Rolex watches have always occupied a high place in any list of popular luxury timepieces. From the groundbreaking Oyster dive watch that was first launched in 1926 to the iconic Rolex Daytona with its tachymeter and chronograph, Rolex watches have long been held in high esteem. Even though the Oyster first proved itself on the wrist of a young Mercedes Gleitze as she swam the English Channel in 1927, Ladies Rolex watches haven’t had quite the history of the men’s versions.
Originally establishing itself as the maker of innovative watches for professionals, Rolex designed watches for aviators, deep sea divers, mountaineers, and other adventurers, with complications like chronographs and its first-ever self-winding mechanism, the Perpetual rotor, but none specifically for women.
It wasn’t until the Lady Datejust was introduced in the late 1950s that Rolex began to focus on watches for women. Luckily, there are not only more Rolex’s for women to choose from today, but modern standards have relaxed to the point that some women are making bold fashion statements by wearing classic Rolex men’s watches. In the following article, we’ll highlight a few of the traditional offerings for women from Rolex, as well as some classic watches being worn by women today.
Buy & Sell a Rolex Lady Datejust 26
The Lady Datejust is probably the most iconic women’s watch of all time. When first introduced, the Lady Datejust was simply a smaller cousin to the popular Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust, but it is now available in a range of materials and colors to accommodate any woman’s fancy.
Like its predecessor, the Lady Datejust features the waterproof Oyster case and the self-winding Perpetual mechanism, as well as Rolex’s famous Cyclops eye over the date indication—a magnification that increases the legibility of the date by two and a half times. The Rolex manufactured calibre 2235 provides center hour, minute, and second hand functions, with instantaneous date setting and stop seconds for precise time setting.
The Lady Datejust can be constructed in steel, steel and white gold, or steel and yellow gold, with either a domed or fluted bezel. The dials are available in black, white, pink, chocolate, and steel, as well as meteorite and mother of pearl. Add to these combinations a wide variety of bracelets and gemstone options, and it’s possible to create a range of looks that evoke femininity and sophistication—a myriad of options to suit femininity in all its diversity.
One recently popular option in the Lady Datejust 26 is the combination of a steel and Everose gold case paired with a domed bezel and a richly brown chocolate-colored dial. The dial features Roman numerals in Everose gold, with the oversized VI set with eleven perfectly matched diamonds. A Jubilee bracelet compliments the case with its five piece links of steel and Everose Rolesor, a Rolex made combination of 904L steel and 18K Everose gold. The deep chocolate dial with understated diamonds against the Everose bezel creates a look that is warm and lush, while remaining elegant and sophisticated.
Buy & Sell a Rolex Pearlmaster 29
Though a full 3mm larger than the classic 26 mm Lady Datejust, the Rolex Pearlmaster 29 is still small enough to look elegant and stylish on a woman’s wrist. With softly curving lines and multiple diamond setting options, the Pearlmaster is available in 18K white, yellow, or Rolex’s own in-house foundry made Everose gold.
The dial is also available in a wide array of options, from a silver jubilee pattern to a flawless, iridescent mother-of -pearl. The gemstones at each numeral on the face are meticulously aligned in height, orientation, and position to enhance the fine finish of the dial, and the bezel boasts 32 diamonds on some models.
One available option that really sets this watch apart is the diamond-set Pearlmaster bracelet. Made up of five piece rounded links in solid gold, the fluid appearance is masterfully complemented by the fully concealed folding Crownclasp, where the clasp itself is hidden from view when closed.
Buy & Sell a Datejust 31
Another traditional offering for women from Rolex is the Datejust 31. Offered in many of the same configurations as the Lady Datejust 26, the slightly larger size of the Datejust 31 makes an even bigger statement.
One particularly popular model includes a diamond set bezel featuring 52 perfectly set stones around a champagne dial with floral motifs. The floral designs are produced by an exclusive electroforming technique that raises the design with exquisite precision. Add to this the classic Jubilee bracelet in Rolesor and Everose gold, and the effect is nothing short of stunning.
Other Popular Rolexes for Women
Celebrities often set trends, and a quick look at the red carpet shows that women are opting for ‘oversized’ watches. No longer bound by the small size of traditional watches like the Lady Datejust or the smaller Pearlmasters, women are increasingly seen wearing the much larger 40mm watches. It is not uncommon to see Vintage Men’s Rolex Daytonas or Submariners gracing the wrists of stars like Jennifer Aniston, Sofia Vergara, and Portia de Rossi.
Buy & Sell a Rolex Daytona
First offered in the early 1960s, the Rolex Daytona has long been a favorite of collectors, thanks in part to its elegant style and precision, as well as its deep connection to automobile racing and the legendary Paul Newman.
Its features include a patented chronograph and tachymetric scale on the bezel, and three sub-dials allowing the calculation of elapsed time over a predetermined distance. Originally produced with a 39mm case, the new Daytonas are offered only in 44mm case size, making a truly bold statement on a smaller wrist.
Buy & Sell a Rolex Submariner
Probably one of the most recognized watches in the world, the Rolex Submariner is no longer just for James Bond and his male fans. With its distinctive dial, large luminescent hour markers, rotatable Cerachrom bezel, and solid link Oyster bracelet, the ruggedly elegant watch is easily at home in the board room or diving the Great Barrier Reef. The robust and functional design is iconic, and has recently found its way onto the wrists of stars like Cameron Diaz and Sharon Stone.
Buy & Sell a Rolex Milgauss
Another men’s Rolex becoming popular with women is the Milgauss. The instantly recognizable Milgauss was first built for scientists exposed to magnetic fields in their research, but lately this watch has become part of the growing trend in women’s fashion. Reliably precise even when exposed to magnetic fields of 1000 gauss, the Milgauss features a 40mm case, distinctive dial, and steel Oyster bracelet. Recently worn by Jennifer Aniston, the Milgauss is simply the latest men’s Rolex adopted by women, and indicative of a trend that seems here to stay.
Where to Sell a Ladies Rolex Watch
If you would like to sell your Ladies Rolex watch for a generous cash offer, please contact Diamond Estate Jewelry Buyers today for a free watch appraisal and consultation. Learn more about selling a used Rolex timepiece at: How to Sell a Rolex.