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Windup Watch Shop Father's Day Gift Guide - 2020
Words by Windup Watch Shop

Father’s day is just around the corner (June 21st), so you know what time it is - guide time. While probably anything in the Windup Watch Shop would make a good Father’s day gift, below you’ll find a list of products that we think are particularly good choices to consider. No point in wasting time, let’s get to it.

Haveston Service Dial Coasters

The clever chaps over at Haveston, who are experts in all things mil-watch, have come up with these incredible coaster sets. Based on iconic dials from military watches from the 20th century, they’ve turned something rare and hard to come by into a 3D home-good you can touch, feel and enjoy daily. There are two sets available, each contains four coasters with different dial designs. At $22 a set, this one is a no-brainer. Is your dad a military buff? Check. Does he like beverages? Check. Does he like coasters? Doesn’t matter, he will now. Available here

Spring + Gears Prints

Inside of every great watch is a great movement. Springs + Gears celebrates these incredible machines with exacting, architectural drawings turned into beautiful letterpress prints that can be hung on the wall. With many movements available, in multiple sizes and colors, there is likely an option that will resonate with your pops. In fact, we just added Rolex 1520 prints, which was the movement found in 5513 Subs, and Seiko 6139 prints, one of the world’s first automatic chronographs and a cult favorite. Starting at $30

One Eleven x VSSL Field Survival Kit

What’s better than getting dad one thing? Getting him one thing that is actually many things! This awesome collaboration between One Eleven and VSSL includes a rugged solar-powered field watch with 100m of water resistance, and a special “survival” kit put together by VSSL. That latter part might leave you wondering what we’re talking about, so let’s dive a little deeper.

VSSL is a brand that makes outdoors gear that packs into precision machined, water-proof aluminum tubes, making them compact, tough, lightweight and easy to carry accessories for adventure. For this collab, they made a kit that features some very necessary essentials like an LED flashlight that can pulse SOS, a whistle, a compass, a carabiner, a mini first aid kit, and a fire starting kit. But also some things that are for fun, such as two shot glasses, a bottle opener, and a set of dice.

So, if your dad is the outdoorsy type, likes a good campfire, or is just into gear (like us) this kit will definitely be a hit. $225, available now. 

Zodiac Grandrally Chronographs

The Zodiac Grandrally chronographs are ‘70s style motorsport watches with fit and finish that belie their price tags. Featuring 41.5mm barrel-shaped cases with gorgeous brushing, and dials with a classic dual-register layout, these are bold watches with a lot of bravado and style. Available in 6 styles, there is definitely one for every taste. If your dad is into classic cars, racing, Steve McQueen, or anything like that, he’ll definitely get a kick out of these. Currently 30% off, the Zodiac Grandrallys start at just $346.50.

Model 2 Premium American-Made Watch Straps

Our trusty, rugged, and effortlessly stylish Model 2 Premium straps are always a good choice for a gift for the dad who has got enough watches as is. Made out of premium Horween and Wickett & Craig leathers, both made in the US, our straps have unique colors, supple textures, and excellent durability. Currently available in 14 styles (yes, 14) and three sizes, there should be something for every dad. $95, available here.

ADPT All Day Purpose and Terrain Mil-straps

With the summer rapidly approaching, it’s time to stock up on nylon straps. Our ADPT Straps were the first fully American-made nylon mil-straps available, a process that took multiple years of sourcing and sampling to get right. Made out of tough but comfortable 420D nylon and available in three sizes and eight colors, the ADPT is a strap you’ll buy your dad for the summer, but he’ll wear year round. Pick one up here for $46

BOLDR Expedition

Another adventure watch, the BOLDR Expedition also packs specs meant to withstand the elements. It features a modern, angular 41mm case with 200 meters of water resistance, 20,000A/m of magnetic resistance to protect the movement, and an internal bezel that is great for keeping track of time. The dial is then all purpose (though still great looking) with bold numerals and hands for high legibility no matter the circumstance. Powered by a Swiss-made Sellita SW-200, at $599 this watch is a hell of a value (dad’s always like a good deal) and a kick-ass timepiece. Available and ready to ship here

American-made Watch Rolls

So, say your dad already has a bunch of watches, where does he put them? What does he do with them when he travels? We have the solution, one of our American-made watch rolls. Made only out of the most premium materials we can get our hands on, like Horween leather and 18oz filter twill canvas, our watch rolls are made to last and will keep watches safe in a stylish fashion. Whether your dad just puts watches in and throws them in his sock drawer, or uses it to pack some extra watches on his next trip, our watch rolls are the way to do it. $150 and available in three awesome styles.

Watch Winder

Another essential for the dad who already has some watches, a nice watch winder will not only keep his timepieces running, it can put them on display to be enjoyed off the wrist. Our watch winder, made in collaboration with Juvo winders, was designed to have some mid-century style with a pine exterior, white insert, and gray fabric detailing, thus looking presentable in the home or office. Grab one now for $160 right here.

Hamilton Khaki Pilot Pioneer Mechanical

Topping off our list is one of the best executed vintage military watch reissues - well, ever. The Hamilton Khaki Pilot Pioneer features a 36mm barrel case with exceptional brushing, an 80-hr hand-wound movement for authentic feel, and a beautifully detailed and textured dial. Though a tool watch at heart, it can definitely pass for a sophisticated everyday watch, and would even look pretty cool with formal attire for the dad with style. Starting at $845 and available here.

Windup Watch Shop Gift Cards

Last, but far from least, is the mighty, but humble digital gift card. Let’s face it, with watches, there are a lot of variables to take into consideration, from lug widths to subtle color combinations, when picking out a strap or accessory. So, sometimes it’s better to just let the person you are buying a gift for choose for themselves. Gift cards are available here