The Gift of Time: Choosing the Best Gift Watches

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When it comes to choosing a gift for the men in our lives, few things are as universally appreciated as a well-crafted wristwatch. Gift watches not only serve a practical purpose but also make a stylish statement. Whether you’re shopping for a special occasion or simply want to express your appreciation, here’s a guide to help you navigate the vast world of men’s watches and pick the perfect one for your loved one. We will first discuss tips on how to choose gift watches (and gifts in general), and then go into specific models that are sure to be well-received.

A watch being presented as a gift in a beautiful case

The Art of Choosing Gift Watches

Before delving into the specifics of watch styles, it’s essential to consider the person you’re buying for. What’s their style? Are they more classic and understated, or do they embrace bold and contemporary designs? Understanding their preferences will guide you toward the perfect timepiece. Even if they don’t wear watches as it stands, look at how they dress in general to get an idea of what fits them. For example, someone who wears sporty athletic clothing may be well served by a sporty watch to pair.

You must also consider this special recipient’s physical features. For watches, the most important thing to keep an eye on is the size of their wrist. A big guy with a big frame and thick wrists deserves a thicker watch. To help them fit their new piece, consider buying them a watch with a thicker strap as well as a larger face. Likewise, smaller guys with thin wrists may be happier with a small watch face and a thin leather strap. There’s no need to obsess over the details, but putting some thought into your choice will ensure that the receiver is pleased with their gift, which is what a gift is really all about in the end.

Things to Consider with Gift Watches

In addition to scoping out your giftee, there are many other factors at play that determine what watch you should buy this person. The following tips are similar to what we recommend people do when buying any watch, even for themselves. Although, you should always err on the side of caution with gifts. Don’t take too many risks. Here are some things to look for:

Movement Type

As with many things, your personal budget is a major factor here. When choosing a gift watch, you have to choose the type of movement. A mechanical or automatic movement uses an intricate system of gears and springs to keep track of the time. The difference is a mechanical watch needs to be wound up manually. An automatic watch uses the wearer’s natural movements to stay wound. These two movement types are less accurate than quartz movement, but are more expensive. Why? These movement types emphasize craftsmanship and artistic engineering. If you have a high budget, an automatic watch will make for a more luxurious and high-end gift.

Here at SOLD Corp however, we believe that fashion need not break the bank. There is no need to spend extravagantly on a gift. This is why, for the vast majority, a high quality quartz movement watch is a fine option. It may not have the intricate, hyper-detailed character of a mechanical watch, but it does its job as a watch and it does it well. If you’re working on a budget like most of us, go with quartz. Since this is an affordable guide, we will mostly discuss quartz watches.

Quality of Material

Like we said, quartz watches tend to be far cheaper and are therefore the better option. This does not at all mean that you should cheap out on the material, though. Quartz watches come in all sorts of different materials, shapes, and sizes. You should make sure that the quality of the strap and face is solid enough that you would be proud to present someone with it.

High quality materials contribute to the durability and aesthetics of a watch. Stainless steel straps are a timeless classic. It’s good quality for a good price. Leather is another great and common option used in luxury watches. For a more casual or sporty look, consider materials like rubber or nylon.

Brand Reputation

A well-established and reputable brand is a good indicator of quality. Do some research on the brand’s history, customer reviews, and the craftsmanship of their watches. Brands with a long standing tradition of watchmaking and a loyal customer base are likely to produce timepieces that stand the test of time. Stay away from new, trendy brands until they prove themselves in the market, unless the person you know specifically talks about that brand and wants one of their pieces.

Where to Buy Gift Watches

Now that you have selected a watch, either using the guide above or choosing one of our options below, you actually have to make the purchase. We recommend buying from Amazon if possible. Returns are easy in case something is wrong with the product or the gift doesn’t go over too well. Customer reviews are plentiful. And you don’t even need to leave your home to buy the product. Plus, if you are trying to send the gift to someone far away, you can order it directly to their home. Amazon even has a gift option so you can hide the price and include a personal message.

If you want more information on watch definitions and history before buying, read our articles History of Watches: Uncovering their Timeless Heritage and Defining Time: Watch Definitions and Terms A Complete Guide.

Specific Gift Watches We Recommend

Now you know the process of selecting a good watch worthy of being a gift. With just how many options are out there, it can still be tough to choose just one. Below, we have compiled a list of some potential gift watches for you to choose from. Take a look and choose the one you think is most likely to leave a lasting impression on your recipient. Or just buy one for yourself as a treat. You deserve it.

Timex Weekender

The Timex Weekender is a go-to, classic option for an affordable and cheap watch. Timex is a well-established, reputable brand which is what you want for a gift. It comes in a variety of color patterns, materials, and faces. You can get a genuine leather strap for more luxury, or opt for nylon for something more casual and outdoors. You can even get it with a chronograph (stopwatch) feature. It’s super versatile, great quality, and reasonably priced.

Basically Any Casio

Casio is a Japanese company that puts an emphasis on affordability. They make for great gift watches. There are so many different models and all of them receive great reviews from Amazon customers. Even though the price tag is low, quality is high. Casio watches range greatly in size and style, so you’re sure to find one that fits you or your gift recipient. Casio also makes popular digital watches. Although we here at SOLD Corp prefer analog, it’s all up to you and your recipient’s preferences.

This is an example of a more classy, sporty Casio watch. It is a Casio Men’s MDV106-1AV 200 M WR Black Dive Watch. The full name’s a bit of a mouthful, but you can just call it the Duro. The Duro is very highly rated on Amazon and for good reason. It has a resin band and is probably one of the cheapest, high quality dive watches you can buy today. It is water resistant up to 200 meters. Anybody you gift this to is likely to love you for it, even if they don’t get in the water much. It gives off a real luxurious, high-end feel with a reasonable price tag

Apple Watch

Know someone with an iPhone? The Apple Watch is a great accessory for iPhone users. It’s especially great for people who are into fitness and exercise, since it comes equipped with a lot of useful fitness tracking features. It also means you don’t have to carry your phone all around with you as you work out. With a sleek design and seamless integration with other Apple products, the Apple Watch makes for a very useful gift.

Fossil Nate Quartz Stainless Steel Chronograph

Fossil is another highly reputed brand in the watch game that makes some outstanding gift watches. This example that we have chosen is an all-black stainless steel model. It is perfect for the person who likes to dress in simple colors. Given that it’s all black, this piece will go with basically any outfit and fit with any occasion. It comes with a chronograph complication, meaning there is a built-in stopwatch. Its versatility and quality make it a safe, yet pleasing gift. As of posting, this watch is on sale for 45%(!) off, so act fast.

Or consider this other Fossil model, for the minimalist in your life. This is the Fossil Minimalist line. You can choose between a genuine leather strap or stainless steel. This watches main drawing points are its sleekness, elegance, and simplicity. It’s perfect for the type of person who just wants a watch that tells time and won’t clutter their minimalist style.

Seiko Essentials Collection

Seiko is another Japanese watchmaker with a strong legacy behind them. We chose this model from their men’s Essential line because its something a little different. Square faced watches can exude class and luxury while also being having a sense of uniqueness compared to every other round-faced watch. They look good on nearly all sizes of wrist. This Seiko has that true timeless look that you can pull off anywhere. It works for both daily use and on special occasions. Plus, you have the safety and security of buying from an experienced legacy watchmaker.

Gift Watches from Citizen

Citizen is a top player and innovator in the quartz watch scene. They have many, many different models for luxurious stainless steel strapped watches. These models look surprisingly more expensive than they actually are. They fit right in with stainless steel watches from vastly more expensive brands.

Citizen offers a line of light powered watches, called Eco-Drive. These watches run on any light, both solar and artificial. Eco-Drive watches make for amazing gifts. Why? Because they are true hassle-free watches. Since they run on light, you don’t need to worry about changing out the battery any time soon. As long as the watch is worn out in the sun every now and again, it will continue running beautifully. Your recipient is sure to love the convenience.

The Eco-Drive line has a whole lot of options, so look through and see which one works for your purposes. We really love the Garrison field watch version because of its more casual look. The nylon strap is versatile and comfortable.

Timex Expedition: For the Outdoors Man

The Timex Expedition line is a quintessential outdoors watch. It is a suitable gift for anyone who likes nature adventures, like hiking or fishing. With a durable and utilitarian build, the Timex Expedition will show this person you know what makes them happy. The simple design means it can even be worn during regular, indoors occasions. A do-it-all watch for a do-it-all type of guy. The model shown here is the field chronograph version, although it is available as a simple watch too.

Seiko 5

Even though we recommend quartz watches just based off of affordability, that does not mean there are no good mechanical watches for cheap. In fact, if your gift recipient is into watches, they may appreciate a mechanical movement much more than a quartz one. Seiko makes really great mechanical movements, and they are affordable with the Seiko 5 line. This line features a variety of color options. All of them are high quality with simplistic and timeless design. As a subset, there is the Seiko 5 Sports line which includes sportier versions.


That concludes our guide and list of the best gift watches to buy for someone special. Choosing the perfect watch for a man is a thoughtful and meaningful process. Whether it’s a classic timepiece, a sporty companion, or a cutting-edge smartwatch, the right watch reflects the personality and style of the wearer. Pay attention to quality, consider the occasion, and, most importantly, choose a watch that resonates with the person you’re gifting it to. Remember that a gift is not just about the material item, but also about the thought that went into it. A good watch can easily become a gift that stands the test of time and keeps on giving.

– SOLD Corp


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