If you’ve been scouring the web in search of the best watch gifts, congratulations: you’ve found them. What makes a watch the perfect gift? Unlike a pair of noise-canceling headphones, the best of ’em will last for decades. A pair of shearling slippers might be essential for staying cozy on lazy Sundays around the house, but a sleek timepiece will elevate any guy’s biggest fits—not just his favorite bathrobe and sweats. While there’s no upward limit on how much you can spend (just ask Diddy or the guy who scored this $2-million grail), there are plenty of options to be had on the lower end of the price spectrum, too.
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As anyone who has dived into the world of timepieces will soon discover, though, finding the right one—whether for yourself or a pal—can feel a little daunting. Dressy or sporty? Solar-powered or mechanical? (And what the heck is a CasiOak, anyway?) If trying to decide between all of these worthy options is making your head spin, the best advice is to keep it simple and stick to the classics. From sturdy dive watches to dressy rectangular tickers, the best watch gifts are the ones that have stood the test of time (sorry) and will always look cool no matter which way the fashion tailwinds blow.
So to make your job even easier—and help you put a smile on the face of the finickiest fella on your list—we rounded up 23 of the strongest contenders available right now, each one equal parts stylish and affordable.
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