Men’s Watch Christmas Gift Guide: 12 Great Picks


Did you know that September 1st is the time where we should start thinking about Christmas? Why? Because it’s the start of the months that end in -ember. Okay, I lied with that statement but you should still start planning!

With Christmas around the corner, it’s time to get that something special for the man in your life. Your father, uncle, cousin, or significant half would appreciate a new watch and I think we at Gracious Watch can help you out with some curated selections within various price points.


Product name Price
Citizen Men's JY8035-04E Navihawk Stainless Steel Eco-Drive Watch Citizen Men's JY8035-04E Navihawk Stainless Steel Eco-Drive Watch $309.00
Hamilton Men's H38755751 American Classic Analog Display Swiss Automatic Black Watch Hamilton Men's H38755751 American Classic Analog Display Swiss Automatic Black Watch $581.04
JUNKERS - Men's Watches - Junkers Bauhaus - Ref. 6060-5 JUNKERS - Men's Watches - Junkers Bauhaus - Ref. 6060-5 $499.00
Luminox Men's 3082.BO Colormark Chronograph Analog Display Analog Quartz Black Watch Luminox Men's 3082.BO Colormark Chronograph Analog Display Analog Quartz Black Watch $517.50
Mondaine Unisex A5123035816SBB Stop2go Analog Display Swiss Quartz Black Watch Mondaine Unisex A5123035816SBB Stop2go Analog Display Swiss Quartz Black Watch $381.37
MONTBLANC TIMEWALKER STEEL COLLECTION 113877 MONTBLANC TIMEWALKER STEEL COLLECTION 113877 $1,495.00
Oris Men's 73376534154MB Analog Display Swiss Automatic Silver Watch Oris Men's 73376534154MB Analog Display Swiss Automatic Silver Watch $1,263.90
Rado R27057102 True Plasma Automatic Mens Watch - Black Dial Rado R27057102 True Plasma Automatic Mens Watch - Black Dial $1,434.00
SEIKO 5 SPORTS Men's self-winding watch SRP123J1 (parallel import) SEIKO 5 SPORTS Men's self-winding watch SRP123J1 (parallel import) --
Skagen Hagen Connected Brown Leather Hybrid Smartwatch Skagen Hagen Connected Brown Leather Hybrid Smartwatch $122.50
Tag Heuer Men's 'Formula 1' Swiss Quartz Stainless Steel Dress Watch, Color:Silver-Toned (Model: CAZ1010.BA0842) Tag Heuer Men's 'Formula 1' Swiss Quartz Stainless Steel Dress Watch, Color:Silver-Toned (Model: CAZ1010.BA0842) $1,295.00
Victorinox Unisex 241514 Original Resin Watch With Green Nylon Band Victorinox Unisex 241514 Original Resin Watch With Green Nylon Band --

Four Watches Under $500

Luminox Men’s 3082.BO Navy SEAL Colormark Chrono 3080

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Specifications

Movement: Swiss-made quartz movement
Diameter: 44mm case
Crystal: Hardened mineral
Water resistance: 200m

First things off, we start off with an intimidating example from Swiss manufacturer, Luminox. Created in 1989, they’re known for having deep association with various military groups such as, US Coast Guard, the US Air Force, or this example, the US Navy SEALs.

An elite special operations force for the US government, these soldier depends on stealth and discretion to be effective. The Luminox 3082.BO oozes that. ‘BO’ means ‘Blackout’, which means the 44mm watch is sporting a black motif, which fits the SEALs to a tee.

Chunky uni-directional bezel, with illuminated bezels are perfect for the man in your life that wants a watch with strong wrist presence.

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Seiko 5 Worldtimer SRP123J1

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Specifications

Movement: Japanese-made Seiko 4R36 automatic movement
Diameter: 44mm
Crystal: Hardlex glass
Water resistance: 100m

Next up is a Japanese creation from Seiko. Seiko 5 is a great go-to watch for someone wanting to start collecting watches because this particular line requires to do accomplish 5 traits before being known as a Seiko 5, which are:

1.  Automatic winding
2. Day/date displayed in a single window
3. Water resistance
4. Recessed crown at the 4 o’clock position
5. Durable case and bracelet

This watch is a ‘worldtimer’ version, which means the Seiko has a rotating bezel that responds to the 24-hour markers surrounding the main face, which is useful for tracking multiple timezones on the fly. Seiko 5 are great value for automatic watches, and this watch is no exception.

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Victorinox Swiss Army Original 241514

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Specifications

Movement: Swiss-made quartz movement
Diameter: 40mm
Crystal: Mineral
Water resistance: 100m

A great deal from Victorinox is their Original line-up. This line is a basic, no-frills watch that has a calendar indicator at 4’o clock and luminous dials. At 40mm, this watch is smaller than usual men’s watches, but is as dependable and reliable as the other selections. What you’re buying is more reliability than features, as it’s quite limited and barebones.

It has a nylon strap, which is comfy and not as intrusive as metal bracelets. It looks stellar in this army green color with white contrast markers, and just looks rugged overall.

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Skagen Hagen Connected Smartwatch

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Specifications

Movement: N/A
Diameter: 42mm
Crystal: Unknown
Water resistance: 30m or 3ATM

A curveball in this selection is this great visual example from Skagen. A new collection they have is the ‘Connected’, which provides synchronization between the watch and your smartphone. Sporting a replaceable battery, the Skagen doesn’t need regular recharging and will provide you notification in a discreet manner via a gentle buzz.

Because it’s connected to your watch, it provides you an automatic adjustment of time and date, wherever you are. Not only that, but it can also track your movement similar to a FitBit.

If you were on the hunt for an Apple Watch, this Skagen could possibly change your mind on it.

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Four Watches Between $500 and $1,000

Junkers Bauhaus 6060-5 Automatik

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Specifications

Movement: Japanese-made Miyota automatic
Diameter: 40mm
Crystal: Hesalithe glass
Water resistance: 30m

As we move up costs, we get into some interesting brands. One niche brand is Junkers. Based on their storied history, these watches have a lot to offer with a mix of German assembly and Japanese components.

At 40mm, this particular piece packs a lot of value with a calendar indicator and a 24 hour power reserve. Made in Gemany with a clean design, Junkers deserves some attention and here’s to us giving them the limelight!

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Mondaine Stop2Go A5123035816SBB

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Specifications

Movement: Swiss-made Mondaine Stop2Go quartz movement
Diameter: 41mm
Crystal: Anti-reflective Sapphire
Water resistance: 99 ft

Mondaine is known for designing the Swiss Railways clocks that are present all over Switzerland. Large, clean, and legible are the traits which made the Swiss Railway watch face so iconic. This particular model is the same as any typical Mondaine watch, but with one distinct difference: the stop2go movement. Developed specifically by Mondaine, it’s different from typical quartz movements. I’ll let Mondaine explain more,

“A regular quartz watch runs with one motor to gear the hour, minute and seconds hand. The Mondaine SBB stop2go movement needs 2 motors: one to turn the seconds hand and the 2nd motor drives the hour hand and inducts the minutes hand jump. An important hallmark of the Swiss station clock is the smooth drive of the red seconds hand; to convert this to quartz watch a special trick was needed. Instead of moving each second one step forward the seconds hand moves in 4 little paces every second. This makes the impression of a continuous gliding like seen on the Original on each Swiss Station.”

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Hamilton Intra-Matic H38755751

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Specifications

Movement: Hamilton 2892-A2 automatic
Diameter: 42mm
Crystal: Sapphire
Water resistance: 50 m

Hamilton watches have various selections and a clean, snazzy dress watch is definitely the Intra-Matic. I personally like the silver face with just linear indices to indicate hours. It makes the classic Hamilton logo at 12 o’clock stand out and become the focal point of the whole watch.

A calendar indicator at 6’o clocks adds an additional feature but it’s a high-quality dress watch and nothing else. With a stainless steel case and leather strap, it’s a watch that’s sure to impress without being too brash.

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Citizen Navihawk JY8035-04E

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Specifications

Movement: Citizen Eco-Drive quartz movement
Diameter: 46mm
Crystal: Mineral
Water resistance: 200 m

The Citizen Navihawk is completely different from the Hamilton piece we saw earlier. This one is in-your-face, busy, and rich with features. Featuring multiple time zones, stopwatch capabilities, and various measuring tools like tachymeter. For the fighter pilot in your family, or the guy who wants to be Maverick, they would love this on their wrist.

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Four Watches Between $1,000 and $2,000

Rado True R27057102 Automatic

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Specifications

Movement: Swiss-made automatic
Diameter: 41mm
Crystal: Anti-reflective Sapphire
Water resistance: 50m

Swiss manufacturer Rado has an extensive history and made memorable pieces like the Diastar or the Jubilee. Rado was also an innovator in experimenting with various materials for their cases and bracelets, such as utilizing ceramic.

For this piece, it’s from their ‘True’ collection, which features a clean gray dial, metallic indices and a calendar window at 3 o’clock it’s a statement piece that has a lot of brand merit. Featuring their signature Rado anchor that is free-moving based on movement, it’s a beautiful example of simplicity.

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TAG Heuer Formula 1 Chronograph CAZ1010.BA0842

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Specifications

Movement: Swiss-made quartz
Diameter: 43mm
Crystal: Anti-reflective sapphire
Water resistance: 200m

From the makers of the Monaco, comes their entry-level line called Formula 1. Focused on motorsports racing, the Formula 1 line follows automobile motif and boasting features such as tachymeter for speed, chronograph for lap times, and bold numerals for easy readability.

The steel casing and bracelet won’t be as light and flexible as the rubber counterparts, but will be more durable in the long-run.

This example will provide you with countless hours of reliability and brand prestige coming from TAG Heuer.

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Montblanc Timewalker Urban Automatic 113877

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Specifications

Movement: Swiss-made Montblanc automatic
Diameter: 43mm
Crystal: Scratch resistant sapphire
Water resistance: 30m

Montblanc is known for great, luxury writing instruments and they’ve expanded their presence in the luxury watch segment. With their own in-house movement, the Timewalker has a big 43mm face that takes full advantage of metal accents for contrast against the black face.

The multi-layered face shows great attention to detail and has other styling cues such as the leather weave strap and the textured crown. It’s differs han the Rado example we saw earlier as this is more of a modern dress watch and more in-your-face.

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Oris Aquis Diver 73376534154MB

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Specifications

Movement: Swiss-made automatic
Diameter: 43mm
Crystal: Sapphire
Water resistance: 300m

Oris automatic watches have their own touch of personality and this Aquis diver will help you stand out from the crowd. Featuring a diver-focused rotating bezel and a deployment clasp bracelet, this piece is ready for the deep water.

At 300m, it has great reliability and while not as known as TAG or Rado, don’t let their brand hold you back from getting a great piece for less than the competitiors.

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