Five Types of Watches Gift for Him

With different occasions demanding different types of watches. These are the classic five you should consider.

The Diving Watch
Designed to function in the ocean's depths, the diving watch is, unsurprisingly, built for divers. However, the majority of these never even touch water, with many opting for a dive watch thanks to its rugged construction, luminous dials and hands, and a punchy unidirectional bezel: all features that make for a handsome watch .

The Dress Watch
The most jewellery-like of timepieces, a dress watch tends to be understated. Think Roman numerals, simple face and a lack of adornments. Usually attached to a leather strap, the ideal dress watch is super-thin so it can rest unnoticed under the wearer's cuff until he needs it. Also, as dress watches don't perform any specific function bar telling the time, they're also the most likely to be made from a precious metal.

The Pilot's Watch
When Cartier first developed a watch for pilot Alberto Santos Dumont in 1911, aviation watches took off, and remain in flight to this today. That's because it's a perfect balance of technicality (multiple dials essential for dispensing large amounts of information to a pilot) and classic touches, with some models taking cues from pieces that are over 100 years old. Good for the sky, and good for everything else, too.

The Driving Watch
Motorsports and watches have a very close working relationship. And like flying and diving, there's a stuntman level of allure that translates well to its purpose-built timepieces.Driving watches should have a chronograph complication — the stopwatch feature is very handy when overtaking Ferrari 512s — while some, like the Omega Speedmaster, also boast a 'tachymeter' on the bezel, a device for measuring speed.

The Minimalist
Minimalist watches do exactly what they say on the tin. So, pared back watches for pared back looks. Which is great if you seek to cinch the cost-per-wear ratio, but it's also in-step with wider trends of simplicity that look to sparing designs first set by the Bauhaus movement. What's more, some of the more contemporary brands are a touch more affordable in their modernist approach. And that's always good.