For A Fine Dress Watch – Orient Bambino 2nd Generation
A dress watch comes with a simple and minimalistic design that goes well with suits and other formal wear. With their classic and traditional appearance, dress watches are a real tribute to the art of watchmaking. Staying true to this aesthetic, Orient Bambino makes a thoughtful Christmas gift, especially if the lucky recipient is attracted to plain, unexaggerated watches. You can choose from five different color variants the one you believe will suit the wearer the most.
Seiko Presage SRPE49JI
You won’t believe it but the hypnotizing Presage Collection of watches from Seiko is a series inspired by the vivid colors that you encounter in a bar. This one, Seiko Presage SRPE49JI, got its lovely royal blue color from the Frozen Margarita Cocktail. Its warm color encapsulates the cool blue of the sky, being in complete harmony with the embossed pattern of the dial. The watch is limited to 5000 pieces and by the time you’ll have read this article it should be probably gone. Other technical features include a see-through case back, a date display positioned at 3 o’clock, and 50 meters (160ft) water resistance rating. It is undoubtedly the most beautiful watch mentioned in our article, and it will most definitely make a thoughtful gift this Christmas.
For A Watch That Is Fun And Crazy – Casio A100WEPC Pac-Man
Pac-Man, the world-famous arcade game that captivated every bar in the 1980s, has just made a comeback, courtesy of Casio. The Casio A100WEPC, created in partnership with Pac-Man, is a fun and amusing homage to Pac-Man, one of the most iconic video game characters. Its comic version has Pac-Man images all over the watch’s gold-tone plated case, which will undoubtedly bring back memories from the good old days. This digital vintage-inspired novelty watch has a slew of features. A daily alarm, auto calendar, 12-24 hour format, an hourly time signal (which may be turned off), digital chronograph, and LED lighting are all included.
For A Christmas Themed Watch – Christmas Tree Watch From Whimsical Gifts
This charming Christmas-themed watch is the ideal gift for everyone who needs a bit of the Christmas spirit this festive season. As a fashion watch, this statement piece will definitely start a conversation and be treasured by the recipient for many years to come. As with every watch from Whimsical Gifts, this one is made of the highest quality materials, comes with a water-resistant casing, a classic leather band, a scratch-resistant glass, and an accurate quartz movement. The manufacturer provides a 1-year warranty and the watch comes with a lovely gift box.
For A Personalized Gift Watch – Head Over To Undone
Remind your loved ones of the unbreakable love with a truly unique personalized watch from Undone.
Undone watches, out of the desire for something fresh and different, offer consumers a level of customization unrivaled by any other brand. Undone outsources its movements to Seiko and does the assembly in-house at their Tsim Sha Tsui office.
Undone timepieces come with a one-year international guarantee, implying that the brand is here to stay. The brand has produced numerous successful collabs as part of their thrilling customization process, which is their strongest pillar, in an attempt to carve their way into the horological map. Head over to Undone and start customizing the watch, making it personalized and truly unique for the one you care about the most about this festive season.
For A Sports Watch – Casio G-Shock GLX-5600
The latest additions to the G-LIDE collection of sports watches are introduced by G-SHOCK, the watch that has long supported the world’s greatest surfers and extreme sports aficionados. This watch is based on the DW-5600 series, a small G-Shock intended to fit around the wrist. The watch is made for the active wearer, is filled with features and sensors, and is built with durability in mind.
The most distinguishing features include a tide graph that provides tide information for specific locations, a moon phase option, 200 meters of water resistance, world time, and multi-function alarms. The metal face and its mirror surface, as well as the high-gloss finish of the band and bezel, are all combined to bring a sense of luxury and elegance to the design.
For A Statement Timepiece – A Perfectly Useless Afternoon (Mr. Jones)
The watch that made Mr. Jones’s company famous and helped them find their way on the horological map was A Perfectly Useless Afternoon. Crispin Jones, the founder of Mr. Jones, states:
“We create unique novelty timepieces that convey a story, spark a conversation, or simply make you smile.”
The hour and minute hands have been replaced on the dial by a plastic floating duck and a guy reading a book on his pool floaty. This watch was created in partnership with the well-known Belgian cartoonist Kristof Devos, and it was manufactured in London, UK — where all Mr. Jones watches are designed and produced.
To Honor The Craftsmanship – Grand Seiko Night Sky
Grand Seiko watches come with their signature precise watchmaking and is all handcrafted by skilled artisans in Japan. This design, fitted in a humble 34mm diameter case, is inspired by the inky darkness of the night sky. On the other hand, the movement encapsulates Japanese spirituality, with each moment being a unique expression shown by light and shadow. This is another addition to Grand Seiko’s collection of watches inspired by the beauty of Japanese nature. It is a timeless design that I am sure the lucky recipient will treasure forever.
Merry Christmas And A Happy New Year!
We are glad we could help you as little as possible to come up with a thoughtful and memorable Christmas gift idea for him. If you were looking for a man’s watch to give this festive season to your loved ones, the above-mentioned recommendations are up to the challenge. Hopefully, one of the watches above will be treasured forever by your significant someone.