(Closed) Decided on ering; now need a men's watch!!

posted 7 years ago in Waiting
Post # 17
68 posts
Worker bee

I love the simple style of Daniel Wellington, they’re a great price too 😀

This is what I’ll be getting my boyfriend, even though it doesn’t compare price wise to the ring, we just really liked the look of the classic Destination Wedding watches. 🙂


Post # 18
214 posts
Helper bee

got my husband a citizen because it runs off light and i knew getting the battery changed on his other irritated him. i made sure a chose a watch witha sapphire face because they are more durable. his previously daily watch was plastic so i chose titanium rather than steel because of the weight difference. it is also waterproof (forget depth but ensures it’s safe from bathroom splashes).

basically saying, think about what your partner likes and what will be useful for him. does he like to have an alarm/stop watch, does he like to have the day/date/month, will he get it wet, does he need something robust, is it an everyday or occasional watch, what size face does he like (they can vary a lot).

Post # 19
7440 posts
Busy Beekeeper

I have purchased $300 watches from Macys (expensive for me at the time), it was cheap looking and was broken when I recieved it in the mail. I had to go to Fossil at the last minute, Christmas Eve day, it was way less and the quality was much higher. Apparently the factory also makes watches for Michael Kors and some other higher end brands. I understand if you want the brand name. For great quality for under $200 fossil is great, although the ones I bought him were on sale for about $70 each. He loves them and gets compliments pretty frequently. 

Post # 20
470 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I got my husband a Hamilton as a wedding present. It’s a great Swiss brand and the prices are generally under $1,000. His was $800 if memory serves. He would have died for a Rolex, but our budget just can’t afford that right now lol. There are a lot of really nice, mid-range priced men’s watches too. Not sure what your budget is, though.

Post # 21
4464 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

Man if DH read some of these posts about people having rolexes and pateks, he’d be drooling. We’re not rich by any means, so I got DH a Tudor Tiger when we got engaged (it was $1700 used on eBay, which was a steal). Tudor has been around for a long time and is made by Rolex. DH calls his watch his middle-class Daytona.

OP- it really depends on your budget and what kind of watch you want/what kind of watch your SO wants. My DH hates Quartz watches, he’s all automatic (no battery). He also loves his Citizen Orca, which is solar. Hamiltons are great, I have one (a ladies ventura) and it’s my favorite watch. I also like Tissot. On the cheaper side, DH likes Seiko, theyre very well made and generally inexpensive.


With that said, my DH wouldn’t be into a fashion watch like Burberry, Michael Kors, Guess, Gucci, etc. He’s more into the mechanisms than the brands. But if you’re SO is more into the name brands, those might be a good option. 

Post # 22
566 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

I got Fiance a Hamilton for Christmas at tigergrrl’s suggestion.  After some research, that looked like a solid and respectable watch in my price range.  He’s super stoked on it and I recommend checking that brand out.  The watch was about $800.

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Post # 23
2360 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

To me, there isn’t a more attractive watch than the Movado. They are just so classy & sleek looking.

Post # 24
44 posts
  • Wedding: January 2017

This is a nice idea! Wish my SO was into watches like I am, but he’s told me he’d rather have a PS4. x_x

What’s your budget? Ideally, as an engagement gift, you’d want go give him something that would last as long as your ring 🙂

Designer watches (Michael Kors is an example; they’re actually made by Fossil) look nice, but are made with cheaper materials, so you’re essentially paying for the brand name.

A genuine Rolex / Omega / Tag Heuer / Baume Mercier / Breitling would be a significant investment (several thousand dollars), but a worthwhile one, as those brands tend to hold on to their value & have excellent warranties. Those are the kinds of watches you pass down from generation to generation.

My favorite brand personally is Citizen, I really like that their Eco-Drive watches are solar powered, never require a battery change, and not terribly expensive. A decent one will run you anywhere from $150 – $660).

Does he wear watches now? If not, maybe you can ask him to show you a few that he likes so you can get a sense of his personal style. Is he a casual kind of guy? He may prefer leather straps to metal.

eBay is the best place to get a good deal on one, major retailers like Macy’s or any mall jewelry store will tend to charge the full retail value.

Check out a few watch forums (if you haven’t already) like WatchUSeek / WatchTalk for more suggestions!

Post # 25
80 posts
Worker bee

Hey, I just wanted to chime in with a comment. Was the watch your idea or his? I’m a huge watch person and I’d rather wear nothing than a ‘fashion’ watch. Find out what’s important to him – the movement (automatic, manual winding or even quartz), style, size and head over to one of the watch forums (watchuseek, timezone etc). They’ll be able to recommend something at every price point.

If you’re interested in a really good watch but don’t want to drop tens of thousands, the vintage market is an excellent alternative as well.

Post # 26
9 posts
  • Wedding: December 2016

Just wanted to share my excitement. I’m planning on surprising FH with it on our wedding day. The wedding band he chose is two toned, so hopefully he likes it! 

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