While many people might believe that luxury watches are typically meant for men to own and wear, this is simply a false misconception. Women have played an integral role in the history and success of the world’s most premier watch companies including Rolex, Cartier, and Patek Philippe. In 1927, Mercedes Gleitz became the first woman in history to swim the English Channel and did so wearing the Rolex Oyster, the world’s first ever waterproof wristwatch. Rolex created a huge marketing campaign celebrating the historic accomplishment and showcasing the watch’s sleek look and dependability. In more recent years, additional luxury watch brands have come to recognize women’s role in the luxury watch market and began to foray into designing ladies’ lines. That being said, many women today aren’t limiting themselves to only wearing these ladies’ versions of men’s watches, and ignoring the rules to wear whichever watch they please. Women are taking the color schemes, case sizes, and materials used on men’s watches to push the envelope and wear these luxury watches with an exciting new flair. In this article, our expert team at WatchesAndWatches.com presents 5 men’s watches we love for women. 

Rolex Cellini Ref. 4311

The Cellini is one of Rolex’s most beloved models. This Rolex Cellini Reference 4311 features a one-of-a-kind square dial with rounded corners along with an elegant silver dial that contrasts beautifully with its 18k gold markers and dials. The Cellini’s trademark interwoven band in 18k gold is the perfect finishing touch to make it a watch that would perfectly grace a woman’s wrist.

Rolex Milgauss Ref. 116400GV

The Rolex Milguass is a defining Rolex design that men have cherished ever since its debut in 1956. In recent years, women have claimed the Milgauss’ unique design and made it their own, bringing new exuberance to the watch by pairing it with chic outfits that highlight the watches signature details—an orange lightning bolt seconds hand against a black dial and green sapphire crystal.

Rolex Daytona Ref. 116505

While many men shy away from anything rose gold, women are able to embrace the luxurious and trendy color. When Rolex adorned this Daytona, the quintessential Rolex that’s virtually everyone’s favorite, with 18k rose gold throughout, they created a watch that only a woman has the ability to pull off and fully utilize the impeccable design of.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak

The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak is a watch many men dream of owning, but in the today’s era of powerful women, the Royal Oak is a watch suited for a strong and successful woman. This Royal Oak, with its octagonal-shaped 18k yellow gold bezel and champagne colored “tapisserie” dial, makes a huge statement on the wrist of a woman, both stylistically and symbolically.

Cartier Tank Francaise

Iconic, timeless, and refined—these are three words that define that Cartier Tank’s legendary design. Boasting a bold and well-defined square case, the men’s Tank was considered by many as too big for a woman’s wrist, prompting Cartier to design a ladies’ version decades ago that featured a smaller case. Today, however, some women have begun to prefer the look and feel of the men’s version. Paired with a brown leather strap that gives women room to be creative in incorporating the watch into their outfits, the men’s version of the Tank is quickly becoming a favorite amongst women.