Father’s Day, which takes place on June 19, is just around the corner. For those contemplating getting a timepiece for Dad or other paternal figures in your life, we have put together a list of some of our favourite classic watches.

Some are new and some are not — but what these timepieces all have in common is that they have understated aesthetics that we are confident will stand the test of time. And with waiting times for certain watches growing longer by the day, we did the legwork first to make sure these models are available in stores right now. Here are our picks.

1. Vacheron Constantin — Patrimony Manual-winding (40mm, pink gold)

Inspired by watches of the 1950s, Vacheron Constantin’s Patrimony timepieces focus on pure design. On this Patrimony Manual-winding watch, refined applied indexes and gold dot minute markers contrast elegantly with a deep-blue sunray dial. Powered by the manually wound movement Calibre 1400 with 40 hours of power reserve, it has a slender case that’s just 6.8mm thick and 40mm in diameter. The watch comes on a dark blue alligator strap. 

Price: $28,800

2. Cartier — Santos-Dumont XL (46.6mm by 33.9mm, steel and rose gold)

Cartier Santos-Dumont XL

Now, from the Tank to the Santos, Cartier offers plenty of design icons that would make good gifts for Dad. But one of its most elegant and refined styles would be the Santos-Dumont XL, a historically inspired, dressier take on the Santos de Cartier. Powered by the compact, manually wound 430 MC movement, these timepieces measure 46.6mm by 33.9mm, with a thickness of just 7.5mm. The watch is also available in steel or pink gold.

Price: $12,000

3. Chopard — L.U.C XPS 1860 Officer (40mm, white gold)

One of our favourite models by Chopard, the L.U.C XPS 1860 Officer features plenty of refined details that are best slowly savoured. Possessing COSC certification as well as the Geneva Seal, the 40mm white gold watch is immediately distinguished by an elegant guilloche dial. Flip this svelte timepiece over and you’ll find a hinged, officer-type cover that opens to reveal the ultra-thin L.U.C 96.01-L movement through a sapphire crystal caseback. The back cover itself features guilloche decoration on one side, and an engraving of a beehive with bees — an early symbol of the brand — on the other.

Price: $46,400

4. Piaget — Polo Watch (42mm, steel)

Piaget Polo Watch

For fathers who like their timepieces with a bit of a twist, Piaget’s Polo watches fit the bill with their cushion dials within round cases. This 42mm steel timepiece features a striking blue horizontal guilloche dial and a steel bracelet with a mix of brushed and polished finishes. Its automatic 1110P manufacture movement, with a 50-hour power reserve, is visible through its sapphire crystal caseback.

Price: $18,700

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5. Jaeger-LeCoultre — Master Ultra Thin Date (39mm, pink gold)

All about technical know-how and timeless style, the Master Ultra Thin range by Jaeger-LeCoultre includes understated gems such as the Master Ultra Thin Date. Powered by the self-winding manufacture Calibre 899, this pink gold watch has a versatile diameter of 39mm and a slim profile just 7.8mm in thickness. We absolutely love the vintage-style vibes of its eggshell-beige dial, which is complemented with fine, pointed hour markers and a brown alligator strap.

Price: $27,100

06. Omega — Constellation Globemaster Co-Axial Master Chronometer (39mm, steel)

Omega Globemaster Constellation

An updated version of the original Omega Constellation watches from the ‘50s and ‘60s, the Constellation Globemaster watches are distinguished by their “pie pan” 12-faceted dials. The dial of the model shown here features a sunray blue finish, and is surrounded by a fluted bezel in Sedna gold (the brand’s alloy of gold, copper and palladium). This 39mm timepiece is powered by Omega’s Co-Axial Master Chronometer Calibre 8900 and boasts exceptional anti-magnetism.

Price: $13,150

7. Rado — Captain Cook (42mm, steel)

Does Dad enjoy wearing a bit of bold colour? Here’s an option with sporty vintage vibes. Named after British explorer James Cook, the Captain Cook was a diver’s model first produced by Rado from 1962 to 1968. In recent years, the brand has created several versions of this timepiece and the latest edition launched this year comes with a gradated red dial. Housed in a 42mm steel case with a steel bracelet, this self-winding dive watch is water-resistant to 300m.

Price: $3,150

8. Longines — Ultra-Chron (43mm, steel)

Here’s one for watch buffs who are obsessed with the precision of their timekeepers. In 1968, Longines launched the Ultra-Chron Diver, the first dive watch with a high-frequency movement — that is, one with a balance spring that oscillates at 36,000 beats per hour, or 5Hz. This feature increases the accuracy of mechanical timepieces. Now, Longines releases the new high-frequency Ultra-Chron, which takes its cues from the aesthetics and dive-watch features of that original model. The 43mm timepiece is powered by the in-house self-winding calibre L836.6, which is chronometer-certified by independent testing Genevan laboratory TimeLab.

Price: $5,170 (steel bracelet) or $4,770 (leather strap)

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