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Father’s Day Watches, Part I

With Father’s Day arriving June 18, there is still plenty of time to find just the right watch for dad’s wrist. If you’re still not sure which timekeeper would look best on the male parent in your life, we are here to help with a few suggestions, which we’ll deliver here in two different posts. As usual, we’ve considered a variety of budgets as we narrowed down our Father’s Day watch guide.

Baume & Mercier
Classima 10332

A leader in well-priced special-occasion timepieces, Swiss watchmaker Baume & Mercier offers this classically styled 42mm automatic model with a solid caseback made for engraving the name of your favorite father, or to simply say Happy Father’s Day. Inside the svelte 8.85mm thick steel case is a Sellita movement. Price: $1,490 at baumeetmercier.com.

Original Grain
The Wrigley Field

This San Diego-based maker of steel and wood timepieces has reclaimed the wooden seats of Chicago’s Wrigley field to create the dials for 2,016 quartz-powered chronograph timepieces, perfect for the die-hard Cubs fan. Each 44mm steel watch arrives with a sapphire crystal and an interchangeable leather strap, and the order comes in a wooden gift box set with trophy case for display. Due to grain patterns, no two watches will be exactly alike. Price: $1,495 at OriginalGrain.com.

TW Steel
Son of Time

TW Steel teams with custom motorcycle makers Diamond Atelier from Munich for this Son of Time Aeon Special Edition. Developed alongside the Aeon custom motorcycle, this timepiece sports a 48mm steel case with black PVD coating, a black Milanese strap and a grey sunray dial that features the Son of Time logo. Inside is a Miyota quartz chronograph movement (6S21). Each timepiece comes with an extra black Italian leather strap. Price: $545.

Frederique Constant
Classics Automatic Heartbeat

Whether in steel or gold plate, this watch retains its classic style. The brand pioneered the open dial design (and famously didn’t patent the design) more than two decades ago to expose the automatic movement inside. This 39mm steel dress watch offers a thin stepped bezel surrounding a multi-pattern dial that may recall very early Breguet dials, an effect carried one step further with Breguet style hands. With a genuine FC in-house movement, this price is tough to beat. Price: $2,095, or $2,295 for a gold-plated model.

Hublot
Classic Fusion Chronograph Berluti

For the father who prefers fine Italian shoes, Hublot expands its use of famed maker Berluti's signature leather on the dials of this collection. This new Hublot Classic Fusion Chronograph Berluti features two counters on the leather dial, which meant craftsmen had to develop another method of creating one of the very few leather dials we’ve ever seen on a high-end timepiece. Available with a 45mm case in a choice of two finishes, Scritto King Gold and Scritto All Black, Hublot makes only 250 pieces of each. Both models feature handcrafted straps, presented in a Berluti box with a Berluti leather care set. Prices: $36,700 (Classic Fusion Chronograph Berluti Scritto King Gold) and $16,700 (Classic Fusion Chronograph Berluti Scritto All Black).

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