As a diver, you need a watch that’s highly functional. As a woman and a Rolex collector, you want a watch that looks just as great as it performs. Lucky for you, there are a number of Rolex watches for women who dive, so you can have both.
Now, we were tempted to include watches like the Lady Yacht-Master and the unisex Yacht-Master 37. However, since these only boast a water resistance of 100 meters – when most proper dive watches offer at least 200 meters these days – we are going to leave them off this list. With that in mind, at the present time, Rolex only produces dive watches in the men’s category, with the smallest being the 40mm Submariner.
The Submariner is the ideal dive watch, featuring 300m (1000ft) of water resistance thanks to a Triplock screw-down crown. It also features a rotating bezel with 60-minute graduations for measuring immersion times and a unidirectional design with a serrated edge that makes it easy to manipulate while wearing diving gloves.
As a men’s watch, the 40mm Submariner is about average size. Therefore, it will typically sit larger on a woman’s wrist, but certainly won’t look too big and will still be easy to manipulate. With all this being said, here are a few of the best Rolex watches for women who SCUBA dive that we think will make excellent companions on your next deep sea adventure.
Rolex Submariner 16610LV
Just look at this watch! That black Maxi-dial with big lume plots and its green aluminum bezel provide the perfect modern twist on this classic timepiece. This anniversary edition Submariner is the ideal dive watch, providing you with all the functional capabilities you need – like 300m water resistance – while making every other diver who comes across it turn green with envy.
The Submariner 16610LV is also a great investment piece, as it’s now discontinued and is considered to be highly collectable and rapidly appreciating in value. Known as the ‘Kermit’ among Rolex collectors, is also the only Submariner to feature a modern Maxi-dial paired with classic case proportions and an aluminum bezel insert.
Rolex Submariner 16808
Rolex watches for women are generally limited to just a handful of different collections, but many ladies are starting to wear men’s watches, and we think this solid gold Submariner looks great on literally any wrist. The 18k yellow gold contrasted against that bright blue aluminum dive bezel is so chic yet remains easy to read at a quick glance.
Additionally, the faded blue ‘nipple’ dial gives the watch a vintage aesthetic that immediately visually separates it from modern gold Submariner dive watches. While they don’t offer the same amount of space for luminous material, these hour markers give dial a more refined feel while still being readable and highly functional. This is the kind of Submariner you’ll love wearing diving, dressing up, and simply just showing off.
Rolex Submariner 116613
This is the ultimate everyday, universal, you-never-want-to-take-it-off watch. Not only will this two-tone Submariner 116613 help you get to depths of 300m, but it’s going to easily transition from dive duty to evening attire thanks to that elegant pairing of 904L stainless steel and yellow gold. While its ‘Super Case’ with thicker lugs and crown guards makes this ref. 116613 wear larger than the previous Submariner generation, it can still be worn comfortably on most female wrists.
Many Rolex watches for women embrace a two-tone construction as it allows them to easily match with jewelry and integrate into a wardrobe, and although the ref. 116613 was originally designed for men, it achieves much of the same effect. The blue ceramic bezel and matching blue sunburst dial only elevate the look and feel of this watch even more. Plus, the blue sunburst dial with luminous hour markers is highly legible underwater, as are the yellow gold markings engraved into the bezel.
Bonus: Rolex Sea-Dweller 116600
For those of you who are real deep divers – real adventure seekers – the Sea-Dweller is the watch you’re going to need. It doesn’t come in all the color and alloy options that we see for the Submariner, but, the Sea-Dweller gives you the functionality you need for saturation diving alongside a totally classic aesthetic.
Similar to the Submariner, the Rolex Sea-Dweller features a graduated dive bezel, but it includes individual demarcations for the full 60 minutes, unlike the Submariner which only has them for the first 15 minutes. While a stainless steel construction with a black dial and bezel are the only aesthetic options, the real reason you should be attracted to this watch is the fact that you can take it 4,000 feet deep thanks to a reinforced stainless steel case and a helium escape valve.
The ref. 116600 is special as well because it is the only 40mm Rolex Sea-Dweller with a ceramic bezel. It was discontinued in favor of the newer models which now clock in at 43mm and also have cyclops magnification lenses on their crystals. While the sizing of the new watches is favorable for men, some women find it a bit too big, making this older model perfect for many serious, adventurous female divers.