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Best Dress Watches for Women at Every Budget

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!

Under $500

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.

Michele Deco Sport

Hamilton Jazzmaster Lady

Quartz movement within a sapphire crystal case with a blue calfskin leather strap.

Hamilton Jazz Master

Under $1,000

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.

Shinola Runwell

Bulova Marine Star

Quartz movement within a black IP ceramic case with a black ceramic and rose gold tone stainless steel strap.

Bulova Marine Star

Under $2,000

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.

Raymond Weil Toccata

Frederique Constant Double Heart

Automatic movement within a stainless steel case with a convex sapphire crystal and teal alligator leather strap.

Frederique Constant Double Heart Beat

Nomos Orion 33 Duo

Manual movement within a stainless steel case with a domed sapphire crystal and beige velour leather strap.

Nomos Orion

Under $5,000

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.

Shinola Canfield

Gucci GG2570

Quartz movement within a stainless steel case with an anti-reflective sapphire crystal and stainless steel strap.

Gucci GG2570

Baume & Mercier Promesse

Automatic movement within a two-tone case with an anti-glare domed sapphire crystal and two-tone bracelet strap.

Baume & Mercier Promesse

Under $10,000

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.

Tag Heuer Carrera Quartz

Longines Equestrian Stirrup

Quartz movement within a stainless steel case with a 2-row diamond bezel, sapphire crystal and brown calf leather strap.

Longines Equestrian Stirrup

 

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.

Carl F. Bucherer AutoDate

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.

Franck Muller Lady Vanguard

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.

Jaquet Droz Sunstone

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.

Dior Grand Bal

Blancpain Chronographe Flyback

Automatic movement within an 18K red gold case with diamond bezel, sapphire crystal and white ostrich leather strap.

Blancpain Flyback

About The Author: Scott Meller

Born and raised in Los Angeles, Scott joined Feldmar Watch Company, Inc. under the tutelage of his father, Sol. As a fourth generation family member, Scott’s forward-thinking business acumen has placed Feldmar on the cutting edge of the luxury timepiece market. Scott’s favorite part about working at Feldmar is being a part of his family’s multi-generational business and having worked alongside his father. His accomplishments are many, including the expansion and remodel of the Feldmar flagship store, as well as a second location inside The Beverly Hilton.

Since attending Santa Monica College, Scott has become an expert in the technical aspects of the timepieces sold at Feldmar. Each year, he travels to Switzerland—the watchmaking capital of the world—to attend the Baselword Watch & Jewelry Fair and build upon his extensive knowledge of this quickly-evolving industry.

Scott is very proud of the way Feldmar customers are put first: “We regularly go out of our way to meet the needs of our clients. A client once purchased a rather significant watch as a birthday gift for his brother who lived in New York. Our client asked how we were going to deliver the gift and we responded with the typical answer, we would ship it by FedEx. After we answered his question, we could tell that he wanted a more personalized experience for the delivery and offered to have it hand-delivered by one of our associates. He lit up at the thought, and so off went one of our associates to New York City for the day to hand-deliver the gift.”

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