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Holiday Gift Guide: The Luxury Watches Women Actually Want

December 8, 2020

BY Paul Altieri


Finding the perfect gift for a lady at Christmas is no easy task. Women’s luxury watches can make the best Christmas gifts, but searching the market for inspiration without any guidance can be a lengthy and overwhelming process. We’ve compiled this Christmas 2020 gift guide featuring the best womens luxury watches to help any man or woman find the ultimate gift for their special lady this holiday season.

Our holiday luxury watch gift guide for women showcases ten timeless watches guaranteed to tick every box when it comes to quality, materials, style, design, and performance. From scintillating diamond-set dials to contemporary dress watches and robust diving tools – there’s a little something for everyone in this women’s watch holiday gift guide.

For The Classic Lady

Gift Watches for Women

Rolex Datejust 179173 Key Features:

Case Size: 26mm

Materials: Stainless Steel and Yellow Gold

Functions: Time w/ Running Seconds, Date Display

Dial: Multiple Options Available

Bezel: Fixed, 18k Yellow Gold, Fluted Style

Movement: Caliber 2235

Strap/Bracelet: Oyster or Jubilee Bracelet

ladies rolex datejust

The ladies Datejust is a cornerstone in Rolex’s catalog, serving as the backbone of its women’s offerings for more than half a century. Put quite simply, if you’re in search of the perfect gift for her this year, the Rolex Datejust is the only luxury timepiece a girl will ever need. Its simple but functional design is the epitome of the go-anywhere, do-anything luxury watch, and its timeless design will look just as good decades from now as it does today.

Rolex didn’t design the Datejust for any particular lifestyle, environment, or sport. This is the key to the success of the popular three-handed date model and the reason why there is now such an extensive range of dials, materials, and color options available. The Rolex Datejust ref. 179173 is an ideal all-rounder, perfect for work, leisure, special occasions, or travel. Its 26mm case is crafted from stainless steel and 18k yellow gold, with a distinct fluted bezel, Jubilee bracelet, and a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal.

Powered by the Caliber 2235, the COSC-certified self-winding movement is equipped with Rolex’s Quickset capability, enabling the date to be set independently of the time-telling hands. The Caliber 2235 is designed entirely in-house by Rolex and provides a 48-hour power reserve from inside its 100-meter water-resistant case. Matching with both gold and silver jewelry, the two-tone Jubilee bracelet also makes this ladies Rolex Datejust 179173 the perfect timepiece to accompany elegant evening attire.

For The Power Woman

Gift Watches for Women

Rolex President 279178 Key Features:

Case Size: 28mm

Materials: 18k Yellow Gold

Functions: Time w/ Running Seconds, Date Display

Dial: Multiple Options Available

Bezel: Fixed, 18k Yellow Gold, Fluted Style

Movement: Caliber 2236

Strap/Bracelet: President Bracelet

ladies rolex president

The Rolex ladies Datejust ref. 279178 is the ultimate gift idea for any lady with a preference for luxurious materials and faultless performance. As the modern rendition of the classic Rolex Lady President, the ref. 279178 features a 28mm case and bracelet crafted entirely from solid 18k yellow gold.

Made to last a lifetime, its solid Oyster case features a Twinlock screw-down crown and is equipped with the Caliber 2236 COSC-certified Perpetual movement. Fitted with a Syloxi hairspring, the Cal. 2236 offers unparalleled performance in the face of magnetic fields and temperature fluctuations, and like all modern Rolex movement, it promises a timekeeping accuracy of -2/+2 seconds per day.

The Rolex Datejust 279178 is a pure classic no matter how you look at it. It boasts all the hallmark traits of a Rolex watch, including its solid gold fluted bezel and Cyclops magnification lens at 3 o’clock, yet it is entirely modern in its build and design. Its supple President bracelet, which secures with a concealed clasp, is executed with satin and high polished finishes to its semi-circular links for a luxurious and instantly recognizable look on the wrist.

For the Timeless Trendsetter

Gift Watches for Women

Rolex Midsize Datejust 178271 Key Features:

Case Size: 31mm

Materials: Stainless Steel and Everose Gold

Functions: Time w/ Running Seconds, Date Display

Dial: Multiple Options Available

Bezel: Fixed, 18k Everose Gold, Fluted Style

Movement: Caliber 2235

Strap/Bracelet: Oyster or Jubilee Bracelet

Rolex Midsize

For something a little larger than the classic Lady Datejust, the 31mm Datejust 178271 offers all the key features of the globally-loved design, wrapped in the brand’s proprietary Everose gold and lustrous 904L stainless steel. A modern twist on the classic two-tone Datejust, the ref. 178271 is a perfect everyday watch for the lady on the go.

The Rolex Datejust ref. 178271 features the brand’s Oyster case with a screw-down Twinlock crown to ensure water resistance up to 100 meters. More than capable of standing up to the rigors of an active lifestyle, the scratch-resistant sapphire crystal, complete with the iconic bubble-like Cyclops magnification lens, provides maximum protection for the dial and 18k Everose gold hands.

Powering the Rolex Datejust 178271 is the in-house Caliber 2235 movement, which provides users with a 48-hour power reserve. Fitted with a stainless steel and 18k Everose gold Jubilee bracelet, this mid-size Datejust can easily be worn as a dressier accompaniment to elegant evening attire, or simply as a casual watch for a day at the beach.

For the Workout Queen

Gift Watches for Women

Rolex Yacht-Master 268655 Key Features:

Case Size: 37mm

Materials: 18k Everose Gold

Functions: Time w/ Running Seconds, Date Display

Dial: Black w/ Luminous Hour Markers

Bezel: Bidirectional, Black Ceramic Insert, 60-Minute Scale

Movement: Caliber 2236

Strap/Bracelet: Oysterflex Bracelet

Ladies Rolex Yachtmaster

If you’re in the market for a luxurious sports watch to give to that special woman in your life who loves adventure and a good gym session, then the Rolex Yacht-Master 37 ref. 268655 combines an elegant yet robust 18K Everose case with a matte black ceramic bezel and a sporty Oysterflex bracelet.

Perfect for swimming, surfing, or simply lounging by the pool, the Yacht-Master 268655 has a sleek and sporty look combined with 100 meters of water resistance. It features a screw-down winding crown and case-back, sapphire crystal with Cyclops lens, black dial, date display at 3 o’clock, and luminous hands and hour markers for easy reading in dark conditions.

The mid-size Rolex Yacht-Master 37 is fitted to an Oysterflex bracelet and attaches to the wrist with an 18K Everose gold Oysterlock clasp. This special bracelet consists of a highly-flexible metal core that is wrapped in black elastomer, providing users with the supple feel and comfort of a rubber strap but with the durability of a traditional metal bracelet. Powered by the automatic Caliber 2236 movement, this Everose gold Rolex Yacht-Master promises chronometer-certified performance and is built to deliver a lifetime of reliable performance.

For the Vintage Enthusiast

Gift Watches for Women

Rolex Vintage Cocktail Watch Key Features:

Case Size: 15mm

Materials: 14k Yellow Gold

Functions: Time-Only

Dial: Silver Index

Bezel: Fixed, 14k Yellow Gold w/ Diamonds

Movement: Manual-Wind

Strap/Bracelet: Vintage Mesh Bracelet

ladies rolex vintage

If you’re on the market for a unique vintage ladies watch to give to your loved one this holiday season, look no more. This elegant vintage Rolex Cocktail watch is truly unlike any of the women’s models that Rolex currently produces, and it offers unparalleled value for the money considering its solid gold and diamond construction.

The face of the timepiece is framed by diamonds, meticulously hand-set into the surface of the watch’s bezel by Rolex’s highly skilled gemologists. The elegant square-shaped case of this vintage lady’s Rolex Cocktail watch is crafted from 14k yellow gold and displays the time on an aged silver index dial for an unmistakably vintage aesthetic.

Completed by a matching 14k yellow gold mesh bracelet, this Rolex Ladies Cocktail watch is just as much a piece of elegant jewelry as it is a precision timepiece. However, its precision manual-wind mechanical movement offers the same legendary performance and reliability for which Rolex watches are known and celebrated.

For the Modern Woman

Gift Watches for Women

Rolex Date 115234 Key Features:

Case Size: 34mm

Materials: Stainless Steel and White Gold

Functions: Time w/ Running Seconds, Date Display

Dial: Multiple Options Available

Bezel: Fixed, 18k White Gold, Fluted Style

Movement: Caliber 3135

Strap/Bracelet: Oyster Bracelet

Rolex Date

Originally classified as a men’s model, the Rolex Date is a slightly smaller alternative to the classic 36mm Datejust. However, the versatile 34mm case of the Date offers women a timepiece with significantly more wrist presence than the traditional Lady-Datejust models.

This ladies Rolex Date ref. 115234 features an Oystersteel case with a fluted bezel crafted from 18K white gold. Powered by the proven Caliber 3135 movement, the Rolex Date 115234 features a Quickset date function, allowing for instant adjustment of the Cyclops-magnified date display at the 3 o’clock location.

The white Arabic dial of this particular Rolex Date ref. 115234 is accompanied by diamond-set indexes, perfect for adding a touch of opulence and finesse to everyday attire. The automatic Caliber 3135 movement, protected by its 100-meter water-resistant case, provides users with a 48-hour power reserve and chronometer-certified timekeeping performance.

For the Jewelry Lover

Gift Watches for Women

Rolex Pearlmaster 80318 Key Features:

Case Size: 29mm

Materials: 18k Yellow Gold

Functions: Time w/ Running Seconds, Date Display

Dial: Multiple Options Available

Bezel: Fixed, 18k Yellow Gold w/ Diamonds

Movement: Caliber 2235

Strap/Bracelet: Pearlmaster Bracelet

Rolex Ladies Pearlmaster

It’s easy to see how the luxurious design of the Rolex Pearlmaster assumes the role of the brand’s jewelry-focused line of precision Swiss watches. Ideal for any discerning female Rolex collector, the Pearlmaster ref. 80318 will make an ideal gift for a loved one this holiday season with its solid 18k yellow gold construction and sleek black dial adorned with glistening diamond dot hour indexes.

Practical and glamorous, Rolex equips the watch with the Pearlmaster bracelet, which is defined by its rounded 5-piece links and concealed Crownclasp. The bracelet wraps effortlessly around the wrist in 18k yellow gold to match the rest of the watch’s case, while the Caliber 2235 powers the watch and offers users a 48-hour power reserve.

Handset by expert Rolex gemologists, each diamond set into the dial and its surrounding 18K yellow gold bezel has been chosen for its fire and brilliance. To uphold a 100-meter water resistance, the 29mm ladies Pearlmaster watch has also been fitted with Rolex’s patented Twinlock screw-down winding crown and a screw-down case-back. The Pearlmaster is Rolex’s most luxurious collection of watches, and the reference 80318 makes the perfect gift for any diamond-loving lady this holiday season.

For the Understated Lady

Gift Watches for Women

Rolex Oyster Perpetual 176200 Key Features:

Case Size: 26mm

Materials: Stainless Steel

Functions: Time w/ Running Seconds

Dial: Multiple Options Available

Bezel: Fixed, Stainless Steel, Smooth Style

Movement: Caliber 2230

Strap/Bracelet: Oyster Bracelet

Rolex Oyster Perpetual

The Rolex Oyster Perpetual is the entry-level collection of watches from the brand’s expansive catalog. It’s the perfect everyday watch for both work and leisure, and its classic and no-nonsense design will appeal to ladies who like their watches to remain practical, understated, and perfectly functional.

This compact yet stylish ladies Rolex Oyster Perpetual 176200 is crafted from rugged 904L stainless steel, which offers improved corrosion resistance and a unique luster. Its polished bezel frames a white baton and Arabic numeral dial, accompanied by luminous-coated hands for easy-reading timekeeping in low-light conditions.

Protecting the face of the watch is a flat scratch-resistant sapphire crystal, while the no-date Caliber 2230 movement offers a 42-hour power reserve and chronometer-certified performance.  The Rolex Date ref. 176200 is fitted with a classic Oystersteel bracelet and Oysterclasp and thanks to its easy-wearing case design and proportions, the Rolex reference 176200 is a timeless and understated luxury watch that pairs well with all attire.

For The Trendy Woman

Gift Watches for Women

Rolex Daytona 116505 Key Features:

Case Size: 40mm

Materials: 18k Everose Gold

Functions: Time w/ Running Seconds, 12-Hour Chronograph

Dial: Multiple Options Available

Bezel: Fixed, 18k Everose Gold w/ Tachymeter Scale

Movement: Caliber 4130

Strap/Bracelet: Oyster Bracelet

Rolex Daytona

The Rolex Daytona watch is an incredibly popular model for both men and women alike, and it is often regarded as one of the most desirable watches in the world. While the Daytona is traditionally a man’s watch and has a sizable 40mm case diameter, its iconic design and world-wide collectibility have made it the must-have watch for women too.

The ladies Rolex Daytona 116505 is crafted from the brand’s patented 18k Everose gold, which protects the in-house Caliber 4130 self-winding movement. Equipped with a column wheel, vertical clutch, and a blue Parachrom hairspring, the Rolex Daytona is highly reliable and resistant to both shocks and temperature changes.

Sporty and distinct, the unmistakable style of the Rolex Daytona 116505 brings a modern warmth to Rolex’s professional racing watch. Its 40mm diameter is large for a lady’s wrist but perfectly geared towards daring, confident women who like to get noticed for their superb choice in timepieces. Fitted with a full Everose gold Oyster bracelet, the reference 116505 imparts a sporty-chic look on the wrist, which is only enhanced by its ability to provide remarkably accurate readings.

The World Traveler

Gift Watches for Women

Omega Constellation Co-Axial Chronometer Key Features:

Case Size: 27mm

Materials: Stainless Steel and Yellow Gold

Functions: Time w/ Running Seconds, Date Display

Dial: Mother of Pearl w/ Diamonds

Bezel: Fixed, 18k Yellow Gold w/ Roman Numerals

Movement: Caliber 8520 Co-Axial

Strap/Bracelet: Integrated Bracelet

OMEGA Constellation

Omega Constellation watches have long been celebrated for their instantly-recognizable designs, characterized by the iconic claws fitted to the sides of their cases. If the lady you intend to purchase a watch for this holiday season appreciates elegant and timeless designs, then the Omega Constellation ref. is sure to promise the perfect fit.

A case crafted from stainless steel and 18K yellow gold protects the in-house Caliber 8520 Co-Axial movement at its center. The self-winding caliber provides users with a 50-hour power reserve and propels a set of gold hands around an elegant mother of pearl dial for a stunning and luxurious two-tone display. A date located at 3 o’clock is joined by a set of scintillating diamond hour markers – each one meticulously set into place by a skilled artisan at Omega’s atelier.

Crafted from the finest materials and powered by a state-of-the-art mechanical movement, the two-tone Omega Constellation reference offers all the signature design traits of the collection, from its chronometer-certified Co-Axial movement to its instantly-recognizable integrated bracelet.



2 Responses to “Holiday Gift Guide: The Luxury Watches Women Actually Want”

  1. jim braun says:

    Hi Paul,

    I would love to be the proud owner of a Yacht-Master 42 226659 in white gold, but they as you probably know are on allocation by Rolex and the 2 stores I shopped for a new one, Ben Bridge and Devon’s, do not have one for sale, do not know when they will have one and cannot take an order for one. And of course I have yet to see one on your website.

    I think this watch came out in 2016 or 2017, so Rolex should have been able to ramp up production by now. Do you have any insights into what is going on? This situation has to have a lot of people frustrated with Rolex!

    In any event I wish you and your team joy and good health this Holiday Season,

    Jim Braun in Reno, Nevada

    • Paul Altieri says:

      Hi Jim,
      We actually have had a few come through our hands, but they do sell rather quickly! With that in mind, the Rolex Yacht-Master 42 ref. 226659 was only just released last year at Baselworld 2019, so there is a good chance that due to Rolex temporarily halting production earlier this year in 2020 due to the pandemic, that there just aren’t that many examples of the ref. 226659 in circulation yet.
      Definitely keep checking in with your local authorized retailers – there aren’t that many ref. 226659 watches out there, but there are fewer people trying to buy one at any given point in time due to its higher price point than a stainless steel Submariner or GMT-Master II. Additionally, we do get them in but they sell quite quickly, so be sure to sign up for our New Arrivals emails so that you can always have a heads up on the latest watches to hit our site.

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