Graduation Gift Guide: The Perfect Watch for Every Major
Graduating from college is a huge life accomplishment, and it’s becoming more and more popular to celebrate this achievement with a memento. Naturally, we believe that the best memento you can gift yourself or someone else is a high-end timepiece.
As Josh Nigut, the general manager of Chicago's Burdeen’s Jewelry, told us in an exclusive interview, “having a watch as an heirloom, a piece that you can pass down, is something that will never change…. It doesn’t need to be a Patek or anything fantastic, but it should be a watch that you can commemorate a lifetime milestone with or a unique watch that you can pass on to future generations."
Not only is a watch a great way to commemorate your graduation, but it’s also a professional accessory that you’ll need for interviews and your first adult job. When you’re sitting in a meeting, it’s not professional to take out your phone and check the time. But if you own a watch, you can quickly glance down at your wrist without offending anyone.
Now that you know why you need a graduation watch, we’re going to help you pick the perfect watch. These recommendations (based on your college major) will give you a place to start. Let us know in the comments below if we missed your major. We'll respond to your comment with a few personalized recommendations.
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As a history major, you understand the importance of discovering the story because you can’t fully understand something without first understanding where it came from. History majors preserve the past and make sure that it will never be forgotten.
For that reason, we’ve chosen a vintage WWI watch for our graduating history majors. Although this isn’t an actual vintage watch from the early 1900s, Bell & Ross designed the watch to celebrate their vintage pilot watches. The appearance as well as the complications are inspired by vintage watches, but the movement and case shape are modern.
Whoever owns this watch needs to appreciate the history behind it, and who better would be able to do that than a history major!
Watch shown is the Bell & Ross Vintage WWI pilot's watch, and it's priced at $3,300.
Every English major has heard the typical stereotype that 50 percent of English majors will become teachers and the other 50 percent will become baristas. What these haters don’t know is that an English major offers recent graduates limitless opportunities. Nearly every job requires their employees to write well, think critically, and communicate effectively, and these qualities can be found in nearly every English graduate.
For that reason, English grads need a watch that’s as classic as their favorite book. The Baume and Mercier Classima Quartz won’t break the bank, but it will look professional for every job interview. It doesn’t matter if the graduate is pursuing education, writing, marketing, advertising, or public relations, this classic watch will fit their lifestyle.
Watch shown is the Baume & Mercier Classima Quartz 39 mm, and it's priced at $1,350.
Accounting majors need to be good with numbers, financially informed, and sensible. There’s no reason to spend a large amount of money when you’re fresh out of college and looking for your first job. That’s why we chose this Bulova Classic for our accounting graduates.
The Bulova Classic is $250 for the stainless steel version, so it’s an affordable watch that won’t break the bank. This watch may be the most inexpensive watch on this list, but it doesn’t look cheap. The Bulova Classic is dressy enough to be worn at the office, in meetings, or for formal events.
This is a nice watch that will show your soon-to-be clients that you know how to sensibly spend your money, and this will inspire your clients to trust you with their money. There’s nothing flashy about this watch, and there’s nothing wrong with that. This dress watch can serve many purposes, so your investment will go a long way.
Watch shown is the Bulova Classic, and it's priced at $250.
Get those lesson plans ready because as a graduate, you’ll need them. Education majors need to be punctual to keep their class on track, and an accurate watch will help them to be on time.
For our future teachers, we’ve chosen the Panerai Luminor. This watch is easy to read, so teachers can check the time with a quick glance at their wrist. For elementary school teachers, these large numerals can be a tool to help teach your kids how to tell time. Plus, the sturdy stainless steel case and 10-bar water resistance will ensure that this watch will survive anything and everything.
Watch shown is the Panerai Luminor Base Logo, and it's priced at $4,750.
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There are quite a few avenues that business majors can explore after graduation, but one thing is for sure, they’ll need to be taken seriously if they want to get anywhere in this dog-eat-dog world. A surefire way to diminish your professional reputation is to wear a 15 dollar plastic watch. Even worse is if that watch has a digital display.
Now that you’ve graduated, it’s time to upgrade your watch. For our business graduates, we’ve chosen a classic dress watch that will never go out of style. This IWC Automatic Pilot’s watch will work well in a business meeting or a holiday party. You’ll never again have to worry about your colleagues scoffing at your watch choice.
Watch shown is the IWC Pilot's Watch Automatic 36, and it's priced at $3,950.
Computer Science Major
Bring on the technology! A computer science graduate wouldn’t opt for a fifteen-year-old computer, so why would they want outdated watches? These recent graduates appreciate technology and development, so we believe they’d appreciate Citizen’s Bluetooth watch.
The Citizen Bluetooth watch has the appearance of a traditional mechanical watch but the technology of a smartwatch. This is a solar-powered watch that can run for 4 years on power-save mode. The watch features both a 12- and 24-hour time display, a chronograph, a day-date display, an alarm, a power reserve indicator, and a perpetual calendar. Although this watch has a lot of features, the dial remains uncluttered.
Watch shown is the Citizen Bluetooth, and it's priced at $695.
International Studies Major
College graduates that study international studies (or even political science) spent their time learning about the cultures, politics, and economics of countries all around the world. These graduates know exactly where Montenegro is located and who the current Prime Ministry of Japan is.
This awareness about other countries should be represented in their wristwatch. For that reason, we’ve chosen a world time watch from Frederique Constant to give to our international studies graduates. The Frederique Constant Classic Manufacture Worldtimer features a 24-hour time display with a day-night indicator, but what makes this watch perfect for our international studies majors is the 24 time zones provided on the dial. No matter where you are, you’ll know the time in Bangkok, Cairo, Puerto Rico, and Chicago.
Watch shown is the Frederique Constant Classic Manufacture Worldtimer, and it's priced at $3,995.
As an art major, you’re naturally creative and always willing to experiment with new styles. So why would you settle for a boring watch that everyone and their brother seems to own. Instead, you should step out of the box and pick a watch that is unusual and will turn heads
Our choice for you is Hublot’s Big Bang Broderie. This watch features an embroidered skull on a carbon fiber and black silk dial. If the embroidered skull weren’t enough, the watch also features 12 sapphires on the dial and 36 sapphires on the bezel. These sapphires give the watch an extra pop of color. Which speaking of color… you have the choice between cobalt blue, hot pink, sunflower yellow, or malachik green.
Watch shown is the Hublot Big Bang Broderie. However, this limited edition watch comes with a high-end price tag. This watch will cost you between $14,000 and $15,700.
Environmental Science Major
Environmental science majors care about the environment enough that they dedicated four years of their lives to studying it and learning how to protect it. These graduates are highly likely to secure a down-and-dirty job. (Even if they land a desk job, these graduates are the type of people to go hiking, diving, or rock climbing on the weekend.)
With this active lifestyle, an environmental science graduate needs a watch that can take a beating. The Casio G-Shock Gulfmaster may not be the perfect interview watch, but it’ll be the perfect watch for any other day.
This watch is particularly useful for professionals that work in or around water. This Casio G-Shock Gulfmaster has five environmental sensors to help track changing ocean conditions. The sensors include an altimeter, a barometer, a compass, a thermometer, and a depth gauge to measure water depth. And that’s just the beginning; you’ll never guess everything that this watch can do.
Watch shown is the Casio G-Shock Gulfmaster GWN-Q1000, and it's priced at $850.
Congratulations! You’ve successfully completed the first step to becoming a doctor. Unfortunately you have quite a few sleepless nights ahead of you, so you’ll need a watch that will stay up with you.
The Omega Seamaster is a sports watch that will be perfect to wear on the job, but it can also be dressed up and worn for fancier occasions. The hands and indices feature a luminescent coating, so you’ll always be able to read the time even in darkness.
Because the watch is powered by an automatic movement, you won’t have to worry about winding it every day. That’s a good thing since as a med student, you’ll have bigger things to worry about! In addition, this movement is a certified chronometer, which means that it’s incredibly accurate. You’ll know that every time you check a pulse, your time will be correct.
Watch shown is the Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra 150m Master Co-Axial 41.5 mm, and it's priced at $6,000.
It doesn’t matter if the graduate studied biology, physics, or chemistry, they’re looking for a practical watch that is highly accurate and technologically advanced. As a science-nut, the graduate is always looking two steps ahead, thinking how things can be improved in an efficient manner.
For that reason, we’ve chosen the Citizen Eco-Drive One. At just 2.98 mm thick, this watch is the world’s thinnest light-powered watch. The movement, only 1 mm thick, can run for 10 months on full charge and the time is accurate to +/- 15 seconds per month.
Not only is this Citizen watch technologically advanced, but it’s also a classic watch that looks professional. This watch easily fits underneath suit jackets, so it’s the perfect watch for job interviews.
Watch shown is the Citizen Eco-Drive One, and it's priced at $2,600.
Engineering majors can take any problem and come up with five practical solutions. All they need are some data points, a pen, and a piece of paper. The more numbers you give an engineering major, the happier they’ll be.
For that reason, we’ve chosen the Seiko Astron 8X Series Chronograph for our engineering graduates. This watch has a GPS-controlled time, a chronograph, a perpetual calendar, a world time display with 29 different time zones, and a magnetic resistance. This watch does nearly everything you could ever imagine.
As for the look, this watch can be worn with a business casual outfit, so it’s perfect for a day at the office or a weekend off.
Watch shown is the Seiko Astron 8X Series Chronograph, and it's priced at $2,300.
Download this watch sizing guide to determine which dimensions work best for you. This guide provides accurate dimensions for 24mm to 50mm watches. All you have to do is print, cut out a few watches, and try them on. What is the Best Watch Size for Your Wrist