02/08/2024
 4 minutes

How about a watch for Valentine’s Day?

By Donato Emilio Andrioli
Giving a Watch for Valentine’s Day

Giving a Watch for Valentine’s Day

Choosing the perfect Valentine’s gift can be challenging: Whether it’s strikingly romantic or subtly sensual, each gift carries a special meaning for its recipient. You might consider giving someone a watch for Valentine’s Day. But is a watch really an appropriate Valentine’s gift? To answer this question, I want to take a closer look at some reasons for and against giving a watch for Valentine’s Day. Then I’ll show you my personal selection, with options for different genders.

Do you exchange Valentine’s gifts?

Let me be upfront about this: I’m not a big fan of giving gifts of any kind for Valentine’s Day. In my opinion, it’s much more romantic and spontaneous to do little things for your partner throughout the year. Have you ever brought your partner home a beautiful bouquet of flowers out of the blue? Seeing my partner’s reaction brings a smile to my face every time. She and I made the conscious decision to treat each other to small gifts throughout the year and let Valentine’s Day pass us by.

Eine Uhr als Geschenk zum Valentinstag?
A watch as a Valentine’s Day gift?

Giving a watch for Valentine’s Day?

Inconceivable as it may be for us watch lovers, some people might find a watch too practical and not romantic enough. Traditional Valentine’s gifts like roses, a nice dinner for two, or a small piece of jewelry may seem more personal and romantic for some people. And let’s not forget the price tag: A good, high-end watch can easily cost thousands of dollars. But if that might make the recipient (or your wallet) uncomfortable, there are some alternatives in the more affordable, entry-level, triple-digit range.

That said, as a watch enthusiast, I can assure you that watches are not only functional, but also fashionable and elegant accessories, regardless of the style or personality of the person wearing them. There’s a watch for every wearer and – which brings me to my next point – it will last. A watch is timeless and therefore a symbol of steadfastness. So, giving someone a watch can be a metaphorical message, evoking the everlasting love between two people. Doesn’t that sound like a wonderful statement for Valentine’s Day?

Eine Uhr ist zeitlos und steht für Beständigkeit – eine schöne Erinnerung am Valentinstag.
A watch is timeless and evokes the enduring commitment between two people – a great message for Valentine’s Day.

A watch can also be a very individual gift, chosen based on the taste and preferences of the recipient. From sporty to elegant to artsy, everything is possible in the world of watches! You can even purchase matching pieces for the two of you.

And as a final tip for a personal touch: You can also complete the package by having the watch engraved. That will make it a truly unique gift.

Whether a watch is a good Valentine’s gift will depend not only on the preferences of your partner but also on your relationship. There is certainly a case to be made for a watch as a token of timeless love and a practical gift. You’ll have to consider for yourself which aspects are most important to you in a Valentine’s present.

Budget-Friendly Watches for Valentine’s

You’ve decided on a watch as a Valentine’s gift? Here’s my personal selection, for wrists of all sizes.

Tissot PRX

The Tissot PRX has been an essential part of the watch world since it first launched, charming beginners and experienced watch collectors alike. And it doesn’t look like the hype around this vintage-inspired all-rounder is going anywhere. Why would it? The watch boasts a successful Genta design that appeals to many watch fans, top quality, solid technology, and an incredibly affordable price tag.

Für sie (und ihn): die Tissot PRX macht immer eine gute Figur.
For wrists of all kinds: the Tissot PRX always makes a good impression.

The watch is now available with a variety of different dials, in various sizes, and in both automatic and quartz versions. The quartz version makes a great Valentine’s Day gift for the woman of your dreams. At 35 mm, it fits slender wrists well, and the sunburst dial is a feast for the eyes with its beautiful play of colors. Plus, at around $350, you won’t be breaking the bank.

Citizen Tsuyosa

As popular as sporty tool watches may be, an all-rounder with hints of a dress watch could also be a hit with gentlemen of the guild. Experienced collectors will likely first think of watches like the Rolex Datejust or the Rolex Day-Date. But the Citizen Tsuyosa shows that you can also get this kind of watch at a significantly lower price tag.

Die Citizen Tsuyosa steht sowohl bei Einsteigern als auch bei erfahrenen Uhrensammlern hoch im Kurs.
The Citizen Tsuyosa is popular with beginners and experienced watch collectors alike.

The Citizen Tsuyosa can’t compete with the glitz and glamour of a Rolex Datejust, but it’s still a great dress watch for special occasions. Available in dial colors such as black, blue, green, yellow, and light blue, the Tsuyosa has an automatic movement, a date display, and sapphire crystal, and retails for around $360. If you’ve decided to give a watch as a Valentine’s Day gift, the Citizen Tsuyosa is a great choice.


About the Author

Donato Emilio Andrioli

With the purchase of my Tudor Black Bay 41, I discovered a passion for mechanical watches. I am particularly drawn to iconic watches with long and exciting histories.

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