It's almost Christmas’s Day! So it’s about time to start thinking about what gifts you'll be giving your loved ones this holiday season. We are of course partial to luxury watches. After all, a luxury watch is a fantastic gift that is both beautiful and practical. A fine timepiece is a special gift that will not only make a big impact on the day it’s given, but it will also be enjoyed for a long time to come. What’s more, a luxury watch is a suitable gift for either him or her. Finally, a pre-owned luxury watch is a savvier choice since you’ll be saving plenty of money while still gifting a prestigious and well-respected timepiece.
In this year's Phigora Holiday Gift Guides, our team rounds up top his and hers designer watches across a range of price points.
The Best Designer Watch Gifts for Him: Under $3,000
If you have less than $3,000 to spend on a luxury timepiece, then you’re in luck because Phigora is an authorized Ball watch dealer.Ball watch is a Swiss-made piece. The decorated Swiss-made mechanical movement can be viewed through the exhibition back. But the watch really references the brand's American history. The 'RR' design on the counterweight of the second hand refers to the RailRoad Certification of their early watches.For him, we’d recommend a brand new Ball watch. A strong emphasis on their functional and vintage-inspired watch brand that incorporates new technology into their watches and certainly a distinguishing feature. For less than $3,000 there are several choices. We want to start with The best model that sums up the ethos of Ball is Engineer III Marvelight. It's a legible and functional watch that does one job - it tells the time. The design is understated and refined. But it's also functional. These watches have Ball automatic movement and Self-Powered Micro Gas Tubes (H₃). If you're not familiar with Self-Powered Micro Gas Tubes (H₃), it is referred to a Pure Tritium gas which is a mildly radioactive light source, sealed in a hollow mineral glass tube which does not need recharging from the sun and do not drain batteries. The 43mm stainless steel case BALL Engineer III Marvelight Chronometer Caring Edition NM2028C-S29C-BK and 40mm stainless steel case BALL Engineer III Marvelight Chronometer NM9026C-S6CJ-IBE would be the great start.
BALL Engineer III Marvelight Chronometer Caring Edition
BALL Engineer III Marvelight Chronometer Ice Blue Dial
If he loves to travel, 40mm titanium case BALL Roadmaster Marine GMT DG3030B-S6CJ-BE and 40mm titanium case BALL Roadmaster Pilot GMT DG3038A-S1C-WH will be your travel partners that allow you to monitor more than one time zone. Rather than set a second timezone by manually winding a second crown, Ball has introduced two buttons. One to move back an hour and one for an hour forward.
BALL Roadmaster Marine GMT
BALL Roadmaster Pilot GMT
If you are looking for a vintage look with a heavy-duty diver, 43mm stainless steel case BALL Engineer Hydrocarbon Original DM2218B-P1CJ-BE is the one. It is also a distinctive crown guard that differentiates this watch from its competitors.
BALL Engineer Hydrocarbon Original
The Best Designer Watch Gifts for Her: $3,000 - $5,000
For less than $3,000, we’d recommend a Cartier watch as the perfect gift for her. And at this price point, there’s an abundance of styles to choose from. A favorite among celebrities and fashionistas the world over, the 20mm stainless steel rectangular case Cartier Tank Francaise W51008Q3 / 3217 which Cartier Tank is one of the most appreciated designs of the Cartier brand.
Cartier Tank Francaise W51008Q3
If you are interested in minimalist design and vintage feel, the 22mm stainless steel case Cartier Panthere W25033P5 / 1320 is the right answer. This panthere watch will make it as a perfect everyday watch that suits any of her outfit even for work, for hangout or for a date night.
Cartier Panthere W25033P5
The 27mm stainless steel case Cartier Miss Pasha 2973 is a great choice that truly embodies opulence, durability, and elegance. With a beautiful pink dial, this watch is the sum of the stunning and timeless legacy piece which will look good no matter what.
Cartier Miss Pasha 2973
Another true staple of timeless elegance, 29mm stainless steel case Cartier Ronde Solo W6701004 / 3601. The design of the Ronde Solo de Cartier stems from the days of Louis Cartier and its rich DNA defined by oversized Roman numerals, blued sword-shaped hands, Chemin de fer minute track, and the iconic blue cabochon on its crown.
Cartier Ronde Solo W6701004
The Best Luxury Watch Gifts for Him: $3,000 - $5,000
If your gift-giving budget ranges from $3,000 to $5,000, then we’d recommend an Omega as a men’s watch option. As one of the most popular high-end timepiece brands available today, Omega is cherished for their solid designs and reliable movement. One of the most iconic Omega watches is undoubtedly the Speedmaster Moonwatch—named so for its historic journey in 1969 aboard the Apollo 11 mission during mankind’s first lunar landing. The 42mm stainless steel case Omega Speedmaster 3570.50.00 Professional "MOONWATCH" is a modern iteration of that legendary timepiece.
Omega Speedmaster 3570.50.00 Professional MOONWATCH
Turning our attention to marine exploration, the rare and distinct experimental design of the special edition 41.5 mm stainless steel case Omega Seamaster 2595.30.00 Apnea Jacques Mayol is part of the company’s line of professional diving watches. Introduced in 2003 in collaboration with famed French free diver, Jacques Mayol,. Specially designed for Mayol's signature style of diving – without much equipment, no external oxygen, and for extended time periods.
Omega Seamaster 2595.30.00 Apnea Jacques Mayol
Another diving watch that he will fall in love with, 41mm stainless steel case Omega Seamaster 255.80.00 With a built-tough, professional-grade steel case. This watch is a distinctly turn-of-the-millenium edition of the Seamaster 300M, complete with a printed laser-engraved blue wave dial configuration recalling earlier vintage styles and a pair of broadsword hands and often finding itself as the modern watch of choice for James Bond.
Omega Seamaster 2255.80.00 300M
If however, you’d prefer a smaller sized watch, we recommend a 40mm stainless steel case with tachymeter stainless steel bezel Omega Speedmaster Racing 322.214.171.124.03.001. The designs have been inspired by the dashboards of illustrious Italian race cars. Also, the Speedmaster Racing watch is one of the world’s most popular chronographs with an iconic matte black Tachymetre bezel and 3 textural subdials.
Omega Speedmaster Racing 3126.96.36.199.03.001
The Best Luxury Watch Gifts for Her: $3,000 - $5,000
With a budget of $3,000 - $5,000, your best bet for a gift for her would be a ladies’ Rolex watch. It’s a high-end Swiss timepiece that its price has increased dramatically in recent years, but that doesn't mean you always have to spend a fortune for it. Let's introduce you to the most cost-friendly ladies’ Rolex models. Like Lady-Datejust 69173, it was launched in the early 1980s and has its own design of two-tone color with the size of a 26mm oyster case with yellow gold fluted bezel. Our Lady-Datejust 69173 collection is available in a variety of colors and dial styles. There are Rolex Datejust 69173 Blue Anniversary Dial, Rolex Datejust 69173 Champagne Dial and Rolex Datejust 69173 Diamond Dial.
Rolex Datejust 69173 Blue Anniversary Dial
Rolex Datejust 69173 Champagne Dial
Rolex Datejust 69173 Diamond Dial
Another cost-friendly ladies’ Rolex model is Rolex Lady-Datejust 69174. Its design is just like Lady-Datejust 69174 but slightly different. Rolex Lady-Datejust 69174 has a steel oyster case with 18k white gold fluted bezel.There is Rolex Datejust 69174 Grey Linen Dial.
Rolex Datejust 69174 Grey Linen Dial
The Best Luxury Watch Gifts for Him: $5,000 - $8,000
For a budget between $5,000 and $8,000, our recommendation for the best watches you can get is Cartier watch. It’s true that Cartier is very well known as a women’s watch brand but at the same time, Cartier does have impeccably-designed timelessly iconic with a festive flair for men's watches too. Starting with a heritage timepiece dedicated to the world’s greatest aviators, Albert Santos-Dumont. In 1904, Louis Cartier created Santos watch to help aviators tell time mid-flight. Since then, Santos has become an icon, defined by its geometric dial, harmoniously curved horns and signature exposed screws. There is a 38mm stainless steel Cartier Santos 100 W20073X8/2656.
Cartier Santos-100 XL W20073X8
Cartier Tank watch, also created by Louis Cartier, who designed it after the tanks of WWI battlefields as a square watch. This timepiece has become the world’s most astute mind's symbol of its style and elegance that is defined by its flat vertical brandcards and a sapphire cabochon.There are several different Tank collections available, all at various price points and several different options. Our Tank collections include Tank Louis Cartier, Cartier Tank Anglaise, Cartier Tank Solo.
Cartier Tank Louis W1529756
Cartier Tank Anglaise W5310007
Cartier Tank Solo XL W5200026 18K Rose Gold
Cartier Tank Solo W5200025 18K Rose Gold
The Best Luxury Watch Gifts for Her: $5,000 - $8,000
If you have $5,000 and $8,000 to spend on her gift this year, we offer several different watch collections available and different styles to choose from within the budget. Start with Chanel J12, with the name of Chanel you may know them best for their bags, clothing and jewelry. The 38mm Chanel J12 Titanium and ceramic bezel has a design of elegant sporty looking watch that is inspired by the sleek lines of race cars and racing yachts from the America’s Cup.
Chanel J12 Diamond Bezel Ceramic
Offering the wearer a touch of jet-set chic is the solid 29mm Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date Yacht-Master 169623. Clearly inspired by the nautical lifestyle, the ladies’ Yacht-Master is equipped with a sport rotating bezel.
Rolex Yacht-Master 169623 Blue Dial
The 25mm Cartier Tank Francaise W4TA0009 has a small model and stainless steel case set with 24 brilliant-cut diamonds. This watch is versatile and perfect for all occasions.
Cartier Tank Francaise W4TA0009
Cartier Paris Ellipse is an absolutely stunning watch that you should get as a gift for her. This 27mm Cartier Paris Ellipse has a unique horizontal overall shape with a rare and highly desirable ‘Paris’ sign.
Cartier Paris Ellipse 18K White Gold
The Best Luxury Watch Gifts for Him: $8,000 - $10,000
If you’re ready to spend between $8,000 and $10,000 on gifting a men’s watch this holiday season, then it’s got to be a Rolex watch. In terms of recognition, prestige, legendary designs, and dependable movement, this Swiss watchmaking giant is at the top. First, we would like to recommend the Rolex Day-Date 1803. The Rolex Day-Date model was the first wristwatch in the world to display the date and the day of the week on the dial. This specific Day-Date 1803 is one of the very earliest Rolex Day-Date watches ever released. This watch featured the acrylic crystal with a very unique “pie pan” dial shape with distinct vintage flare, where the outer edge dial drops away like a pie pan upside down.
Rolex Day Date 1803 Linen Dial 18K Yellow Gold
Come to Rolex Datejust is another model that will be one of the best gifts because It is the best-selling Rolex model of all time. The remarkable design of this watch is the set of the standard for date displays on wrist watches. We have 36mm Rolex Datejust 16233 with a blue vignette diamond dial.
Rolex Datejust 16233 Blue Vignette Diamond Dial
Among the Rolex diving watches, the 40mm Sea-Dweller 16600 is a remarkable watch and a classic professional-grade diver watch. It has a specially strengthened Oyster case that is carved out of a solid block of surgical stainless steel, making it completely seamless. Unlike other Rolex Oyster cases, Sea-Dweller 16600 has a built-in with the efficient mechanism that is fitted with a patented helium valve on the side of the case which allows the gas to escape rapidly during decompression.
Rolex Sea-Dweller 16600
If you are looking for a modern and sporty Rolex watch, we recommend the 40mm Rolex Explorer II 16570. It is a masterpiece of industrial design features with an independently adjustable local hour hand, meaning that this watch can track a second time zone.
Rolex Explorer II 16570 White Dial
The Best Luxury Watch Gifts for Her: $8,000 - $10,000
With $8,000 and $10,000 to spend on her gift , we recommend Patek Philippe Geneve Twenty~4 4910/10A-011, one of the first exclusive feminine Patek Philippe collections. This 25mm rectangular shape watch was designed as a companion for the life of modern but elegant. This watch is wearable at any time of day and night and on every occasion.
Patek Philippe Geneve Twenty-4 Diamond Dial
The Cartier Panthere W3PN0007 is a ladies watch that comes in 27mm which means it will fit for both smaller or larger wrists perfectly. This two-tone of white metal and rose gold is a great combination for this stylish watch.
Cartier Panthere W3PN0007 Rose Gold & Steel
If you are looking for a mini size watch, Cartier Panthere 2363 Mini is a great choice. With the most distinctive Cartier Panthere design but has a small case size of 17mm with a rare salmon dial.
Cartier Mini WF3244F3 18K White Gold with Diamond
For the lady who is drawn to the finest things in life, the solid 26mm 18k yellow gold Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust 69178 will surely impress. Nicknamed the “Lady President” for its legendary President bracelet with the distinct semi-circular links, the lavishness of the watch is further emphasized by the diamond hour markers on the blue Vignette dial.
Rolex Datejust 69178 Blue Vignette Dial 18K Yellow Gold
The Best Luxury Watch Gifts for Him and Her: $10,000+
With such a substantial budget allocated, you want to make sure that you select absolute icons from the finest watchmakers that will be the best gift for both him and her. We’ll start with a classic with sport looking crafted 39mm 18k white gold Audemars Piguet Royal Oak 25960BC with a Grand Tapposserie dial in a lovely Salmon color. This Salmon color dial made it a very rare timepiece to the usual white dial mostly seen on this reference.
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak 25960BC Salmon Dial
For the modern and new model watch as a gift, we recommend a 42mm two-tone 18k yellow gold Rolex Sky-Dweller 326933. This watch is big and bold. It features an annual calendar with dual-time capabilities, which can be set by the crown and using the rotating bezel to change functions.
Rolex Sky-Dweller 326933 Black Dial
Finally, a holiday gift guide to the best luxury watches wouldn’t be complete without the famous Patek Philippe Calatrava. It is one of the most well-known watch collections of all time. With its pure lines, the Calatrava is recognized as the very essence of the round wristwatch and one of the finest symbols of the Patek Philippe style. Supremely elegant, it charms each new generation of watch lovers by its timeless understated perfection. The Patek Philippe Calatrava 5196J-001 model is inspired by the first Patek Philippe Calatrava reference 96. This reincarnation of the reference 96, features the same iconic “form follows function” aesthetics with some added 21st century flair. The Patek Philippe Calatrava 5196J-001 is slightly larger, more modern 37mm in a thin 18k yellow gold case. It has features like small seconds displayed above the 6 o'clock position, gold trapezoidal hour markers marked around the outside of the dial, and a flat polished bezel. The lugs were integrated into the three-part case design and tapered in such a way that made them very comfortable on any wrist sizes.
Patek Philippe Calatrava 5196J 18K Yellow Gold
If you are looking for a little vintage watch but still look modern at the same time, an 18k rose gold Patek Philippe Calatrava 5119R-001 is the perfect gift. It is a slightly smaller 36mm case than the Reference 5196J-001 and and features a white lacquered dial with black Roman numerals, making this watch far more exclusive than the other models
Patek Philippe Calatrava 5119R 18K Rose Gold