Over the past 10 years I have had many brides-to-be ask my opinion about which watch to buy their fiancé as a wedding gift. It seems that over the last few years watches have become an increasingly popular wedding gift for grooms-to-be.
The best advice I am able to give is to buy your fiancé a watch he might have had his eye on, not the one you wish to see him wearing. Also consider the metal, and whether you think he would want a strap or a bracelet. By doing this, you begin to tailor the watch to the man. This way, you know he will cherish it always.
So what watches have I seen bought as wedding gifts?
Over the years I have seen many outdoor enthusiasts receive the Omega Seamaster 300 M’s, the Rolex Submariners, and the IWC Portuguese. All have been incredibly happy with their watches and wear them daily. All of these watches are waterproof to 200 meters and many were worn throughout the entire honeymoon, so I was told.
A few of my fashion forward friends have received more non-traditional watches such as the Gerald Genta Chronograph Sport, the Bvlgari Diagano, and the Corum Bubble. These watches are generally more colorful and are fantastic conversation starters. Your fiancé should have the personality to match this style of watch as it is not your grandpa’s Oldsmobile.
When buying your fiancé a watch, make sure to buy one that is appropriate to his frame. If he is a smaller framed individual consider watches with a smaller case diameter like a Chopard LUC Twist or an Omega Speedmaster Reduced. If he is a larger individual consider a watch with a larger case like a Panerai or Anonimo. Most fine watch manufacturers make watches with larger case sizes so look around and do not simply buy the names I have recommended.
Finally, for your protection, always buy from an authorized retailer. If you buy from an online auction or some other unauthorized retailer, you will get a warranty, but it will not be the original manufacturer’s warranty. The last thing you want is someone who is not authorized cracking the case and potentially repairing it with parts that are not made by the original manufacturer. This is not the way to treat a fine timepiece that is destined to become a family heirloom.
There are many different types of watch styles and sizes so, there is definitely something for every groom-to-be. Be sure that the watch you buy him has special meaning for him and is going to fit his frame. This is an important and emotion filled gift so be sure to ask a lot of questions and never buy a fine timepiece without doing your research.