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.

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