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  2. Father’s Day Gift Ideas: Top Watch Picks This Year

    A good-looking, functional timepiece is one of the best gifts for tired, hard-working dads for Father’s Day. Fortunately, there are dozens of options available in terms of luxury, design, and function in this very article. Whether your dad is looking for the fanciest watch on the market or the most budget-friendly, you’ll find what you want here. We’ve even got a watch for those types of dads who aren’t that into watches as well. So, without further ado, here are some of the best watches that would make for a great Father’s Day gift: 1. Seiko 5 SNK809 Even with the explosion of the watch culture in the last couple of years, not every dad is essentially watch-crazy. But if you want to get them on board the trend, there’s nothing better than the Seiko 5 SNK809. Despite its affordable price tag, it is anything but cheap. The case is gorgeously handsome and features a wide-sloping bezel and short-broad lugs. The 4 o’clock window shows the brand’s trademark recessed crown. The dial is styled in classic type-B Flieger, mixed with efficient readability and excellent vintage pilot looks. The display case back features Seiko’s proprietary 7S26 automatic movement, which is impressive for this model’s price range. Being both cheap and versatile makes the SNK809 a wonderful gift for first-time watch owners. 2. Emporio Armani Leather Strap‌ ‌Watch‌ When it comes to buying watches for dads on Father’s Day, practicality is the main keyword. This leather strap watch from Emporio Armani is an ideal keep for dads for their short getaways or weekend brunches. If you want your dad to stand out from the crowd, then be sure to get him a model with a unique green strap. 3. Grant Chronograph‌ ‌Leather‌ ‌Watch‌ Fossil is a name that resonates with ingenuity and creativity. They’re always focused on making fashionable, quality watches that are both accessible and exciting. This is exemplified with the brand’s Grant watch thanks to its classic-clock-inspired Roman numerals. Its unique identity is forged by its bright blue dial, light brown leather, and silver steel case. The straps are made of silicon which is very comfortable to wear and waterproof. 4. Casio World Time Digital‌ ‌Watch‌ This affordably-priced retro-futuristic-looking timepiece would make one of the nicest Father’s Day gift ideas. It features a multi-functional dial with a 12/24-hour format, a world time indicator, a world map, countdown timer, and more. The watch is encased in fine plastic with a slick stainless-steel case back. Over five alarms can be configured as a one-time or daily alarm and can be automatically disabled. It comes with a 100-meter water resistance capability. This means that the watch is ideal for snorkelling and swimming, although not sub-aqua diving or high-board diving. The watch also features a battery with a 10-year power-reserve without even changing them once in between. 5. Raymond Weil Maestro This luxurious lineup is responsible for introducing the Skeleton Swiss and Moon‌ ‌Phase‌ watches to the market. The designs are the personification of Raymond Weil’s unorthodox craftsmanship and the value that the brand represents. It may be simple looking, but it is stylish in its design and that too at a very reasonable price range. It comes with a sapphire crystal dial window that doesn’t reflect in broad daylight. It’s also water-resistant to 165 feet, making it suitable for showering and swimming. All in all, it’s a fine choice for fathers who appreciate impeccable design and quality along with the value it provides. 6. G-Steel‌ ‌Watch‌ Shop Casio Watches The G steel watch is a collaborative effort from G-Shocks along with jazz label Blue‌ ‌Note‌ ‌Records‌. This model was especially inspired by vinyl records. This inspiration is seen in the model’s case back, offering a commendable classic vibe in a modern setup. One of the G-Steel’s coolest features is that it can hook up to your smartphone through Bluetooth. With this, you can accurately tell the time, and change settings like alarms, and world clock with ease. This is an ideal watch for fathers who are always on the go. 7. Hamilton Khaki‌ ‌Field‌ Shop Hamilton Khaki Field Watches If your dad’s the old school type, then you can’t go wrong with the classic Hamilton Khaki‌ ‌Field‌. The simple feel-style dial, along with the straight-lug bead-blasted case, syringe hands, and Arabic numerals make this timepiece a true classic. Much of these creative features are inspired by the 1940s Hamilton military watches. It is functional, simple and will also make the Hamilton identical in another 70 years. 8. Seiko 5 Sports Shop Seiko Watches For the outgoing, sporty type dads, the Seiko 5 Sports is a must-own timepiece. They’re available in a variety of configurations both in terms of bracelets and straps. They come in 42.5 mm steel cases and feature automatic day-date movements without having to worry about changing batteries. Besides that, they’re also 100-meter water-resistant, making them excellent for outgoing adventures. 9. Nomos Metro Shop Nomos Glashutte Metro Watches This is the type of luxury watch fit for fathers who appreciate precision German engineering and craftsmanship. It features a Metro date power reserve built by a brilliant young engineer named Mark Braun. Not only does the power reserve indicator remind wearers when they should rewind, but it is also one of its design features. Its other features include hands with quill tips that are finely crafted along with its colorful hour indexes. The metro is powered by the brand new DUW 4401 movement. This movement can be one manually and includes the date, sub-seconds, as well as the brand’s patented power-reserve indicator.

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  4. Zelos Watches: Top 3 Collections

    Some great affordable watch brands have had humble beginnings, and that’s certainly the case with Zelos Watches. A 2014 Kickstarter campaign took the Singapore-based brand’s assets from near zero to around $80,000. This allowed founder Elshan Tang to break into the microbrand market. In the years since Zelos watches shown serious staying power with stunning designs and solid workmanship at reasonable prices. Most models featuring sapphire crystals, automatic movements, and high-grade materials such as 316L stainless steel. Zelos watches prove that high quality can come at a low cost. At least low when compared to more upscale brands such as Rolex and Omega, as the Zelos prices run the gamut from about $300 to $1,300. So what do we have in this price range that’s well within the reach of most watch lovers? Let’s take a look at three of their top collections. Relish Retro Style with the Hammerhead Drawing inspiration from cherished cushion-shaped dive watches from the 1960s and 1970s, the Hammerhead combines a vintage design with the technology of today. Hammerhead sharks are stealthy and strong. They’re often found stalking prey along the pressure-heavy ocean floor and using their namesake heads as weapons when they come across a quarry. So too the Zelos Hammerhead is one tough timepiece, with cases of either 316L steel or marine-grade bronze. For maximum protection, a double-domed anti-reflective sapphire crystal tops the dial, while the display caseback is similarly made of sapphire. The Hammerhead’s bezel continues the commitment to toughness with the option of zirconium-oxide ceramic. It is incredibly resistant to scratches, abrasions, and corrosion. The material is gauged several times more durable than stainless steel. It measures at an impressive 1,500 HV on the Vickers hardness test. Water-resistant up to 1,000 meters with a screw-down crown, the Hammerhead was literally built for swimming with sharks. For something truly unique, go with the meteorite version with a dial and bezel made from a meteorite. A meteorite, meteorite? Yup, a big old rock that was formed billions of years ago, hurtled through space for millennium on end, plummeted to earth in a fiery fall and then got sourced for a watch. Meteorite models are one of a kind as the patterns of no two space rocks are the same. Chroma for Minimalist Charm While the Hammerhead offers a big dose of bravado, the Chroma Collection comes in with subtle and understated warmth. With 42mm diameters, you might think that Chromas wear large, but the lack of lugs makes them come off considerably smaller than their actual size would suggest. Chroma watches do share some of the Hammerhead’s attributes in terms of toughness, such as sapphire crystals front and back, 316L stainless steel, bronze, or carbon fiber cases, along with water resistance up to 50 meters. But they also have finer sides, with versions that mix satin-brushed and polished stainless steel finishes with rose gold plating. Adding an elegant touch, 20mm straps are crafted from waxed crazy horse leather, coveted for the antique look they acquire as they age gracefully. The most affordable timepieces Zelos offers, nearly all of the watches in the Chroma line are priced between $269 and $299, with a few exceptions. One such outlier that’s priced at $499 is a limited edition made of Damascus steel, an alloy often used in making high-end knives that finishes with an eye-catching wood grain pattern. And these are all especially nice given the price, as they’re not quartz but actually automatics with Miyota 821A movements. Skyraider Takes Aviation to a New Era Zelos looked back to World War Two for inspiration in its latest aviation watch, named after the Douglas A-1 Skyraider. The famous fighter plane was revered for its resilience, serving as the last propeller-driven aircraft to fly missions for the United States Air Force. And while the design of the Skyraider Collection takes cues from classic pilot watches, we also get a modern take with meteorite and skeletonized dials among its contemporary notes. Cases go on the larger side with 42.5mm width and lug-to-lug spans of 50mm. And we go seriously Old School with a classic manual-wind movement. An ETA 6498 caliber with 44 hours of reserve power that originally got its start in pocket watches. The large crown is not screw-down and has no crown guards. That means it gives the watch a truly vintage look of pilot watches from a time gone by. Dials are eye-catching, each unique in their own distinct ways. The titanium and bronze case models offer dial options. Options including skeletonized, meteorite, and “atmosphere blue” with a turbine pattern and a gradient that goes from blue to black. A Muonionalusta meteorite that plummeted to what we today call Sweden about a million years ago offers a one-of-a-kind pattern. The skeletonized version shows us the inner workings, topped by hands with a generous amount to C3-Super-LumiNova. That guards against legibility issues we sometimes see with skeletonized watches. Zelos Watches Conclusion Following that first fateful Kickstarter campaign, Elshan Tang did more. Elshan went on to create a series of successful crowd-sourced initiatives. He raised more than a million dollars for his watchmaking enterprises. Most days you can find him hunched over a workbench at his Singapore studio. As he is busy working on the next great Zelos watches.

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  5. Richard Mille to Daniel Wellington, Odell Beckham Jr’s Watch Collection

    We should really talk about Odell Beckham Jr., Richard Mille, and Daniel Wellington, because… well, it’s a little complicated. So let’s delve into what the football superstar and these watch brands have gotten themselves into. Richard Mille Gets Time on the Field  Earlier this year, the never-shy Cleveland Browns wide receiver took to the field against the Tennessee Titans wearing an eye-catching orange-and-black Richard Mille RM 11-03 McLaren. A few things were odd about that move. First, it’s a violation of NFL rules and Beckham surely knew he’d be looking at a fine. Okay, he’s got a $16.75 million salary deal so he’s probably not going to sweat a few bucks over some uniform violation. And the bright orange timepiece matched the colors of his uniform, so maybe the choice made sense. What follows didn’t make as much sense…at least not at first glance. That Richard Mille RM 11-03 has a price tag of just under $200,000. It’s an automatic fly back chronograph and it made a big impression when it was unveiled at last year’s Geneva Auto Show. But Odell made a seemingly offhand, and somewhat derogatory, comment that the watch was just “plastic.” But it’s not. It’s made of a highly durable mix of Orange Quartz TPT and Carbon TPT. Unless this longtime watch lover suddenly can’t tell the difference between plastic and a high-end carbon composite, this is a little weird. View this post on Instagram “My haters cant even get subliminal attention…” A post shared by Odell Beckham Jr (@obj) on Jul 6, 2019 at 3:32pm PDT It Gets Better for Odell Beckham Jr. Then Beckham went even bigger with a Richard Mille in a high-profile setting. This time it was during warm-ups against the New York Jets. He was spotted wearing a Richard Mille RM 56-01. That skeletonize tourbillon with a sapphire case costs almost two million bucks! It was one of only five that were produced in 2013, when Beckham was a college player. But, as keen observers were quick to point out, he was wearing a fake. Reporters asked about the watch after the game and he oddly replied, “I think Daniel Wellington might be a better watch than these.” Okay, more curious still. A few days later, things started to make more sense when Daniel Wellington announced on Instagram that Odell was their latest brand ambassador, joining such stars as Hailey Bieber, Chinese singer Lay Zhang, soccer star Paulo Dybala and Bollywood actors Radhika Apte and Ayushmann Khurrana. So we can guess one of two things happened: 1) Beckham used Richard Mille to covertly drum up publicity for his new gig at Daniel Wellington, or 2) Wellington saw the publicity as their chance to move in and nab him as their ambassador. Either way, Richard Mille seems left out on the sideline. Blinged-Out with Breitling and Rolex There was a time, and not too long ago, that Odell Beckham Jr.’s love of luxury watches wasn’t so complicated. Soon after he signed on to play for the New York Giants in 2014 he treated himself to a custom-made Breitling chronograph. He’s one of the most fashion-forward players in the league. So it’s no wonder his luxury timepiece had a diamond-encrusted bezel and a nearly blinding diamond-studded dial. He celebrated the watch on his Instagram account with the quote, “We all have the same 24 hrs in a day. It’s how we use them that makes all the difference… #blessed.” View this post on Instagram On ? A post shared by Odell Beckham Jr (@obj) on Jul 18, 2016 at 5:39am PDT Diamonds seem to be a thing with Beckham, who got attention at last year’s Vanity Fair Oscar party for wearing a heap of diamond chains over his designer suit. He’s partial to sporting Louis Vuitton suits with sneakers and almost always flashes some ice. So it’s no surprise that his go-to Rolex Day-Date is also a diamond-encrusted gem. Odell Beckham Jr. has been spotted on red carpets wearing the glittering timepiece and has also shared images of this fave on Instagram. What’s Next for Odell Beckham Jr. and Wellington? It seems that Odell is all in on his burgeoning love affair with Daniel Wellington watches. He’s joined forces with fellow ambassadors Paulo Dybala and Hailey Bieber to spearhead the Swedish watchmaker’s launch of its first-ever linked bracelet timepieces. Until recently, Wellington’s minimalist offerings only came on fabric, leather or mesh straps. Under the Iconic Link banner, they’re offering the same no-nonsense style with the watch faces but have beefed up the bracelets with three-piece solid stainless steel links. Their rose-gold offering mixes copper with 23-carat gold bar and represents a monumental first for the upstart watchmakers. View this post on Instagram It’s time for y’all to stop watchin me so close…. @danielwellington A post shared by Odell Beckham Jr (@obj) on Sep 24, 2019 at 10:34am PDT Let’s be honest. You may not get your hands on a diamond-encrusted Breitlings or Rolexes like Odell. You probably don’t have an extra 200 grand lying around to sport an exclusive and authentic Richard Mille. But Daniel Wellingtons are well within the reach of the average consumer and a great way to put some of Odell’s unique style on your wrist!

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  6. Zenith Watches: Top Choices

    When people ask me for my most underrated watch brands, I always mention Zenith watches. The reason is that they deliver a massive amount of value for their price range. I really think that they could be one of the top watch brands in the world, if not for their shaky advertising strategy. Marketing aside, you can put Zenith watches head to head with any brand in its price range, and it holds up completely. I go through my 5 favorite Zenith watches in the following passages. 1: El Primero Chronograph The El Primero Chronograph is by far Zenith’s most famous watch, and it is for good reason. This collection has an iconic design, robust craftsmanship, and quality that will absolutely wow you. Zenith doesn’t hold back on the materials in this watch, given that it incorporates a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal, alligator leather, and sturdy stainless steel. I also really enjoy how creative they get with the sub dial colors. There’s just something so pleasing about the combination of silver, gray, blue, black, and every other scheme that Zenith uses. The last major perk of this model is that it comes in precious metals, in addition to stainless steel. This option allows you to go with a more luxurious vibe, as long as you have the desire and money to spend. 2: El Primero Chronomaster You can take just about everything I said about the Chronograph and apply it to the Chronomaster. The primary difference is the latter’s skeleton design. Rather than the typical 3 sub dial look, these models replace one of them with a view into the heart of the watch. Those of you who love the skeleton aesthetic should take a long look at this option, as it delivers a significant amount of value. There are two more aspects of this model that I think are incredibly charming. The first is the star logo of Zenith, which you can find on the crown and case back. The second is the rest of that case back, which is exceptionally beautiful. Between the small window on the dial and the large window on the back, you’ll develop an intimate relationship with your Chronomaster’s movement. 3: Pilot Changing it up, we have the Pilot, which is impressive in a variety of ways. The first is its general aesthetics, as it is quite minimalistic and doesn’t crowd the dial at all. Zenith still manages to give a nod to the aviation genre, as it has a subtle tachymeter on the outside. I also love the fact that it is so legible. This watch has big, easy to read numbers that you can effortlessly see from a few feet away. Lastly, I have a soft spot for big crowns, and this Zenith has one. There’s just something so aesthetically pleasing about this part of a watch having some bulk and getting your hands on it is even better. If you love pilot watches, then you should definitely consider this model. 4: Elite The Elite is proof that Zenith truly does it all. We’ve already discussed two excellent chronograph watches and one from the pilot genre. Now, we have an elegant and minimalist dress piece to consider. It is a collection that is small, simple, and does the exact job it’s meant to do. My favorite thing about it is how customizable it is. If you like a rich blue over black, you can get that. If you want 42mm over 39, Zenith can meet your needs. This versatility makes it a timepiece that I can recommend to just about anyone. It doesn’t matter how large your wrist is or what colors look best to you. The Zenith Elite will satisfy no matter what. 5: El Primero Defy The Defy is essentially an evolution of the two El Primero collections we’ve already discussed. Rather than being a conventional case or having a skeleton window, its entire dial is see through. Rather than being somewhat of a traditional stainless-steel piece, it is made from titanium or ceramic. Still, it retains the Zenith quality that you expect, despite its many differences. Though the skeleton models are by far the most popular, you can actually get yourself a more traditional looking watch in this collection. You will still get that especially robust craftsmanship and those more unconventional materials, but you can have a dial that isn’t so eye-catching. Many watch enthusiasts feel that a collection is not complete until it has some impressive complication in it. They often choose a chronograph, and in my opinion, the Zenith El Primero collections are some of the best options out there. This brand also creates pieces that delve into other niches and thrive there too, as we see with the Elite and Pilot. All in all, Zenith watches are a fantastic option, and going with any of the 5 choices on this list is a sure bet.

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