This year’s hottest new tech gadgets will already be outdated by the time summer arrives, but a high-quality timepiece is built to last a lifetime. Fantastic luxury watches exist at nearly every possible price point, and regardless of whether your budget is under a grand or tens of thousands of dollars, you will still be able to get a great timepiece for that special person this holiday season.
Watches are often viewed as extensions of our personalities and the type of wristwatch that a person chooses to wear can often tell you a lot about them. Unless you know the person incredibly well (and are also familiar with the other watches they have their collection), it is generally best to play it safe and give them a timepiece that you know will effortlessly find a place in their daily life and wardrobe. While these models are often not the most colorful or unusual, they are timeless classics that will always have a meaningful place in a person’s collection, regardless of their personal style or where their watch collecting journey may take them.
Below are some of our top picks for luxury watches to give as gifts this holiday season, and we have an option at every possible price point, from under $1,000 to well into the five-figure range.
Oris Big Crown ProPilot – Under $1,000
Oris is often the first name that comes to mind whenever discussing budget-friendly, Swiss-made luxury watches, and the company has a rich history that dates all the way back to 1904. The brand’s two dive watch collections (the Divers Sixty-Five and Aquis) are usually the go-to recommendations for those that are new to the brand; however, if you are shopping for a gift this year, we think you should consider a watch from the Big Crown ProPilot series due to their ultra-versatile styling and clean, classic design.
Tudor Black Bay – $1,000 To $3,000
As Rolex’s more affordable sibling company, Tudor is no stranger to making high-end timepieces that seriously deliver at their relatively modest price point. Despite the brand’s notoriety, a budget of just a few thousand dollars is all that is required to grant you access to many of its most famous models when shopping on the pre-owned market, and it should come as no surprise to see a Tudor Black Bay make an appearance on this year’s holiday gift guide.
Omega Speedmaster – $3,000 To $5,000
From sponsoring the Olympics to being the official timepiece of James Bond, Omega is easily one of the world’s most famous luxury watch manufacturers and it has a history of producing excellent watches that dates all the way back to 1848. Omega’s catalog is vast, and there is truly a bit of something for everyone to be found within it. However, the single watch that comes to most people’s minds wherever discussing the brand is the classic Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch.
Rolex Submariner – $5,000 To $10,000
Rolex is easily the world’s most famous luxury watch brand and arguably one of the most famous companies that has ever existed. The incredible popularity of Rolex’s various stainless steel sports watches have resulted in them becoming impossible to purchase at a retail level, and available examples now trade hands on the pre-owned market for values that are in excess of twice or even three times their original brand-new retail price. With that in mind, probably the single most famous sports watch of all time is the Rolex Submariner, and it is an obligatory addition to any watch-themed holiday gift guide.
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