6 Watches That Make a Timeless Graduation Gift

There’s something symbolic about giving a gift that honors the passing of time, especially to commemorate one of life’s great milestones: graduation. Whether the young scholar is finally making it through the awkward teenage years and heading toward a new adventure in college or the workforce, or earning a degree after four (or more) long years at a university and starting a career — graduation is a celebratory time, and it deserves a gift worthy of the occasion.

Giving a timepiece to a new grad is traditional for good reasons, as it’s both sentimental and practical. It’s a reminder of timeliness and professionalism; it’s downright useful; and it also serves as a quiet reminder of all the hours spent studying, learning and growing. Maybe it will inspire reflection on the last four years, or maybe it will help the graduate get to his or her first job on time. Either way, they’ll look at their watch and think of you — and that’s the gift that keeps on giving.

Hook+Gaff graduation watches make the ideal gift for a lot of reasons, but most notably for their durability and versatility. A Hook+Gaff watch seamlessly fits in on the boat or in the boardroom — perfect for the avid angler, business professional or active outdoorsperson. They are strong enough to endure ultimate Frisbee® games in college and stylish enough to impress during a first internship. These watches stand up to a lifestyle that’s rugged yet refined — find the perfect match for your graduate today!

Hook+Gaff King Tide

Purposefully built for the coastal angler, the King Tide is the ultimate counterpart for anyone whose day is dictated by the rising and falling tides. This watch features an analog tide indicator, which offers more accuracy and can be set for your specific location — unlike the digital tide watches that are available on the market.

The King Tide also utilizes H3 technology, like our Sportfisher Black. The Swiss-made trigalight® glass tubes on the hour markers and hands provide self-powered illumination that never stops. It’s durable, classic and highly functional — the perfect symbolic (and practical) gift for a new grad and inshore fisherman. Even if they’re at work, in class or planning the next adventure, this watch will keep their mind on time well spent on the water.

Hook+Gaff Sportfisher Black

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Designed for the ultimate sportsman, this is Hook+Gaff’s first model to utilize H3 illumination technology. The dial’s hour markers are constantly illuminated — ideal for early mornings on the creek or late nights walking back from the library. Beyond being a performance-driven timepiece, its black-on-black design makes it a real luxury-wear showstopper. This watch can handle whatever you throw its way, and it’ll look good doing it.

Hook+Gaff Sportfisher II Moonphase

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Whether your grad is a surfer or angler who heavily depends on the tides, or someone who likes the idea of being led by the stars, the Sportfisher II Moonphase watch delivers. This timepiece features a custom Swiss quartz movement and, like all Hook+Gaff watches, the unique left-side crown placement helps the wearer avoid wrist irritation during activities. In addition to being water- and corrosion-resistant, this timepiece offers the extra benefits of a moonphase watch. Because who couldn’t use a little extra guidance in college?

Hook+Gaff Golf Watch

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For those who see golf less as a hobby and more as an obsession, the new Hook+Gaff Golf Watch is the perfect fit. Success in golf requires confidence, skill and grit — characteristics also found in our watch-making process. Crafted with the utmost care and precision, our new Golf sport watches are able to play through the toughest conditions. The Golf Watch features a custom 41mm solid high-grade titanium screw-down case, while the Women’s Golf Watch features a custom 36mm screw-down case of the same caliber. Both have a left-side crown placement, providing a classic look — but much more comfortable feel — for life on the course.

Hook+Gaff Sportfisher 3

If you have a female grad in your life, the Sportfisher 3 is a sure way to put a smile on her face! Built with rugged durability yet sporting a feminine design, this watch delivers performance-proven functionality that will take her from the water to a night on the town and everywhere in between. With a smaller face and band than the other Hook+Gaff watches, the Sportfisher 3 looks sleek enough for daily wear but has all of the same features to fit the needs of outdoor pursuits. Best of all, the Sportfisher 3 is ultra-comfortable thanks to the left-side crown placement.

Hook+Gaff Fleetmaster

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For a graduation gift that will stand the test of time, consider Hook+Gaff’s flagship automatic mechanical watch — the Fleetmaster. Featuring a customized and highly coveted Swiss ETA 2836 automatic mechanical movement and a GMT function, this watch knocks functional luxury out of the park. With a 316-L surgical stainless steel case and bracelet with anti-reflective sapphire crystal, this timepiece offers a timeless, sleek aesthetic that conveys a young person ready to take on the world. As practical as it is beautiful, the watch is water-resistant up to 200 meters. 


The abovementioned timepieces are just a sampling of all that Hook+Gaff has available — there are a number of additional watch styles to choose from. All of the watches come with a wide variety of strap options, from multi-colored rubber dive bands to hand-stitched leather. Find the watch/strap combo that perfectly suits your graduating senior here. Of course, the most important gift you can offer is to give your endless support during these major life transitions and by spending quality time together as long as you can.

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