It’s May—the last month of spring and the start of commencement season. College students all over the country will be donning their caps and gowns, accepting their diplomas, and getting ready to enter the real word so they can start paying off their student loans. With all these graduations right around the corner comes the annual question of what to get for friends or relatives commemorating four years of hard work (and let’s be honest, excessive drinking) and a newly gotten degree. The worn&wound team is here to help with a small gift guide–most of it well under $1000–consisting of watches, gear, booze, coffee, and even more watches. Enjoy!
The Seiko SARB033 is an incredibly versatile timepiece, and it is in my opinion one of the best-valued all-around watches currently on the market—certainly under $500. It’s modestly sized at 38mm with a width of 11mm, so it’ll slip right under a shirt cuff. Aesthetically, the SARB033 borrows heavily from Grand Seiko, so much so, in fact, that some even call it the “poor man’s Grand Seiko”—a moniker that is meant to be taken wholly as a compliment.
The glossy black dial, clean layout, and mixed case finishing emphasize the dressier aspects of the piece, so it will certainly look beautiful paired with office duds, but it won’t look out of place at the ballpark either. Equipped with the venerable 6r15 automatic movement, the SARB033 will also provide one with years of reliable service. If the black dial isn’t up to your speed, there is also SARB035 with an off-white dial.