As we continuously cover men’s segment of the wristwatch market, we at Gracious Watch feel that the other half of the world and provide a list of watches deserving of a woman’s presence; Example of horological greatness that is dependable, elegant, and desirable. The female qualities of grace and poise should be a reflection of the pieces they choose and we believe that we have curated several examples that need your attention immediately.

With various pricing segments, materials, and movements covered extensively in this segment, Gracious Watch will now walk you through an adventurous journey through the women’s wristwatch market, a segment that has been overlooked for quite some time and is picking up the pace to be recognized as a potential chunk of the luxury goods space.

A detailed article from Fortune is available here to discuss the growth of women’s wristwatch market but the gist of it is that more women are purchasing wristwatches and requires full attention.

Less than $500

Orient
Tri-Star BNQ1X003X


Price

$63.97

Where:

Amazon

Size

26mm

Water Resistance

30m

Movement

Automatic

Why?

Modern design philosophy with all-around appeal.

We start things off with a great example from Japanese manufacturer, Orient. A fashion-forward watchmaker, Orient designs are more in-touch with modern tastes and are more liberal than their parent company, Seiko, who is seen in the market as a conservative type of wristwatch. Their design philosophy is ever present in the Tri-Star.

Built with an Orient 21-jewel automatic movement, this 26mm piece has a stainless steel case and deployment clasp bracelet to provide a dependable dressy watch for every woman. The gold accents and contrasting green/gold jeweled hour markers shine against the dark brown, almost hazel dial making it stand out from the crowd. A day/date window is an added feature to give yourself a great all-rounder timepiece.

Bulova
98P170


Price

$268.36

Where:

Amazon

Size

35mm

Water Resistance

30m

Movement

Automatic

Why?

The skeleton window paired with the rose gold and silver gives it a rare feel

Here is something different from American maker, Bulova. Since breaking ground in New York City in 1875, Bulova has been producing great watches, innovating in every iteration of watches they sell to the consumers.

It has been producing watches independently as a private company until the brand was acquired by Japanese watchmaker Citizen to have a broader cache of market share thanks to different brands capturing specific customer segments. With great design qualities that capture the American tastes of today, there are many possibilities for you walking out with a Bulova at the end of the day.

The Bulova Diamonds 98P170 is a casual iteration of an automatic watched by Bulova. Featuring a silver steel casing, it has a great rose gold bezel and matching crown. With variation, it has slight engraving within the dial to add depth, with contrasting rose gold and diamond hour markers.

The best part of this timepiece is the skeleton window at 8 o’clock, giving rare insight on what keeps these watches going. For the exhibitionist at heart, this watch would be a great companion.

Timex
T-Series Classic T2N351


Price

$66.55

Where:

Amazon

Size

39mm

Water Resistance

50m

Movement

Automatic

Why?

Decorated timepiece that’s adventure ready and will elevate any occasion with style

Another American legend is Timex and has been a leader in producing affordable, trendy timepieces that are easily accessible by the masses.

Their designs reflect current consumer tastes and range from dressy, simple complications, to intricate chronograph pieces meant for the sporty, adventure-focused women. There are also sport-specific devices available such as the Expedition and Ironman series. For someone who doesn’t really wear timepieces and wants to venture onto something great, Timex has something for you.

Their women’s automatic example is in their T-Series Classic collection called the T2N351. It’s an elegant timepiece, meant to accentuate the already existing qualities that make you great: proper, dignified, and charming.

With a watch dial encrusted in crystal, it’s a decorated timepiece that will elevate any outfit. With a polished steel case, leather strap, and a great seconds sub-dial, it adds an extra dimension to what is already an intriguing watch.

Seiko 5
SSA285K1


Price

$298.00

Where:

Amazon

Size

45mm

Water Resistance

100m

Movement

Automatic & Hand-winding

Why?

Retro design with green stripes showcases its individual style and love of racing.

Japanese watchmaker Seiko has been producing dependable, and respected timepieces for many years. At the forefront of the quartz movement adoption during the 1970s, Seiko pioneered in producing great watches for the world consumption.

A significant part of their collection is the Seiko 5 series, which is a collection of watches that are focused on accomplishing 5 distinct attributes in order to successfully bear that name:

  • Automatic movement
  • Water resistance
  • Day and/or date window
  • Recessed crown
  • Durable case

With these attributes fulfilled, the Seiko 5 collection is a great starter timepiece for anyone looking to start a watch collection.

Enter the sporty-looking ‘Diastar’ SSA285K1. Featuring a racing green motif, the Diastar is ready to blow the competition away with its retro-inspired styling. Reminiscent of watches from the late 70s-early 80s, the Diastar has a smooth steel casing that’s quite chiseled, with a green inner-ring surrounding the eggshell dial. With contrasting steel markers and a 24-hour subdial at 11 o’clock, it’s a great watch to let others know that you’re a serious watch fan.

$500 – 1000

Tissot
T-Classic T0452071111300


Price

$725.00

Where:

Amazon

Size

28mm

Water Resistance

30m

Movement

Automatic

Why?

Roman numerals with stainless steel gives it a classic look ready to shine in the sun.

Next example in our collection is from a trustworthy Swiss brand: Tissot. Known for being an active member of sporting events as the official timekeeper, Tissot has built a reputation of being a watch manufacturer dedicated to accuracy and quality.

Based in Le Locle, Switzerland, Tissot is a part of The Swatch Group conglomerate as one of their well-known brands that consumers can rely on time and time again.

From their T-Classic collection comes this beautiful example of tradition personified. A slender timepiece at 28mm in diameter, it was created as a gorgeous piece of jewelry than a utilitarian tool.

It has great classic qualities such as a distinct bezel and crown design, a mother-of-pearl dial, contrasting black Roman numeral hour markers, and classic-inspired hands. Rounding things off with a black inner ring framing the date window at 3 o’clock, this would look great with a blazer or a summer dress.

MIDO
Baroncelli M7600469


Price

$651.00

Where:

Amazon

Size

29mm

Water Resistance

50m

Movement

Automatic

Why?

Mother-of-pearl dial is a subtle display of colors sure to catch the eye at any angle.

Founded in 1918, Swiss manufacturer MIDO has been a strong believer of investing time and resources dedicated to women’s wristwatches.

At the peak of the ‘art-deco’ movement, which focused on providing timepieces with intricate design and vibrant colors created ladies’ watches that had color-enameled cases to differentiate itself from the competition.

Named after the Spanish phrase, yo mido, translated as “I measure”, MIDO continues to set the bar that the competition measures itself from. Another part of The Swatch Group umbrella, it’s one of their top-tier brands for the market.

A great dress watch from their collection is the Baroncelli. At 29mm, it’s slightly bigger than the Tissot we saw earlier but with a bigger presence due to the thinner silver bezel. A more modern approach to wristwatches, it has a stainless steel case and link bracelet.

With jeweled hour markers set on a mother-of-pearl dial, the movement can be clearly enjoyed as well through the see-through exhibition casing in the back. This watch deserves a reserved woman who lets her actions do the talking.

Frederique Constant
‘Delight’ FC-306WHD3ER2B


Price

$614.59

Where:

Amazon

Size

33mm

Water Resistance

30m

Movement

Automatic & Hand-wind

Why?

Eye-catching in design with its rose gold and mother-of-pearl combination.

A niche watch brand and relatively young in history, Frederique Constant is a Geneva-based manufacturer that produces luxury timepieces since 1988. Ever since, it has grown into the emerging entry-luxury segment, getting enough capital to acquire a longtime Swiss manufacturer, Alpina.

Their positive momentum was enough to grab the attention of Japanese watchmaker Citizen, to which acquired Frederique Constant to be a strong contender in the watchmaking industry through a collection of brands.

A great timepiece from their women’s collection is the ‘Delight’, which will definitely catch the eyes of any watch aficionado. At 33mm, the watch is slightly larger than standard offerings but would be perfect for a woman looking to elevate their watch game with this silver/rose gold combination. A circular rose gold bezel surrounds the steel case and with a mother-of-pearl dial, the contrasting rose gold/jeweled hour markers add intrigue to the piece.

Hamilton
Jazzmaster Open Heart Lady H32115891


Price

$824.40

Where:

Amazon

Size

34mm

Water Resistance

50m

Movement

Automatic

Why?

Unique floral skeleton design on the dial coupled with its uncommon baby blue leather strap.

American legend Hamilton Watches has been part of The Swatch Group brand cache, elevating the group to have a well-rounded share of the wristwatch market, covering every price point, taste, and region.

Developing roots in North America, Hamilton has been a part of Americana ever since it started making watches in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Taking up modern American cues, Hamilton has been a great brand for The Swatch Group and will be producing timepieces for many years to come.

Coming from their main-line Jazzmaster collection is the Jazzmaster Open Heart Lady. A big ladies’ watch at 34mm, this will definitely be a casual watch, complete with the gorgeous design of the dial, with a floral pattern, and a triple-cut window to expose the movement living within.

A simple design became more complex with a few tweaks, which is what we like about this watch. With a polished steel case and a baby blue leather strap, this will definitely be a must-have for any watch fan.

Rado
DiaStar R15514113


Price

$925.00

Where:

Amazon

Size

30mm

Water Resistance

100m

Movement

Automatic

Why?

Uncommon polygonal shape gives it a retro design while still being classic and elegant.

Swiss maker Rado is known for creating watches that loves to push the boundaries when it comes to what materials to use in enclosing a watch.

The company pioneered the use of ceramic in their bezels and bracelets, producing a strong material that has shine and is resistant to scratches or marring. They also have their traditional D-Star collection, which pays homage to their roots and elegant classic styling.

The example that we have chosen is the D-Star R15514113, which has an elegant retro-styling thanks to the uncommon polygonal shape. An all-silver casing with polished touches gives a luxurious shine to any wearer, and the contrast of gold markers and hands add class to finish things off. With the signature moving Rado anchor at 6 o’clock, this D-Star pays homage to the better days and the future it has in store.

$1000 – 2000

TAG Heuer
Link Automatic WAT2311.BA0956


Price

$1965.00

Where:

Amazon

Size

34.5mm

Water Resistance

100m

Movement

Automatic

Why?

Unique etched hour marker gives it texture and dimension.

A formidable opponent for the giant Swatch Group portfolio of watch brands is heavyweight TAG Heuer. A recognizable Swiss brand, TAG Heuer is a staple in the luxury watch segment, known by most casual watch wearers as a high-end, great styled timepiece. With various collections to support the ever-changing consumer taste, TAG Heuer is a part of the Louis Vuitton empire, destined to stay an upper-tier watch brand.

As part of their LINK collection, this LINK Automatic is a contemporary approach on a dress watch with subtle design cues to make it unique but not to overpower the whole situation. With a Calibre 7 automatic movement, expect nothing but the best coming from TAG Heuer.

This features a unique etched hour marker within the outer steel bezel, with jeweled markers in the guilloche silver dial. Adding texture and dimension to the overall package, it’s a great dress watch with a touch of flair to make it unique.

Longines
Presence L43212128


Price

$962.50

Where:

Amazon

Size

25mm

Water Resistance

30m

Movement

Automatic

Why?

Traditional timepiece with updated corrosion resistance from the elements.

For Longines, it built an allegiance towards aviation and aeronautics when it first sponsored the first circumnavigation across the Atlantic Ocean done by Charles Lindbergh.

It’s been part of horological history ever since as an upper-tier, luxury brand with a lengthy past. Built on classical elegance, our next selection is a pure traditional timepiece.

Known as the ‘Presence’, this automatic watch is encased in gold PVD-plated stainless steel case and bracelet. PVD or ‘Physical Vapor Deposition’ process adds an extra layer of coating to an element, which makes the element resistant to corrosion from the elements, which is less reactive than regular gold.

With a gold bezel, gold contrast markers against a white dial, it’s a very traditional timepiece meant for the most elegant of wearers.

Rado
Centrix R30942702


Price

$1041.09

Where:

Amazon

Size

28mm

Water Resistance

30m

Movement

Automatic

Why?

Sleek and black with steel accents, it’s the modern dress watch.

Earlier, we mentioned how Rado was an innovator of exotic materials being utilized in their wrist watches, such as ceramic.

Well, we can’t feature Rado without one of those types of watches so coming from their Centrix line is the R30942702. It features a ceramic/stainless steel bracelet and a stainless steel/ceramic hybrid case. With a black dial, with a jet-black bezel, it’s a modern interpretation of a dress watch.

The automatic Swiss movement is housed well in this ceramic cage, with any powerful woman being able to wear this with any tailored outfit. We like the double jeweled hour markers, but not too imposing. The little details are great such as a bordered date window, which is a nice touch.

Frederique Constant
Open Heart FC-310HBAND2P6


Price

$765.89

Where:

Amazon

Size

35mm

Water Resistance

50m

Movement

Automatic Self-wind

Why?

Contemporary motif with uniquely layered dial that showcases their iconic aperture signature design.

As we move further along, here is a different timepiece from a brand we learned earlier. Another Frederique Constant is selected, meant to elevate your senses even further.

With a higher price point, we’re basically hitting the sweet spot of where Frederique Constant lies. Once you understand more what the watch is all about, then you’ll get why it’s priced as such.

This timepiece is an Open Heart example, which gives the wearer an exposed view of the movement that powers this great dress watch. A big watch at 35mm, it has a polished stainless steel case and a unique, multi-textured dial that is deep blue on the outer ring, while the inner ring has a starburst design to it.

With contrast jeweled hour markers with a silver outline, it’s the fine details that make a watch stand out to justify the price within. Contemporary silver hands complete this whole package while the wearer can see the movement in motion whenever she needs to tell the time.

Oris Big Crown
Comandante Chronometer 641 7487 6361


Price

N/A

Where:

Amazon

Size

33mm

Water Resistance

50m

Movement

Swiss Automatic

Why?

Certified chronometer that meets precision standards and great value.

Swiss company Oris is one of the few independent watch manufacturers in existence, which is a breath of fresh air from seeing watches owned by essentially one or two companies.

A staple in the racing circuit, Oris is the sole supplier of watches for the Williams Formula One racing team, a sport where prize money can be dictated by fractions of a second so accuracy is key for their instruments and Oris definitely delivers.

The 33mm example is the Big Crown Comandate Chronometer. Officially certified by the Swiss governing body COSC or Contrôle Officiel Suisse des Chronomètres, only watches certified by the COSC can be officially called ‘chronometer’ watches. This means putting the automatic movement housed in the Comandate through various horological testing to meet precision standards. For the price you pay, this is great value for a watch that’s certified accurate.

The 21-jeweled timepiece is enclosed in a polished stainless steel case with rose gold coined edge accents on the bracelet and the bezel. With contrast rose gold markers against the white textured dial, it is a great semi-casual timepiece that is better than most watches offered today. With a second sub-dial and a perpetual calendar, it’s a great timepiece to have that has a pedigree.

Greater than $2000

Cartier
Ballon Bleu WE902074


Price

$7,345.02

Where:

Amazon

Size

33m

Water Resistance

30m

Movement

Automatic

Why?

Circular steel case housing the movement give it an innovative feel on a classic design.

French jeweler Cartier has been providing elegant jewelry for the elite for hundreds of years. Since 1847, Cartier produced iconic pieces such as the ‘Bestiary”, a 1940s brooch created for the Duchess of Windsor, necklaces for the ruler or Maharaja of the state of the Patiala, India.

Providing jewelry for royalty has been a usual part of the Cartier history. So if it’s good enough for someone like the Duchess of Cambridge, it’s more than enough for an elegant woman such as yourself.

This is the Ballon Bleu automatic, in all of their 33mm glory. A circular steel case houses the Swiss-made automatic movement with a unique bezel design that protects the crown from harm.

Rather than having crown shoulders, it’s a full canopy which adds a crescent design to elevate the elegance of the watch. With a diamond dial watch and contrast blue hands, it’s a classical-style watch from a famed jeweler that you expect greatness and delivers with great execution.

TAG Heuer
Carerra WAR2416.BA0770


Price

$1858.80

Where:

Amazon

Size

28mm

Water Resistance

100m

Movement

Swiss Automatic

Why?

Simple. Contemporary stylings with all top-notch mechanics one expects of TAG Heuer.

The staple lineup of the TAG Heuer is the Carrera collection, which is a collection of timepieces that are known for their automatic movement dependability and contemporary styling. Simple and stylish are the mantra of the Carrera lineup and this next piece is no exception.

The WAR2416.BA0770 is a 28mm timepiece that has a Swiss-made automatic movement with a 40-hour power reserve. With a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal and an exhibition case-back, it’s a modern iteration of a dress watch.

With a textured mother-of-pearl dial, the polished steel casing with matching contrast markers provide a nice view for anyone who appreciates the mechanics involved in getting an automatic wristwatch going.

Rolex
Oyster Perpetual 176200PUSO


Price

$4200.00

Where:

Amazon

Size

26mm

Water Resistance

100m

Movement

Automatic

Why?

This classic design with a dark purple dial against stainless steel is a must want.

When it comes to the lifestyles of the rich and famous, chances are they’re wearing a Rolex. The watch brand known as ‘the luxury watch that people work hard to own’ first developed a reputation as a dependable tool watch with unparalleled quality.

As the brand grew into notoriety, everyone and their grandmother basically see a Rolex watch as a measure of success so if you’ve made it this far, why not go for the watch that everyone knows?

With a 26mm case, the Oyster Perpetual is the genesis of what Rolex made them famous. Featuring a polished stainless steel case, this shows little to no blemish as Rolex watches adhere to strict quality standards, where precision is paramount. With a highly polished lavender-tinted steel dial, the silver contrast markers and hands definitely stand out, with the Rolex crown at 12 o’clock being the symbol of fame and success. If you can get one of these, you’ve made it but why stop there?

Chopard
Imperiale 388531-6005


Price

$7850.00

Where:

Amazon

Size

40mm

Water Resistance

50m

Movement

Swiss Automatic

Why?

A timepiece that comes with a larger surface-value of elegant rose and mother-of-pearl features.

Swiss luxury brand Chopard is a privately-held manufacturer that is well known for creating women’s watches as it was the company’s specialty. It’s a must-have to feature Chopard when we’re talking about women’s watches, as Chopard has been focused on women’s jewelry since 1860.

Even with stiff competition, Chopard has managed to hold their ground as an elite women’s watch brand with the sole purpose of producing the most beautiful examples of horology imaginable.

One great example of this is their Imperiale watch which is a large 40mm timepiece and 10mm thick. It has a polished steel case and bezel with a classical crown design and 18k rose gold accents.

With a silver dial with a mother-of-pearl inner dial to add a multi-layered experience, the rose gold contrast markers and hands really stand out to the overall package. The Imperiale is an elegant example of a timepiece and is deserving of a confident and poised woman.

Patek Philippe
Golden Ellipse 3566


Price

$5995.00

Where:

Amazon

Size

28mm

Water Resistance

N/A

Movement

Mechanical Hand-wind

Why?

The ultimate classic gold piece made for royalty.

The final timepiece in the collection is the ultra-luxury brand Patek Philippe. Created since 1851, it was based on the partnership between two watchmakers, Antoni Patek and Adrien Philippe.

They have timepieces that have a reputation for being the most expensive, with pieces owned by royalty, and has a reputation as better than the best. Known as the creators of the most complicated timepieces available in the market, the brand has a reputation from watch experts and fans as a premier watch manufacturers that the best of the best can get.

Here we have a classic offering called the Golden Ellipse. As we mentioned earlier, several timepieces have been owned by royalty and Patek Philippe has been supplying watches for Queen Elizabeth II with the Golden Ellipse being one of them. While hers is more ruby red with a silver case and bracelet, this 18K gold and silver dial example would be a great addition to any prestigious collection.

This particular example is a pre-owned item but you can find new examples for more funding if you choose. With a square casing giving a classic vibe overall, Patek Philippe would be an outstanding choice for any matriarch, whether it’s over an empire, or a growing family.