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Holiday Gift Guide: Luxury Watches Women Actually Want

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. To help out, we’ve compiled this Holiday 2021 gift guide featuring the best luxury watches for that special woman in your life.

Our holiday luxury watch gift guide features a few of our top picks on the site right now, as well as 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 something for everyone in this women’s watch holiday gift guide.

Bob’s Top Luxury Watch Gifts for Women 2021

Here at Bob’s, we think a gift should be something that goes a little above and beyond what someone might expect. So to exceed her expectations, and if you’re lucky, surprise her, we say reach for something gold or glitzy.

Rolex Day-Date 18238

Rolex Day Date 118238

The Rolex Day-Date in all gold is like few other watches out there. Without the need for diamonds, the base model glows with an opulence that is rarely matched. Its high-flying political associations are nothing but stellar, and the reputation and gravitas of this piece are not often lost on even the most casual of observers.

While there’s a smaller 28mm Lady President, we love the mid-sized 36mm case that feels elegant with a knock-out punch in the wrist presence standings thanks to the unmistakable president bracelet. A true classic.

Rolex Datejust 116244

Rolex Datejust 116244
The Rolex Datejust is an icon. It is not just the quintessential Rolex, but one of the most important luxury wristwatches of all time. While such a claim sounds hyperbolic when observing the Datejust and its modest functionality in a modern landscape of high-concept super-watches, the crucial thing about this model family is its history – a history that is impossible to ignore.

When it was released almost 75 years ago (in 1945) the Datejust was the first automatic wristwatch with a jumping date viewed through a window in the dial. In those days, the date was unmagnified but that changed nine years later in 1954, when Rolex founder Hans Wilsdorf decided to increase the legibility of the 3 o’clock date window by 2.5 times, following the advice of his wife, who was struggling to read hers.

Mrs. Wilsdorf’s influence on her husband’s legacy should not be underestimated. Not only did her reputed suggestion lead to the creation of one of the most recognizable Rolex features, it also implies that she was a Datejust wearer herself and, evidently, a huge fan. No watch needs to have a famous wearer of your gender for you to like or wear a watch, but it is kind of cool to know that this luxury wristwatch has a longer history of being worn by women than most.

As a result, Rolex has ensured that their current collection offers a wide array of women’s luxury watches specifically for their female followers. While the typical Datejust is more often imagined to be an all-gold or Rolesor (two-tone) watch, the icy cool of the reference 116244 allows its 36mm stainless steel case to pair perfectly with its glistening diamond-set bezel. Topping off this model is a silver dial with polished and applied Roman numerals that imbues this watch with serious character.

Rolex Datejust 179171 Everose Two-Tone

Rolex Datejust 179171

For those who prefer the warmer tones of Everose gold, this model is a sure-fire winner. Reverting here to the classic Jubilee bracelet and iconic fluted bezel, the reference 179171 is crafted from Rolex’s proprietary 18-karat Everose pink gold alloy and their ultra-corrosion resistant Oystersteel. Its mother of pearl dial with diamond hour markers is an indulgent treat that can still be worn all day, every day.

Despite the 10 sparkling diamonds on the dial, this watch comes in at a little less than you might expect. It can frequently be found available pre-owned for around 7k, making it an absolute steal among the various women’s luxury watches currently available on the market.

What to Buy For The Different Women in Your Life

For The Classic Woman

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.

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 Lady Datejust ref. 279178 is the ultimate gift idea for any woman with a preference for luxurious materials and faultless performance. An all-gold Datejust with the added appeal of an exclusive President bracelet, the ref. 279178 is totally indulgent, but a piece she will wear and cherish for a lifetime. And despite that champagne dial that makes this model extra dressy, the 28mm sizing keeps it from ever feeling imposing.

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 is wrapped in the brand’s proprietary Everose gold and lustrous 904L stainless steel, giving it timeless appeal while still boasting modern edge. A twist on the classic two-tone Datejust, the ref. 178271 is a perfect everyday watch for chic, on-the-go women. Plus, the elegant Jubilee bracelet adds extra versatility, allowing her to easily dress the watch up or down.

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 that allows her to wear it everywhere.

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.

Vintage Rolex GMT-Master Pepsi 1675 Key Features

Rolex GMT 1675

Case Size: 39mm

Materials: Oystersteel

Functions: Hours, Minutes, Seconds, Date, GMT

Dial: Black

Bezel: Pepsi bezel that’s turned to a blue and faded fuchsia bezel

Movement: Automatic 1570

Strap/Bracelet: Oyster

The vintage watch collector in your life will swoon over this incredible GMT-Master 1675 that features a faded Pepsi bezel where the red aluminum has turned this awesome fuchsia color. She’ll love the uniqueness of this iconic Rolex vintage collectible — it’s a truly memorable gift this holiday season that she’ll cherish forever.

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 solid 18k yellow gold Pearlmaster ref. 80318 with a diamond bezel and signature Pearlmaster bracelet is totally glamorous. She’ll love stacking this with her favorite bracelets or simply wearing it as a statement piece all on its own.

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 Trendsetter

Rolex Oyster Perpetual 126000

Rolex Oyster Perpetual 126000 Key Features:

Case Size: 36mm

Materials: Stainless Steel

Functions: Time w/ Running Seconds

Dial: Yellow

Bezel: Fixed, Stainless Steel, Smooth Style

Movement: Caliber 3230

Strap/Bracelet: Oyster Bracelet

The Rolex Oyster Perpetual is the typical, entry-level collection of watches from the brand’s expansive catalog. But, it’s recent renditions with modern, brightly colored ‘Stella’ dials are quickly becoming a favorite for all collectors. 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 while still leaning into today’s trends.

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. 123.20.27.20.55.003 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 123.20.27.20.55.003 offers all the signature design traits of the collection, from its chronometer-certified Co-Axial movement to its instantly-recognizable integrated bracelet.

Rolex SkyDweller 326933

Rolex Sky-Dweller 326933 Key Features

Case Size: 42mm

Materials: Stainless Steel and Yellow Gold

Functions: Date, Month, GMT, Second-time zone, Hour, Minute and Second hand, 24-hour display in an off-center disc.

Dial: White

Bezel: Fluted, 18k Yellow Gold

Movement: Automatic 9001

Strap/Bracelet: Rolesor Oyster

Featuring one of Rolex’s most complicated movements ever created, the Rolex Sky-Dweller is one of the brand’s most expensive and luxurious models. This 326933 is made all the more elegant with its Rolesor construction, combining practical 904L stainless steel and luxe 18k yellow gold. This watch not only helps this jet-setting woman keep track of multiple timezones but the date, too. Plus, this watch effortlessly transitions from first class to the hotel, holiday or boardroom she’s heading off to. It is large at 42mm — but it makes a statement that she’ll adore.

Paul Altieri

Paul is the company's Founder and CEO. He is responsible for all the day to day activities from purchasing, receiving, marketing and sales. Paul is a graduate of Boston College 1979 and resides in California with his family.

2 Comments
  1. 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

    • 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.