Men's Holiday Gift Guide

Whoever said men were easy to figure out never had to buy a gift for a man. Secrète Fine Jewelry in Washington, DC is here to help with the top 5 holiday gift watches for 2017.

  1. The Hamilton Khaki Field Automatic- the go-to gift watch for every man

This watch starts our list because it is perfect for every man. Its classic military style, American heritage, Swiss precision, and accessible price point makes it an easy choice. Its style dates back to the 1940s when Hamilton produced this watch for US soldiers in WW2. Older men will appreciate its heritage and vintage styling, while younger men will be drawn to the casual, rugged fashioning. Techies will love the mechanics of it- it packs Hamilton’s in-house H-10 movement, a wonder of precision with a class-leading 80-hour power reserve, outlasting the likes of Rolex, Tag, and Omega.

This watch is an original, the one that influenced all other fied watches. In a variety of neutral colors and case sizes, it’s easy to find one right for your guy. And with pricing starting at $575, it’s a great holiday gift for everyone’s budget, from the teen heading off to college to the retired Washington, D.C. executive who wants a more casual look for a life outside the office. This is one of the most popular watches we sell at Secrète in DuPont Circle, and for good reason.

2. The Oris Aquis- a perfect gift for the man you love


Oris is a watchmaker defined by passion. This indie brand never advertises with celebrities, never outsources to get a cheaper part, and has never made a battery-powered watch. Oris is all about passion for doing things the right way, and that’s why the Aquis (or really any Oris) is the perfect gift for the man you love. It’s a diving watch designed by watchmakers and expert divers for performance. With classic lines and top-of-the-line durability and craftsmanship, this is a watch he can wear for the rest of his life. It’s not about what’s trendy or flashy, it’s about a classic thing of beauty built to last. What a love story!

In a variety of sizes and beautiful color and strap combinations, the Aquis garners respect reserved for watches at ten-times its price point. Every member of the Secrète Fine Jewelry team has purchased an Oris, and we cannot possibly give a better endorsement than that. Coming in under $2000, this timepiece is a smart, respectable investment. What’s not to love?

3. The Graham Chronofighter Vintage Nose Art Limited Edition - for art-collectors, iconoclasts, and trendsetters

Graham’s Nose Art Chronofighter watches are spectacular tributes to the pin-up girls painted on the noses of fighter planes in WW2. These numbered limited edition pieces (each limited to 100 pieces) are outrageous, bold, and classic at the same time. It’s definitely worth a trip to Secrète Fine Jewelry in DuPont Circle just to take a look at these beauties!

Graham is an old English watchmaker, dating back to 1695, best known for their Chronofighter series which they developed for the Royal Air Force during WW2. The large clip located on the left side of the watch case (it was easier for a pilot to operate the timer while wearing thick leather gloves) makes them immediately recognizable. This watch boasts the G1747 cailbre 25 jewel movement, making it as functional as it is beautiful. Whether you choose Nina, Sally, Anna, and Lilly, this Graham is a perfect Christmas gift for the man who loves art, experimentation, and thinking outside the box while still appreciating the time-honored heritage (pun-intended) of a classic English watch.

4. The Kronaby Sekel- a connected watch for a sharp-dressed man


There are a lot of wearable tech-gadgets that will tell you what time it is, but not man wants to walk around talking into a plastic rectangle on his wrist--we cast no judgement on those who have fully embraced their inner-nerds, but here at Secrète, we can’t help but appreciate the elegance of a traditional timepiece. This is our newest watch line at our DuPont Circle store, and we’re really excited about it.

Swedish watchmaker Kronaby does what many other watchmakers have tried to do-- to offer the convenience and functionality of a smartwatch combined with the look and feel of a traditional analog watch. Other watchmakers have created attractive but hard-to-use connected watches that offer few functions beyond telling the time and take serious studying to understand. Kronaby’s watch is long-awaited solution. With 15 easy-to-navigate features including call notifications, GPS features, fitness tracking, and music and camera controls, it’s a breeze to set-up and use right away. With its free IFTTT (“if this, then that”) software, you can actually connect your Kronaby to just about any connected product you own-- you can turn on your lights, open your garage door, brew a pot of coffee, and know if your team is winning the big game, all from your wrist.

If that’s not enough for you, it gets even better. You never have to charge it. No plugging it in, no running out of juice- the battery lasts 2 years, just like any other quartz watch. So that means that after our team at Secrète Fine Jewelry helps you choose the right Kronaby for him (or her- the women’s line is beautiful, too!), he can play with the watch until 2019, and we’ll be happy to change the battery for him then. With dozens of beautiful watches in the $400-$700 range, this is an easy holiday gift for the man on your list who loves his gadgets and loves looking good.

5. A Vintage Watch-- for the old soul and the horologist


At Secrète Fine Jewelry, we have a beautiful, curated collection of vintage watches. Each is an artifact of another era-- many speak to bygone elegance, like our collection of men’s dress watches from the 1950s including Rolex, Omega, and Longines-- others are emblematic of a more romantic time, like our gorgeous pocket watches, including an enameled Art Deco Movado pocket watch and a 1925 Hamilton. We’re dedicated to creating an interesting collection of vintage timepieces, each inspected by our experienced watchmaker and warrantied, to pique the interest of Washington, D.C.’s horologists and collectors. We don’t just carry the “big names” like Rolex, Cartier, and Omega, but often also carry watches appreciated for their movements-- Zeiniths, Certinas, Gruens, Lemonias, etc.

If you need a gift for the man for whom the usual won’t do, whose style hearkens back to another time, who appreciates the beauty of old-school craftsmanship, Secrète will help you find the perfect vintage watch for him.