When it comes to matrimonial jewelry, all the attention is typically focused on engagement rings and wedding bands. However, there's a growing trend for the truly thoughtful bride or perhaps even the groomsmen to gift the man of the hour with a truly worthwhile timepiece.
The wedding watch is, of course, something the groom will treasure all his life, all the more so if it is chosen with care and deliberation. Perhaps it's not one he would have bought for himself right away but occupies a spot on his horological wishlist.
The key is to find something that looks great with a tuxedo but can also be worn with relative regularity. This still leaves plenty of room for a range of options running from 007 to CEO depending on the personality of the man in question.
So to help out here's a list of 10 great pieces that will become future heirlooms. Note that with the exception of the iconic Rolex "Hulk" Submariner, all are well under $10,000:
The Reverso is one of our all-time favorite watches, and its relative rarity makes it that much more special a gift. This Squadra version is square-cased and a bit more ruggedly masculine than the usual.
This all-green Sub was a bit controversial when first issued, but a few years out its firmly in icon territory. If the groom loves green this will be an instant favorite and lifelong treasure.
The Fifty Fathoms ranks as one of the most important dive watches ever made and the man who knows his timepieces will really appreciate its worth. Also: damned handsome.
The Radiomir Chronograph is another relative rarity that's a bit of a hidden treasure in the luxury watch world. Once he straps it on however it will rarely be taken off.
Big Pilots are grail pieces among IWC enthusiasts and this blue dial version is starkly elegant in its simplicity. At 46mm it will appeal to the man who likes larger watches.
A seriously underrated piece for the fellow who doesn't want his wrist to look the same as everyone else's at the office. The military-meets-dressy vibe of this piece carries a lot of impact.
For the vintage car enthusiast, Bremont's collaboration with Jag in an homage to the iconic E-Type is a great choice, even more so as it's a limited edition.
The Santos was recently reissued to great acclaim, but earlier editions are a bit less ostentatious but equally awesome. This is one piece that looks perfect in two-tone.
Hardcore watch guys prize the El Primero for its status as the first automatic chronograph movement in history. Even Rolex borrowed it for the epic Daytona.
For the guy who likes the stealth look, this is the blackest Speedmaster ever made and is sure to draw admiring glances from the man of the hour's pals and peers.