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Father Time Part I - Top Chronograph Watches for Father's Day

The third Sunday of June is the time to celebrate Dads. As teachers, coaches, friends, and role models, dads are key figures in our lives. This Father’s Day, thank Dad for the good times he’s given you by giving Dad the gift of time. With 300watches’ collection of men’s chronograph watches, buyers are guaranteed to find the perfect watch for the occasion.

Men’s chronograph watches make ideal ideal gifts for fathers. In the eyes of their children, dads embody toughness, practicality, and fun – precisely the traits that define the best chronographs.

The Ulysse Nardin Maxi Marine Diver Chronograph is an ideal choice for dads who lead active lifestyles and relish outdoor adventures. The MMDC is a chronograph designed with rough conditions in mind. As a storied manufacturer of marine chronometers for oceanic navigation, Ulysse Nardin approached the design of the Maxi Marine with the intent of keeping water and impact damage at bay.

Few men’s chronograph watches boast the toughness of this Maxi Marine Diver. A robust rotating bezel features hardened rubber inlays; these resist the scratches that are anathema to anodized and PVD-style watch bezels. The polished 42.7mm stainless steel case is built like a Swiss bank vault, and robust shoulder blocks protect each function selector from glancing blows. A screw-down crown ensures water resistance to 200m/660ft, and both crown and pushers are highlighted with a black titanium finish.


The burly stainless steel bracelet features contrasting brushed and polished links that meet at a true deployant buckle; it expands but never breaks the closed loop of the bracelet. With this secure clasp mechanism, Dad is assured of avoiding accidental fumbles and falls while donning or removing the watch. Ulysse Nardin’s bracelet is one of the finest in the business, and its premium wrist feel belies its affordable price point.

With its short lugs and ergonomically curved case back, the Maxi Marine Diver is an ideal choice for all but the most petite and most gargantuan of male wrists. The size is substantial and contemporary without overstepping the bounds of elegant proportion. UN’s art department absolutely nailed the dial-to-bezel ratio, and the result is a timeless style that will be as appealing in ten years as it is today.

Ulysse Nardn’s choice of a two-register chronograph system endows the watch with a balanced dial whose refinement lends this timepiece versatility shared by few sporting men’s chronograph watches. While the Maxi is in its element when getting wet and wild, the classically cool polished case and dark blue accents also permit this watch to accompany a sober business dress ensemble.

Inside the MMDC beats a self-winding UN-800 movement based on the venerable ETA 2894 chronograph base. A true 28,800bph unit, the UN-800 keeps excellent time and incorporates a 42-hour power reserve. The display case back presents what may be the most striking movement among men’s chronograph watches in its class. A suite of finely finished and chemically blued rotors, screws, and levers pays tribute to UN’s nautical heritage and provides a show-stopping view of the works for Dad’s enjoyment.

300watches knows that every dad deserves a special moment on his special day. While Father’s Day arrives only once per year, men’s chronograph watches from our collection can provide Dad with a daily reminder of a son or daughter’s love, gratitude, and admiration.