Our top 5 recommendations for the perfect Christmas gift watches

Our top 5 recommendations for the perfect Christmas gift watches

If there’s one thing about Christmas that always stays the same, it’s the fact that some people can be harder to shop for than others - especially when they’re luxury watch connoisseurs. There are so many facets to every individual watch, ranging from its aesthetics and function to its history, character and overall style, that it can be hard to know where to start on your buying journey. Don’t worry though - that’s exactly where we can help here at Leonard Dews. With more than 140 years of history to our name, you can always count on our friendly team to give you useful, detailed advice when you visit our Blackpool showroom. And if you need a bit of inspiration here and now, here are our top 5 suggestions for the discerning horology aficionado in your life.

TAG Heuer Carrera Three Hands Day Date 41mm Watch

This TAG Heuer Carrera Three Hands Day Date 41mm Watch is one of our newest arrivals here at Leonard Dews, and perfect for any connoisseur who feels the need for speed. It beautifully epitomises the brand’s long association with motorsport, designed as an iconic sports watch crafted with professional drivers and sports-car enthusiasts in mind. Its blue dial has been specifically designed for quick and easy legibility at top speeds, resplendent in a deep blue tone that’s nicely offset by its stainless steel bracelet.

TAG Heuer Carrera blue dial

It’s powered by an automatic (self-winding) Caliber 5 movement with a 38-hour power reserve – a sophisticated and high-performance engine contained within a flawlessly elegant and effortlessly sporty watch.

OMEGA Seamaster Planet Ocean 600m Co-Axial Chronometer 43.5mm Watch

If you’re looking for a gift to suit someone who loves life out on the water, it’s well worth considering this OMEGA Seamaster Planet Ocean 600m Co-Axial Chronometer 43.5mm Watch. It’s the ultimate in aquatic watches, ideal for boaters, rowers, divers and adventurers, and its almost unrivalled water resistance gives it the envious ability to descend to the darkest depths.

Blue and silver have traditionally been mainstay shades of the Seamaster collection, but this Planet Ocean makes an especially distinctive impression with its flash of red around the bezel and skeleton arrow-tipped hands, which work to give the Planet Ocean a fittingly nautical vibe.

seamaster planet ocean

Interestingly, despite being a Swiss-made watch, the Planet Ocean has earned itself something of a firm reputation for Britishness in recent years. For starters, its namesake co-axial escapement, often hailed as one of the greatest advancements in the history of watchmaking, was actually developed by a British craftsman: Dr George Daniels. And of course, since 2008 it’s appeared regularly on the silver screen as the watch of choice for one James Bond, as portrayed by Daniel Craig.

Longines La Grande Classique Stainless Steel 38mm Automatic Watch

The aptly-named Longines La Grande Classique Stainless Steel 38mm Automatic Watch makes an instant impression with its clean lines and round white dial, marked in Roman numerals for that extra touch of elegance. This monochrome timepiece has been crafted in stainless steel, with a black alligator strap. All this combines to give it a classy and versatile charm that’s perfect for dressing up in your Sunday best, or everyday wear.

La Grande Classique de Longines

It’s powered by a Calibre L420, a Swiss quartz movement. Quartz movements utilise electronic elements to function, which means they don’t share quite the same prestige as mechanical movements like manual or automatic. However, the flipside to this is that they’re accordingly more affordable, which makes them an excellent option if you’re on a stricter budget, and they offer unparalleled precision, accurate to within a few seconds each year.

Patek Philippe Calatrava 5227R-001

If the idea of round, simple watches appeals to you (or the person you’re gifting for), we’d be remiss not to give an honourable mention to the esteemed Patek Philippe Calatrava 5227R-001. Ever since its first release back in 1932, the Calatrava has enjoyed an unrivalled reputation as the ultimate in round watches – the very image of understated elegance. Designed by Patek Philippe, arguably the most prestigious watchmaker in the world, the Calatrava’s clean dial is contained within an 18-carat rose-gold 39mm Officer’s case, which itself is presented on a hand-stitched alligator strap, featuring square-scale detailing.

Patek philippe calatrava

The distinctive warmth of the Calatrava’s aesthetics are underpinned by the PP Caliber 324 S C movement, an in-house self-winding movement that’s been developed by Patek Philippe’s very own master craftsmen. It’s an achievement of stunning ingenuity, presented in a highly refined and lovingly crafted style, making it the perfect expression of appreciation to someone you love.

These are just a few of our personal favourites – there are still countless more to explore right here on our site, including other options from leading names like OMEGA, TAG Heuer, Gucci, and TISSOT. If you’d prefer to see them in person, you can always take a trip to our Blackpool showroom, where one of our friendly team will be only too happy to help you find your own unforgettable gift.