The day to celebrate fathers is a mere ten days away. Father’s Day is on Sunday, June 16, 2019, in case you forgot. This year, instead of hinting to loved ones what you’d like, why not gift yourself something awesome! And since summer is here, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite luxury sports watches to consider. Plus, the best part of a high-end timepiece is that you can eventually hand it over to your children in the future. A win for all.
Tag Heuer Monaco
Channel some cool dad vibes with a watch worn by the King of Cool himself. Steve McQueen famously wore a Heuer Monaco watch on his wrist in the film Le Mans. And this Tag Heuer Monaco is a modern interpretation of that iconic square sports watch.
The modern Monaco version pairs a 38mm square case in steel with a black dial and steel link bracelet. The movement is automatic, and the functions include time, date, and a chronograph. All in all, this is a fantastic everyday luxury sports watch that stands out due to its distinct silhouette.
When it comes to high-end sporty chronographs, Breitling is one of the best at making them. And the Breitling Chronomat has been one of the Swiss watchmaker’s top-selling models for decades–so you know it’s a great one.
This particular automatic Breitling Chronomat 41 features a well-proportioned 41mm steel case with the four signature rider tabs on the 24-hour marked bezel. The silver dial is home to the customary three registers for the chronograph function, along with luminescent indexes and hands for great legibility in the dark. For a touch of elegance, the watch includes a classic black leather strap.
It’s always great to have buddies you can depend on; like that time in 1904 when aviator Alberto-Santos Dumont asked his watchmaker friend Louis Cartier to design him a wristwatch to wear while he was flying because his pocket watch just wouldn’t do. And as a good friend should, Louis Cartier obliged and presented Alberto-Santos Dumont with the world’s first pilot’s watch.
Fast-forward over a century later and Maison Cartier has presented countless versions of the Santos watch. Amongst them, we particularly love the sportier approach of this Cartier Santos Galbee for men, which brings together a 45 mm x 35 mm steel case with square bezel and integrated steel bracelet. The entire watch is punctuated with exposed screws for a touch of industrial design while the dial is classic Cartier with black Roman numerals and blue sword-shaped hands.
Sometimes a big and bold timepiece is in order, and for those, we turn to Panerai–a brand synonymous with oversized luxury sports watches. Once built explicitly for the Italian Navy, today the Luminor watch enjoys a cult following thanks in part to its immediately recognizable design.
What we have here is the collectible Panerai Luminor Base PAM00002 circa late-1990s/early 2000s with all the signature Luminor traits. There’s the 44mm stainless steel cushion-shaped case, the lever-operated crown guard bridge, the black dial with large and luminous hour markers, and a manual-wound movement inside.
The Omega Speedmaster chronograph is no doubt most famous for being the watch that journeyed to the moon in 1969 on the historic Apollo 11 lunar landing. However, before it was known as the “Moonwatch,” Omega actually developed the Speedmaster in 1957 as a watch for motorsports. And Omega has continued to make racecar-inspired Speedmaster editions since.
Take this Speedmaster Racing Master Chronometer for example, which as a part of Omega’s current catalog, features a host of modern details while still maintaining the model’s iconic style. For instance, there’s the customary tachymeter scale marked black bezel on the 44.25 mm stainless steel case but craft in ultra-modern ceramic. What’s more, inside the watch is Omega’s newest generation automatic movement, dubbed as a “Master Chronometer” for having passed a series of stringent precision and accuracy tests.
Arguably one of the most famous luxury sports watches in the market today, the Rolex Submariner has been a top choice for both scuba divers and desk divers for decades. While the most modern iterations of the iconic dive watch have broader cases, bolder dials, and ceramic bezels, there’s something to be said for the appeal of the classically styled Rolex Submariner from a little more than a decade ago.
The Rolex Submariner Date 16610 features a 40mm stainless steel Oyster case water resistant to 300 meters, along with a black aluminum unidirectional rotating bezel marked to 60 minutes. The black dial houses the familiar Submariner Date layout with lume-filled hour markers, Mercedes-style hands, and a date window at 3 o’clock. The Sub wraps around the wrist via the robust steel Oyster bracelet and runs on an in-house automatic movement.
Make this Father’s Day extra special for yourself by picking out a top tier timepiece that will enjoy for decades to come. Whether you opt for one of these luxury sports watches or something else, browse our selection of pre-owned watches at Gray and Sons for the best deals and styles.