With the fashion for ever larger timepieces continuing unabated, the lines for what constitutes a man’s and a woman’s watch are becoming increasingly blurred, particularly when it comes to the vintage market.
While Rolex have traditionally concentrated the majority of their efforts on the male wearer, with their ladies’ range consisting generally of scaled-down versions of some of the brand’s big hitters, the smaller sizes of men’s pieces from an earlier era has seen them adorning more and more female wrists.
A 34mm or 36mm case, considered the ideal male size for many years, is now just as likely to be sought out by women. It’s a trend that opens up a whole slew of new doors, as some of the iconic models from Rolex’s history books find a fresh audience.
As well as the size issue, design plays a major factor in a watch’s appeal across the sexes. There are a number of color schemes in the brand’s catalog that manage to suit both masculine and feminine tastes at the same time.
Black and gold is one such combination. The warmth of a yellow gold case against a rich black dial creates a look of sober luxury, regardless of the wearer. Here at Bob’s, we have a wide selection of stunning Rolexes finished in black and gold, suitable for him and her. Below, we’ve picked out a few of our favorites.
The Mid Size Day-Date is a unisex watch that is black and gold.
A Black and Gold Rolex Day-Date ref. 18238
Take a look through the women’s watches section on the official Rolex website and you’ll find a range of models varying in size from the 26mm Oyster Perpetual to a 39mm Pearlmaster. In between, you’ll discover the Datejust 36mm, now being deliberately targeted at both the male and female market.
Strangely though, the same size of the Day-Date is absent, a noticeable omission made even more confusing by the release of the decidedly red-blooded 40mm edition in 2015.
Only available as a 36mm watch for the best part of 50 years, what now qualifies as a mid-size Rolex makes a superb option for men and women. The President we have here, a ref. 18238 released at the end of the eighties, is a particularly fine example.
With a case crafted from flawless yellow gold and topped with a fluted bezel, the watch’s stippled black dial gives the face a textured, three-dimensional effect.
Inside, the Cal. 3155 provides the power—the double Quickset movement that’s still used in the latest iteration. Fittingly secured by the President bracelet with its concealed Crownclasp, the 18238 is still the quintessential Rolex for the chairman or woman of the board.
Here is a black and gold Datejust just, with a diamond bezel.
A Black and Gold Rolex Datejust ref. 68278
The 31mm Datejust is definitely a feminine watch, but one with a little more edge than the traditional ladies’ sizes. While it retains a delicacy that pairs well with a slender wrist, it’s just big enough to subtly draw attention to itself and its wearer.
Our ref. 68278 from the start of the nineties goes one step further in ensuring it doesn’t go unnoticed, with its 18k yellow gold case framed by a diamond bedecked bezel, along with diamond hour indexes on its matte black dial.
It gives the piece a look of supreme opulence without overstepping into the grandiose; a watch for those with exquisite taste and no need to shout about it.
Sitting on this Datejust is a 18k yellow gold President bracelet, the semi-circular, three-piece links provide just a little extra touch of exclusivity and comfort.
The Datejust has been one of Rolex’s all-time most popular models, in both the men’s and ladies’ versions, available in such a bewildering number of different flavors they are impossible to count. Supremely versatile, there’s a piece to suit everyone, and our beautiful black and gold example is a glittering showstopper.
This two-tone Daytona rocks a 18k yellow gold tachymeter.
A Black and Gold Rolex Daytona ref. 116523
There isn’t a color scheme in which the world’s favorite chronograph wouldn’t look stunning. The ageless design that has remained virtually unchanged since its debut in the sixties lends itself perfectly to just about any combination of metal and dial configuration.
The ref. 116523 here at Bob’s brings an extra element to our theme, matching an unblemished black dial, complete with gold fringed stopwatch readouts, with a steel and yellow gold Rolesor case. The 18k gold engraved tachymeter bezel gives it an unapologetically extravagant air, while the contrasting stainless steel adds the required amount of machismo.
From the first generation to be graced with Rolex’s own in-house chronograph movement, the Cal. 4130, the Daytona has always been the ideal blend of good looks and faultless functionality. Whether on the track or in the office, it’s a watch that opens doors.
Currently the hottest property in the horology world, the Daytona is building an ever-expanding female fan base. Celebrities such as actress Charlize Theron, fashion designer Victoria Beckham and socialite Paris Hilton have all been spotted rocking the watch, an oversize accessory that makes a big statement.
The GMT-Master 1675/3 is another black and gold masterpiece.
A Black and Gold Rolex GMT-Master ref. 1675/3
Hear the name GMT-Master and your mind immediately shifts to one of the signature color schemes that made the aviator’s watch so rightly famous. But away from all the two-tone Pepsi, Coke and Batman bezels of the world, the seventies saw Rolex release an all-black version with a Rolesor case, a different type of bi-color arrangement with a sleeker, more high-end look.
The ref. 1675 had one of the longest production runs of any of Rolex’s sports models. Originally launched in 1959, it was eventually discontinued in 1980. Our variation, one of several during the 21-year lifespan, is classified the 1675/3.
Along with the novel bezel with its golden numerals, it was also distinguished by its cone-shaped hour markers, leading to its black face being dubbed the ‘nipple’ dial. Equipped with gold hands, the large arrow topping the GMT indicator is correct for the period, as is the Jubilee bracelet it sits on. Only available with an Oyster originally, Rolex started offering a choice of band in 1968, and the intricacies of the Jubilee, with its three 14k gold center links, echoes the luxurious nature of the rest of the piece.
While its original USP may be absent, the two color bezels being used by travelers and pilots to differentiate between night and day as they crossed time zones, the essence of what made the GMT-Master one of the most popular series in the Rolex canon is still very much alive and kicking.
A tough as nails professional tool watch, its luxurious black and gold version is a true go anywhere, do anything companion.
Bob’s Watches prides itself on stocking the finest range of authentic pre-owned and vintage Rolexes for him and her. To see our wide selection of black and gold models, head over to our online store.