Father Son Activities – 40 Surefire Ways to Bond With Your Son
It’s been said that the kind of man a young boy becomes, depends on what his father taught him during moments spent together.
Often ones where fathers aren’t trying to teach their boys anything at all.
Rather, it’s those little pieces of odd wisdom that make a lifelong impression on us.
Time spent bonding teaches us positive principles, instills honest values and virtues, and presents countless life lessons along the way.
It doesn’t mean we must always talk face to face with our sons and share our feelings.
Instead, we must simply help our sons cultivate their own interests and encourage their wandering spirit.
To do so, I’ve put together a list of 40 father son activities that are sure to build a better bond. They’re manly activities and fun too, for both dads and sons. Plus, chances are you might learn a thing or two in the process..
Like the importance of giving back! With that said, let’s get started.
1. Spend a day fishing
Water isn’t the only thing that flows when you’re out on a boat fishing.. So does conversation! It’s the perfect time for a one-on-one experience with your boy to talk about anything that comes to mind. No matter if you’re out on the dock or in the middle of nowhere deep sea fishing. Go fishing and you’ll find out it always seems to spark up some chatter.
Plus when to comes to fishing, what better way to teach the principle of having patience. Put some bait on the hook, cast your line and wait for the catch of the day. Watch your sons eyes glow as he gets a kibble and reels to see the reward of his hard work.
Go a step further and teach your son how fillet a fish the right way. Cook your catch of the day and enjoy a good meal together.
Good places to fish:
- Glenwood Spring, Colorado
- Mountain Home, Arkansas
- Traverse City, Michigan
- Bozeman, Montana
- Minocqua, Wisconsin
- Apalachicola, Florida
- Nantucket, Massachusetts
- Bend, Oregon
- Guntersville, Alabama
- Morehead City, North Carolina
- Missoula, Montan
- Ely, Minnesota
- Page, Arizona
- Driggs, Idaho
- Jasper, Texas
- Tahlequah, Oklahoma
- Beaufort, South Carolina
- Eufaula, Alabama
- Redding, California
- Montauk, New York
- Venice, Louisiana
2. Go on a camping trip
Not much else is more manly than adventuring the great outdoors and spending time in nature. Take this time to teach your son how to start a fire, setup a tent, use a compass, and countless survival skills. Enjoy the fresh air and scenery, and show your son there is more to the world that an just the modern city life. Rough it in the outdoors for a day, and spend the night studying the patterns of stars in the sky.
Good places to camp:
- Acadia National Park, Maine
- White Mountain National Forest, New Hampshire
- Green Mountain National Forest, Vermont
- Pine Grove Furnace State Park, Pennsylvania
- Assateague Island National Seashore, Maryland
- Yosemite National Park, California
- Joshua Tree National Park, California
- Olympic National Park, Washington
- Zion National Park, Utah
- Glacier National Park, Montana
- Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming
- Arches National Park, Utah
- Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona
3. Play a game of catch
As cliché as it might be considering it’s American’s pastime, there’s nothing quite like the time spent bonding playing catch. It does more than just teach young boys not to be afraid of the ball. Because somehow how fathers and sons find themselves trying to balance coordination and communication. With each toss of the ball it, we find ourselves talking about anything and everything with our sons.
4. Build a pinewood derby car
The number one rule of the pinewood derby car races: Have fun. Most fathers will find themselves needing to balance both wanting to win and wanting their sons to have fun. But truth be told, what it’s really about is enjoying the process of teaching your son things like: Cutting sand wood, painting, how aerodynamics and friction works, and much more. These are the types of skills will last a lifetime. Knowing who won or lost the race will be long forgotten down the road.
Below are a few tips on how to ensure a greater chance at victory. Yet keep in mind, I’m mentioning them for a good reason. Use them as an opportunity to teach your son about things like friction and aerodynamics. Encourage them to ask questions and guide them through the process. Never let the thought of winning determine who’s right and who’s right. Let your son be the mastermind and visionary behind this fun project.
How to build the fastest pinewood derby car:
- Make it the maximum weight
- Bake the wood block at 250 degrees to remove moisture and make it lighter.
- Go with an aerodynamic design.
- Raise one wheel 1/16 inch higher than the others. Less friction equals more speed.
- Make the front and rear wheels as far apart as possible.
- Lubricate the wheel well.
- Polish your axles and wheels.
5. Build a model rocket
Let’s face it, if it goes boom, bang or catches on fire, it’s fun for boys. The same is true for adults too! Add in combustion that propels a rocket into space at a modest max of 670 feet per second and things get really interesting. But model rockets are about more than just lighting the fuse and launching off. There’s the process of building the spacecraft, understanding how the engines work, and determining the launch pad angle. All said and done, it’s amazing how much you can learn while having a blast of fun.
A good launching kit: 4M Water Rocket Kit
6. Go to a sporting event
Turn off the T.V and cheer on your favorite team and players in person. Give your son the chance to catch a foul ball, plus score the opportunity to get an autograph from the team after the game. It’s incredible how a simple ballgame hot dog and team jersey can really brighten a boy’s day. This combined with the roar of the crowd from a homerun or touchdown, makes for one exciting moment they won’t ever forget.
- Traditional sports: Baseball, basketball, soccer, football, tennis, hockey.
- The X games for skateboarding, BMX, snowboarding, etc.
- NASCAR, Formula 1, Demolition Derby, Monster Car Shows.
7. Work on the car
When it comes to working on a car, believe it not, some men still don’t know how to change a tire. Now, you don’t have to teach your son to be Henry Ford himself, but a general understanding of the basics is great. Let your son watch as you change the oil or brakes, or even, restore a vintage car back to its glory. Even simple things like detailing a car, and teaching the wash, wax and polish routine can go a long way.
8. Go hunting for dinner
Hunting isn’t just about hitting your target. The privilege of shooting a gun alone, teaches a greater understanding for respect, responsibility and safety. Just by spending time in the woods it makes for great humor and laughter. Like when red squirrels and chipmunks roaming across dry leaves and sound like deer. These moments give both sons and fathers a chance to relax, unwind, and enjoy nature for what it is. Hunting also builds character and teaches the art of patience, endurance and toughness.
9. Take a road trip or vacation
Here are some ideas for a father-son vacation:
- New York City (State of Liberty, Empire State Building, Times Square)
- The Grand Canyon
- Las Vegas Strip
- Niagara Falls
- Waikiki Beach (Hawaii)
10. Head down to the barber shop
When it’s hard to find quality time with your son, the barbershop can be a great place to turn to. A trip down to the barber on the weekend makes for some great time spent with the fellas plus a good haircut. And with all kinds of topics being talked about and debated among the gentlemen, it really opens the door to discussions with your son after heading out the door. When uncomfortable subjects like women, relationships, and sex are brought up, fathers get the chance to talk about them early and explain real man situations. Plus, if their lucky, they might get stick of gum from the barber too!
Teach compassion, humbleness, and a better appreciation for what your family has. Volunteering and community service is all about showing our sons how to give back and serve others. From soup kitchens to building homes through Habit for Humanity, they come in contact will all sorts of people, from all walks of life. To a young boy, it is a look into the real world, and how doing the right thing can build a great sense of accomplishment.
12. Hit the golf course or driving range
Imagine if Tiger Woods’ father Earl, never took him out for a round of golf.. Imagination aside, golf is great for teaching patience, the art of practicing, and responsibility. From putting in the hard work to master your drive at the tee, to taking the time to replace divots on the course. Sons learn not only to respect the course, but to also respect themselves. Knowing how to handle frustration and stress while playing the game can go a long way into the other areas of life like relationships, the office, and more.
13. Ski down the slopes
Skiing can be troublesome at first, but with every inch down the slope it puts us closer to the feeling of freedom. As boys learn the ropes and start to travel down tougher courses, it tests more than just their ability, it tests their courage too. Going down the steep snowy mountain shows us what glimpse of what bravery looks like, and what we must do in order to trust ourselves. It’s about self-confidence. And even though sons will fall down on the slopes, fathers can be there to pick them up, brush the snow off, and encourage them to keep going forward. It’s that bit of motivation and encouragement that sticks with us later on in life no matter the obstacle ahead of us, or how many time we fail.
14. Grill out
From sweet BBQ baby back pork ribs to plump juicy steaks hot off the grill, not much tops a good home cooked meal. And when it comes to grilling, there’s a lot for sons to learn from their fathers. Like flipping and keeping the juices in, how to get that smoky flavor with wood chips, the proper way to season with herbs and spices, and quite a bit more.
15. Build a workbench, then start his first tool kit
Chances are your father had a workbench and tool chest, and so did their father and so on. Every boy should have the opportunity to be acquainted with different types of tools. From a vice grip to pliers, screw drivers, sockets, Allen keys, hammers and more. The number of tools out there is almost endless, but knowing the basic ones is priceless. Things like how to saw wood, hammer nails, and use a wrench to undue a bolt, are skills that last for a lifetime. And by having a workbench, it opens the door to experiment, build, and craft with these tools at hand.
If you don’t already have a workbench, check out the Seville Classics UHD20247B on Amazon.
16. Go to a car show
An appreciation for hard work. No matter if fresh from the factory with hundreds of hours in precise engineering or restored with hundreds of hours in labor. There is a beauty to cars that virtually all males can respect and admire.
17. Go mountain biking
When a father teaches their son how to ride a bike, it opens to road to new friendships and adventures. Boys will travel far from home learning the rules of responsibility and the road. Race around the neighborhood with friends and develop a sense of compassion for when someone falls down. From the first scraped knee, it teaches us to be self-reliant, independent, and get right back up and push forwards. A few encouraging words from dad, and it’s like that scraped knee never even happened.
If it’s raining, snowing, or just extremely hot outside consider this.. Spend a day at bowling alley knocking over some pins with your son. It makes for great father son bonding time that’s both fun and challenging. Teach them about the different bowling ball sizes, ways to throw the ball, and how the game works. From our younger years to when we’re elders, the sound of a strike can be soothing.
Gardening isn’t just a good activity for letting sons play in the dirt, it’s also good for the soul. Believe it or not, but it can actually boost your mental and physical health, plus your mood too. Plant vegetables, fruits, bushes, trees, or anything alongside your son. You’ll both witness how hard work and patience can be rewarding. Plus, it’s a great primer for teaching how to landscape, nature living things, and take care of the yard. You might start with planting grass seed and one day find yourself teaching your son how to operate the lawnmower.
20. Woodworking or leatherworking
Create a leather wallet, coasters, or carve out a wooden sling shot. Leather and wood working will give any son a chance to understand what craftsmanship really about.
Some things to craft:
- Wood birdhouse
- Wood storage box or treasure chest
- Wood tool box
- Leather belt
- Leather wallet
A good starter woodworking kit: Xacto X5175 Deluxe Woodcarving Set
A good starter leatherworking kit: BAGERLA 273 Pieces Leather Working Kit
21. Take a mixed martial arts class together
Burn some calories and take a mixed martial arts class together. Show your son the ropes of self-defense, responsibility, and confidence. Teach them to be strong, use their noggin to outsmart bigger competitors, and how to release stress in a positive manner.
22. Build and race Gopeds
Both fathers and sons alike will learn a lot from their first Goped. From understanding how two-stroke motors work, to the interesting methods of maximizing their power with expansion pipes, air filters, reed-intakes, sprockets, compression head kits, porting, and more.
And with tons of accessories from decks to tires, engines, brakes and more, it opens the door to using tools. Spend time working on them together and collecting parts.
After building, take a cruise down the road together and enjoy one of life’s best-kept secrets. Have races around the neighborhood. In terms of fun, they are absolutely addicting.
23. Cook something
Introduce your son to the healthy wonders of home cooked meals. Because chances are he’ll find himself cooking for a special lady in the future.
As an indoor and outdoor sport, archery serves a good foundation for teaching sportsmanship, respect and self-discipline. Plus with 40 arrows drawn at 25 pounds each, that’s around 1,000 pounds of force towards promoting a better physical health. In fact, outdoor courses often will have you and your son roaming around a 5-mile adventure through the woods. But just like hitting the target, archery really is about learning how to set small goals and accomplish them one by one.
If you want to learn at home, a good bow is the Adventure Awaits! Handmade Wooden Bow. It’s designed for kids but can be used by adults too, so it would be great for getting your son interested in this hobby.
25. Skateboard or rollerskate
Skateboards and rollerblades are a great activity to boost your son’s independent nature. And with a little cheering on from dad nearby, you’ll give your son a major confidence boost. (Yes, even just by watching) It’s easy to spend some time bonding down at the local skate park or even in the driveway too. Take a weekend to build ramps and rails together out of plywood and metal bars from the local home improvement store. You can even go to the X-games to watch the pros, or play a skateboard video game at home together.
27. Go to the library and read books
No matter if your son enjoys reading or not, just about every boy loves to roam around the library. Even as an adult I’m still fascinated by the endless number of books to choose from.. Let them wander around and gather a collection of their own books. Sit down in a private area together and enjoy a good read of a book, local newspaper or magazine.
28. Play video games
Turn on the gaming console and hop on the couch for hours of fun! You don’t have to play violent games like grand theft auto to have fun, instead even simple games like virtual bowling can be a blast. And chances are, your son will teach you a thing to two.
29. Tour a museum or art gallery
Museums and art galleries can be a great way to bond and expand your son’s mind. Taking insights from around the world will both you and them a new perspective on the world.
- The Walters Art Museum – Baltimore, Maryland
- National Museum of the United States Air Force – Dayton, Ohio
- Metropolitan Museum of Art – New York, New York
- Los Angles County Museum of Art – Los Angeles, California
- Museum of Fine Arts – Boston, Massachusetts
- Museum of Fine Arts – Houston, Texas
- Smithsonian American Art Museum – Washington, D.C.
- Neue Gallerie – New York, New York
- New Bedford Whaling Museum – New Bedford, Massachusetts
- Louisville Slugger Museum – Louisville, Kentucky
30. Play board games
You don’t have to be bored to play board games. While watching T.V. or a movie grab a deck of cards and play a round with your son. From UNO to Monopoly, the number of one-on-one games are endless.
Good board games to play:
- The Game of Life
- Settlers of Catan
31. Play outdoor sports
- Rock climbing
32. Go to a concert
Adventure on a real-world treasure hunt navigating the great outdoors with your son. Use teamwork to follow the coordinates from your GPS, uncover clues, and reach the final destination.
34. Rope Knots
Understanding how to tie different knots is a useful skill and a good way to bond with your son. Check out this knot tying kit, which includes two practice cords and cards explaining 20 essential knots.
Rope knots to learn together:
- Overhand Knot
- Figure-Eight Knot
- Square (Reef) Knot
- Sheet (Becket) Bend
- Clove Hitch
- Timber Hitch
- Taut-Line Hitch
35. Astronomy and telescopes
For the best astronomy experience:
- Your own backyard — an inexpensive telescope such as the Celestron Travel Scope 70 can get good results if you live in an area with little light pollution.
- Mauna Kea Observatory — Hawaii, USA
- Very Large Array — Socorro, New Mexico, USA
- Cerro Paranal — Atacama Desert, Chile
- Kitt Peak National Observatory — Arizona, USA
- Griffith Observatory — Los Angeles, CA, USA
- Arcetri Astrophysical Observatory — Florence, Italy
- Teide National Park — Island of Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain
- Hayden Planetarium — New York City, USA
36. Collect things
- Baseball cards
- Coins and currency
- Sports figures
- Rocks, fossils and minerals
- Ticket stubs
- Model cars, planes and boats
- Bottle caps
37. Go swimming
38. Race RC cars around the track
39. Home-brew root beer
40. Tour an aquarium or zoo
Good aquariums and zoos to tour:
- Georgia Aquarium, Atlanta, GA
- Shedd Aquarium, Chicago, IL
- Aquarium of the Pacific, Longbeach, CA
- New England Aquarium, Boston, MA
- Ripley’s Aquarium of Myrtle Beach, Myrtle Beach, SC
- Steinhart Aquarium, San Francisco, CA
- Newport Aquarium, Cincinnati, OH
- Audubon Aquarium of the Americas, New Orleans, LA
- Downtown Aquarium, Houston, TX
- Memphis Zoo, Memphis, Tennessee
- St. Louis Zoo, St. Louis, Missouri
- Lincoln Park Zoo, Chicago Illinois
- Houston Zoo, Houston, Texas
- Cincinnati Zoo, Cincinnati, Ohio
- San Deigo Zoo, San Diego, California
- Zoo Miami, Miami, Florida
- Denver Zoo, Denver Colorado
10 Best Watches For Men Reviewed – 2021 Edition
For those living under a rock, everyone knows that the modern man doesn’t really wear a watch solely to know the time. Instead, it is more about a statement of your class and style. You also probably already know that the good quality watches for men can be found within a variety of price points, so there’s always something for you regardless of your budget.
Gents, since we all know these things, there’s really no point dancing around a preamble. Let’s just cut to the chase and see some of the best watches for men available on the market.
Best Watches for Men
1. Rado Centrix Jubile Black Dial
Simple but classy; that’s the easiest way to describe this Rado Centrix Jubile Black Dial watch. With only the quarter hour positions marked by diamonds and silver-tone hands, the watch presents a not-too-noisy and straightforward design. Apart from the small brand name, hour, minute, and seconds hand, the only other thing on the face is the calendar – talk about a neat watch!
Rado Centrix is an analog quartz watch, meaning its ticking movement is powered by a battery. This might not be your type of watch if you prefer an automatic or mechanical watch. But its no-frills design coupled with its tough scratch-resistant sapphire crystal gives it a certain easy appeal, making it one of the best watches for men who are looking to stand out with something uncomplicated yet trendy.
Rado has automatic watches, though, if that’s your preference. However, they cost a few hundred dollars more than the quartz model.
With only 30 meters of water-resistant rating, the Rado Centrix watch is splash-proof. But a splash-proof watch is not exactly what you’ll wear to the pool.
Getting caught up in occasional rain while wearing your Rado Centrix isn’t going to be a problem; neither will splashes of water have any effect on the watch. But you don’t want to submerge this watch in water. Your investment is better off contacting the smallest amount of water possible.
2. Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch
This next option is for men with deep pockets. If you intend to splash some serious cash on a timepiece, you might as well take a look at the Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch. It’s not called the “moon watch” for nothing. It has actually been to the moon and back! The Omega Speedmaster is one of the few manual-winding chronograph movement watches that are worn on NASA missions.
The analog watch features a tough sapphire crystal dial window and comes complete with a presentation box that includes a Velcro strap, NATO strap, and strap changing tools.
With a 50-meter water resistance depth, you shouldn’t think of diving with this expensive watch on unless you plan to damage your prized possession!
While you can swim with it, it is best to avoid too much exposure to water and probably take it off. Like other chronograph watches, this one also features a stopwatch function that can be very useful when you need to use a timer. The bottom button at the side of the watch controls the function and can be used to start and stop timing.
Omega watches are not only made famous by NASA astronauts, movie characters like James Bond have also contributed to promoting the brand. If you prefer the version worn by James Bond (after he ditched Rolex in 1995), consider the more popular Omega Seamaster series. This particular Seamaster Planet Ocean is an automatic watch, so you will have to wear it almost daily or move it around for a bit every day. Needless to say, you’ll have to pay top dollar for it.
3. Gucci G -Timeless
Okay, Gucci is renowned as a first-rate fashion label, so it might come as a surprise to see the brand listed among watchmakers. First, buying a watch from a well-established fashion brand means you are paying extra for the designer label. And secondly, you might not get certain features found in other watches within the same price range.
However, Gucci is not just an authority in the clothing world. The company has gone ahead to also make a name for itself in the watch market and is even a leading brand in watchmaking. And the icing on the cake? Gucci watches are made in, you guessed it, Switzerland – giving the watchmaking section of the brand more class.
Most Gucci watch designs are strikingly unconventional as far as traditional watchmaking goes. The result? Gucci produces some of the best watches for men who prefer donning chic styles instead of the more common traditional designs.
So, if you are looking to stand out from the crowd, consider a Gucci watch. This G-Timeless model is from the Timeless collection. It comes with a mineral crystal face and quartz movement. Although it is a water-resistant watch, it is best suited for swimming in shallow waters.
The watch is battery operated. That means you might need to replace it, depending on how long it has stayed on the shelf. An automatic movement would have been desirable, but Gucci watches with that feature costs almost as twice as this one.
4. TAG Heuer Formula 1 Caliber 5 Automatic Watch
This might not be the most expensive watch on this list, but it certainly is really tricky knowing exactly where to begin to describe this TAG Heuer Watch.
TAG Heuer is a leading name in watchmaking. First, it is a Swiss brand. Secondly, the company has continued to win multiple prestigious awards. And thirdly, you don’t have to lose an arm and a leg to own one of their watches, although they don’t come cheap. Is there any wonder why one of their timepieces is included in the list of best watches for men?
This automatic TAG Heuer watch comes with a tough sapphire crystal glass that won’t scratch easily. The glass face houses a striking grey dial that is difficult to miss even in the dark, thanks to the rhodium-plated indexes coated in white Superluminova and the sleek steel hands. And just in case you didn’t catch that, it simply means the hands and markers glow in the dark.
The watch is powered by Caliber 5 mechanical movement with a backup power that can last up to 38 hours. It also comes with a fast date correction feature. As far as water resistance goes, you don’t have to take it off if you want to go for water skiing or any other serious surface water sports. In fact, it is safe for professional marine activities, too. But with only 200 meters water-resistant rating, you definitely shouldn’t be using this watch for scuba diving.
Seems like the Formula 1 collection is a combination of high-quality and bells and whistles, right? Well, it might be difficult to find fault with a watch that is designed with incredible Swiss-made technology. But here’s something to keep in mind, though; 43 mm isn’t exactly small, so the watch might look awkward on you if you have a small hand. You don’t want people thinking you got an oversized birthday present!
But that’s not something to split hairs too much about because you can opt for the 41 mm stainless steel version if you’re bent on owning a watch from the Formula 1 collection of TAG Heuer. It is also an automatic watch, so there’s no need for a battery.
5. Tissot Le Locle Powermatic 80 Automatic Watch
The Tissot Le Locle Powermatic 80 Automatic Watch is proof that you can get the best watches for men even if you’re not a CEO just yet. A high-quality Swiss watch, an automatic watch, and a synthetic sapphire glass are all wrapped into this very affordable timepiece! Quality and affordability don’t get any better than this Tissot Le Locle watch.
This watch is made from stainless steel and has a silver metal bracelet. The watch has a black dial and comes with a date function. You won’t be changing batteries since it is an automatic watch, but you’ll need to wear it or move it daily. It is a water-resistant watch with a 30-meter rating. Apart from the occasional splash of water from the sink, it is best to avoid getting this watch wet.
6. Bell & Ross BR 03-92 NIGHTLUM
The Bell & Ross BR 03-92 NIGHTLUM watch is the first watch on this list with a leather strap. Pay no attention to the “bell” in the name; there’s no bell and whistles with this watch, just a straightforward square watch with the traditional hours, minutes, and seconds hands with a date feature.
This watch has its origin in aviation and is perfect for gents who prefer simplicity and a square-shaped watch. But just because it is a simple watch doesn’t mean it is made from low-quality materials. This watch features a hard-wearing leather strap that is as tough as they come. The face is a rugged scratch-resistant sapphire crystal, and the watch comes with a screwed-down crown.
All the hands are luminous, so you don’t have to squint to see what time is it, even in the dark. It is a water-resistant watch rated at 100 meters. So, it is perfect for swimming and some other water sports. However, I wouldn’t take it for diving. And the best part? It has an automatic movement. So, while this watch might not have the usual extra attractive trimmings, it sure packs quite a bit of functionality.
7. Frederique Constant Horological Smartwatch
Here’s another leather strap watch that qualifies to be on this list of best watches for men. Why? You’ll know just in a bit. But first, let’s start with the one thing that is less appealing about the watch. The Horological Smartwatch from Frederique Constant is a Swiss quartz watch, meaning it is powered by a battery. Most watch nerds would prefer an automatic or mechanical watch, but this quartz watch comes with a battery that can last for more than 2years, so you won’t be changing the battery anytime soon.
Okay, now that we’ve gone past that hitch, let’s see what makes this watch outstanding. This elegant-looking timepiece is not called a smartwatch for nothing. It combines a lot of useful functions that hardly reflect on the price tag. This is the perfect watch if you are interested in getting a timepiece that will help you stay on track with your fitness goals.
The Smartwatch can track your athletic activities, including the number of daily steps, the total distance covered, and the total calories burned. You can even set the alarm to remind you to move if you haven’t done so for a certain period. And you can wear it to sleep or place it under your pillow to monitor and record your sleep. What are the details it records during sleep? It monitors how much time you spent in light sleep, deep sleep, and how much time you spent awake.
Okay, enough about activity tracking. Let’s get to the real reason this watch is called a smartwatch. It is built to automatically pick up the current time from your Smartphone, so you don’t ever need to set the time and date, even when you travel across time zones. Plus, all your data can be backed up to the cloud, making it easy to restore it in case you ever lose your phone or watch.
It comes with a locked crown, a push button, and a scratch-resistant domed sapphire crystal face. It has a water-resistant rating of 50 meters, making it safe to use even when you sweat profusely or wash your hand in the sink. Just don’t go swimming with this watch as you might lose your investment.
8. Breitling Navitimer GMT
Did I say the Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch was for those with deep pockets? Well, you might need to dig really deep into those pockets if you want to buy a Breitling Navitimer GMT. This is the most expensive watch on this list, but its price is not just what makes it one of the best watches for men; it’s its superior and outstanding quality. In fact, you can use the words “quality” and “Breitling” interchangeably as far as watches go (that’s my opinion, anyway!)
Usually, I should save the best for last, but as you’ll have noticed, I didn’t follow any particular order in listing these watches. The Breitling Navitimer GMT watch is an amazing timepiece, whether it appears at the top, bottom, or anywhere on any list.
There’s hardly anything a quality luxury watch should have that is lacking in this powerful timepiece. But that’s not surprising considering it is Swiss made. It has an automatic movement, rugged anti-scratch sapphire crystal glass, chronograph, and a bidirectional bezel function.
You simply can’t go wrong with this watch. It is an excellent investment for those who can afford it. And to set your mind at ease, the product comes with a solid 6-year warranty.
The last two watches on this list are great choices if you’re thinking budget. But just because you are living on a shoestring doesn’t mean you can’t find good quality watches. In fact, you can find some of the best watches for men under $500 here.
9. Citizen Eco-Drive Chronograph Watch
Need an affordable hybrid timepiece dubbed “the most accurate watch in the world?” A smart choice would be the Eco-Drive Chronograph from Citizen.
It’s rare to find a quartz watch that combines super accuracy with not needing a battery. Heck, even high-end chronograph watches tend to go out of sync with time.
This Eco-Drive chronometer timepiece is powered by light – just about any light! The watch face has a small solar panel that traps light, so there’s absolutely no need for a battery, ever! The watch also has an “Atomic Timekeeping” feature, making sure it never goes out of sync.
The Citizen Eco-Drive Chronograph Watch is made in Japan. And just before you raise an eyebrow because it’s not from the watchmaking capital of the world – Switzerland – rest assured that Japan also manufactures some of the best watches for men and women alike.
The watch has a superb quality build; it doesn’t scratch easily because it has a very tough protective sapphire crystal on the glass window lens (that’s the transparent part of the watch’s face). And with up to 200-meter water resistance rating, swimming and diving with the watch should be safe.
Here’s a clever and interesting feature. The watch saves energy by not moving all the hands when it is covered in a dark place for a while (under your sleeve, in a drawer, etc.) As soon as you bring it to light, you can visibly see how the seconds hand zoom by to catch up with the current time.
This might not be the best watch for you if you are looking for something with less “noise” on the face. Some people might find the face a bit too crowded. If you want a watch sleek design and a less cramped face, perhaps an unconventional watch like those from Gucci might suit you.
It might not be the most expensive quartz in the world, but it certainly is a great watch for its price. With a rating of 4.4 out of 5 from 605 customer reviews on Amazon and a solid 5-year manufacturer warranty, this is not a bad quartz watch at all.
10. Seiko Automatic Watch
This analog Seiko Automatic Watch is the least expensive on this list, but that doesn’t make it any less valuable. In fact, it is style pretty much like a Rolex Submariner, one of the best watches for men when it comes to taking a deep dive.
Like the previous Citizen watch, this one too is manufactured in Japan. Seiko is not new to the watchmaking business and has established itself as a company that produces high-quality and accurate timepieces.
This particular watch is built with a crystal made from mineral. While that is good, it is not quite as durable and robust as sapphire, but hey, if it’s built as high-quality as other luxury watches, it won’t be very affordable, right?
The auto watch is water-resistant for up to 100 meters. Meaning, it is great for swimming in a pool, but it might not be okay for diving. You definitely don’t want to be wearing this for your underwater exploration during the weekend.
Anyways, you don’t have to hate deep-diving to own this watch. There are other alternatives if diving is top on your weekend to-do list. The Seiko auto watch is simply not designed for such activities. And by the way, why is it called an automatic watch? Because it works by your movement. Instead of relying on batteries, it only works when you use it. This is perhaps one of the few cheap watches with such a feature.
While an automatic movement is generally a plus, it could also be a problem if you don’t use the watch for a couple of days. You may not lose your investment because you didn’t wear your Seiko 5 model for an entire day, but you may need to restart the watch manually. To do that, you need to turn the crown on the side of the watch a couple of times – about 10 to 15 times clockwise.
In Seiko’s defense, though, this is not peculiar to this watch. All automatic watches are designed that way. So if you can get past the fact that you might need to use this watch almost daily, then it could be the perfect watch for you.
What Makes a Quality Watch?
Big names are good; in fact, they are great. But watches are not just about Omega, Rolex, and TAG. Great watches are not found in Switzerland only. So, what exactly makes a watch great? Here are some important criteria to note.
Watch movement refers to the mechanism a watch uses to work. There are three types of watch movements, namely, quartz, mechanical, and automatic movements.
A watch with a quartz movement often uses a battery and is generally cheaper than a watch with mechanical or automatic movement. Mechanical watches require periodic winding to keep them functional. And automatic watches need to be worn or moved daily.
With quartz watches, you get ticking motion of the seconds-hand while mechanical and automatic watches have a sweeping or smooth seconds-hand motion. You can find good-quality watches with quartz movement, but in most cases, luxury watches have mechanical or automatic movements.
Watch Case Material
It doesn’t matter the mechanism of a watch – whether it ticks or sweeps – if the material used in building the case is poor, no one would be attracted to it in the first place. So, first things first, a watch case should provide aesthetics. But beyond that, it has to be durable to offer any form of protection. Good quality watches should have cases made from titanium, ceramic, or at least stainless steel.
The Glass on the Face
The glass on watch faces are called crystals and are made from different materials. Protecting the watch from dirt, water, and other potentially destructive materials might seem like an easy thing to do, but it is not. For this reason, the best watches for men need to have crystals made from tough and durable materials.
The three major materials are sapphire, acrylic, and mineral. Sapphire crystals are second only to diamonds in toughness, making them a more scratch-resistant and expensive. Acrylic faces or crystals are mostly found on cheaper watches. Personally, I don’t recommend buying any watch with this type of crystal because it scratches easily. Besides, it is mostly found in children’s watches.
Mineral crystals are simply glasses treated with chemicals or heat to improve their shatter and scratch resistance. They are not as durable as sapphire but are great choices if you are on a budget.
The weight of a metal strap will tell you whether it is made from solid material or not. Stainless steel, platinum, and gold are some of the best options for metal watch straps. A low-quality watch will have hollow stainless steel in its straps.
You can also find good quality watches with leather straps. The straps are made from durable leather. For example, this expensive Hublot Rose Gold watch comes with a leather strap.
Whether you choose a metal or leather strap watch is a matter of personal preference. One is not better than the other. Although, some people tend to think that metal strap watches should be worn at work during the day, while leather strap watches should be for more casual outings in the evenings or nights. Of course, that’s just an opinion. You can choose to do whatever suits you best.
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Complications don’t sound like a good thing but trust me; it is all good as far as quality watches go. Complications refer to a watch’s extra features besides telling the time.
A good-quality watch should have at least a date feature, you know, just to keep you up to date. Other useful features include a chronograph (stopwatch for timing yourself), a backlight, and many others.
Keep in mind, though, plenty of complications don’t exactly mean a watch is first-rate. There are many luxury and quality watches with minimal complications.
Which country makes the best watches for men? Or which country makes the best watches of any kind for that matter? The answer to this is highly subjective. However, there seems to be a consensus about three watchmaking countries. These are Switzerland, Japan, and Germany, with Switzerland being the undisputed champions.
Brands such as Omega, Tissot, Rolex, Tag, Breitling, and other luxury brands are made in Switzerland. But you can’t ignore other Japanese watchmaking giants such as Seiko and Citizen. These brands also compete favorably with many Swiss watches. German brands such as the A. Lange & Sohne is not left out too. In fact, they produce some of the most expensive and high-quality watches available.
Water Resistance Rating
Lastly, a quality watch should have a fair water resistance rating or a high rating if it is a diving watch. But here’s the thing, water-resistance ratings are usually confusing, especially if you take them literally. For example, it is easy to assume that a 50-meter water-resistance rating means you can dive down to 50 meters, but that is totally incorrect.
Horologists (that’s a fancy word for watch experts) recommend swimming with a watch only if it has a minimum water-resistance rating of 100 meters. A rating of 200 meters and upward is okay for diving. However, keep in mind that the water-resistance of a watch degrades over time, so you want to keep older watches out of the water as much as possible.
So, the best watches for men all have high water resistance ratings, right? Wrong! Many high-quality watches are not designed for diving, so they don’t need such high ratings.
There are a plethora of cheap watches with good water-resistance ratings. It depends on what the watch is designed to do. If you want a luxury watch that is built for deep diving, then you should keep an eye on the water-resistance ratings; otherwise, high a rating is not necessarily a sign of a quality watch.
The best watches for men do not necessarily need to have all the criteria listed above. You will notice that some of the watches in our review do not have a few of these features, too, but that doesn’t make them less valuable. It all comes down to what you are looking for in a watch.
Do not let a lean budget stop you from getting a quality timepiece. If you take a few moments to look through this list, you will find good quality watches that don’t cost much. And if you have a few extra bucks to throw around, there are also superb luxury watches to choose from, too.