The Best Father’s Day Gifts for Every Kind of Dad

Father’s Day will be here before you know it, and whether you’re shopping for your own dad, or the father-figure in your life, we recommend treating him to something timeless. This year’s hand-picked selection of Timex® watches is a roundup of some of our best Father’s Day gifts, designed to be worn and loved for years to come, by every kind of dad. If you find that your hunt for the perfect gift requires further research, check out our top 10 recommended watches for men and go ahead and explore the full men’s collection while you’re at it.

For the King of Comfort

Our Q Timex 1979 Reissue has made yet another return, this time with a bold, fresh, and durable synthetic rubber strap in tow. The latest iteration of the iconic 2019 release, this ergonomic watch is just as stylish and functional now as it was in the ’70s. We held onto the retro color scheme and period-correct domed acrylic crystal above the dial, and we even included that cool coin-operated battery hatch—allowing Dad to change the battery himself and saving him a trip to the nearest jeweler or watch technician. Because it belongs to our Q Timex family, we couldn’t forgo the Q Timex branding at 12 o’clock, which indicates the reliable quartz movement ticking inside.

For the Kid at Heart

Packed with nostalgia and honest to goodness fun, the iconic Timex T80 pays homage to our earliest digital watches. They were some of the first to hit the market, born among the big hair, big music, and big dreams of one of history’s most expressive decades. Depending on the era Dad came of age, he might recall the way these early devices dominated the scene with their futuristic feature sets—and at the very least, will almost certainly be familiar with the T80’s recent collaborators. Always one for a throwback, the T80 returned as the commemorative style in our partnerships with SPACE INVADERS® and The Coca-Cola Company®, to name a couple, bringing retro flair and infinite wearability right to the wrist. No matter the style, period-perfect details equip this digital watch with all the functionality you’d expect: an alarm, stopwatch, date display, and comfortable design at 30-meters water resistance.

For the 70s Wild Child

Okay, so Dad’s style is a little more refined than retro. Not to worry—the 1970s and early 80s were an electrifying time for watches, and we’ve made a habit of interpreting their era-defining design elements in a number of different ways. Following on the heels of our Q Timex 1979 reissue, the Q Timex Falcon Eye (available in both a striated blue and vivid green) adds some finesse to our Q Timex series. Reissued for today, we recreated every detail, and the result is a watch that retains every ounce of soul and character from the generation that inspired it. Not only does it follow the quartz trend of the day, but it also incorporates a period-correct woven stainless-steel bracelet, fully functional battery hatch, luminescent paint, and brushed and polished finishing that invokes the ’70s in a way that Dad will love today.

For the All-American

Inspired by the people, culture, and landscape of the great U.S. of A, we set out on a search for the highest quality materials to craft small batches of American-made watches for our American Documents collection. Just like our very first mantle clocks created over a century-and-a-half ago in Waterbury, Connecticut, this collection blends American craftsmanship with European precision to create a truly remarkable capsule. Premium components include US-sourced stainless-steel, a highly polished top ring, impact-resistant Gorilla® Glass 3, a gold-plated Swiss movement, and a stitched leather strap, courtesy of the Minnesota-based S.B. Foot Tanning Company. The result is a handsome, everyday timepiece that proudly brings watchmaking back to America. Is there a better gift than that?

For the Outdoorsman

A Father’s Day gift from our outdoor watch selection will help Dad keep his bearing wherever adventure takes him. Directly inspired by military-issued designs from decades past, our Field Post 38 Mechanical watch, for one, does more than look the part. As a member of our trail-ready Expedition North® collection, it features a sturdy crown and screw-down case back giving it 100 meters of water resistance, plus luminous hands and dial markings, and an impressively tough anti-reflective sapphire crystal. All that functionality comes in a 38mm stainless-steel case, fitted with a comfortable Ecco™ DriTan™ leather strap crafted using eco-friendly methods. This watch relies on a traditional hand-wound mechanical movement, so remind Dad to wind the crown until he feels a slight resistance—a motion best done at the same time each day to keep it continually running.

For the Coach

Maybe Dad once led your team to the little league championship, or maybe getting together to watch the game has become one of your favorite ways to spend time. Whatever role sports play in your lives, help him celebrate his favorite NFL, MLB, NHL, MLS, or college team with the timeless design, comfort, and durability of the Timex Tribute® collection. We’ve applied our legendary watchmaking ingenuity to an entire series of officially licensed timepieces, so he can show his team spirit—on game day and every day.

For the Seafarer

For our seasoned boaters and backyard pool-floaters, might we recommend the Waterbury Dive Automatic? Inspired by the purpose-built timepieces of the mid-twentieth century, it’s a gorgeous dive-style watch with just the right amount of nautical influence at the helm. A rotating top ring brings practicality and vintage appeal to its refined design aesthetic—a feature traditionally used to track elapsed time beneath the waves. You can let Dad know that this beauty is not an ISO-certified watch, to be clear, but it is tested to 100 meters of water resistance, making it a wearable alternative to the more expensive, true dive watches that are out there.

For an Added Touch

Looking to gift something a bit more personal? Design and craft a customized watch with an engraved personal message. Whether you choose to inscribe an inside joke, favorite song lyric, significant date, or simple “I Love You,” a custom case back is the easiest way to gift a sentimental timepiece he’ll keep close at hand.

Happy gifting, and don’t forget to browse our selection of watch accessories.

Get Back to the Future with the Timex T80

Packed with nostalgia, the iconic Timex T80 pays homage to our earliest digital watches. They were some of the first to hit the market, born among the big hair, big music, and big dreams of one of history’s most expressive decades. These early devices dominated the scene with their futuristic feature sets and infinite wearability, not only marking a turning point in timekeeping, but also serving as an ageless fashion statement for the generations that followed.

To really understand the unwavering appeal of today’s Timex T80, let’s throw it back. First, it’s worth noting that the explosion of digital watches that took place in the 70s and 80s had no real precedent in the history of mechanical watchmaking. There was the quartz revolution, of course, but digital timepieces were an entirely different beast, unrelated to the traditional watch technology that powered our earlier models.

At the time, there were many inside Timex who thought this rapid digital development would be our end. But what they didn’t count on was the spirit of a watchmaker who’d repeatedly changed the world with unrelenting innovation. Our engineers at the Timex Advanced Research Laboratory in Irving, New York, worked hard to keep up with the evolving digital landscape, and in 1974, we sold our first digital Liquid Crystal Display—the foundation of today’s Timex T80.

Soon, advanced technology allowed watchmakers like us to incorporate features beyond just hours and minutes. By 1975, LCD watches included calendars, chronographs, alarms, and calculators, turning the watch from a simple timekeeper into a multi-functional electronic device. Our digital watches were stylish accessories as much as high-tech tools, and today’s iterations stay true to their vintage machinery, packing a date display, stopwatch, and an alarm into something that looks great no matter where you’re going from here. We’ve paired our iconic T80 with a classic stainless-steel expansion band in releases past, but our latest—now available in olive and purple—features a Perfect Fit stainless-steel expansion band for easy on-and-off.

Technology has come a long way since the early days of digital watch design. In fact, it’s come so far that one could make the very valid argument that the wristwatch has grown rather obsolete in the 21st century (hello, metaverse). But like any Timex, what the T80 brings to the table is a deep emotional value you just can’t find anywhere else. Whether it’s the simple construction that reminds you of your first childhood watch, or the retro styling that adds some flair to your everyday wardrobe, today’s Timex T80 evokes a sense of nostalgia in every single one of us. Explore the collection and get back to the future with a T80 of your very own.

Stranger Things are Happening at Timex

As season 4 of Stranger Things makes its debut, Timex® is entering the gate to the Upside Down with the Timex x Stranger Things collection: the culmination of two cultural phenoms that routinely bring wistful, period-specific elements out of the darkness and into the light. This hair-raising collaboration is packed with nostalgia, applying otherworldly inspiration to three of our most iconic cult classics—Timex Camper, Timex T80, and Timex Atlantis—and bringing reliable timekeeping to every dimension.

First, if you aren’t one of the whopping 196 million global Netflix users to have tuned into the series since its launch in 2016, allow us to fill you in. Stranger Things, set in the early 1980s, follows a group of friends as they navigate the eerie supernatural events that begin occurring in the small town of Hawkins, Indiana. The sudden disappearance of young Will Byers galvanizes the crew to unearth a parallel universe known as the Upside Down—and the evil forces that hail from deep within it. It’s a pseudo-period piece that not only goes all-in on the 80s throwbacks, but also gets them right, from the banana-seat bicycles to the retro timepieces presented on the very wrists of its brave protagonists.

Sported by Lucas Sinclair in the forthcoming season, our original Timex Camper has been overtaken by paranormal forces in the time since its last release; Upside Down numbers are now featured on the dial, while a red INDIGLO® backlight permeates the darkness with sinister Demogorgon imagery. Eagle-eyed watch enthusiasts may have already spotted Sheriff Hopper’s Timex Atlantis in previous seasons (a timepiece we were thrilled to learn Stranger Things Prop Master, Lynda Reiss, discussed in an interview with Hodinkee back in 2020).

We’ve rereleased the aforementioned relic in Hopper’s honor, giving it an ominous black resin case, black strap, and—like the collection’s Timex T80—an INDIGLO® backlight and customizable alarm that plays the unforgettable Stranger Things melody. As if things couldn’t get any more mental, each of the two digital watch displays reveal a backwards number 3 when the clock strikes 3:00pm—a nod to the shattered grandfather clock that mysteriously chimes in the focal point of season 4: The Creel House. Why? Not even we know for sure. The only thing that’s certain is that Stranger Things are sure to come.

 

From Waste to Wrist, Timex Launches the Waterbury Ocean Collection

On World Ocean Day, we’re introducing the Waterbury Ocean collection, created using upcycled, ocean-bound plastic, in partnership with award-winning organization, #tide™.

This exciting release comes at a crucial time for our planet; the ocean is suffocating due to plastic pollution, with an estimated 8 million tons of waste finding its way into the sea every year. While the statistics surrounding this global crisis are certainly staggering, they’re unsurprising given the rate at which societies around the world both produce and dispose of nonbiodegradable materials. Roughly 40% of the world’s ocean surface already consists of plastic, and without action, it’s predicted that there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish by 2050.

This endemic is affecting marine life and harming ecosystems every day, which is why Timex® is taking an important step in the direction of sustainability. With Waterbury Ocean, we’re redesigning our past to take care of our future by repurposing ocean-bound plastic pollution for a cleaner tomorrow.

Featuring an upcycled case, bracelet, and dial, this remarkable wristwatch is the first Timex of its kind. Our partnership with #tide means that Waterbury Ocean’s circular journey from waste to wrist begins with fishermen collecting plastic from the coastlines; the waste is washed and shredded before making its way to Switzerland via carbon-neutral transportation; and finally, it’s repurposed on-site, resulting in a premium, sustainable material. Available in three colorways, the stunning marine-inspired dial of the resulting wristwatch follows suit in its responsible production, allowing for distinctive flakes of shredded material to make the face of each timepiece gloriously unique.

Of course, it’s only fitting that the classic Waterbury construction serves as the foundation of this wristwatch. Our story of unstoppable innovation began nearly 170 years ago as the Waterbury Watch Company, and what better way to honor our rich legacy in traditional watchmaking than through our eponymous collection? Like a true Timex, Waterbury Ocean also incorporates the trusted functionality features you need to navigate uncharted waters ahead, like luminant hands and 30 meters of water resistance.

Over the course of recent decades, we’ve taken important measures to lessen our environmental impact. We’ve converted facility lights from incandescent to LED to save electricity; utilized wastewater recovery methods to save millions of gallons of water; switched to variable speed motors in our manufacturing facilities; and—with Waterbury Ocean and Expedition North leading by example—launched exciting, new collections that focus on sustainable manufacturing and product longevity. But this is only the beginning.

The watchmaking industry, like much of the world, has leaps and bounds to go in the direction of renewability. As proud as we are of each step taken so far, we know that taking proper care of our planet means looking for additional ways to improve. It’s time to look to the future and take care of our precious waters. From waste to wrist, watch the clock, see the change.