The holiday season is coming up and we advice you to start picking up gifts for yourself and for your family before the rush season comes in. For us here at SOFREP, we’re quite passionate about men’s watches. That’s why we partnered with Praesidus, a veteran-owned company who specializes in historical luxury watches.
So, if you’re like us, here are our top ten recommendations for watches this winter season. And yes, gift it to yourself because you deserve it after a year-long hard work.
The A-11 Camo X The Rifle is a unique collaboration between Praesidus and Andrew Biggio – author of The Rifle around the commemoration of the Heroes of the Pacific. In recent years, Andrew has been connecting with hundreds of WW2 Combat Veterans through a unique M1 Garand Rifle that each veteran signs. This culminated into his book: The Rifle. The fruit of this collaboration is the A-11 Camo – inspired by the sacrifices & equipment of the US Marines during the Pacific Campaign.
2. Praesidus A-11 Tom Rice Edition
Another favorite of ours is the one from Praesidus’ Tom Rice Edition.
Inspired by the now iconic A-11 watch specification developed by the US Army for watch manufacturers during WW2, our watch is tailor-made to honor the achievements Tom Rice and many men alongside him have fought for on the beaches of Normandy.
Featuring a night-black dial with cream-filled indexes for quick & easy legibility, you understand why the US Military went for such a design. Equipped with luminous hands & hour markers for perfect visibility in low-light conditions.
3. VAER C5 Tactical Field Watch
This military-inspired PVD black tool watch carries over our best-in-class features – locking crown, sapphire crystal, USA assembly, plus the addition of 25 layers of C3 Super-LumiNova for our strongest lume performance yet. Includes a standard Quick Release FKM Tropic Strap & a second interchangeable strap of your choice.
4. IceLink’s GYUMRI 1CT.
If you’re ready to go all in, IceLink’s timepiece is a lux piece we can’t get off our heads.
“Average” isn’t a word you would use to describe him, and its certainly not what you’d say to explain this intriguing skeleton automatic watch. The Alpha C-23 has an automatic movement which harnesses energy through the natural motions of the wearer’s wrist, which means the watch will stay perpetually wound when you wear it – no batteries are required. This timepiece will make you feel unstoppable.
5. IceLink JETT
For those who are always on the go, JETT is for you.
The ‘Jett’ sets new standards for cool. It’s a watch built for the person who knows that the world doesn’t slow down.
6. Vincero’s The Argo Automatic
The Argo Automatic diver incorporates classic dive elements, professional-level performance, and head-turning style. It is, by all means, a true dive watch and one that carries a definitively distinctive design.
7. Citizen’s Promaster Dive Automatic
Reaching deep into Citizen’s dive history, a 70’s classic is reimagined with a modern twist in the new Promaster Mechanical Diver – now updated with advanced features suitable for the ocean or the office. The retro design is based on the Citizen Challenge Diver found covered in barnacles on an Australian beach after being submerged in the ocean for years – but was still ticking. That history has inspired our new Promaster Mechanical Diver and given it the affectionate nickname, Fujitsubo – Japanese for barnacle.
The lightweight and scratch-resistant Super TitaniumTM case is complemented with a blue dial featuring embossed hands and a classic green luminous for a vintage feel, a rotating elapsed-time bezel, and an anti-reflective sapphire crystal face. A silver-tone Super Titanium™ bracelet is the perfect finishing touch for this advanced timepiece. This instant classic with automatic movement boasts enhanced magnetic resistance to protect against interference from everyday devices, as well as a 42-hour power reserve. This high-performance watch comes in an exclusive collector’s dive tank box, is ISO compliant and water resistant to 200 meters. Caliber number 9051.
8. Citizen’s PCAT
The PCAT from Citizen is a must-have timepiece for any enthusiast. Additional features include atomic timekeeping with synchronized time adjustment in 43 cities worldwide, Eco-Drive technology, perpetual calendar, power reserve indicator and a chronograph. It has a brown leather strap and 43mm rose-gold tone stainless-steel case with a stylish green dial. For anyone looking to blend timelessness with technology, this watch will hit all the buttons.