Engineers are some of the most discerning consumers worldwide. They have the knowledge, the connections and the power in making sure a watch that they want to wear or are looking to wear not only has the best of movement but should also be the most good-looking in the room. If you have an engineer in your life you want to buy for, you’ve come to the right article.
Finding the right timepiece can be an intimidating task, as the options and alternatives are endless. So here’s a pro tip: ask them what they normally prefer – movement-wise, style-wise and size-wise. If you want it to be a surprise, you can be sneaky and observe what watches they are wearing right at the moment, and ask what other watches they already have.
We’ve collated the best of the best in this list – so just a word for the wise: some of them will cost you a pretty penny. Especially the luxury watches. But don’t you fret, as we’ve also put in some picks that certainly will earn you a smile without sacrificing your life savings. Pro tip: Don’t forget to search online watch repositories for better deals.
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Inspired by the great engineers of all time, the IWC Ingenieur is a great looking watch with a lot of heritage. Getting this watch just for its namesake is enough to justify its purchase. Under the hood, you get an automatic self-winding Caliber 35111 movement, a stainless steel case and sapphire glass on both sides of the watch face.
The IWC Ingenieur is available in several variations, and in its latest iteration, it’s a beast hiding in the body of a delicate-looking watch. With an increased water-resistance to up to 12 bars, it can compete with starter divers watches in the market today. A 42-hour power reserve, central hacking seconds, and a date display completes the watch’s full package.
An unconventional choice, the G-Shock is a man’s watch through and through. Rugged-looking with pretty decent specs underneath, it’s quite the steal if the engineer in your life is also into sports and fitness. Now solar-powered and now touts an atomic timekeeping feature, it’s the perfect watch for a day out with the boys.
The one in black and gold is especially a beauty, and there’s a Baby G option for you if you want to pair and be lovey-dovey. Plus, the watch can keep world time, has at least a 200m water-resistance – all of this packed in a visceral timepiece that can take the daily wear and tear most watches at this price point can’t.
This watch is good enough for NASA so naturally, it will be good enough for your engineer. Boasting of Omega’s top of the line in-house movement, with luxury materials, the Speedmaster may be the one to save up for in this list. Yep, the legendary Moonwatch, which Buzz Aldrin has on his wrist while landing on the moon, is quite pricey.
But to have a Speedmaster is like to have a piece of history in your watch. Plus, it has undergone rigorous testing by NASA, outside of the standardized testing the brand itself imposes. Omega has been known in the Swiss watchmaking clique as “the extra one” because it always one-ups itself in making quality watches. What more can you ask for?
Stuhrling Original Legacy Automatic Skeleton
Another timepiece that’s a looker, the Stuhrling Original Legacy Automatic Skeleton watch is in a class of its own when it comes to transitioning from everyday watch to a dress watch. Rest assured that this watch can be worn at any occasion, and it will retain its iconic styling throughout. Under the hood, you get an automatic, self-winding movement.
What sets apart the Automatic Skeleton among the watches in this list is the aesthetic language in which it is helmed. It toes the line between a watch and a piece of jewelry, and frankly, we are not complaining. It’s front and back case features see-through sapphire crystal, with polished stainless steel bezel.
When it comes to buying watches that will pass the tastes of engineers, you can be sure that the list goes on and on. You are buying for a discerning customer, so research is imperative. If you’re planning to get them the watch for this holiday, make sure to shop early than usual when using the online method as delivery may be delayed.