As we did our annual review of work, we realized that Gracious Watch has little to no coverage to women’s watches! We do apologize for that oversight and we are here to see what the market has to offer to our female enthusiasts. Today’s market gives more creative freedom towards women’s watches and isn’t afraid of pushing conformity aside, overlooking common standards, and designing great timepieces for women around the world to enjoy.
From unusual shapes, sizes, and various types of exotic materials, women watches offer way more variety and will definitely be an arduous task for some. Thankfully, we found some pieces that are worth wearing, with various price points covered. If you’re not afraid of exploring for something unique and valuable, then our list is worth exploring. Let’s explore together what’s worth your time to check out!
Entry-Level (Under $500)
First up are two delightful pieces available for less than $500, the Movado Bold Luxe and the Seiko Solar Classic. These two pieces are great examples of great value for the money and will add more elegance to any wearer.
Both the Movado and the Seiko have steel casing and bracelet, with gold accents. The gold really pops out and would great in both casual and business casual environments. The Movado has a more traditional, circular silhouette with Roman numeral markers, while the Seiko is a more fashion-forward bracelet design, aimed to provide time in a discreet manner.
While these two pieces are dressier in nature, water resistance isn’t a top priority with both being rated at 30m. It’s not enough to jump into a pool, but enough to survive daily life. Selecting between the two depends on the style you’re trying to achieve and the look you’re aiming for. One of the two would speak to you and if not, we have many more options to choose from.
Water Resistance: 30m
Why?: An elegant piece with gold Rroman numeral markers, gold accents, presented by modern maker, Movado.
Mid-Range ($500 – $1,000)
The next two pieces are more apples versus oranges in terms of design and purpose: the Victorinox I.N.O.X. in paracord strap, and the Raymond Weil Jasmine. First, the Victorinox is a very active-living focused watch, with an emphasis on a chunky, damage-resistant dial, and a watch band made from paracord. Lightweight and strong, the paracord strap is also nicely woven to add design cues to a great, outdoorsy watch. With 200m water resistance to complete the whole package, the Victorinox would be a great partner for any hiking or diving enthusiast.
The Raymond Weil piece, however, is a complete 180 with great focus on an elegant presentation. Featuring a jeweled bezel, the 32mm quartz movement with a steel case will give any wearer a sense of luxury on their wrist. It also has value-added features such as a date window at 3 o’clock and blue contrasting hands to add more depth to the design. The inner dial also had a guilloche design, adding texture for more visual goodness. The Raymond Weil is a great accessory for a formal ball or an elegant dinner event to accompany your black dress.
Water Resistance: 200m
Why?: A watch that is focused on an active lifestyle, with great water resistance, and strong exterior features such as sapphire crystal and strong shock-resistant casing.
Entry-Level Luxury ($1,000+)
The next pair is also a contrast in both design philosophy and approach to fine watchmaking. While contrasting in nature, the approach is similar and these pieces are made to be a great accessory for any woman. Depending on who you are, one of these two watches would be well suited for you. For this price-point, features are enhanced and your desires are more on-point, to make sure that you’re getting the right watch that speaks to you.
The TAG Heuer Aquaracer is a conservative, contemporary outlook that speaks to a reversed individual, while the Versace Versus is very fashion-forward, catered towards a fashionista that loves to be loud, outlandish, and to be the focal point.
Starting from externals, the TAG Heuer is built to withstand more action than the Versace. Very stout with chunky bezel than the dainty, elegant multi-bezeled Versace, the TAG Heuer is meant for business, while the Versace is meant for the night after business has been taken care of.
The TAG Aquaracer has 300m water resistance, and an elegant mother-of-pearl dial to add a touch of class to provide uniqueness to a very conservative watch. The Versace is the complete opposite of that, with a focus on design, fashion, and elegance. With jewel accents to accompany the dual bezel design, it’s the final touches to an already unique timepiece.
Water Resistance: 300m
Why?: A contemporary look on watch design. Featuring a mother-of-pearl dial, the Aquaracer is a great daily watch for any woman.
The final two pieces speak more to brand recognition and to see how big your wallet is. Both pieces have great brands with storied history, and the choice will depend if you are still conservative in nature or if you really want people to know you made it. Both the Omega Constellation and the Rolex Day-Date II have their own offerings to the table, with each providing their own approach to value-added features. Whether you prefer to stay on the sidelines, or be part of the limelight, one of these two pieces will be perfect for you.
The Omega Constellation is a 27mm stainless steel watch that has characteristic ‘griffes’ or claws within the bezel, which is the watch equivalent of having broad shoulders, adding structure to the piece. The sheen on the dial blends well with the polished stainless steel case and band, giving a very dignified yet reserved aura. It’s a dress watch, so it’s not expected to be thrown around but it’s perfect for a night out on the town or a weekend getaway. The silver motif makes it adaptable to any outfit and can be dressed up or down.
In contrast, the Day-Date II from Rolex is a gold-encrusted piece that will be the main focal point of your outfit. At 26mm, it’s bigger than the Constellation and with a white contrast dial and gold accent hour markers, it will be a jeweled masterpiece on your wrist. The mystique of Rolex will ever be present, and the rare feature for a day-date dial adds more value to an already elegant timepiece. It has the well-loved Jubilee bracelet and fluted bezel to create shine and luster to the wearer. It’s the little things that make this piece the crown jewel of our picks.
Water Resistance: 30m
Why?: Created by world-renowned Omega, the Constellation is a stainless steel example with a sapphire crystal and the characteristic “Griffes”, or claws on the side bezels.