When it comes to women’s luxury watches, it’s hard to deny the appeal of Rolex. Not only are the vast majority of Rolex watches automatic—which is not always the case with women’s watches—but their designs are also timeless. Plus, since many Rolex models are effectively unisex and available in several different sizes, women have an incredible assortment of watches to pick from—and not just from the so-called ladies’ lineups. Here are some of our top picks for Rolex watches for women.
Rolex Datejust for Women
For variety, the Datejust collection is the best choice when shopping for Rolex watches for women. Aside from the essential round case and date window at 3 o’clock, every other Datejust component—from bezel and bracelet to material and size—is adaptable to one’s taste. Whether an understated steel Datejust with a smooth bezel and Oyster bracelet, a classic two-tone Datejust with a fluted bezel and Jubilee bracelet, or a lavish gold Datejust with a diamond bezel and President bracelet, there’s a Datejust to suit everyone’s taste.
Women can certainly opt for the petite Lady-Datejust with either 26mm or 28mm cases or the slightly larger midsize Datejust with 31mm cases. However, there are plenty who enjoy wearing the classic Datejust 36 as well. Not too big, nor too small, the Datejust with a 36mm case looks great on anyone’s wrist.
Rolex Day-Date for Women
For most of its history, the Day-Date 36 was explicitly marketed as a man’s watch. However, women have been wearing the Rolex Day-Date “President” for a long time too. Again, a 36mm case size is perfectly suitable for a lady’s wrist. And who can resist the iconic style of the Rolex President watch with its two-calendar dial and famous link bracelet?
The Day-Date is only ever made in 18k gold (yellow, white, or pink) or platinum and it is most often paired with a President bracelet and fluted bezel. However, Rolex has offered leather strap and Oyster bracelet versions of the Day-Date, as well as smooth or gem-set bezels too.
Rolex Yacht-Master for Women
The nautical-inspired Yacht-Master is the only Rolex sports watch collection that offers smaller models specifically for women. Originally, the smaller sizes included the ladies’ 29mm and the midsize 35mm. Today, however, Rolex has discontinued those dimensions in favor of the Yacht-Master 37mm.
The diversity within the collection goes beyond case sizes to include a slew of material choices too. The Yacht-Master 29 and 35 are available in yellow gold or two-tone steel and yellow gold with Oyster bracelets. On the other hand, the Yacht-Master 37 is available in Everose gold with an Oysterflex bracelet (Rolex’s answer to a rubber strap) or two-tone steel and Everose gold with an Oyster bracelet. All sizes are also offered in Rolesor, which is a stainless steel Yacht-Master with a platinum bezel.
Rolex Daytona for Women
The Daytona chronograph is another Rolex watch that was originally intended for the brand’s male clientele. However, in the 2000s, Rolex released a line of white gold Daytona models for women. These vibrant chronographs featured colorful stone dials and matching colorful exotic skin straps. These particular models picked up the Rolex “Daytona Beach” nickname.
Other Rolex Daytona watches, especially the full Everose gold or yellow gold variants, are popular sporty Rolex watches for women as well. While the size of the Daytona is 40mm, it has a relatively slim case profile that sits comfortably on the wrist. What’s more, it’s relatively easy to have a few links removed from the Oyster bracelet for a tighter fit.
The Rolex Pearlmaster collection offers ultra-lavish women’s watches, exclusively fashioned from precious metals and always set with diamonds. This particular watch model takes the Datejust case with its customary date window and Cyclops magnification lens and pairs it with the curvy five-link Pearlmaster bracelet.
While Rolex use to make the Pearlmaster with a 29mm case, the current collection offers the Pearlmaster with either a 34mm or 39mm case. Rolex Pearlmaster diamond embellishments can range from sparsely diamond-dotted bezels to full diamond-paved models with gem-set cases, dials, and bracelets.
Although Rolex no longer makes women’s Cellini watches, these are still readily available in the pre-owned market. Cellini is Rolex’s collection of non-Oyster dress watches that are chiefly available in 18k gold. The Cellini is where Rolex unleashed its creative side. So there are all sorts of shapes, sizes, and styles to be had.
Some popular ladies’ Cellini watches (frequently powered by quartz movements) include the Cellini Cellissima with hooded lugs and brick-link bracelets, the Cellini Cestello with hinged lugs and leather straps, and Cellini Danaos with cushion-shaped cases, often in two-tone gold.
Women’s Rolex Watches
As you can see, women have an abundant assortment of Rolex watches to choose from—especially if looking beyond models classified as “ladies’ Rolex watches.” There really isn’t anything inherently different between a man’s watch and a ladies’ watch, so it’s just a matter of finding the right style and fit.
Whether casual or fancy, sporty or sleek, understated or elaborate, the choices are almost endless. And if you add pre-owned Rolex watches for women into the mix, then there are even more alternatives to browse through that include vintage watches and discontinued models.
Thanks to enduring designs, impeccable quality, and a revered brand name, Rolex has always been a top choice among women’s luxury watches.