As a memorable gift for your husband-to-be, a groom watch gift is a handcrafted statement of love that might even become a family heirloom, passed down from one generation to the next. But before you start shopping for a watch gift for your groom, the watch experts at Tourneau are stepping in: Gina Salsone, Tourneau's director of merchandising who was a bride herself only a year ago, gives savvy advice on finding a watch he'll love forever.
First, learn the lingo. Knowledge is a priceless tool, and the more you know about watches, the closer you are to giving your groom a watch he'll be proud to sport from your wedding day on. Learning a few technical terms—the difference between functions, materials, movements, and bezels, for example—will help you separate one watch from all the rest. Next, consider his hobbies. Watches are often crafted with individual passions in mind, designed and inspired by everything from race cars to astronomy. You can also get personal with your groom's gift by adding a unique engraving. Initials, dates, and even a written vow all offer a signature touch. And, to protect your investment, buy from an authorized dealer with backed warranty options to ensure that this life-long investment is always in the right hands. Now that you have a better timepiece-shopping background, check out our ideas for the best watch for the groom.
For the Gym Guru:
For the fitness fanatic, make sure the watch for the groom from the bride can withstand the duress of all his workouts. This G-Shock solar-powered number features shock and water resistance. Whether he's hitting the treadmill or lifting weights, his wrist accessory will stay in tip top shape. (G-Shock Shock Resistant Solar Powered Strap Watch, $280, available at Macy's)
For another high-tech fitness-inspired timepiece, turn to the Timex Ironman with GPS capabilities. Especially perfect if he's an avid runner, this touch-screen watch can track his distance, pace, and time, while vibrating after he completes each mile. It's also water resistant, so he actually can use it during a real triathlon if he's into that kind of thing. Treat yourself to a matching version for some #sweatingforthewedding time with your future groom. (Timex Ironman Gps Unisex Black Smart Watch, $99.95, available at JCPenny)
For the World Traveler:
If he's a jet setter at heart, he'll love a GMT watch, which features various time zones. The leather strap gives this Swiss-made style a suave allure, and he can wear it on all his world travels (or, just use this accessory to fantasize about traveling). (Hamilton Khaki X-Wind Chronograph Leather Strap Watch 46mm, $995, available at Nordstrom)
Heading to a warm destination for your honeymoon? Diving watches are precisely tested to withstand deep-sea explorations, which is ideal if you two are the adventurous type. This model can resist water up to 30 ATM, which is about the equivalent of 300 meters deep. With this watch gift for the groom, he can make a splash without impacting his ticker. (Alpina Seastrong Diver 300 Automatic Watch 44mm, $1,395, available at Bloomingdale's)
For the Techie:
It might not be your standard digital watch, but the Apple Watch Series 3 will certainly satisfy your tech-obsessed groom-to-be. Complete with a GPS, water resistance, an activity tracker, and cellular service, he can leave his phone at home and wear this tech toy no matter what he's doing. (Apple Watch Series 3, $429, available at Macy's)
For the Dapper Gent:
In terms of watches for formal occasions, your future groom needs a slim version that can comfortably fit under his cuff. When it comes to dress watches, Seiko is the name of the game. This one features Roman numerals and a leather strap, which gives this piece an ageless vibe. (Seiko Mens Dress Solar Watch with Leather Strap, $156, available at Lord & Taylor)
For an upscale and durable everyday watch, the Omega Seamaster Combines sophistication and technology with a titanium bracelet, a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal, and water resistance. Although this style comes with a hefty price tag, it's a purchase that will last him a lifetime and is also notorious for being one of James Bond's go-to styles. While he channels his inner wannabe spy, this gift can even satisfy the groom's own "something blue." (Omega Seamaster 300, $9,000, Omega)