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Throwback Sundays: Six Recommendations for a Fathers’ Day Gift from Our Archives

by Robin Lim on June 14, 2015
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About a month back, we celebrated Mother’s Day by recommending six excellent timepieces for ladies in our Throwback Sunday article. Fast-forward, we will be celebrating Fathers’ Day on 21st June, and we thought we shall feature six wonderful timepieces that would make a magnificent Fathers’ Day gift. 

 

Longines Pulsometer Chronograph

The Longines Pulsometer Chronograph. A throwback to the good ol' 20s?

The Longines Pulsometer Chronograph. A throwback to the good ol’ 20s?

The first watch to be featured in today’s Throwback Sundays is the Longines Pulsometer Chronograph. We fell that this watch should be included, simply because it evokes a sense of nostalgia and sentimentalism.

The Longines Pulsometer Chronograph is inspired by medical timepieces from the 1920s, and it faithfully pays homage to those traditional timepieces. The pulsometer, a highlight of this timepiece, is replicated beautifully in bright red. Some other nice touches include the blued “Breguet” steel hands, the old-fashioned ‘Longines” Arabic numerals, as well as the alluring white lacquered dial. Aesthetically, this watch is amazing.

We love the watch for its looks, as well as its technical bits. This monopusher chronograph features a custom-built ETA movement, with a column wheel and a power reserve of approximately 54 hours. Have a look at our full review of the Longines Pulsometer Chornograph here. We think its a watch which is great bang-for-buck. Definitely an excellent timepiece to consider for a Dad who loves value for money!

 

Vulcain Nautical Seventies

The Vulcain Nautical Seventies on the advertisement for the original one, made in 1970.

The Vulcain Nautical Seventies on the advertisement for the original one, made in 1970.

After travelling back in time to the 1920s with the Longines Pulsometer Chronometer, we forward a little to the 70s. Many outstanding timepieces were created in this era, and the Vulcain Cricket was one of the bright lights then. The Swiss watchmaker is perhaps most famous for its alarm complication, and reissued last year as part of their Vulcain Nautical Seventies Collection. Some may say the alarm is but a mere gadget, but we think its a true complication in its own right.

The Vulcain Nautical Seventies follows the design cues of its original version closely, including the use of a domed crystal. The movement, however, is the new Vulcain Caliber Cricket V-10. The new movement features a twin barrel system, in which each barrel supplies power to keep time and to operate the alarm function respectively.

For more information and a full review look here.  In our conclusion there, we noted that the Vulcain Nautical Seventies is an affordable and modest timepiece. This is possibly an interesting gift idea for dear old Dad who loves gadgets, especially if he had owned (or dreamt about owning) the Vulcain Cricket when he was younger!

 

Bremont Jaguar MK1

The Bremont Jaguar Mk 1. It design cues are heavily influenced, obviously, by the iconic Jaguar E-Type.

The Bremont Jaguar Mk 1. Its design cues are heavily influenced by the iconic Jaguar E-Type.

Next, we have the Bremont Jaguar Mk1. The watch, as is apparent in its name, is a collaboration between the watchmaker Bremont and the British automobile manufacturer Jaguar.

As mentioned in our review on the Bremont Jaguar Mk1, the watch features many design cues from the iconic Jaguar E-Type. The dial, for example, is reminiscent of the tachometer and speedometer scale from the vehicle’s dashboard. On the flipside, the winding rotor of the automatic movement appears to be a minimized version of the steering wheel that is found in the sports car. These details add a nice touch to the timepiece, and it makes the watch much more special.

For the Dad who is a motoring enthusiast, then this watch is perhaps the one that you should look at for a Father’s Day gift. The watch is beautiful, and it is manufactured rather nicely. Most importantly, it pays homage to one of the most beautiful cars that was ever made. It is certainly a dream come true for classic car enthusiast.

 

Breguet Type XX Aeronavale

The Breguet Type XX. A nice alternative to the usual pilot watches.

The Breguet Type XX. A nice alternative to the usual pilot watches.

Following the Bremont Jaguar MK1, we have something that will interest Dads who love to fly and who love aeroplanes. The Breguet Type XX Aeronavale, as its name suggests, is a pilot watch. Breguet is not normally on your usual sus[ects list when looking for a pilot watch. Names like Breitling or IWC or even Rolex perhaps feature more strongly in this field. However, the Type XX Aeronavale is no slouch. We found it to be well designed, well thought out, and nicely finished.

The Breguet Type XX is a homage of the original watches that Breguet made for the French Naval Air Army. Even with the passage of time, Breguet had still remained faithful to the original design cues and dimensions of the Type XX. More information on this particular timepiece can be found in our review article here.

We recommend the Type XX Aeronavale is an excellent gift for a Dad who is into aeronautics.

 

Jaeger LeCoultre Master Calendar with Meteorite Dial

The Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Calendar with Meteorite Dial. A nice dressy timepiece for a gentleman.

The Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Calendar with Meteorite Dial. A nice dressy timepiece for a gentleman.

Next up, we have Jaeger LeCoultre’s (JLC) Master Calendar. Unlike the other Master Calendars, this one features a fabulous meteorite dial. Even though it is not a significant change, but the new meteorite dial creates a stunning impact on the aesthetics of this timepiece.

The JLC Master Calendar is powered by their own in-house Caliber 866. The self-winding movement features complications such as the day indicator, date indicator, month indicator, and a moonphase. Even a full calendar indication is available on the dial, we like how JLC have managed to keep the dial relatively uncluttered.

This watch is a great choice for a Fathers’ Day gift, especially if Dad needs a dress watch in his collection.

 

Montblanc Heritage Spirit Orbis Terrarum

The Montblanc Heritage Spirit Orbis Terrarum. An interesting and functional timepiece for a frequent traveler.

The Montblanc Heritage Spirit Orbis Terrarum. An interesting and functional timepiece for a frequent traveler.

Finally, we have the Montblanc Heritage Spirit Orbis Terrarum. This Worldtimer is one of the latest creations from Montblanc, a watchmaker that have seen a revival under the new stewardship of Mr Jérôme Lambert.

One of its most notable features would be the 24 cities timezone indicator, in which one would be able to tell the time of a particular location at a single glance. A day or night is shown by the 24-hour indicator disk, or via the map at the center of the dial. We have featured this timepiece in a review article here, and we highly recommend it to those who wish to find out more about this fantastic timepiece.

This is probably the perfect gift for a Dad who is a frequent traveler. The Montblanc Heritage Spirit Orbis Terrarum is not only attractive, but it is extremely functional as well. On top of that, this is one of the most affordable Worldtimers that one can purchase. Do we have to say more?

 

Afterthoughts

While it is nice to receive a timepiece as a gift, it would be even more pleasing if one manages to select a timepiece that is functional or suits the taste of the receiver. Hence, for today’s Throwback Sunday, we have decided to focus on a variety of timepieces that Dad might have some interest in, and selected those which are perhaps off the beaten path. We have kept affordability in mind, and this article does not cater for those with $100k budgets for a gift…we save that for another Throwback later.

We hope that we have given some useful gift ideas for Fathers’ Day. Have fun selecting the perfect gift, and we also want to take this opportunity to wish every Dad a wonderful Fathers’ Day in advance!

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