Despite the prominence of wristwatches for women at the start of the luxury watch movement, not everyone thinks of ladies’ watches when you mention Rolex. With iconic sports watches such as the Submariner, GMT-Master, and the Daytona, it’s not hard to see why their selection of men’s watches are top of mind.
That said, if you’re a woman who is looking for an elegant timepiece to wear on your wrist, Rolex is one of the best brands to consider. Its stable of ladies’ watches are equally famous for being timeless and elegant in design, and for being flattering and easy to wear.
While Rolex does make ultra luxurious models for ladies such as the Rolex President and Pearlmaster, there are still Rolex ladies’ watches that won’t break the bank. Here are our top picks for the most affordable Rolex watches for women.
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Ladies 24 ref 76080 ($2,790 – )
The Oyster Perpetual is the most understated of Rolex models, whose key features stick to Rolex’s original hallmark traits – Oyster case, time only dial, and Perpetual movement. The Rolex Oyster Perpetual 24 Ladies ref 76080 is a beautiful watch that embodies the essence of the collection.
Rolex loves to keep tradition alive and the ref 76080 is styled as a customary ladies watch at 24mm wide. That said, Rolex also seems to fight the standards that the world set for it with this watch. Its grace comes from the simplicity from the stainless steel case and bracelets, to the locking crown and classically simple dial. No flash with a fluted bezel, date window, or Cyclops magnifier.
This time only watch adds interest with a choice of dial colors – from the classic silvered and black, to sunburst salmon pink and blue. Simple hour markers maintain classic luxury and elegance for smaller wrists. At this price point, the ref 76080 can easily start your collection or finish it with class.
Rolex Datejust Ladies 26 Steel White Gold ref 79174 ($4,590 -)
With a monochromatic combination of 18k white gold and steel, this Datejust is the epitome of quiet luxury. Released in the late 90s, the 26mm Datejust ref 79174 started the next generation of Datejust watches for women. The 26mm case is and was a popular size for the four decades that the Datejust ladies watch had been in circulation, and they maintained the tradition at a price that remains a great entry point for women who are starting their Rolex collection.
While the white metal over salmon dial is incredibly unique, the ref 79174 is available in a variety of color combinations and dials. Pairing the white gold fluted bezel with steel and a five-piece Jubilee bracelet adds a touch more traditional elegance. It dresses up or down for many occasions, even more so with the dial options that include diamond indices, mother of pearl, and vignette finishes.
Rolex Cellini Classic 24 Gold ref 6110 ($3,790 -)
If you’re looking for a Rolex with a distinct look, but don’t want to spend too much money, the Cellini Classic ref 6110 could be your perfect fit. It features a round 18k yellow gold case, in a non-Oyster style that makes it stand out; a thin bezel in the same metal, as well as a manual movement. The case measures 24mm across.
When it comes to Rolex dress watches, the Cellini collection is the epitome of formality and tradition – after all, the Cellini line was created as a catch-all for Rolex’s “tuxedo” watches. The elegance in this watch comes with the intricate simplicity where the dial takes the stage rather than the bezel. With other dress watches, the texture and luxury may come in the form of fluted or diamond bezels — this Cellini watch gives the large dial a slight guilloche texture for some visual interest, plus applied hour markers in very thin Roman style.
This is a great dress watch for those with small wrists or like the vintage sizing of a wristwatch.
Rolex Datejust Ladies 26 Steel Gold ref 69173 ($3,990 -)
While two-tone watches were very strongly associated with the excess of the 80s, it has made a comeback, and is very much in vogue for its combination of luxe gold and durable steel. If you like the idea of the two-tone case and bracelet, the ref 69173 is a great entry model for you. The 26mm diameter sticks with tradition when it comes to Rolex ladies’ watches, as does the Jubilee bracelet and fluted bezel. If you want a quintessential ladies’ Rolex, this is the one!
It comes with a variety of dial colors and textures – linen, vignette, diamond dress the watch up, while the classic champagne, blue, and slate maintain a more casual look, especially when paired with an Oyster bracelet.
Rolex Air King 34 Steel ref 14000 ($4,190 -)
If you like larger watches, the Air King ref 14000 is a good choice. The slightly oversized look is perfect for someone looking for something with a little more wrist presence than your traditional ladies ‘ watch.
The Air King is one of Rolex’s entry-point collections with its range of time-only wristwatches. Created for the British Royal Air Force, it has gained fans in the watch world for its highly legible and versatile design.
Produced between 1989 through 2007, the ref 14000 sported a more mid-size diameter for ladies that prefer a larger watch, while still remaining slightly smaller than the Oyster Perpetuals and Datejusts produced at the same time.
The simple Oyster case combined with an equally simple dial, are all finely executed. Stark and simple Arabic numerals at cardinal points, combined with applied baton hour markers, complement the nice clean lines of the Oyster case and smooth bezel.
The automatic movement with a 40+ hour power reserve tops off this wristwatch. The Rolex Air-King ref 14000 can easily start or finish your collection with a design that walks that line between sporty casual and dressy elegance with ease.
Rolex Midsize Datejust 31 All Steel ref 68240 ($4,690 -)
The Rolex Midsize Datejust 31 ref 68240 has a classic look with a modern twist.
The case features a steel construction and measures 31 mm in diameter giving a slightly larger case while still being incredibly versatile when it comes to wrist size. The locking crown and Oyster case make this watch water resistant to 330 feet. You’d have a dress watch that can shift to every day where without any concerns about where you’re going.
The automatic 2135 perpetual movement works seamlessly under the all steel case. The choice of Jubilee or Oyster bracelets, various dial colors, and baton, Roman, and Buckley dial styles allow you to choose a model that fits your personality.
Rolex Yachtmaster Ladies 29 Steel Yellow Gold ref 169623 ($7,790 -)
If you like the idea of an elegant sports watch on your wrist, it can’t get much better than a Yachtmaster. When it comes to sports watches, Rolex doesn’t often make anything in the smaller size, but they made sure the ladies had their very own luxury tool watch in the Yachtmaster range.
This two-tone steel and yellow gold watch wears more dressy than sporty due to its smaller 29mm case. It’s actually the smallest Yachtmaster in the collections and sits low and tight to the wrist while still maintaining a curvier profile.
The yellow gold bidirectional bezel and screw-down protective crown maintains the sporty appeal of this watch while it transcends that line into the world of dress watches.
The Most Affordable Rolex Watches for Women
While having a Rolex on your wrist definitely signals luxury, you can still get a Rolex watch for a just few thousand dollars, and iconic ones at that.
If you’re diving into the world of ladies’ luxury watches, check out our vast selection of Rolex watches at SwissWatchExpo today. There’s sure to be something to please your tastes at affordable prices if there’s any indication from the above.