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How to buy a watch for the man who has everything

by Michael Weare
7 September, 2011
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Michael Weare has been a professional writer for 30 years, writing about Japanese technology, German and Italian cars, British tailoring and Swiss watches. Michael manages the editorial content of Click Tempus and will be keeping the magazine fresh and informative with regular features, as well as bringing great writers to the magazine. Email: michael@clicktempus.com

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Got a boyfriend or significant other who has simply everything? The tell tale signs are shelves creaking under the strain of a container load of Playstation games, an iPod packed with over 2500 songs, a docking station that can be heard from Mars, or a lap top with more RAM than an Australian sheep station.

Our advice is to pack the spoilt brat off to the Central African Republic for a month and let him learn what it is to have nothing.

But if you don’t want to take such drastic action, and you’ve decided once more to pamper him, here are some unusual watch ideas he probably didn’t even know existed.

Walkie Talkie Watches

Walkie Talkie Watches

Most ‘men who have everything’ usually have a love of gadgets. Manufacturers are well aware of this are always developing novelties to appeal to the breed. This is a watch idea you can both have fun sharing. Walkie Talkie Watches combine the convenience of an innovative high tech watch with professional 2-way communication allowing you both to stay in touch in a fun and effective way.

Walkie Talkie Watches make communication cheap, easy, fast and productive. With a 2 mile range you can remind him to pick up some milk on the way home. There are multiple channels so you can always get on air. It’s a great watch for hiking, biking, climbing, boating, beach – all kinds of possibilities. You can get Walkie Talkie watches online for just $70.00

Zerone Binary Watch

Zerone Binary Watch

The Zerone Binary watch will bring out his inner nerd. It displays time in binary format using LED lights to indicate hours and minutes. LED ON means 1. LED OFF means 0. First row denotes the hours and second row indicates the minutes. Translation of time from binary to decimal is easy.

Add the numbers of lit LEDs on upper row to tell hours. Add the numbers of lit LEDs on lower row to tell minutes. This watch is guaranteed to challenge your lad to think beyond Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. The Boys Stuff website has the Zerone Binary Watch on sale for $160.

GSM Multimedia Phone Watch

GSM Multi Media Phone Watch

Sure he’s got the latest Blackberry or iPhone, but does he have a GSM Multimedia Phone Watch? It not only features a fully functioning mobile phone it also has plenty of multimedia features including a camera, music and video player and a touch-sensitive screen that allows handwritten input.

With built in Bluetooth compatibility he won’t have to raise his wrist to his face Secret Service style to make or take calls. He simply wears the included Bluetooth headset and his GSM Multimedia Phone Watch will pair with it so he can use it hands-free.

He can also see who’s calling him at a glance or read text messages so he has no excuse not to take your call. Find the GSM Multimedia Phone Watch for $299.95

J. W. Benson solid gold watch c1920s

J.W. Benson watch

Let’s suppose for one moment your boyfriend has a certain savoir faire and appreciation of fine things. One of the most beautiful and unusual gifts you can bestow upon your Mr. Gadget is a solid gold antique or vintage watch. There are several reliable online retailers of vintage watches (as well as several unreliable ones, so always keep your wits about you).

The fine example shown here will only grow in value. It’s an English J.W. Benson watch from the 1920’s, made at a time when the term ‘Made in England’ really meant something. It’s solid gold with a beautiful dial and large, easy to read numerals. It’s mechanical of course, and will need care and daily winding, but this is something he can pass on to his grand kids.

The one shown here is sold but ask them to source something similar. Expect to pay up to $1000 for this JW Benson. Interested? Art Deco Watches UK has the 1920s JW Benson available online.

Audemars Piguet Platinum pocket watch

Audemars Piguet Platinum Pocket Watch

No doubt about it, you will really have to love your man to plump for this option, but you can bet he won’t have this outstanding pocket watch. This is a very, very special watch – an Audemars Piguet solid platinum dress pocket watch, dating from the 1940s and in as near to mint all-original condition as you will ever find for a watch of this age.

Audemars Piguet are one of the finest of the top Swiss watch brands, and this pocket watch represents uncompromising quality through and through. The original, unrestored dial, batons and hands are in mint condition, as though made yesterday – just incredible for a watch of this age.

The movement is in untouched condition – and the platinum case is as near to mint as you will find with very minor wear. Guaranteed he won’t have one of these and the price reflects the rarity value: $7,500. The watch pictured is on sale by vintage watch seller Tempus Suisse.

Trip of a lifetime

Central African Republic

If he complains or looks indifferent after receiving one of these great watch ideas, keep calm, smile and go here to book his flight. It’s a journey that will really open his eyes.

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Michael Weare has been a professional writer for 30 years, writing about Japanese technology, German and Italian cars, British tailoring and Swiss watches. Michael manages the editorial content of Click Tempus and will be keeping the magazine fresh and informative with regular features, as well as bringing great writers to the magazine. Email: michael@clicktempus.com

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