What Are the Best Watches Under $1000? The Perfect Gifts for Dads

Father’s Day is around the corner, and finding the perfect watch that combines style, functionality, and affordability could add so much more joy to your dad’s special day. Whether your dad prefers a classic design, a sporty look, or something with a vintage vibe, there’s a watch out there that will make him smile. Here are the top watches under $1000 that are sure to impress any dad, from the classic Hamilton Khaki Field Mechanical and the retro Tissot PRX Powermatic 80 to the adventurous Nezumi Aviera GMT and the rugged Casio G-Shock GM2100-1A. Each of these timepieces offers unique features and timeless appeal, making them perfect gifts for Father’s Day.

Hamilton Khaki Field Mechanical

The Hamilton Khaki Field Mechanical is a tribute to classic military watches, offering rugged charm and timeless style. It features a 38mm matte stainless steel case and a dark dial with light, luminescent numerals. The dial shows both hours and minutes, and the three-hand display is clear and functional. This model also boasts a durable NATO strap, enhancing its vintage military aesthetic. The new Khaki Field Mechanical is a faithful recreation of its original 1960s forebear and is true to Hamilton’s military heritage. Inspired by the military and built to last, this is the original soldier’s watch.


Designer: Hamilton

Under the hood, the watch houses the H-50 caliber, an exclusive movement developed for Hamilton’s hand-winding watches. The H-50 offers an impressive 80-hour power reserve, ensuring reliability even when unworn for a few days. Other features include a sapphire crystal, a case thickness of 9.5mm, and a water resistance of up to 50 meters. The watch reference is H69439931, and the strap reference is H6006941021, made from a textile with a pin buckle. With a lug width and buckle width of 20mm, this watch combines rugged durability with sophisticated design elements, making it an excellent choice for dads who appreciate both form and function. (MSRP $575)

Tissot PRX Powermatic 80 35mm

TISSOT PRX POWERMATIC 80 | T137.407.11.041.00

When Tissot unveiled a throwback watch two years ago that paid homage to their quartz model from the ’70s, it was highly acclaimed as one of the coolest quartz watches around. This year, Tissot introduced the PRX Powermatic 80, bringing that ’70s cool into the world of mechanical watches. This model, with its slim 35mm case and integrated bracelet, harks back to the 1970s while featuring a modern self-winding movement. The PRX Powermatic 80 maintains the vintage integrated design but adds a patterned dial in various colors, including the popular blue dial version, reminiscent of much more expensive watches.

Designer: Tissot

The blue and green patterned dial adds depth and sophistication, making it a stylish choice for any dad. The Powermatic 80 automatic movement, with its impressive 80-hour power reserve, offers reliability and precision thanks to the innovative Nivachron hairspring. Handling the PRX for the first time, the heft and quality are immediately noticeable. From the dial to the hands, the angles of the case, to the flexibility of the bracelet and clasp, everything feels well-constructed and thoughtful. For dads who appreciate vintage aesthetics combined with modern technology, this watch makes an exceptional gift.


To say that the PRX is popular would be an understatement. The quartz version already presented incredible value at $395, but the $675 price tag of the Powermatic is even more value-packed. With it, you get a watch with heritage from a historic brand fitted with an ETA-based caliber. Additionally, you get a great bracelet and clasp system, making this watch feel luxurious on the wrist. It’s an interesting piece that has entered the cultural conversation, seen on wrists from colleagues to celebrities, making it a perfect choice for dads who value style and substance. (MSRP $675)

Nezumi Aviera GMT

AVIERA GMT – Ref. AA2.102

The Nezumi Aviera GMT offers both functionality and classic design. Its vintage-inspired aesthetics include a clean dial and a sophisticated color scheme. The GMT function allows tracking of multiple time zones, perfect for dads who travel or have international connections. Quality craftsmanship is evident in its robust build and reliable Swiss movement.

Designer: Nezumi

Designed nearly a decade ago, the Aviera GMT is a blend of aviation and navigation, aptly named by founder and designer David Campo. Assembled in Germany, this updated iteration is powered by the Japanese Miyota cal.9075 Automatic GMT movement, providing a 42-hour power reserve with 28,800 VPH. The dial markings, bright yellow GMT arrow, and custom cream-colored Grade X1 Swiss Super-LumiNova ensure great legibility in all lighting situations. With a brushed 316L stainless steel case, a fixed bezel with 24-hour markings, and a screw-down crown, this watch is both durable and stylish.

The case measures 40mm in diameter, 47mm lug to lug, and 12mm thick (including the 1.5mm sapphire glass). The sapphire crystal with AR coating inside the glass enhances clarity. The Aviera GMT is water-resistant, up to 20 ATM (220m/660ft), making it suitable for various activities. This watch is available with multiple strap options: black leather strap, brown leather strap, black FKM fluoro rubber strap, off-white FKM fluoro rubber strap, and a brushed stainless steel bracelet. Its robust construction and thoughtful design make it a versatile and thoughtful gift for Father’s Day, standing out in any watch collection. (MSRP $875)

Timex Reissue Black Dial with Black/Green Strap

Q Timex Reissue 38mm Stainless Steel Bracelet Watch

The Timex Reissue brings a touch of vintage charm with its black dial and black/green strap. This watch is a modern take on a classic design, featuring a stainless steel case and a reliable quartz movement. It’s perfect for dads who appreciate retro style with contemporary reliability. Durability and versatility are key features, with its water resistance of up to 30 meters and a comfortable strap.

Designer: Timex

First released in the 1970s, the original Q Timex introduced a new generation of quartz technology with a modern watch. The Timex Reissue pays homage to this legacy, adding bright pops of color to iconic features like the rotating bezel, woven stainless-steel bracelet, and domed acrylic crystal. It retains the beloved elements of the original, such as the functional battery hatch and luminant hands.

The watch has a 38mm stainless steel case with a brushed/polished finish, a black dial with full markers, and a domed acrylic crystal. The case height is 11.5mm, and it has a strap lug width of 18mm. The stainless steel case is highly resistant to scratches, corrosion, and tarnish, ensuring the watch remains in excellent condition over time. Additionally, the watch features a day-date window for added functionality and sophistication. Water-resistant up to 50 meters, it’s suitable for light swimming but not for snorkeling or diving. (MSRP $179)

Casio G-Shock GM2100-1A 

Metal Covered GM2100-1A

The Casio G-Shock GM2100-1A is a watch that combines rugged durability with a sleek design. Its metal-covered case offers extra protection, while the shock-resistant and water-resistant features make it ideal for active dads. The analog-digital display provides a modern touch, ensuring readability and functionality. This watch is built to last, with features like a stopwatch, world time, and full auto-calendar.

Designer: Casio

The G-Shock GM2100-1A is perfect for dads who need a reliable watch that can keep up with their adventurous lifestyle. It’s a practical and stylish gift that won’t disappoint. This watch’s tough build and sleek appearance make it a favorite for those who lead an active life. (MSRP $200)

Don’t wait until the last minute to find the perfect gift. These watches offer a blend of elegance, durability, and practicality, ensuring your dad will cherish his new timepiece for years to come. Visit your favorite watch retailer or online store to purchase one of these top picks and make this Father’s Day unforgettable. Show your dad how much he means to you with a gift that combines timeless style and dependable performance. One last note: Happy Wristwatch Wednesday!