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Last Minute Graduation Gift Ideas
Words by Windup Watch Shop

Students everywhere are winding down their year, and the big day is just around the corner. Marking the transition to a new life stage is no small feat, and a graduation gift is a longstanding tradition. Shopping for a budding watch enthusiast is notoriously tricky, but we’ve got some ideas. Whether it’s a quality watch to make a first impression at a new job, or a thoughtful accessory to the young collector, here are a few of our picks from the Shop. From the Windup Team to all new graduates: congratulations and all the best in your future endeavors!

As always, the Windup Watch Shop Team is available via consultation to set up demos and answer any questions you have.

Nivada Grenchen x Worn & Wound Datomaster VK63 V2

This three-register, retro-themed chronograph is sure to make a smashing first impression. Designed in collaboration between Worn & Wound and mid-century watchmaking darling Nivada Grenchen, the Datomaster VK63 is a close relative of the Chronomaster Valjoux 72. Compared to its older brother, however, the VK63 is even more wearable at a unisex size of 36mm and is powered by the SII VK63 Mechaquartz movement, an ultra-precise caliber with 24-hour chronograph capabilities and a date tucked neatly at 6 o’clock. The sand and teal accents on the dial are distinctly vintage in aesthetic and match well with the brown rally strap and should make for a perfect daily wearer. This watch is limited to only 150 pieces, so you can send your new graduate off with a rare and special timepiece.

Convoy Co Watch Pouch

Graduation is often followed by a move – and sometimes a big one – so it’s prudent to invest in accessories for storage and protection. The Convoy Co Watch Pouch fits the bill with its supple Italian full-grain Nappa leather, waterproof suede lining, and leather watch rest inside. Available in both black and navy, this pouch is a stylish and simple storage solution that will last just as long as the watches it holds. Over time, the aged leather will develop a beautiful patina that will reflect life’s journeys and experiences.

Citizen Tsuyosa Small Seconds

Few watches capture the distinctly Japanese outlook of watchmaking with the modern day frenzy for sport watches with integrated bracelets like the Citizen Tsuyosa Small Seconds. An evolution of the first generation Tsuyosa, the new Small Seconds adds an elegant sub-seconds counter and a beautiful textured dial. These elements elevate the watch to a dressier level while maintaining its sporting roots. Under the hood is the Citizen caliber 9322, an automatically winding movement that can be admired via the exhibition caseback. The fluid stainless steel bracelet is paired with a butterfly clasp and makes for an elegant and comfortable watch.

Pioneer Carry Altitude Billfold Wallet

Spring graduation means everyday carry upgrades are in order. Whether your grad is entering high school or adulthood, he or she can certainly appreciate a quality billfold. The Altitude Billfold Wallet from Pioneer Carry was designed in California to be as durable and water-resistant as possible. In fact, it can handle a cycle in the washing machine (we’ve all been there before). A special three-ply nylon keeps things water and dirt-resistant. And there is space for anywhere from 4-8 cards, including a full length cash slot.

Tissot PRX Powermatic 80 35mm

The Tissot PRX has ascended the niche watch world and soared into the mainstream. It’s not difficult to see why: its good looks, innovative mechanical movement, and (now) universally wearable size of 35mm means its a perennial heavy-hitter in its price bracket. Stainless steel? Yup. Integrated bracelet? Check. Quality Swiss brand with a rich heritage? You bet. In any dial color, model size, or movement type, the PRX has made a triumphant return and is considered a modern classic. And it would certainly make a wonderful graduation gift.

BOLDR x Worn & Wound 3XT GMT

For those for whom graduation is the starting line for a gap year, a travel year, whatever you'd like to call it: this is your perfect companion. Forged from steel and powered by a "flyer style" Miyota 9075 caliber, the 3XT GMT is a watch designed by enthusiasts for enthusiasts. It's modestly sized at 41mm by 47.5mm, and a closer look reveals details that aid in its utility, from the small 24-hour inner dial to the inner rotating bezel, which is activated by the dual crown. Aesthetically, we think it's simply a good-looking watch. You can configure it in two ways, and both versions are inspired by colorful outdoor gear. Wherever your post-grad adventures may take you, you can rely on this GMT to hang right in there too.