Okay, I guess it's my turn.
CHRK: Congrats on your upcoming nuptials. Very thoughtful of you to consider a nice watch-gift for your father......how's about a 3570.50?
Hi Zippy, if I were CHRK, I would do my own homework and not take the advice of someone he doesn't know. The guy on watchyouseek, could be 100% correct, but he could be wrong or things could have changed in the last 90 days. I previously advised him to check the restrictions as its been a while since I've looked at them. I would imagine a gift that doesn't arrive due to customs seizure would put a serious damper on the giver's spirits at a time that should be fun and stress free.
A Speedy Pro is a great idea. Its a classic and quite versatile. For something a bit dressier if he doesn't mind a rectangular watch, you could consider a Cartier Tank Solo, Cartier Ronde Solo automatic on a strap, or if you can get about a 15% discount you might be able to get a Santos Galbee XL in steel...very versatile and classic design.
Rolex and Cartier have both done a lot to try to control the gray market and discounting. Within the last 5 years each has closed out accounts with literally hundreds of former long term ADs, in an effort to reduce purchasing options, and keep merchandise from going out the back door of smaller places, while opening more boutique where there are no discounts and no middle men that need to make a profit.
Didn't even know they did that one in an automatic version, Dino. I had seen the smaller, quartz iteration before.
The auto is 42mm, so pretty big for a true dress piece, but the proportions look decent to me. Big, bold Roman numerals with the interior 24-hr track. It does have a date window at 3 o'clock, but it fits the overall design fairly well. And personally, I'd keep it on a black strap rather than my oft-recommended brown croc.
Cal 049 is based on ETA 2892A2. While these ETA powered watches are far from their top of the line, one still gets really good quality, classic designs, and a reasonable price.
Hate to say it, maybe just from friends' personal experiences, I'd stay away from UN. Some years ago a friend bought rather simple model (brand new from an AD), and had it go back and forth to their service center 3 times in the first 18 months of ownership. They couldn't figure out what was wrong with it, but it wouldn't keep time and or it would die. My friend bought it looking for something different from the more commonly seen Rolex DJs. My friend eventually said he was never so sorry with a purchase and wished he had done what everyone else at work did and bought a DJ. Another friend that worked at a former UN dealer said they had one come back with problems. When they opened it, they noticed some quality issues for which it never should have left the factory (at the moment it escapes me what they were...but it wasn't good). For all I know these are the only people that have every witnessed serious issues with that brand, but for me these issues are such that its a brand I wouldn't go near.
+1. I like the Speedy idea too.
Although, I guess the one thing to consider is his Dad's age and eye sight and if it will be too tough for him to read. I have a few collector friends that don't buy chronographs anymore because at their ages they find the dials/sub dials really tough to read.