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13 Watches Graduates Will Love

With graduation season nearly upon us, it's time to start thinking about what you're going to gift the hardworking graduates in your life. Bezel has you covered with watches sure to mark the milestone with style and sophistication.


Team Bezel

April 26, 2023


10 min read

With graduation season nearly upon us, it's time to start thinking about what you're going to gift the hardworking graduates in your life. Call us biased, but we'd be inclined to recommend celebrating the class of 2023 with a fine watch – the perfect reflection of their accomplishments to date, and all their accomplishments to come. Not sure what you should be considering? No problem! As always, Bezel has you covered with 13 watches sure to mark the pivotal milestone with style and sophistication.


Rolex Datejust 36 Ref. 126234-0013

They like the classics: blue jeans, The Beatles, Rear Window. A Datejust is right up their alley – tried, true, and attractive on any occasion. Few stainless steel Datejusts can compete with the configuration of this 36 mm example— featuring a silver sunburst dial, stick-shaped hour indices, and surrounded by Rolex’s signature fluted bezel in white gold.

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Rolex Oyster Perpetual 41 Ref. 124300-0005

After its introduction in 2020, the green dial Oyster Perpetual was deemed an instant classic by all definitions of the term. This vibrant variant of the Oyster Perpetual 41 is sure to excite the new graduate in your life – featuring perfect proportions on the wrist, and celebrating the progression of Rolex’s purest model in the watchmaker’s signature color.

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Tudor Black Bay Fifty-Eight Blue Ref. M79030B-0001

Is your graduate fascinated by the vastness of the ocean and the rich history of its exploration? Let us present the Black Bay Fifty-Eight from Tudor. As one of the best heritage-focused releases in Tudor’s modern history, this budget-friendly favorite of both new and seasoned collectors alike has proven itself to be so much more than just a vintage-inspired novelty.

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Tudor Black Bay Chrono Ref. M79360N-0002

Perfect for the watch collecting graduate that appreciates a With a “panda” dial traced by a snowflake handset, reminiscent of the brand’s watches from the 1970s, the Black Bay Chrono offers a taste of early Rolex and Tudor in modern form with top grade construction.

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Tudor 1926 Ref. M91551-0001

Despite being perhaps less iconic than the brand's Black Bay and Pelagos collections, Tudor's 1926 offers a decidedly upscale, dress-focused feel on the wrist, while still sporting a modern sized 39 mm case. The graduate with big plans for the future will certainly treasure this watch for years to come.

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Grand Seiko

Grand Seiko Heritage Spring Drive "Snowflake" Ref. SBGA211

Distinguished by its uniquely textured dial, referred to as the "Snowflake" amongst dedicated collectors of the storied Japanese watchmaker, this Grand Seiko stands out from the pack with its innovative "Spring Drive" movement, combining the accuracy of quartz with the handcrafted intricacy of a mechanical caliber. If your graduate is one to think outside the box, this might be just the watch for them.

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Grand Seiko Spring Drive Diver's 200M Ref. SBGA229

Another Spring Drive-powered option from Grand Seiko – this diver's model employs the same advanced technology found in the brands more dress-focused offerings, albeit housed in a rugged tool watch framework capable of descending to 200 meters underwater. If you know your graduate to be an adventure-seeker, you'll definitely want to consider this watch.

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Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch "3861" Ref. 310.

The latest iteration of Omega’s famed Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch exists as one of the best buys in watches and a true value proposition, boasting an iconic design and an advanced chronograph movement. For the graduate that's shooting for the stars, it'll be hard to find a better gift than this otherworldly chronograph.

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Omega Seamaster Diver 300M Master Co-Axial Ref.

Dive watches with white dials are few and far between, and this might just be one of the very best. Powered by Omega's Master Chronometer certified Co-Axial movement which boasts extreme accuracy, the Seamaster Diver 300M is sure to keep your graduate on time no matter where their future may take them. Even at 300 meters below the water's surface!

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IWC Portugieser Chronograph Ref. IW3716-06

We’ve always been fans of this modern classic from IWC, and this latest interpretation powered by an in-house movement is no exception. Fitted with a brilliant blue dial, and sporting the iconic chronograph’s signature design, you can’t go wrong with this true value proposition. Whether you want to dress it up, or dress it down, its versatile design can do it all.

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IWC Pilot's Watch Mark XVII Ref. IW3265-01

When most collectors think of IWC, they think of the brand's pilot's watches, and for good reason. Notably producing watches for aviators since the 1930s, IWC has by all means mastered the art of producing highly legible and durable watches capable of standing up to the rigors of the cockpit.

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TAG Heuer

TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre Heuer 02 Ref. CBN2013.FC6483

Trusted by darings icons of motorsports history since the early 1960s, the TAG Heuer Carrera is without question of the single most important chronographs in all of watchmaking history. Executed in stainless steel with rose gold indices, this Calibre Heuer 02 powered variant strikes the perfect balance between sporty and sophisticated.

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TAG Heuer Monaco Calibre 11 "Steve McQueen" Ref. CAW211P.FC6356

If your graduate is something of a self-professed old soul, we've got just the heritage-inspired watch for them. Famously worn by Steve McQueen while shooting Le Mans (1971), this blue and red variant of the revered Monaco serves up all the vintage vibes you could ask for with the reliability and durability of a modern watch.

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