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The Best Watches to Gift Yourself

You deserve a pick-me-up for getting through 2020.

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2020's been a tough year, but you've been good and deserve yourself a little pick-me-up. And nothing lifts the spirit and says "well done, old boy" like the refined elegance of a new, high-quality watch. Let's face it, though, it's probably up to you to spring for it — and to pick the right one. Whether it's a first "nice" watch or that upgrade you've been thinking about for a while now, there are great options available — and we have some suggestions.

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Waldan Heritage
Waldan
waldanwatches.com
$299.99

Waldan is a company with real history behind it, now being relaunched featuring American-made quartz movements (with plans for mechanical ones in the future). If it's not the year for a major purchase, Waldan's Heritage collection offers some interesting and attractive options.

Hamilton Intra-Matic Auto Champagne
Hodinkee
Hamilton hodinkee.com
$845.00

We love the Hamilton Intra-Matic and can't stop recommending it as one of the best dress watches you can get under $1,000. And this new version for watch website Hodinkee featuring a gold "champaigne" dial might be the best yet. 

Rado Golden Horse Automatic
Rado
rado.com
$1,800.00

This is a faithful recreation of a Rado watch from 1957, right down to its 37mm case. Available in several dial colors, the Golden Horse is packed with charm and details, a solid automatic movement, and one of the best beads-of-rice bracelets we've seen for a while. 

Longines Heritage Classic Tuxedo Dial Chronograph
Hodinkee
Longines hodinkee.com
$3,000.00

Longines has reached back to the 1940s to create this remake of a classic chronograph watch with a style that's referred to as a "tuxedo dial." If the vintage look is your thing, this really nails it with a case that's reasonably proportioned and quite wearable.

Oris Aquis Date Caliber 400
Hodinkee
Aquis hodinkee.com
$3,500.00

The Oris Aquis is a modern classic for a reason — or, rather, several reasons. A unique dive watch packing a strong value, this latest version has an imppressive new in-house movement making it attractive on a whole new level. 

Black Bay GMT
Tudor
tudor tudorwatch.com
$3,725.00

Rolex's sister brand Tudor offers one hell of a value with its popular Black Bay diver as a "Pepsi"-style GMT. The level of finishing and in-house movement at this price level? Nuts. It looks crazy sharp, too. 

TAG Heuer Carrera Chronograph
TAG Heuer
TAG Heuer tagheuer.com
$5,350.00

TAG Heuer's new crop of Carrera watches nails the balance of vintage and modern. Housing an in-house, automatic chronograph movement and available in a several variations, this is sure to be a versatile and satisfying watch for longterm everyday wear. 

Rolex Oyster Perpetual 41
Rolex
Rolex rolex.com
$5,900.00

The new, updated Rolex Oyster Perpetual comes in a slew of dial colors and sizes, including a larger 41mm version, and they still offer some of the best value from the brand. If it's been a good year, a Rolex is a great way to top it off. 

Omega Seamaster Diver 300M 007 Edition
Omega
omegawatches.com
$9,200.00

This titanium Omega Seamaster would be awesome even if it weren't associated with a certain fictional super spy. It's the same watch that actor Daniel Craig wore in the latest James Bond film, and you couldn't be faulted for blowing your year-end bonus on it.

Ressence Type 3 Automatic
Mr. Porter
$37,870.00

If you're looking to treat yourself to something special, no collector will deny that Ressence offers some of the coolest and most compelling modern watches. Made in titanium with a unique rotating dial, Ressence's Type 3 is like no other timepiece available.

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