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Find the perfect watch for Father’s Day with Berry’s Jewellers

Looking to treat your Dad to something a bit more long lasting this Father's Day? If so, this watch guide is the place for you.

Written by High Life North
Published 10.06.2022

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Father’s Day watches

Finding the perfect gift for Father’s Day is never easy. Shops across the UK are filled with gift sets our dad will probably never use.

Many of us have been guilty of popping into Sainsbury’s the morning of Father’s Day to pick up a bottle and a box of chocolates (hopefully my dad isn’t reading this), but if you’re looking to spoil your father this year (or pick up a super-special gift for another man in your life), we’ve got just the guide for you…

Berry’s Jewellers is one of the UK’s most long-established jewellers, celebrating its 125th year in business this year.

Founded in 1897 with shops in Scarborough and Southport, they now have stores and boutiques across the UK, including their familiar Newcastle store on the corner of Grey Street.

So naturally, they were our go-to jewellers to help us pull together this selection of watches (from brands around the world) which make the perfect gift.

Not only that, but they’ve given us some useful advice on what to look for when investing in a watch.

Berry’s Jeweller’s tips for investing in a watch 

First thing’s first. There are watches, and then there are watches in lifeand investing in a watch as a sentimental gift requires a bit of research.

First of all, it’s all about the personal details and taste, obviously. You should be pretty familiar with your dad’s style but functionality is key here, so take these points into consideration too.

 

When it comes to a watch, size matters…

Watches come in all shapes and sizes – there isn’t a typical case diameter and it’s important to consider as it impacts, ultimately, how comfortable it is to wear. A typical watch has a case diameter of between 34-44mm.

If you dad has slight wrists, 34-40mm is a good shout. Whereas if your dad is a larger fellow with thick wrists, opt for a case diameter of 44-46mm. 40-44mm is considered the average size.

 

Cost

Secondly, price is important. Because expensive doesn’t always mean better when it comes to watch quality. A high-quality investment watch doesn’t have to cost a year’s salary.

Whilst it’s true that all watches essentially do the same job – tell the time – there’s a reason that high-value watches come at a higher price point. Here are a couple of the key features to consider:

Craftsmanship

Watches that are more than £1000 (and are sold by a reputable jewellery brand) have likely been meticulously crafted by renowned watchmakers using top quality materials that will last lifetimes.

These watches feel different on the wrist and will be robust, made to stand the test of time and continuous wear.

 

Materials

The material used to create the watch face varies significantly between cheap and luxury watches.

Sapphire crystal is the most premium product used for expensive watch faces. It’s near impossible to break or scratch, meaning your investment gift will last for decades without losing its beauty.

 

Metal, leather or material strap?

Metal straps are more durable and look great on large wrists if fitted correctly, whereas leather straps are considered more conventional for a dressy watch and are (slightly) more susceptible to wear and tear over time.

Material straps are really comfortable for everyday wear – perfect if your dad never takes it off.

HLN’s top tips picks from Berry’s Jewellers

For a fashionable dad

Tag Heuer Monaco x Gulf 39mm Men’s Automatic Chronograph Special Edition Watch

This special edition watch is from the Tag Heuer Monaco watch range which is a collection inspired by motor-racing.

It stands out for its design features such as the case which is cut at right angles, as well as its blue perforated leather strap which has an orange inlay.

It’s made with high-quality sapphire crystal glass and is water-resistant up to 100m.

Check out the rest of the collection to discover alternative styles and colourways.

Specification

  • Automatic
  • Part of the Tag Heuer Monaco collection
  • 39mm watch dial
  • Sapphire crystal
  • Leather strap
  • 2-year international guarantee

Price: £5,850.00

 

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For an active dad

Breitling Superocean Heritage Green-Dial, Black Bezel Watch

This watch is from the Breitling Superocean Heritage range, a collection which celebrates watches that hark back to their original 1950s designs but with updated modern features.

The watch movements are resistant to shock, vibration, water, heat and friction – perfect if your dad is an adrenaline junkie or loves to spend time in the great outdoors. It also makes an ideal watch for divers or campers as it has luminescent hands.

The design features on this watch are beautiful, with a unique style green dial and black bezel.

Specification

  • Automatic
  • Part of the Breitling Superocean Heritage collection
  • 42mm watch dial
  • 200m water resistant
  • Stainless steel strap
  • 5-year guarantee

Price: from £3,650.00

 

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For a history-loving dad

IWC 39mm Spitfire Watch

This IWC Schaffhausen Pilot’s Watch takes inspiration from the purist instrument design of the Mark 11 navigation watch – a watch which was originally developed for the British Royal Air Force in 1948 and has been popular for centuries.

Just as impressive on the ground as the sky, it has a very durable green textile strap and large leaf-shaped hour markers coated in Super-LumiNova which glow in dark conditions.

Berry’s Jewellers is the official UK stockist of genuine IWC Schaffhausen watches – so provide real expertise if you decide to invest in this premium brand.

Specification

  • Automatic
  • 39mm watch dial
  • 60m water resistant
  • Green textile strap with metal pin fastening
  • 2-year international guarantee

Price: £4,450.00

 

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For a dad that will never take it off

Longines Hydroconquest 41mm Black Dial Bezel Automatic Watch

Longines Hydroconquest watches are considered to be a great all-rounder timepiece, balancing style with functionality.

The stainless steel strap attached to the watch is fitted with a diving extension which allows the wearer to equip the watch to the outside of bulky diving gear. It’s also available with a rubber strap too.

It’s super robust, so ideal for your dad to wear in the house, the office or the great outdoors, with anti-reflective properties that protect the face of the watch from dust, debris, heat, light and moisture damage.

Specification

  • Automatic
  • 41mm watch dial
  • 300m water resistant
  • Stainless steel strap
  • 2-year guarantee

Price: £1,390.00

 

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For a dad with timeless style

OMEGA Speedmaster Moonwatch

The stainless steel Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch Professional is a timepiece that symbolises the manufacturer’s pioneering spirit – OMEGA has equipped the wrists of astronauts on all six lunar missions and was the first watch worn on the moon by Buzz Aldrin.

It’s got an iconic look and style, instantly recognisable OMEGA features, a stylish black leather strap and a steel fastening.

One of HLN’s favourite features is the sapphire glass caseback, meaning you can see the inner workings of the watch and its technology. It’s one of those gifts that keep on giving. Thanks OMEGA.

Specification

  • Part of the OMEGA Speedmaster Moonwatch collection
  • Self-winding, with a 50 hour power reserve
  • Sapphire crystal glass front and back
  • 50m water resistant
  • 42mm watch dial

Price: £6,190.00

 

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Why Berry’s Jewellers?

With stores and boutiques across the UK, Berry’s Jewellers are proudly known for the exceptional customer service provided, along with a particular expertise in luxury watches and fine jewellery.

If you need more advice, pop into the Grey Street store in Newcastle, or one of their 2 stores on Stonegate, York. More info available at Berry’s Jewellers Website.

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