Engagement Watches For Men Are A Thing—Here Are 8 Pieces He Would Love To Have
In case you missed it, engagement watches are a new wedding trend, and a very timely one at that.
It’s the 21st century. If a man is going to spend a huge chunk of cash (and months of researching) to get a woman the rock of her dreams, then why should a bachelorette pass on the chance to convey her commitment, too? If a woman is willing to get her fiancé an engagement gift, let her do it. And tell her that a luxury watch is the way to go.
Why a timepiece, though? Simple. Men are obsessed with watches in the same way women adore diamonds. A luxury watch is timeless and sophisticated; it is an investment that can be passed on from one generation to the next. Imagine your husband-to-be handing this heirloom to your children. A watch is just as big of a deal as a ring.
There is no blueprint to find the perfect piece for your fiancé, but don’t worry—there’s a design for every personality. The key is to look for quality and provenance. To make things extra special, you can even have a message engraved at the back.
Below are 8 classic pieces your man is sure to love.
1. For the traditionalist: Rolex Submariner
Think of watches, and you immediately remember Rolex. The luxury Swiss brand has been the pioneer of the wristwatch since 1905, and one of their signature pieces is the Submariner—a traditional engagement watch for Filipino-Chinese men. While some families prefer to overload theirs with gems, any Rolex piece is already classy enough on its own.
2. For the watch collector: Grand Seiko Snowflake Spring Drive
Grand Seiko is the luxury line of Japanese maker Seiko, which strove to create the “King of Watches”. The Grand Seiko Snowflake Spring Drive perfectly embodies the Japanese aesthetic of light, shadow, and perfect flatness. It is powered by the luxury brand’s unique caliber, the Spring Drive, which combines the force of a traditional spring with the precision of a quartz watch.
Photo: Grand Seiko
3. For the minimalist: Seiko Credor Eichi II
If your fiancé finds charm in minimalist, simple, and stunning designs, get him the Seiko Credor Eichi II, stat. Introduced in 2014, the youngest watch in this list, this piece tells you nothing but the time. About 20 pieces of this design are produced each year.
4. For the well dressed man: JLC Reverso Classic Large
This old school wrist watch is created in the art deco style. It also features a case back that can be flipped over, which is perfect for personalized engravings to commemorate your engagement.
5. For the sports enthusiast: Patek Philippe Nautilus
“You never actually own a Patek Philippe. You merely look after it for the next generation,” says this Swiss company’s classic ad campaign. The Patek Philippe Nautilus is the perfect family heirloom for sporty fathers-to-be. It features an octagonal bezel with porthole construction, and is the epitome of an elegant sports watch.
Photo: Patek Philippe
6. For the globetrotter: Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch Professional
We’re not kidding. This watch has been to the moon—six times, to be exact. This watch is flight-qualified by NASA, and has a super sexy all black dial and tachymeter. It even comes with an astronaut strap!
7. For the statesman: Glashutte Original Senator Sixties
If your man is a vintage watch collector, the Glashutte Original Senator Sixties is perfect for him. This ‘60s inspired watch, with its subtle beauty and elegance, is a German icon.
8. For the stargazer: Chopard LUC lunar one perpetual calendar
This Swiss beauty is a throwback to the time when men looked up at the night sky, sans the city lights. It features a beautiful moon phase aperture that displays the different phases of the moon.
Artwork by Butchie Pena.