23 Best Luxury Men's Watches To Gift The Wrist Worthy Gent For Christmas
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23 Best Luxury Men's Watches To Gift The Wrist Worthy Gent For Christmas

23 Best Luxury Men's Watches To Gift The Wrist Worthy Gent For Christmas


Merry Christmas! As always, Chrono Hunter is ahead of time (as ever) bringing you the latest scoops and worthy flex action from the luxury watch world. 

While we may not be Scrooge sending a prizewinning turkey to your homes, we have performed a feat that's even greater… a highly persuasive list of the top 23 luxury men’s Christmas watches for either you to give or receive this Christmas. 

Now to us, Christmas always seems to go by as fast as a Zenith El Primero. It’s gone by in a flash for another year. Alongside hosting, going to parties, attending that office bash and swinging by that five star hotel for those last minute festive cocktails, it’s simply integral that your watches are offering the best possible performance and wrist worthy appeal.

After all, a timepiece is not just for Christmas. Without further deliberation or cogitation, why don’t we cut our teeth on 23 of the best luxury men’s Christmas watches to give the wrist-worthy gent.

Time is of the essence.

Under £3,000


1. Longines Hydroconquest GMT L3.790.4.06.6


The Hydroconquest collection was introduced by Longines in 2007 and quickly became a Longines out and out dive collection.

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The watch is crafted entirely out of stainless steel and comes in at 41mm. Featuring a solid screw down back and a screw-in crown, the Hydroconquest GMT is capable of reaching 300 metres of water resistance. Ideal for those jaunty jet skiers or deep-sea divers.

Featuring a sapphire crystal that boasts anti-reflective coating on both sides of the crystal, the 12.90mm thick watch is rather bulky, but does this in order to attain its fantastic dive capabilities.

Surrounded by a black, unidirectional ceramic bezel which features a 60 minute graduation diving scale, is that the smells of trees and hanging wreaths? Oh yes, it’s a beautiful green face!

Featuring a 24 hour track on the inside of the bezel, this links in with the extra GMT hour hand. Given a sunray green face with applied indexes and gilt hands which are all coated with Super-Luminova, the hour markers alternate between dot and baton hour markers. Take note of the small date aperture based at 3 o’clock, blending in seamlessly with the face due to its green backdrop. 

The automatic calibre runs the hours, minutes, seconds and the date, as well as the 24 hour hands with added time zone mechanism. As far as self-winding mechanical movements work, this one is pretty stable with a weekend-proof 72 hour power reserve and 25,200 VpH. 

Supported with a silicon-balance spring and non magnetic components, the calibre is 10 times more resistant to magnetic fields than the ISO 764 standard. Fitted onto a steel bracelet and secured with a double security folding clasp with micro adjustment system, Christmas is the time for indulgence. So have this extender at the ready. 

However, if you are more of a sporty gent, the extension is perfect for divers wanting their watch over their suit. Pair this watch alongside a white jumper, or a black leather jacket for those long evening walks. 

You can buy a Longines Hydroconquest GMT at retail for £2,650 at the time of writing. 


What We Like 

  • Incredible 300 metre water resistance
  • Beautiful sunray finished dial
  • Guaranteed durability throughout the screw down caseback, crown and strong steel framework.


2. TAG Heuer Aquaracer Professional 200 WBP2115.BA0627


The Aquaracer Professional 200 line traces its lineage back to 1982. At the time when The Falklands war raged on, The Los Angeles Lakers defeated the Philadelphia 76’s to win the NBA finals and Ozzy Osbourne had an onstage snack with a bat!

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Originally designed solely for dive and water enthusiasts, the collection is highly durable and water resistant, originally offering 300 metres water resistance from the get-go. 

This brand new TAG Heuer Aquaracer Professional 200 WBP2115.BA0627 is based on the past, but with enough modern touches to not make it a re-hash as poor as the new series of Frasier. Sorry Kelsey but some classics like an AP Royal Oak should remain untouched. 

The bezel is unidirectional, making it a great diving countdown scale as it totals 60 minute graduations. Secured with a screw-down crown, the models drop 100 metres water resistance to 200 metres. However, we can still appreciate the awesome design, even if it’s at the expense of 100 metres. 

Crafted out of steel, this timepiece is ready for gentle splashing in the shower or parading it round the pool on that well deserved vacay! Coming in at 40mm, these watches are polished on the sides and brushed on the tops of the lugs and the bezel. 

The colour of the bezel is incredibly catching, beaming a wreath green sheen that fades to a blackened periphery as per the awesome sunray brushed finish. This is finished off with applied indexes that are edged with steel and feature white centres. 

Locked in with a steel strap and a fine brushed/polished aesthetic, the folding double clasp buckle is essential for security, especially if you find that you prefer to spend your holidays out on the waves. 

Fitted with a Calibre 5, automatic calibre, the timepieces offer a below modest 38 hour power reserve, but a stronger 28,800VpH. Running the hours, minutes, seconds and the date, we reckon you’d look the part if you wore this with your favourite Elf costume, or a black polo shirt for those days fireside. 

You can buy a TAG Heuer Aquaracer Professional 200 at retail for £2,500 at the time of writing. 


What We Like 

  • Beautiful combination of green dial with a black periphery
  • Iconic diving bezel
  • Very affordable in comparison with diving competitors like Rolex


3. Tudor Royal M28403-0008


Chocolates and gold. What’s more festive than that! Perhaps Sir Cliff Richard singing mistletoe and wine…strapped with a vintage Tudor Submariner

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The Tudor Royal collection is exactly how it sounds. An incredibly luxurious line, the Royal collection has been around since 2020, offering a dressier style to the inherently sporty Tudor line. 

This latest watch is crafted in a slimmed down 34mm case of solid steel. Undergoing both a polished and a satin finish, its integral that Tudor still keep some link to its sporty roots which they attain through the brushed steel. 

Featuring a notched bezel in yellow gold, the models feature intentionally cut grooves. As unique as the chalcedony component found within the Zenith Defy Extreme Glacier, the grooves vary from etched to applied, allowing for a design that's akin to no one else. Featuring a polished allure, we thoroughly enjoy the smart finish. 

The face is a funky chocolate brown that shows applied Roman numerals and a date aperture located at 3 o’clock. The sunburst design beautifully casts light across the face, highlighting various elements of the watch, depending on where the source of light is coming from. 

Fitted with a 5 link bracelet that combines both steel centre links with gold capped 0.2mm yellow gold cap links, the watches look great for the discerning gent that has an eye for style. Secured with a sapphire crystal, legibility takes prime position.

Powered by the Calibre T601, the models have a power reserve of 38 hours and offer 100 metres of water resistance. Looking sharp has never been so easy if you pair this with a navy blue cashmere jumper.

You can buy a Tudor Royal at retail for £3,000 at the time of writing. 


What We Like 

  • Fantastic melange of chocolate brown and gold
  • Dressy alternative to other Tudor watches within their catalogue
  • Modern 34mm sizing, ideal for slimmer wrists


Under £5,000


4. Tudor Black Bay GMT M79830RB-0010


The Tudor Black Bay collection has swiftly become one of the top collections of Tudor’s portfolio. 

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Debuting in 2012, it’s much more recent than other horological miracles like Zenith’s El Primero calibre released in 1969. Nonetheless, that doesn't detract from its mighty reputation in the watchmaking world or its capability of being one of the best Christmas watches for men.

This latest edition adds a few extra dimensions to the iconic timepiece. Crafted at 41mm of solid steel, there are no out and out brushed finishes here. Instead, they opt to blend both polishing and satin-finishing across the lugs and case sides to present all sides of this brilliant piece. 

The timepiece is surrounded by a bi-directional steel rotating bezel with 48 notches and a 24 hour graduated anodised aluminium disc in matt burgundy and blue. Similar to The Rolex GMT-Master Pepsi, it allows for the dial's face to take centre stage. 

The face is snow white, following a domed opaline sheen and a final galvanic finish. But there’s nothing dopey about this little number. This matte like effect means the similarly white dot and baton hour markers still stand out due to their applied design. 

The small date aperture situated at 3 o’clock may be hard for some viewers, but shouldn’t be too much of a problem. The hands are ironically named “Snowflake” hands due to the hour hand's bulbous head. There is an extra, neon red GMT hour hand that circles around the periphery of the model. 

The Black Bay GMT M79830RB-0010 is powered by the Calibre MT5652, a self-winding mechanical calibre that offers a strong power reserve of 70 hours. COSC certified? Yep, that’s right. Expect nothing but the finest precision with this timekeeping beast!

Fixed onto a riveted steel bracelet with similarly polished and satin finishes and a folding clasp, the models are best worn with a black tee and a pair of black chinos for when you are relaxing at home, or a camel overcoat for when you are out and about at those Christmas parties. 

You can buy a Tudor Black Bay GMT at retail for £3,660 at the time of writing. 


What We Like 

  • COSC certification
  • Elegant face with fantastic galvanic finish
  • Timeless bezel colour scheme


5. TAG Heuer Carrera Date WBN231B.BA0001


Harking back to 1963, the story of the TAG Heuer Carrera is as storied a fable as Goldilocks And The Three Bears. Taking inspiration from the great racing heritage of the Carrera Panamericana, a thousand plus mile race from border to border in Mexico. Did you know Carrera actually translates to “Race” in Spanish? Fascinating!

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Measuring 36mm, thTAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 7 Automatic Accessory 36 mm - WBN231B.BA0001ey are crafted out of stainless steel. Featuring a polished aesthetic along the bezel and the top of the lugs, giving the impression of the ultimate dress piece from the top down. On the sides, the timepieces feature a brushed finish in keeping with its super sporty heritage. 

Offering a 50 metre water resistance, the models do not need to reach the high water resistance figures of its diving counterpart because this is an out and out racing watch…with a stylish twist. 

Where there is usually a tachymetric scale, there is now a diamond set flange that runs around the entirety of the dial. This luxurious feel is complemented with gold plated baton hour markers and hands, plus a truly stunning, snowfall style silver hammered face finish. A date aperture is presented at 6 o’clock.

The watch is powered by the Calibre 7, an automatic calibre that powers the hours, minutes, seconds and date, as well as offering a 56 hour power reserve. This gives you sufficient time to take it away for that overseas business trip and make it back for the Monday morning watercooler catch up.

The timepiece is connected to the wrist with a H-shaped stainless steel bracelet, a fantastic blend of durability and fashion. This is why we believe this versatile novelty should be worn with a cream white suit shirt for those cocktails in that private members club. 

You can buy a TAG Heuer Carrera Date at retail for £4,150 at the time of writing. 


What We Like 

  • Gorgeous silver hammered dial
  • Beautiful combination of gold hour markers and a striking diamond flange. 
  • Reliable calibre with a solid 56 hour power reserve. 


6. Panerai Luminor Base Logo PAM01087


Panerai has a habit of releasing bulky oversized watches with enough charm to make the sizes seem reasonable. The brand new, 2023 release Luminor Base Logo is another great example of Panerai doing the impossible!

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Crafted out of 44mm of polished steel, the cushion shape could be construed as being too big, but Panerai deliberately opted for maximum legibility and functionality as opposed to miniature style. Featuring a solid brushed steel back, it is capable of reaching 100 metres of water resistance. 

We like the crisp and clear snow white wintry like face with large Arabic numerals at 12, 3, 6 and 9 o’clock, separated by baton indices and slightly recessed to boost legibility. The crown is protected by a large crown guard, a style that has quickly become a staple of the collection.

It is powered by a P.6000 calibre. At only 4.5mm thick, it runs at 21,600 VpH and has an incredible power reserve of 3 days. It is connected by a Caoutchouc military green strap, suiting the rugged allure of the watch perfectly. Military and outdoorsy types take note…this one has certainly got your name on it…if you are into camping under Mother Nature’s skies with a glass of mulled wine. 

We suggest you get on your black winter boots and navy overcoat for those long snowy walks, or opt for a military green shirt for those quiet days by a roaring fire. 

You can buy a Panerai Luminor Base Logo at retail for £4,900 at the time of writing. 


What We Like 

  • Highly legible display
  • Nice and bright, yet capable of dealing with the most rugged of situations
  • The large crown guard epitomises the heritage of the watch. 


7. Longines Conquest L3.835.4.32.6


Fresh off the horological platter (and just in time for a Christmas horological hamper) is the brand spanking new Longines Conquest L3.835.4.32.6. 

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With a case diameter of 42mm, it follows the background of the Conquest collection since its inception in 1954. Crafted out of stainless steel, they are rather thick at 14.3mm and secured with a screw down crown, it ensures 100 metres of water resistance…enough for a gentle dip or flick of the wrist while showering for that Christmas party.

The face offers a little festive cheer to you diehard horologists. Given a festive bell colour scheme, the sunray aesthetic projects light through the entire piece. Boasting steel applied hour markers and silvered polished hands, they are dosed up with enough Super-Luminova to ensure maximum legibility that Santa himself couldn’t miss. 

Three black sub-faces are based at 3, 6 and 9 o’clock, pertaining to the heritage of the pieces. Surrounding the face of the piece is a ceramic bezel that features a tachymetric scale. 

Powered by the Calibre L898, this automatic piece runs the hours, minutes and small seconds at 3 o’clock, as well as the general functions such as the 12 hour counter at 6 o’clock and a 30 minute counter situated at 9 o’clock. Running at 28,800VpH, they offer a power reserve of 59 hours. 

Fitted with a 3 link steel bracelet, they are secured with a triple safety folding clasp. We reckon you’d look fantastic if you went all out and wore a black jumper with gold trimmings and your best brown brogues to those fancy Christmas dinners. 

You can buy a Longines Conquest at retail for £3,550 at the time of writing. 


What We Like 

  • Beautiful golden face colour
  • Excellent calibre
  • Highly durable steel case


Under £9,000


8. Breitling Avenger B01 Chronograph


Hot, hot, hot! This one was just released by Breitling as an overhaul of the Avenger collection! Mind you we don’t need our Spidey senses to tell you how sexy this would look on the wrist and around the yuletide table.

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The Breitling Avenger has its roots connected with jet pilots and the rock n roll lifestyle of being in the cockpit. The Avenger is also designed for the common man who enjoys his watches like a svelte Michael Buble over the Christmas season. 

Crafted out of steel, the models are sized at around 44mm which is very bulky, especially since they have a 15.2mm thickness. At 53mm tall, the timepiece is one to wear loud and proud for festive cocktail parties. Don’t even try to conceal it behind shirt sleeves!

Featuring a screw in crown and a screw in caseback, the models are 300 metres water resistant, an extraordinary figure considering this is a pilot's timepiece Featuring a cambered sapphire crystal that’s glareproofed on both sides, office lighting or the sun through your private jet window will not hinder you. 

A large bi-directional ratcheted bezel is built around the timepiece with a 60 minute graduated scale. The face is inspired by military shades, but we think its matte green shade looks a lot like a certain evergreen plant… One of the best Christmas watches? Maybe.

Showcasing three black sub dials, the second hand is given a red tip in order to enhance the legibility of its design. The subdials relate to the 1 ⁄ 4 seconds, 30 minutes and 12 hours. Powered by the Breitling 01 self-winding movement, these specific models offer a great power reserve of 70 hours and a 28,800VpH frequency. We recommend you wear this with a green overcoat or a black trench coat for the wintry slew of special occasions

You can buy a Breitling Avenger B01 Chronograph at retail for £6,350 at the time of writing. 


What We Like 

  • Loud and proud!
  • Highly durable build with 300 metres water resistant
  • Excellent 70 hour power reserve and 28,800 VpH


9. Santos de Cartier WSSA0061


The Santos de Cartier is as formidable and ideal for gifting this time of year as Santa’s ruddy cheeks!

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Dating back to 1904, this watch is influenced by Brazilian aviator Alberto Santos-Dumont who asked friend Louis Cartier to make a timepiece that could be worn on the wrist.

Designed with a square bezel, the watch became the first ever watch to be worn on a plane! The design hasn’t drastically changed from its initial release all that time ago. The latest Santos de Cartier still retains its inherently sporty allure, but opts for a fresh face colour that may outsmoke your chimneys this cold winter and total up as one of the best Christmas watches to date.

The case follows the square design and slightly rounded curves. Sizing at the typical 41.9mm, it has a water resistance of 100 metres. Of course, the good stuff comes in the form of the dial. 

Given a beautifully smoky green dial, it features a sunray brushed aesthetic and a subsequent gradient effect. Boasting applied markers and sword shaped hands that are firstly rhodium plated and then polished, they clearly stand out against the moodiness of the green dial. 

The watch is powered by the rough and ready Calibre 1847 MC. As an automatic calibre that sizes up at 25.60mm, it has 23 jewels, a somewhat modest 40 hour power reserve and a 28,800VpH. Look this is no Panerai Luminor with a whopping 8 day power reserve, but why would it need to when it looks so sharp!

Fitted onto an interchangeable steel bracelet or a shiny green alligator leather strap, we recommend the alligator strap for those pre-Christmas drinks around Oxford Street and the bracelet for traversing the snowy mountains of the Peak District. 

You can buy a Santos de Cartier at retail for £6,750 at the time of writing. 


What We Like 

  • Iconic case design
  • Beautiful green face sheen
  • Combination of sporty and dressy with two straps.


10. Grand Seiko Yuka Momoji


Want a piece that lights up as hot as the coals within your fireplace? Let’s introduce you to the Grand Seiko Yuka Momoji

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This watch is a very accessible 39.5mm sizing that’s crafted out of the illustrious stainless steel material. The watch opts for security with the exhibition back that’s secured with six screws. 

Given a thickness of around 14.1mm, they are rather thick, but don’t let that dissuade you. With a polished aesthetic along the top of the lugs and the bezel, we like the brushed finish only through the straps. Plus there is all that Zaratasu polishing which the brand is famous for.

Given a sapphire crystal over the dial, the crystal has a box shape and an anti-reflective coating on its inner surface. Take off your jackets, here comes the warmth of a sizzling dial. The face is inspired by Japanese autumnal scenery and themed architecture. 

The floors within Japanese homes and temples eventually became a reflective surface, eventually resulting in a mirror like sheen. How’s this for a combination? The colour graduations are inspired by the changing of the seasons and vertical patterns which resemble lacquered wooden floors. Not quite a roaring fireplace, but still a contender as one of the best Christmas watches.

Defined as the “Nature of Time”, Japan closely ties with its surrounding environment, appreciating beauty in the changing of seasons. 

Given a 24-hour hand alongside the face time display function, the watch competently links in with a calendar-linked time difference adjustment function. They are powered by the exceptional Calibre 9S86. Offering a great accuracy of -3/+5 seconds per day, the automatic calibre with manual winding capabilities offers a power reserve of 55 hours. And that’s timely if you need to hot foot it for that last minute overseas business trip.

Fitted with a steel strap, a three-fold clasp and push button release, they would suit a gentleman in a burgundy jumper, or a garter stitched grey jumper with a turtleneck. 


You can buy a Grand Seiko Yuka Momoji at retail for £6,600 at the time of writing.

What We Like 

  • Hot, burgundy dial
  • Fantastic GMT functionality 
  • Stunning link of the burgundy face with the Japanese inspired environment. 


11. Grand Seiko SBGJ275


Brand new out of Grand Seiko’s stables, comes the phenomenal SBGJ275. 

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A touch of frost this certainly is. Another cool and crisp addition to the ever growing Sport Collection, this latest watch has been released in celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Calibre 9S Mechanical.

This GMT piece is crafted out of stainless steel. Truth be told, to celebrate the 25th anniversary of one of the most important movements of all time, we would’ve enjoyed a more interesting material like platinum. But don’t despair…we must remember this is a celebration.

Measuring 44.2mm and with a lug to lug of 50.6mm, these are not small Christmas watches that can fit under your shirt sleeves but will definitely take pride of place as a gift under the tree. However, with a face as pretty as James Bond, why would you ever want to hide it behind cloth?

Presented behind a dual-curved sapphire crystal that utilises anti-reflective coating on the inner surface, we thoroughly enjoy the beautiful blue face that shows clouds at daybreak. 

Inspired by the sky over Mt Iwate (the location of Grand Seiko HQ), the face is surrounded by a rotating sapphire bezel that similarly utilises the blue and white aesthetic which allows the watch to be seamless, and shows the GMT functionality of not one but three time zones. 

This time round we see it being powered by the Calibre 9S86, an automatic, manual winding calibre that offers a daily precision rate of between +5 to -3 seconds per day and a power reserve of 55 hours. Capable of reaching 200 metres of water resistance, Grand Seiko keep legibility in mind with the luminous, Lumibrite coating on the hands, hour markers and bezel. 

Representing the first time their mechanical watch has a sapphire back and a 200 metre water resistance, the watch is locked in with a steel three link strap and a three gold clasp with push button release. We think you’d look the part with a sharp pin strip festive red pinstripe suit or a grey cotton overshirt. 

Capped at 2,000 pieces making it more sought after, you can buy a Grand Seiko SBGJ275 at retail for £7,250 at the time of writing. 


What We Like 

  • Beautiful Mt Iwate inspired dial
  • Excellent GMT functionality
  • Capable of reaching 200 metres even with a sapphire back


12. Breitling Premier B01 Chronograph 42mm


Way back in the 1940s, Willy Breitling took to creating a design that boasted elegance with impeccable functionality. Enter, The Premier collection. 

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The Premier collection has since been updated in 2023 with the beautiful Breitling B01 42mm. Made up of 42mm of solid steel, these watches are rather thick at 13.6mm and quite tall at a total tip to tip length of 50mm. 

Featuring a fixed bezel and screw in back, it is able to attain a water resistance of around 100 metres which isn't too bad considering the piece doesn't have a screw-in crown. On the side of the piece are two rectangular pushers that side astride either side of the crown. 

The classical circular face is filled with twin-register sub-faces and applied Arabic numerals that are crafted out of polished steel. Given a rich green sheen, the date aperture at 6 o’clock is just as enhanced as the two recessed sub faces positioned at both 3 and 9 o’clock. 

Supported by a Breitling 01 calibre, they offer a self-winding mechanical calibre that runs at 28,800VpH and an impressive 70 hour power reserve. It operates at 1/4th second which is almost guaranteed thanks to its COSC certification. Attached via a steel strap, It looks best when linked to a grey cashmere jumper for those late night Christmas party drinks. 

You can buy a Breitling Premier B01 Chronograph at retail for £7,400 at the time of writing. 


What We Like 

  • Highly legible face
  • Excellent functionality without compromising on elegance
  • COSC certified calibre ensures quality. 


13. Rolex Explorer II

The highly coveted Rolex Explorer II is laden with horological history since its initial release in 1971. 

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Built after the successful ascent of Mount Everest by Norgay Tenzing and Edmund Hilary, the Rolex Explorer II goes one step further with its exploration heritage, insteading opting to be designed for speleologists and polar explorers. 

The latest Rolex Explorer II is just as reliable. Crafted out of their proprietary Oyster steel material, expect only the best durability when meddling with 904L steel. At 42mm, the models are similarly built with a 3-link Oyster bracelet. 

Fitted with an Oysterlock folding clasp and an Easylink comfort extension link, the timepieces are easy to manipulate and extend if that Christmas turkey sits a little too heavy on your stomach!

Fitted with a white face, the timepieces boast Rolex’s classic dot and baton indices. Made up of a date display and an extra 24-hour hand and a high legible, 24 hour, graduated steel bezel, it has fast become the prime piece for every kind of explorer and avid collector, remaining one of the top Rolex watches for investment. We particularly admire the Chromalight display with its long lasting blue luminescence. 

It is powered by the Calibre 3285, a perpetual calibre that offers great GMT functionality and general timekeeping. Offering a precision akin to -2/+2 seconds per day, the calibre is protected by a Paramagnetic Parachrom hairspring and Paraflex shock absorbers. Offering a 70 hours power reserve, the timepieces are Superlative Chronometer certified. 

We reckon you’d look sharp with a green jumper if you want to let the snow white face shine. You can buy a Rolex Explorer II at retail for £8,100 at the time of writing. 


What We Like 

  • Riddled with polar heritage after its initial ascension of Mount Everest
  • Guaranteed security with the Superlative Chronometer certification
  • Highly legible face


Under £12,000


14. Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra GMT Worldtimer


Green and the festive period are more intertwined than Audemars Piguet and Marvel or tinsel enveloped around that Christmas tree.

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Now, The Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra collection has been running since 2002. Offering a fresh take on the Seamaster line, the Worldtimer aesthetic offers a unique play on its GMT timekeeping. 

Coming in at 43mm and a lug-to-lug of 50mm, the watches are built with a steel build that features chamfered lugs and a brushed aesthetic along the top of the lugs. Sure, steel is a solid enough material, but we particularly enjoy a number of other materials that it employs. 

The good stuff comes in the form of the face. Featuring a sun-brushed green face, the models are surrounded by a gorgeous, green ceramic bezel. The Worldtimer feel comes in the form of a vision of earth in the centre of the face. 

Crafted on a grade 5 titanium surface, the Earth viewing is presented specifically above the North Pole. The continents and colours are laser-ablated, ensuring maximum legibility and excellence of design. A truly mesmeric piece that deserves our attention on this list of the best Christmas watches.

The topographic map is surrounded by a 24 hour indication that splits both into night and day segments. Further outside of that, there are a number of locations that include Sydney, London and Alaska.

All of these place names are given a yellow sheen aside from London which is given a red colouring in order to clarify the Universal Time Coordinated time zone. The face is given 18K Moonshine Gold hour markers, hands and an extra GMT hour hand. 

Powered by the Calibre Omega 8938, the models run a 60 hour power reserve and pulsate away at 3.5Hz. Protected up to a whopping 15,000 gauss as provided by the silicon balance spring, we guarantee that your laptop won’t damage your watch!

Fitted with an integrated green rubber strap and grey stitching, we like the polished steel foldover clasp that ensures it is strapped firmly to your wrist. Flex this with a pair of vintage blue jeans and a British Racing Green cashmere jumper for that extra pop of colour. 

You can buy an Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra GMT Worldtimer at retail for £10,100 at the time of writing. 


What We Like 

  • Beautiful laser-abated face
  • Stunning rubber strap for excellent comfort on the wrist.
  • Functional GMT features


Under £15,000


15. Cartier Tank Louis WGTA0190


What’s nicer than a glass of mulled wine and the first cut of an oiled up turkey? How about a brand new Cartier Tank Louis with a scintillating wine red face, of course!

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The Cartier Tank Louis takes its lineage from way back in 1917 when founder Louis Cartier fought on the Western Front and saw the Renault F-17 tanks in action. Inspired by the branchards on this machine, they mirror an eagle-eye view of the tops of the tanks.

Given a gorgeous yellow gold casing that’s 6.6mm thick, it boasts a highly modern design that can be worn in a variety of social situations. On the right of the timepiece is a stunning signature blue sapphire cabochon, as per the tradition of these timeless luxury watches.

Featuring a deep, red lacquer effect face, don’t fear if you think timekeeping is impossible to read. There were never any hour markers to begin with! That’s right, Cartier has opted for the ultimate minimalist piece by just leaving golden-finish steel sword shaped hands below a mineral crystal. Now how’s that for the ultimate touch of simplicity

It is powered by an automatic movement, The Calibre 1917MC. Running at 3Hz, it has a 38 hour power reserve which powers the hours and minutes. Fitted with a burgundy leather strap, they are a hot horological property, which should be worn with a chequered red and black shirt and black chinos. 

You can buy a Cartier Tank Louis at retail for £12,500 at the time of writing. 


What We Like 

  • Minimalist face
  • Iconic historical lineage
  • Beautiful cabochon crown that’s synonymous with the brand


16. Zenith Defy 21 Chroma II


Christmas is the time for wintry landscapes and colourful trees. What if we said we have a piece that encapsulates both these Christmas inspired themes?

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At 44mm, The Zenith Defy 21 Chroma II is by no means a small watch. What it lacks in subtlety, it makes up for in unbridled glamour. It counteracts its size by being crafted out of white ceramic, a highly lightweight yet immensely durable material. 

Offering 100 metres of water resistance, it boasts an openworked face, showing a white minute track on the periphery of its face, and the rainbow coloured calibre present behind the three white sub faces. The hour markers are made up of a similar rainbow aesthetic, stemming from the turquoise colourings at 1 o’clock, pink sheens at 7 o’clock and oranges at 10 o’clock. 

They are powered by the legendary El Primero calibre which packs more speed than a Formula 1 engine. Since its original release in 1969, it has been ticking along, adored by the community for its outstanding 36,000 VpH since its inception and its single handed revolution on promoting the automatic movement industry. 

However, with the latest modern tech, it’s become even more of a horological powerhouse. 

Boasting 293 components, these luxury watches offer a 50 hour power reserve and a fantastic 36,000VpH frequency. Running 1/100th of a second chronograph that powers the 30 minute counter at 3 o’clock, 60 second counter at 6 o’clock and a small seconds at 9 o’clock. 

They are fitted with a white rubber strap that undergoes rainbow stitching on either side in line with the colour scheme. You’d look like a luxury fashionista if you wore this with a blue jumper and a black jeans. 

You can buy a Zenith Defy 21 Chroma II at retail for £13,800 at the time of writing. 


What We Like 

  • Beautiful skeletonised face with on trend rainbow accents
  • Modern ceramic material
  • High powered movement


More Than £20,000


If you want to hit the big leagues on December 25th and want to fly as high as an IWC Pilot, take time below to look at some of our best luxury watches for Christmas priced at more than 20 grand. 

You will not be disappointed.


17. H.Moser & Cie Streamliner Flyback Chronograph Automatic Boutique Edition


As the latest addition to the H.Moser & Cie Streamliner collection, The Flyback Chronograph Automatic Boutique Edition is a harmonious blend of Haute Horlogie and sporty prowess. 

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This variation comes in at 42.3mm of a sculpted red gold piece. Featuring lustrous finishes and fantastic geometry, The Streamliner is given a unique, cushion shaped model that features pushers at 1, 4 and 10 o’clock. 

The face is green enough to give you that Christmas tingle and is linked in with a Matrix Green fumé face for a great touch of sporty feel. On top of the dial, the timepieces boast functionality in a unique way. The second and minute hands are centrally placed, allowing for a swift reading of the elapsed time after a few clicks of the pushers. 

Fitted with flyback functionality, it can easily be activated without having to stop and reset the piece first. The minimalist face design does away with hour markers, instead opting for 60 minute markers and an alternating minute track around the dial’s periphery. 

The timepiece is powered by the HMC 907 movement, the great automatic calibre that features a flyback function and a clutching system that relates to the integrated movement. Entirely visible through the exhibition back, this timepiece gets more avant garde by the second! Given a 72 hour power reserve, this is a hardy calibre for those gents wanting one of the best Christmas watches this year.

Fitted with a black rubber strap, this is the first time that the iconic HMC 907 calibre is housed within a red gold piece and the first time that a Streamliner is built onto a strap. We reckon you’d look brilliant with this aside a black turtleneck and a pair of black brogues. 

You can buy a H.Moser & Cie Streamliner Flyback Chronograph Automatic Boutique Edition at retail for around £54,000 at the time of writing. 


What We Like 

  • Fantastic green face with fumé effect.
  • Great power reserve from the HMC 907 movement
  • Highly luxurious red gold material. 


18. Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Tribute Monoface Small Seconds


If you’ve received a few Christmas cards that are ladened with cash, we recommend you splash out on a stunning dress timepiece. Let’s introduce the Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Tribute Monoface Small Seconds. 

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The very first edition arrived in 1931, but now Jaeger-LeCoultre have gone one step further with a fantastic new release. At an exceptionally small 7.56mm case size, it is made from a beautiful pink gold case. 

Admittedly, it’s not built for durability, as noted by it’s 30 metre water resistance, but you don’t wear such a watch for that reason. You flex it for the beautiful rectangular case and the immediately recognizable and iconic Reverso style. 

You also have it on for an eye-catching face that you want to become a real head turner when entering the office function or sitting down at the Christmas table. Boasting a sunray face, the beautiful burgundy sheen is achieved from applying successive layers of lacquer. Not only does this result in a rich colour, but the ability for it to change under light and offer different reflections. 

Showcasing a small seconds sub face located at 6 o’clock, the applied hour markers are thin batons and the hands are Dauphine, tapering down towards a sharp, sword edge. Fixed in with two strap types, you can either wear a bi-material strap which is made up of both leather and canvas, as well as a leather strap that’s made by legendary Argentinean bootmaker, Casa Fagliano. 

Look your best and pair this with a burgundy suit, or level down and wear a black turtleneck while swishing a glass of eggnog or dessert wine. Powered by the Jaeger-LeCoultre Calibre 822, it runs the seconds, hours and minute features. 

The manual wind calibre is made up of 108 components, pertaining to its miniscule thickness of 2.94mm. Running at 21,600VpH and offering a power reserve of 42 hours, this is rather impressive given how small the calibre is. 

You can buy a Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Tribute Monoface Small Seconds at retail for £21,900 at the time of writing. 


What We Like 

  • Beautiful material
  • Exceptionally minimalist case
  • Stunning burgundy face which makes the ideal gift at this time of year.


19. IWC Pilots Chronograph 41 - Green Dial


Since 1994, The IWC Pilot’s Chronograph has been hot on the wrists of pilots and horophiles alike. 

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Crafted out of 18K 5N gold, The IWC Pilot’s Chronograph 41 boasts a brushed aesthetic on the top of the lugs and a polished allure on the sides and on top of the bezel. At a fairly accessible 41mm sizing, it prides itself on its classical circular shape. With a height of 14.5mm, it is wide with the intention of boasting legibility that's essential when in the midst of flight

The dial boasts three distinct sub-faces that fits in with the “instrument” styling of the watch, and becomes an optimal tool for everyday use. Built into such an ergonomic sizing, it is given a rich, green face with a date aperture situated at 3 o’clock. 

The hour markers are made up of Arabic numerals that are similarly coated in luminescence. There is a jolt of colour within the sub face at 6 o’clock as it features a neon red hand. The hands are also gold plated, in keeping with the gold case of the watch. 

The piece is connected to our wrist via a green rubber strap with an integrated EasX-Change system. This allows for it to be taken on and off the wrist with consummate ease. Capable of supporting 100 metres of water resistance, you don’t have to be cooped up in the cockpit to wear this beauty. 

You can view the calibre 69385 through the sapphire back. Bolstered with a column wheel, the calibre totals 242 components and runs accurate timekeeping functions exceptionally well, due to its 28,800 VpH and has a 46 hour power reserve. 

You can buy an IWC Pilot’s Chronograph at retail for £19,900 at the time of writing. 


What We Like 

  • Strong pilot heritage
  • Luxurious material
  • Combination of both the instrument styling and dressy luxury is very modern


20. Audemars Piguet Code 11.59 Self-Winding 


The Code 11.59 collection has quickly become a technical staple of the horological world and a change in direction from the oh so coveted Royal Oak. Of course we have Gerald Genta to give props to here, responsible for all manner of luxury watches including The Omega Constellation and The Patek Philippe Nautilus

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Priding itself on aesthetic and technical excellence, the models are typically made up of a combination of both octagonal and rounded shapings, resulting in a beautiful, curved sapphire crystal, promoting instant visibility across the entirety of the face. 

In this instance, the Audemars Piguet Code 11.59 Self-Winding is crafted entirely out of an 18K white gold construction. Utilising a brushed finish across the tops of the lugs and a polished finish along the top of the bezel. 

As per its heritage, they come equipped with a double glare proof sapphire crystal and back. Measuring 41mm, the timepiece is fairly slender at 10.7mm thickness and has 30 metres of water resistance. Though, here’s a spoiler alert, we wouldn’t recommend dive bombing into the ocean on your well earned break to The Bahamas. 

Fitted with a smoked, burgundy face that features a lacquered coating and a sunburst pattern finish, the dial has high levels of clarity with 18K white gold applied hour-markers and hands. These look sublime against a black lacquered inner bezel that runs around the periphery of the face. 

Fitted with a burgundy rubber strap with an 18K white gold pin on the buckle, this piece would look perfect with a red tuxedo or cumberbund if you are off to a very swanky affair. You must be bold to pull this off!

Powered by the Calibre 4302, the pieces ran the hours, minutes, centre seconds and date aperture. Fitted with 32 jewels , the calibre is incredibly slender at 4.9mm and runs at 28,800VpH, as well as offering a near three day power reserve of 70 hours. 

You can buy an Audemars Piguet Code 11.59 Selfwinding at retail for £30,800 at the time of writing. 


What We Like 

  • Beautiful smoked face
  • Strong calibre
  • First rate visibility


21. Patek Philippe 5178G Grand Complications 


The Patek Philippe 5178G Grand Complications goes as far back as 1910. Originally associated with James W. Packard in 1916, The Grand Complication represents the pinnacle of complication for Patek Phillippe

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This latest self-winding Minute Repeater 5178 is crafted entirely out of white gold and sizes up at 40mm, Given a 10.53mm height, they feature sapphire crystal casebacks to boast the glorious calibre 

Crafted in a classical circular shape, the watch is polished throughout in order to show the dressy feel of the timepiece. The face goes one step further in its complexity, opting for a hand-guilloche swirling pattern that resides beneath a glorious Grand Feu blue transparent enamel sheen that’s known as flinqué enamel. Resembling the innards of a snowflake, the dial is a gorgeous turquoise shade. 

The hour markers are presented as Breguet numerals that are applied with a 3D like effect. Gold plated, they keep with the 18K gold face plate that is covered by the enamel. Running two cathedral gongs that sound twice as long as their traditional counterparts,the minute repeater is capable of offering a clear chiming sound.

The watch is powered by the Calibre R 27 PS, a self-winding calibre that reaches a diameter of 28mm. At an astonishing 5.05 thickness, the calibre totals 342 components, features 39 jewels and offers a 48 hour power reserve as well as a 21,600 VpH. Supported by a Spiromax and a Gyromax, you can ensure like Mike Tyson, it can take whatever bumps, knocks and hits you throw at it. 

Fitted with two interchangeable straps, you can wear a peacock blue, hand-stitched alligator leather strap with square scales or a moody orange, alligator strap with square scales. We think you’d look incredible if you wore anything with this piece, but you may find that a tan suede jacket and a pair of black jeans will project the effortless class of this majestic piece. 

You can buy a Patek Philippe 5178G Grand Complication at retail when you request a price. 


What We Like 

  • Unique gong functionality
  • Hand-guilloche face swirling aesthetic 
  • Brilliant heritage behind the Grand Complication collection which stems across chiming watches, split second chronographs and perpetual calendars. 


22. Rolex Day-Date 128235


If you’ve got money rolling in, you want a “made it” watch and want to go all out this Christmas, take a second to look at the awesome Rolex Day-Date 128235. 

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At 36mm, these contemporary models allow them to slip beneath cuffs seamlessly during important meetings and out on show when shaking hands with the CEO…or nailing that promotion.

The timepiece is crafted out of Rolex’s proprietary material Everose gold which was originally introduced in 2005. Given the inherently stylish fluted bezel that’s now a staple of the collection, the classic allure is confirmed even further with the President bracelet that was released in 1956. Worn by Presidents like Trump, Nixon and Reagan, this collection is certified for leaders!

Glistening like that first snowflake on Christmas morning, the green aventurine dial, a stone that has a finely crystallised surface that pertains to the glimmer is decked out like stockings on the mantelpiece with Roman numeral hour markers, filled with 32 diamonds in total. This is one beauty of a dial which makes it for us one of the best Christmas watches 

Fitted with a 3255 perpetual, mechanical movement, the Rolex Day-Date offers a precision of -2/+2 seconds per day and a 70 hour power reserve. Oh yes, it’s a Superlative Chronometer!

We recommend you wear this watch with a black tux if you feel so inclined, or a simple navy suit shirt if you want to lose the formal style. There is certainly nothing vanilla about this green dialled watch whose coloured dial has been made all the more sought after by John Mayer.

You can buy a Rolex Day-Date 128235 at retail for £39,500 at the time of writing. 


What We Like

  • Superlative Chronometer certified
  • Beautiful Everose gold build
  • Great use of diamonds and Aventurine dial


23. Vacheron Constantin Traditionnelle Tourbillon


Luxury is all around during the festive period. In that spirit, let’s take a look at the beautiful Vacheron Constantin Traditionnelle Tourbillon that was released at this year's Watches and Wonders 2023

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Crafted out of 950 platinum with a 41mm case diameter, this piece is instantly luxurious on both the eye and wrist. Given a thickness of 10.4mm, the models have 30 metres of water resistance which isn’t very good, but expected for a snazzy dress timepiece.

The stepped round case and lugs are enhanced by a slender, polished bezel. Even if you twist the watch around, you will notice the beauty of the fluted caseback. However, the real genius comes in the form of the beautiful dial. 

The green face is finished with a galvanic sheen, allowing a shine that cannot be attained with any other style of finish. Considering this sits within the equally polished platinum case, we certainly have a twinkle in our eye. 

The indices and the Dauphine, sword shaped hands are crafted from white gold which stands out against the green backdrop. Representing an entirely new colouring for the collection, we are simply in awe at this brilliant piece. 

The watch is powered by the highly innovative 2160/1 calibre. Sized at a miniature 5.65mm, the calibre powers a tourbillon regulator in order to counteract gravity which may impact the accuracy of the watches. 

Running at 18,000VpH and a whopping power reserve of 80 hours, the calibre is visible through the sapphire caseback. Boasting ornate Côtes-de-Genève finishes, this is sublime for the detailed, passionate horophile who wants one of the best Christmas watches. 

You can buy a Vacheron Constantin Traditionnelle Tourbillon at retail when you request a price. 


What We Like 

  • Stunning colour on a traditional model
  • Excellent tourbillon feature to ensure great levels of accuracy
  • Incredible 80 hour power reserve


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Well then, Timelords. We’ve run through the top 23 best luxury men’s Christmas watches for this coming season. For every manner of budget, style, complication and aesthetic, we are absolutely certain that there’s a timepiece for you or your loved one in time for the festive period. 

We get it. It’s the moment to let your hair down with all those parties, social drinking and corporate occasions. Whether you happen to be travelling across different time zones to a warmer climate or showing off your timepiece around the fireplace, this list has everything for you!

With such a vast array of luxury watches to choose from, you will not be caught short. From the hot red spice of the Grand Seiko Yuka Momoji to the snowy whites of a Tudor Black Bay GMT, you can even venture back in time to the classical days of the Vacheron Constantin Traditionnelle Tourbillon. We have absolutely no doubts that we will see you again. Thank you for joining us on this riveting festive journey of gifting great Christmas watches. 

Let’s pause for just a second and crack open the Baileys…Seasons Greetings!

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Further Reading: 

The Ultimate Collection For Under £60,000 - Tudor Black Bay, Rolex Daytona

9 Grail Models You Should Start Collecting Today


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