Classic watches for women with timeless style and iconic status. The epitome of Yves Saint Laurent’s quote: “Fashion fades, style is eternal.” Classic ladies’ watches that have achieved iconic status to their brands and in the world of watches. They capture the spirit of the eras during which they were created, and they are still relevant, popular, widely desired, and in production today.
At launch, they were a sensation with ground-breaking innovations in timekeeping and revolutionary design concepts. Today, they are easily recognizable with outstanding designs and features. There are traditional vintage versions and modern versions with contemporary style elements and technical improvements. They are proven timeless classics with designs, looks, and elements that don’t age. They have been around for years, stood the test of time and have never go out of style. They exude sophisticated elegance and simplicity. They are beautiful, stylish, and have enduring and universal appeal.
Here they are: the best women’s watches in the world. The most popular women’s watches of all time. The ultimate classics with proven timelessness. The most famous ladies watches:
- Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso
The Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso was introduced in 1931 as a sports watch for British polo players in India. Thus, it had sporty features and a rectangular case as per the Art Deco era design elements. To protect the watch dial while playing, its case was designed to swivel so that the solid metal case-back was on top.
Today, the Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso is a timeless classic dress watch coveted by all. It is universally recognized as an iconic watch. It retains its Art Deco styling and reversible case where it slides and flips to reveal a protective and engravable back or another face with a different time zone or dial colour giving it a dual personality. It is available in a variety of straps, sizes, and styles to appeal to all kinds of luxury watch customers. It is the ultimate in versatility and the perfect bespoke gift. It is worn by Diane Kruger and Amelia Earhart among others.
Other notable Jaeger-LeCoultre classic watches for women are the Rendez-Vous Perpetual Calendar and Ivy Minute Repeater, both gorgeous horological masterpieces.
- Cartier Tank
The first Cartier Tank was released in 1917. It was the first wrist watch made and released commercially. Its shape and name were inspired by World War 1 Renault tanks. At this time, round pocket watches were the norm, and the Cartier Tank watch shape broke conventions. Today, Cartier Tank watch versions include the Tank Francaise, Tank Americaine, Tank Anglaise, Tank Louis Cartier, and Tank Solo, all highly coveted classic watches all over the world. All of them are the epitome of timeless elegance and have heirloom potential.
Cartier Tank watches have iconic design elements including a rectangular case, Roman numerals, blue hands, Cartier’s trademark sapphire cabochon crown, and come with both leather straps and metal bracelets. There are stainless steel and solid gold models.
They have graced the wrists of Princess Diana, Jackie Kennedy, Grace Kelly, Michelle Obama, Katherine Deneuve, Angelina Jolie, and many other celebrities. With classic styling, enduring appeal, and superb quality, the Tank watch has proven its timelessness. Other great Cartier classic watches for women to own are the Cartier Ballon Bleu and Pasha.
- Rolex Lady Datejust
Rolex is one of the most famous luxury watch brands in the world and its watches are some of the most desirable. Introduced in 1945, the Rolex Datejust is an iconic timepiece today. It was the first wristwatch to have a date display. The original creation was meant for men but ladies versions were later introduced. Today, the Rolex Datejust is a status symbol with excellent versatility, working just as well with jeans and a t-shirt as with a suit. It is worn by many influential women around the globe including Hillary Clinton, Jennifer Lopez, Halle Berry, Eva Longoria, the Kardashians, Rihanna, among others.
There is a variety of styles and sizes available all having exceptional build quality. A Rolex Datejust is a great investment that you can rest assured will work well, retain its appeal, and look great for years to come.
- Chanel J12
The Chanel J12 watch is a modern iconic watch. It is the second youngest iconic watch on this list of classic watches for women having 2000 as its birth year. The Chanel J12 was originally made as a unisex 38mm watch but today is mainly worn by women. It was conceived as a nautical watch and constructed using high-tech ceramic. It is the watch that made ceramic timepieces popular and fashionable.
A sporty and youthful watch with high tech aesthetics, it is trendy and classic at the same time. It comes in glossy black, white, and shimmering grey titanium-ceramic, in a variety of sizes. There are self-winding and quartz versions. The Chanel brand has many classics, but have recently opted to stray into the smartwatch market to complete with brands like Apple and Fossil watches. The results are yet to be seen.
- Audemars Piguet Royal Oak
Audermas Piguet is one of the ‘Big Four’ names in Swiss watch making along with Patek Philippe, Vacheron Constantin, and Jaeger-LeCoultre. Audemars Piguet’s most iconic creation to date is the Royal Oak. The first Audemars Piguet Royal Oak was released in 1972. It was designed by Gerald Genta who also designed the IWC Ingenieur and Patek Philippe’s Nautilius. It was a revolutionary watch: it was the first luxury watch in steel and it broke the traditional dress watch style norm with its unique and bold geometric design that featured strong lines, an octagonal bezel, exposed screws, and “tapisserie” on the dial.
Today, the Royal Oak is a timeless Classic watch with iconic status. It has style, function, luxury, and exclusivity. With its sporty menswear style, it is a bold wrist accessory that is as fashionable and modern as it is a classic. It is guaranteed to impress and built well enough to last a lifetime. Celebrities who wear the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak include Serena Williams, Rihanna, and the Kardashians among others.
- Omega Constellation Ladies Watch
All Omega watches are timeless classics but the Omega Contellation is our iconic pick. Omega’s mission when creating the Constellation watch was to make the finest watch possible. The Constellation Manhattan with the recognizable claws was launched in 1982. New designs were introduced in 2009 but they retained the iconic features- the star at the 6 o’clock position and the signature claws. The Omega constellation is a feminine and elegant watch sized and designed to fit and flatter women’s wrists. It has iconic design elements and is very popular with ladies. There are quartz and automatic versions. Another great Omega classic watch for women to own is the Omega Ladymatic.
- Hublot Big Bang Watch
The Hublot Big Bang Watch is the brand’s most iconic watch. It is also an icon of modern design being the youngest iconic watch on this list – only introduced in 2005. It retained the original design features of the 1980s Hublots: hooded lugs with exposed screws, rubber strap, screwed on bezel, and Hublot’s signature porthole design. It is an unconventional design concept that became an instant sensation. Hublot Big Bang, Hublot’s signature collection, is all about fusion. It fuses unusual materials – ceramic, carbon, titanium, tungsten, gold, and diamonds – using cutting edge technology. It comes in 38mm, 41mm, 44mm, and 48mm case sizes. Hublot Big Bang watches make a big impression and are extremely popular in the sports and fashion watch world today.
These are the ultimate ladies watches to own. They have great history, distinctive looks, accurate timekeeping, and a long life. They are watches to have and wear for years to come. Whether you want a timeless watch to commemorate the birth of your daughter, a timeless watch gift for your girlfriend or wife, or want to splurge on a nice investment worthy timepiece for yourself. With these, you get to own a piece of horological history.
These classic watches for women are the best investments for the money. They don’t come cheap but they are worth the money. They are built for longevity and they hold their value well over time. They are fine timepieces with the potential to become family heirlooms to be passed down generations.
As the appreciation for mechanical watches continues to grow among women, luxury brands are releasing more and more mechanical marvels meant just for ladies. There are plenty of options. But if you are looking for the ultimate classic watch, the above classic watches for women are excellent choices. They have achieved lasting super-stardom.