With the Holidays and your full calendar quickly approaching, pretty much your only chance of getting something specific, like a gift for someone interested in, that appreciates, or that loves watches, is via Amazon and I've got you covered. Here's a quick and dirty roundup of cool stuff that will appeal to the watch enthusiast at any level, and make it to you door in time.
How about giving an actual watch?! The Seiko 5 is one of the best entry points to mechanical watches due to its classic field watch looks, Seiko reliability and quality, and accessible price point south of $100 and in many cases even $60. Featuring the same 7S26 automatic movement as in the venerable SKX007 diver, this watch has 100 meters of water resistance and has the versatility to be perfect for a first or only watch, or even a yard work beater for those with impressive collections.
This is already starting to be repeat of "Best Gift Watches Under $300" post, but many of these are too good to keep a secret. The Sistem51 has the street cred to even get its own Hodinkee limited edition, while being uniquely Swatch, and mechanical. Engineering and manufacturing nerds will appreciate the backstory about how this movement is changing the way mechanical watches are being built, and those that hate changing batteries will appreciate its 90 hour power reserve. Price depends on color configuration, but these can be had for as little as $107 here.
Are the first two recommendations too modern and you prefer the vintage aesthetic? Well, this last recommendation is for an entire line of watches that absolutely nails the aesthetic of many vintage classics at prices less than $250. Dan Henry is first and foremost a watch collector that has put together an insane collection that he enjoyed sharing with the world. Taking it a step further, he thought to recreate many of the most iconic designs at extremely accessible price points so they could be enjoyed by all. You can't make a wrong move here, these are all super fun.
***Dan Henry watches are no longer sold on Amazon. I was about to remove them since it kind of conflicts with the spirit of the post, but they’re still such a good value and so cool, I wanted to keep the link to purchase directly to them. Just please know that I don’t know what the shipping time frame through Dan Henry is.
Changing watch straps is the easiest way to keep things fresh and can completely change the way a watch looks and wears. Cordura is an extremely durable woven canvas type material giving this strap a real rugged look to compliment your tool watch. It's functional as well with a water resistant lining and stainless steel buckle. $21.21 on Amazon here.
If straps aren't really your thing, try modifying your above mentioned Seiko SKX with a Super Oyster bracelet. Oyster bracelets are timeless, rugged, and comfortable, and an easy way to give your Seiko an elevated and functional look. Strapcode's Oysters are well known for their solid construction and perfect fit to for the Seiko lugs. $56 here.
If you're going to gift a strap, you might as well be safe and be sure they can change it as well. The Bergeon 6767-F is often considered the "standard" and go-to for all your strap and bracelet changing needs, and represents a proper, quality tool. $21.95 on Amazon here.
You'll need a nice way to carry and store all of your watches, and this 6-watch waxed canvas watch roll is simple and perfect. It may not provide a ton of padding or protection from impacts, but will keep them from getting knocked around or scratched, and give you plenty of street cred at your next watch meetup. $49.99 on Amazon here.
A very popular and well received coffee table type book of Iconic Watches and Stories from the Men Who Wore Them. This book just recently came out and has received nothing but praise and buzz in the watch world for its thoughtful and personal stories and great pictures. $20.55 for the hardcover here.
A newly released, sure to make your coffee table, study, or office look super fancy, The Watch, Thoroughly Revised, is a refresh from the original, published ten years ago, with a look at vintage and modern mechanical watches, sure to appeal to beginners and the most seasoned collectors. With history, a look at brands, buying, collecting, and maintaining, horological know-how and more, this book could very well appeal to those that aren’t even watch nerds with it’s interesting content and wonderful photos. Available in hardcover for $29.52 here.
Thanks for reading, and I hope everyone has a safe and wonderful holiday season.