Best Dress Watches for Women at Every Budget
While the term “dress watch” once defined a very specific type of watch, it has since evolved into a matter of personal preference rather than concrete parameters. Now, every woman can find that perfect timepiece to compliment her favorite dressy look.
Some women may prefer to stick to the classic: minimalist design paired with a fine leather strap, perfect for any occasion. Other women may choose to express themselves through creative designs, eye-catching colors, or beautiful gems.
No matter the preference, rest assured that there is a perfect dress watch to suit not just every woman’s unique style, but her budget as well!
For under $500, there are quite a few brands offering the kind of quality craftsmanship that any woman would be proud to wear on her wrist. Here are two of our favorites:
Michele Deco Sport
Swiss quartz movement within a pink gold tone stainless steel case with a plum embossed silicone strap.
Hamilton Jazzmaster Lady
Quartz movement within a sapphire crystal case with a blue calfskin leather strap.
The category of luxury watches under $1,000 is quite expansive. However, a few brands truly stand out as the perfect pairing of affordability and design. Here are our top picks:
Shinola Runwell 41MM
Quartz movement within a stainless steel case with a natural aniline latigo leather strap.
Bulova Marine Star
Quartz movement within a black IP ceramic case with a black ceramic and rose gold tone stainless steel strap.
For under $2,000, you’ll find a stunning array of watches that includes some of the big brand names you know and love.
Raymond Weil Toccata 34MM
Quartz movement within a rose gold PVD and stainless steel case with a sapphire glass crystal and rose gold PVD and stainless steel strap.
Frederique Constant Double Heart
Automatic movement within a stainless steel case with a convex sapphire crystal and teal alligator leather strap.
Nomos Orion 33 Duo
Manual movement within a stainless steel case with a domed sapphire crystal and beige velour leather strap.
If your budget is nearing $5,000, you’ll start to see plenty of luxury watch options. The upside is variety; the downside is so many different brands to choose from and narrowing down which ones truly offer you the craftsmanship worth their price tag. That’s why we love these options from these well-known watchmakers:
Shinola Canfield with Diamonds 32MM
Quartz movement within a PVD gold and stainless steel case with a double-domed sapphire crystal and double wrap ocean blue leather strap.
Quartz movement within a stainless steel case with an anti-reflective sapphire crystal and stainless steel strap.
Baume & Mercier Promesse
Automatic movement within a two-tone case with an anti-glare domed sapphire crystal and two-tone bracelet strap.
As you approach five figures, you’re looking for a timepiece that not only checks all the boxes of quality and design, but also will remain a cherished part of your collection for years to come. That’s why it’s important to stick with the brands that you know will stand the test of time and continue to serve you over the long term.
Tag Heuer Carrera Quartz
Quartz movement within a black PVD steel and 18K rose gold case with a sapphire crystal and black rubber strap.
Longines Equestrian Stirrup
Quartz movement within a stainless steel case with a 2-row diamond bezel, sapphire crystal and brown calf leather strap.
Carl F. Bucherer Patravi Autodate TwoTone
Automatic movement within an 18K rose gold and stainless steel case with a sapphire glass crystal and 18K rose gold and stainless steel strap.
Up to $50,000
When your budget is in this range, you aren’t just looking for an everyday timepiece — you’re looking for something truly meaningful. Perhaps a gift for the most special of occasions, or a family heirloom to be passed down to the next generation.
So you want to know that your timepiece has been crafted with the utmost care and attention to detail. That’s why we turn to these names when it comes to truly investing in a timepiece:
Hermes Heure H
Quartz movement within a steel case with diamond bezel and smooth raspberry alligator strap.
Franck Muller Lady Vanguard
Quartz movement within a stainless steel case with diamonds, sapphire crystal and white leather strap.
Jaquet Droz Petite Heure Minute Sunstone
Automatic movement within an 18K red gold case with diamond bezel and lugs and a brown alligator leather strap.
Dior Grand Bal
Automatic movement within a black high-tech ceramic and stainless steel case with diamond bezel, sapphire crystal glass and black high-tech ceramic strap.
Blancpain Chronographe Flyback
Automatic movement within an 18K red gold case with diamond bezel, sapphire crystal and white ostrich leather strap.