How To Pick Out The Best Watch Brand For Your Grandparents

For those of us who rely on our smartphones for timekeeping (amongst other uses), the practical appeal of a watch may seem less important than its other functions. However there is one group today that may still favour the familiarity of glancing at their wrist to tell the time - our grandparents.

Many seniors prefer using watches over smartphones or digital devices and as watches are an item that they carry around everyday, they can have near-irreplaceable significance. If you are hoping to find the perfect watch to give to grandma or grandpa, you can rest assured that they will treasure it deeply. 

Here are some important factors to consider when searching for the best watch brand for your grandparents:


A common stereotype about seniors is that they are resistant to new technology. However many seniors have familiarized themselves with digital devices beyond their phones. Wearable technology for seniors is now a rising trend, with more gadgets released that use technology to help seniors lead more active and engaging lives. After all, who says that post-retirement life has to be sedate? Many seniors are keeping busy after officially retiring with outdoor hobbies, social gatherings, or even starting up a side business to help pass the time while keeping their minds active.

Casio Edifice ECB-S100D-2ADF Smartphone Link Men Watch

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Brands such as Casio constantly release new models with added Bluetooth or mobile link functions such as tracking step count or measuring heart rate. The Casio Edifice line comprises models like the Casio Edifice ECB-S100D-2ADF Smartphone Link Men Watch that are functional, bold, and sleek - ideal timepieces for a grandfather that’s constantly on the move and needs a watch that can keep up with his busy lifestyle.

Seiko SUR315P1 Quartz Analog 3 Hands Date Men Watch

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Of course there are still some seniors that prefer the simplicity of traditional watches. Watch brands such as Seiko and Timex offer some of the best choices in Singapore with their wide selection of traditional watches in various movements - such as this Seiko SUR315P1 Quartz Analog 3 Hands Date Men Watch. You can browse and buy their models online on our e-commerce platform, or plan a trip down to our stores in Singapore for a shopping date with grandma and grandpa.

Practicality and Functionality

Casio G-Shock Sports GBX-100-7DR Digital White Watch

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The next factor to consider is whether the watch needs any additional features on top of timekeeping. If your grandparents lead a healthy and active lifestyle, look out for stopwatch or steps tracking functions. The wave tracking function on sports watches like the Casio G-Shock Sports GBX-100-7DR Digital White Watch might even be an underappreciated feature for seniors who like to take long walks to catch the rise and fall of the tides at sunrise or sunset! 

Casio is one of the best watch brands for added functionalities and their watches are also high-utility and highly functional with shock and water resistance. You won’t have to worry about the watch running out of battery, and if your grandparents enjoy hiking or other outdoor activities they will appreciate its durability too.

Nixon Regulus Digital Black Men Watch

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For something more pared down, the Nixon Regulus Digital Black Men Watch is a simpler men’s watch with basic stopwatch and alarm functions, along with a large digital display for easy reading and minimal visual clutter. If your grandparents don’t care for additional features at all, many Seiko watches like the Seiko SUR277P1 Quartz Analog 3 Hands Date Men Watch and Seiko SRZ529P1 Quartz Analog 2 Hands Women Watch only have the basic analog hands, and you can find coordinating men’s and women’s options too.

Design and Style

Solvil Et Titus Ring & Knot 3 Hands Quartz Women Watch

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Of course above all, the appearance of the watch is most important when it comes to deciding if it’s an everyday accessory. For grandma, brands like Sara Miller London and Solvil et Titus are the best options if you’re looking for an elegant silhouette with a feminine touch, such as the Solvil Et Titus Ring & Knot 3 Hands Quartz Women Watch. Whereas for old-school designs that grandpa might appreciate, Fossil and Cyma’s strong yet simple silhouettes are an ideal choice.

City Chain has a wide variety of timepieces to suit any style or occasion, with some of the best watch brands available in Singapore. Our high internal QC standards ensure every timepiece is authentic, and you can browse and buy watches from the comfort of your home using our online e-commerce platform. Set aside an afternoon or two to shop with your grandparents, and you’ll be able to spend some quality time together while picking out a meaningful and sentimental gift that will always remind them of you.