Although the luxury watch market for men may get more attention, women’s designer watches are growing in popularity. Whether you’re looking for a watch that also serves as jewelry, you want an accessory that makes a statement, or you want to invest in a timeless, exclusive timepiece, women’s designer watches are equal parts eye-catching and valuable. Here’s what to know about the top 5 women’s designer watches, including their key features and where to shop for them.
1. Rolex Watches for Women
Rolex leads the pack, to no surprise. A timeless, valuable, and surprisingly rugged Rolex watch is coveted the world-over by those with discerning taste. Known for being virtually perfect in all regards, Rolex women’s watches are available in a variety of colors, styles, materials and colors. Some of the most popular Rolex watches for women include:
- Rolex Oyster Perpetual Watch
- Rolex Pearlmaster
- Rolex Datejust
- Ladies Yacht-Master
- Ladies President
When Shinola women’s watches hit the market in 2011, it was clear that the American brand was challenging the belief that Swiss watches are the best. Shinola watches are proudly made in the U.S.A. They cost several hundred dollars brand-new, but are far more affordable than a Rolex, or Cartier watch. Popular styles of Shinola designer watches for women include:
- The Canfield
- The Birdy
- The Derby
- The Detrola
Known for elegance, gracefulness, and luxurious materials such as diamond, gold, and white gold, Cartier women’s watches have long been some of the most sought-after watches in the world. Cartier watches retail for thousands of dollars, depending upon the types of precious metals used to make them. Some of the leading styles of Cartier designer women’s watches include:
- Cartier Tank
- Ballon Bleu
- Santos de Cartier
- Pasha de Cartier
- Panthere de Cartier
4. Van Cleef & Arpels
Van Cleef & Arpels is a world-renowned jeweler who has also earned a spot as a top luxury watchmaker for women. In-demand styles of Van Cleef & Arpels designer women’s watches include:
- Poetry of Time
- Pierre Arpels
5. Audemars Piguet
The luxury Swiss watchmaker Audemars Piguet was founded in 1875, and today remains one of the world’s most luxurious watchmakers. Brand new watches by the elite brand can cost well into the six figures. Audemars Piguet watches for women are available in the following collections.
- Code 11.59
- Royal Oak
- Royal Oak Concept
- Royal Oak Offshore
Beyond the five top women’s designer watches listed above, other luxury watchmakers who make stunning, sophisticated watches for women include:
- Jaeger LeCoultre
- Lange & Sohne
- Marc Jacobs
- TAG Heuer
- Tiffany & Co.
Where to Buy Women’s Designer Watches
If you’re interested in purchasing a brand-new women’s designer watch from one of the world’s top watchmakers, you’ll likely need to work directly with the manufacturer. You may schedule appointments at most websites. Many of the watches by the world’s most sought-after designers don’t even advertise a price online, until you request to purchase.
If you don’t buy a watch directly from the manufacturer, your other options for buying your own collector’s item include looking for authorized dealers, looking online, or searching for a pre-owned watch at a pawn shop.
Reasons to Shop for Women’s Designer Watches at a Pawn Shop
Although a pawn shop may seem like an unusual place to find a limited edition, high-value item like a women’s designer watch, you should never rule a pawn shop out. Pawn shops buy their inventory from a diverse clientele, so you never know when a customer has decided to turn their designer watch into cash.
If you do find a luxury watch for women at a pawn shop, you’ll be relieved to know that it will cost a whole lot less than a brand-new watch. Pawn shops typically price their luxury goods at 30-40% off the full retail price. When buying a high-value item, this can mean thousands or tens of thousands of dollars in savings.
When you buy expensive, designer items from a pawn shop, you’re also supporting a small business owner, who leaves a far smaller carbon footprint than a large retailer. Items are acquired directly from customers, so luxury goods don’t need to be packed and shipped across the globe.
At pawn shops you may even find limited edition watches that are nearly impossible to find anywhere else. Plus, you may even be able to secure a designer watch on layaway, putting a deposit down and then making payments over time to make the watch more affordable.
To get the best price on a used designer watch, make sure to read up on the brand. Learn about the value of different watches and prepare to negotiate. If you’re able to pay in cash, you may get an even better price.
You can also find other high-end items in pawn shops that specialize in carrying luxury brands. For example, you may find designer handbags (Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Prada). They may carry luxury jewelry from designers such as Harry Winston, Chopard, Tiffany & Co.). They may even carry premium sunglasses from manufacturers such as Tori Burch, Prada, Versace, Dolce & Gabbana).
Before you spend more than you need to, to make a statement on your wrist, be sure to look for the best deals available, which are often found in a pawn shop.
Shop for Discounted Luxury Items in Azusa, Glendora, and Covina
Azusa Pawn has earned top-reviews for excellent services, and for an incredible selection of luxury and designer items, including women’s watches. We are proud to carry many of the top designers in our showroom, which is open daily from 8:30 am – 6:00pm. Before you pay too much on a designer watch, be sure to visit our shop in downtown Azusa. Azusa Pawn is open seven days a week. For your convenience we also post many of our high-end items in our online store. Have a question? Visit us at 1028 West Gladstone Street, call 626-334-2274, or send us a message.