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It’s getting warmer and spring is just about a month away. That also means that wedding season is just ahead. Couples everywhere will soon be tying the knot and beginning their lives as husband and wife. While much attention is (rightly) placed on engagement rings and bridal jewelry, there’s also the groom’s gift to consider. And there’s no better gift to give a groom than a luxury watch that he can wear on the big day and forever after. With that, here are six fantastic groom watches that’ll make him almost as happy as the day you said yes!

Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra

Groom Watches: The Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra
Groom Watches: The Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra

From Omega comes this elegant Seamaster Aqua Terra timepiece, featuring a 42mm stainless steel case and classic dark brown leather strap. The dial includes the signature vertical lines of the Aqua Terra collection, inspired by the design of a teak boat deck in honor of Omega’s long history with maritime lifestyle. Also on the dial are pink gold broad-arrow style center hands, a pink gold date window, and triangular pink gold indexes. These gold details contrast beautifully with the stainless steel case and silver dial and offer a very modern and subtle way to wear the two-tone trend.

Groom Watches: The Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra
Groom Watches: The Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra

Flip the watch around and you’ll get a view of the Omega automatic mechanical movement powering the watch with topnotch reliability, precision, and durability. An elegant everyday luxury timepiece that can be enjoyed on the day of the wedding and for decades after.

Bonus points: James Bond wears an Omega Seamaster.

Patek Philippe Calatrava

Groom Watches: Patek Philippe Calatrava
Groom Watches: Patek Philippe Calatrava

Now here’s a luxury watch for the ages–literally. Patek Philippe is famous for emphasizing that their watches are built to be enjoyed over several generations. So, this groom’s watch can eventually be handed down to your future children! The Calatrava is Patek’s classic dress watch model and this particular version is equipped with a refined 18k white gold 32mm round case and an elegant custom black alligator strap with a steel buckle. This style will go great with a black tux and its smaller size and slim profile means it can be tucked under the shirt cuff.

Groom Watches: Patek Philippe Calatrava
Groom Watches: Patek Philippe Calatrava

In true Calatrava fashion, the dial is appealingly simple and elegant fitted with just two white gold hands and white gold stick indexes. The timepiece runs on a manual-wound mechanical movement. A future family heirloom makes for the perfect groom’s gift.

Bonus points: As a vintage Patek from the 1960s, this fits the “something old” tradition.

Rolex Datejust 36

Groom Watches: Rolex Datejust 36
Groom Watches: Rolex Datejust 36

What man wouldn’t be over the moon with a Rolex watch for his groom’s gift? Rolex’s signature dress watch, the Datejust is almost as famous as the brand itself. Characterized by its water-resistant Oyster case and date window on the dial magnified by a lens on the crystal, the Datejust is a Rolex watch that can be worn everywhere and anywhere. This particular Datejust sports a stainless steel 36mm case with an intricate engine-turned bezel, matching stainless steel bracelet, and silver dial with Roman numerals. The monochromatic style of the watch goes with anything–a tux for the wedding ceremony jeans, shorts and loafers during the honeymoon, or suit and time when it’s time to get back to work.

Groom Watches: Rolex Datejust 36
Groom Watches: Rolex Datejust 36

Like most modern Rolex watches, driving the Datejust is an automatic Rolex movement, famous for its accuracy and robustness. While the saying is “happy wife happy life,” let’s not forget that a happy husband is one with a Rolex watch.

Bonus points: Although luxurious, Rolex watches are known for their toughness too, so this is one fine timepiece that doesn’t have to be handled with kid gloves.

Cartier Santos 100

Groom Watches: Cartier Santos 100
Groom Watches: Cartier Santos 100

 

 

If a square watch is more the style of your future groom, then Cartier has the answer. The Cartier Santos 100 was first presented in 2004 to celebrate the watch’s 100th year anniversary. That’s right, this particular watch design is well over 100 years old and has remained one of the Maison’s most popular watches for men. Featuring a bold square shaped 42mm steel case with a yellow gold bezel, a chronograph function, and a black leather strap, this Santos 100 certainly isn’t a shy watch. What it is is an impressive contemporary take on a Cartier classic.

Groom Watches: Cartier Santos 100
Groom Watches: Cartier Santos 100

Driven by an automatic movement, the watch will continue to run as long as your future husband wears it. And with looks like these, we’re certain he’ll wear it for a long time.

Bonus points: The Santos was actually the world’s first pilot’s watch, specially made for aviation pioneer Alberto Santos Dumont–a great story to recount at future dinner parties you’ll be hosting with your new hubby.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso

Groom Watches: Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso
Groom Watches: Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso

 

 

Continuing on with the straight edges rather than the more traditional round cases is the Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso watch. Born in 1931 as a watch for polo players to wear during intense matches, the Reverso boasted a clever case system where the delicate face of the watch could be safely tucked away to protect it from getting smashed by a mallet. Today, the Reverso continues to be a signature watch from Jaeger-LeCoultre with countless different models available. This 26 x 42 mm white gold case of this particular Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Duoface actually reveals two different watch dials rather than just one–a two tone white and pink gold side with a black dial and a white gold side with a copper dial.

Groom Watches: Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso
Groom Watches: Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso

At the heart of this Reverso is a manual-wound movement and two dials allows the groom to show off one side during the ceremony and the other during the reception.

Bonus points: With two distinct looks, this Reverso watch is essentially like gifting your soon-to-be-spouse two watches instead of just one!

Breitling Transocean Unitime Chronograph

Groom Watches: Breitling Transocean Unitime Chronograph
Groom Watches: Breitling Transocean Unitime Chronograph

If you really want to pull out all the stops for your groom’s luxury watch, then look no further than the Breitling Transocean Unitime Chronograph. Crafted in sumptuous 18k rose gold, the larger 46mm case of this Breitling houses an incredible dial that permits the reading of 24 time zones at the same time. Plus, there’s even a chronograph function and a date window. Presented on a sophisticated light brown elegant strap, this watch is great for a breezy destination wedding by the water.

Groom Watches: Breitling Transocean Unitime Chronograph
Groom Watches: Breitling Transocean Unitime Chronograph

Equipped with an automatic mechanical movement that’ll keep running up to 70 hours even when not worn, this Breitling is up for any jet-setting adventure.

Bonus points: All the cities listed on the dial is a great reminder of all the places you want to travel to together during your marriage.

 

 

 

A luxury watch is sentimental, attractive, and practical, which makes it the ideal groom’s gift. Not only will he enjoy it on the day of the wedding, but each time he glances at his watch after that, he will be reminded of your special day and of his beautiful bride. Find the right fine timepiece worthy of the special day where you’ll both say “I Do” right here at Gray & Sons.

Written by

Celine Simon

Celine is a freelance luxury watch writer who has enjoyed working in the horology industry for over ten years. Like many of the high-end timepieces she writes about, she comes from Switzerland—the heart of fine watchmaking. From Singapore to Montreal to Geneva to Dubai, Celine has lived all over the world but now calls Southern California home.