November 27th, 2023

The Perfect Christmas Gift: Watches for Every Budget

Gifting a watch at Christmas symbolises time, longevity, and thoughtfulness. These luxury accessories act as a constant reminder of the giver, as they are often worn daily. This gift demonstrates your investment, both financially and emotionally, showcasing your effort to find a design specifically tailored to the recipient’s taste.

However, when it comes to selecting a watch, the options are almost endless. You can become overwhelmed by choice, especially if you have not decided on a brand or style, so instead of exciting, the process becomes a challenge. At Banks Lyon, our team understands this, which is why we have helped ease the process of picking the best watch by breaking down our favourites into budgets. Whether you are looking to spit the cost to save on the initial payout or you have a high-end budget to treat a lucky person in your life, we have the timepiece for you.

Budget-Friendly Buys: Memorable Gifts for Under £1000

Tissot PRX Powermatic 80 Rose Gold Bezel 40mm Watch

Experience the brilliance of Banks Lyon, even on a budget. We have handpicked our favourite budget-friendly watches, each under £1000, representing style, functionality, and distinct craftsmanship. These memorable gifts, simultaneously affordable and elegant, await your discovery.

Garmin Fenix 7 Sapphire Solar Edition 47mm Watch

First, we have the Tissot PRX Powermatic 80 Rose Gold Bezel 40mm Watch. This watch is a blend of classic design and modern technology, capturing the ’70s spirit in a 21st-century timepiece. Equipped with the self-winding Powermatic 80 movement, it offers high precision with an 80-hour power reserve, ideal for a busy lifestyle. Its silver honeycomb dial and rose gold PVD bezel convey a trendy yet classy aesthetic, so this timeless piece, costing under £1000, makes a magnificent Christmas gift. The recipient will appreciate the watch’s unique style, high-end functionality, and the message it conveys of lasting commitment, a perfect metaphor for the enduring spirit of Christmas.

Alternatively, we have the Garmin Fenix 7 Sapphire Solar Edition 47mm Watch. This is a top-of-the-line multisport GPS watch designed for those with an active lifestyle. It is highly resilient with a scratch-resistant Power Sapphire solar charging lens, extending its battery life while also powering advanced training features and wellness monitoring sensors. This makes it an ideal Christmas gift for someone who appreciates a fusion of style, durability, and advanced technology, all for less than £1000.

Affordable Elegance: Watches that Impress for Under £5000

 Breitling Endurance Pro – Rubber & Tang-Type Buckle

Moving up to the next budget bracket featuring a stunning range of timepieces that impress, without exceeding £5000. Here, you will find stylish, high-quality watches from renowned brands embodying luxury and sophistication, all wrapped within an accessible budget.

IWC Portofino Automatic 34

For example, pictured right is the Breitling Endurance Pro – Rubber & Tang-type Buckle, which is a masterpiece of innovation and design. It combines an ultra-lightweight 44mm Breitlight case with a thermo-compensated SuperQuartz movement that is ten times more accurate than conventional quartz. Justifying its name, the Endurance Pro caters to athletes and sports enthusiasts alike with its high-performance accuracy and functionality. As a Christmas gift under £5000, this watch is perfect for someone who appreciates durability, precision, and the marriage of professional utility and standout style.


However, if your recipient prefers things a little more elegant, consider the IWC Portofino Automatic 34, pictured left. This watch is an embodiment of elegance and refinement, featuring a rich green dial adorned with twelve sparkling white diamonds, marking the hours. This exquisite timepiece has a stainless steel case, rhodium-plated hour markers, and comes with a matching green calfskin strap. As a Christmas gift under £5000, it’s perfect for the discerning woman who values sophistication and timeless style.

Mid-Range Marvels: Timepieces with Style for Under £10,000

Omega Seamaster Diver 300M “007 Edition”

Doubling the previous budget, we now move onto watches for under £10,000. For this price, you can expect that each timepiece is a testament to superior craftsmanship and luxury, promising an enriching horological experience.

Cartier Ballon Bleu 33mm Watch

Take the Omega Seamaster Diver 300M “007 Edition”, for example. This exquisite timepiece has been crafted for sophistication and performance and can be seen in the James Bond film “No Time To Die”. It features a sturdy yet lightweight Grade 2 Titanium case and a brown tropical aluminium bezel ring designed to endure high-intensity activities, making it a fitting choice for individuals who enjoy an adventurous lifestyle. This watch is a spectacular gift for the James Bond fan or anyone who appreciates the blend of cinematic history with superior watchmaking.

Alternatively, we have the Cartier Ballon Bleu 33mm Watch, pictured left, which is an epitome of Cartier’s storied tradition of elegance and fine craftsmanship. The watch features a round 33mm stainless steel case, an exquisite silvered guilloché dial set with 11 brilliant-cut diamonds as hour markers, and a fluted crown set with a synthetic cabochon-shaped spinel. As a Christmas gift under £10,000, this watch is perfect for the woman who values classic luxury, elegance, and the timeless Cartier aesthetic.

Luxury Watches for the High-End Budget

OMEGA Speedmaster MoonWatch Professional Co-Axial Master Chronometer Chronograph 42mm

If budget is not your concern, or you have decided to treat someone incredibly special to you this Christmas, we have plenty of luxury timepieces that exemplify superior craftsmanship, aesthetic beauty, and cutting-edge technological innovation. Each watch stands as a paramount gift for those seeking to astound this Christmas season.

Hublot Classic Fusion Chronograph King Gold Blue 45MM

For example, the beautiful OMEGA Speedmaster MoonWatch Professional Co-Axial Master Chronometer Chronograph 42mm would make the perfect present for a loved one. Inspired by the 4th generation Speedmaster and crafted in luxurious 18K Moonshine Gold, this piece is truly outstanding. A sun-brushed green PVD step dial, green ceramic bezel ring with Omega Ceragold tachymeter scale, and a green leather strap make it an exceptional Christmas present for those with a luxury budget. The watch exemplifies the brand’s pioneering spirit, as it has been a part of all six moon landings, making it a perfect gift for space enthusiasts and those who appreciate masterful craftsmanship.

Another perfect gift would be the Hublot Classic Fusion Chronograph King Gold Blue 45MM. This watch is a symbol of elegance and innovation, featuring a remarkable fusion of an 18ct rose gold case with a stunning blue sunray satin-finished dial. As a luxury Christmas present, this watch exudes sophistication and finesse, making it an ideal gift for those who appreciate a captivating blend of traditional craftsmanship and contemporary design.

With Banks Lyon’s range of luxury timepieces in a range of budgets, you are certain to find the perfect gift for your lucky recipient this Christmas. Whether you wish to spread the cost with our watches on 0% finance or you are treating someone special with a high-end timepiece, we have what you need for a magical December 25th.

So, we encourage you to visit our stores to speak with our team in person and allow us to find you the perfect watch for your loved one. Alternatively, get in touch using our handy Live Chat at the bottom right of our website, or via WhatsApp on 07751 807 041 to get help fast from our friendly and knowledgeable team.

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