The Best Women's Watches Worth The Investment

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Bulgari
The old adage is one should not buy a watch as an investment. You should buy a timepiece because you love it and want to wear it. However, it doesn’t hurt to fall in love with a watch that has the possibility to increase in value (or at least not lose value). The investment potential for women’s watches isn’t the same as for the men. However, there are brands and models that have stood the test of time, whether they are valued for their elegance, distinguished for superior mechanics or a combination of both. Many of these watches that are iconic are still being made and are listed below.

Piaget

Among the most collectible women’s timepieces from the latter half of the 20th century are Piaget watches made with natural stone dials. One of the most distinct versions of these watches is made using malachite with its easily identifiable, striped green patterns. One thing is certain with a stone watch of this type is that no two are exactly the same as the patterns of each stone is different. The Piaget Possession is powered by a quartz movement set in a 29mm round 18k rose gold case. The rotating bezel is paved with 42 brilliant-cut diamonds. The green alligator strap matches the color of the natural malachite dial with the Piaget logo at 12 o’clock. Shop Now

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Cartier Tank

Cartier

Most famously worn by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, the Cartier Tank watch is arguably the most iconic watch by Cartier, a company that has perfected distinct watch shapes. The dial is square, but extended bezels and lugs give the impression of a rectangular case. Cartier has made many versions of these watches over the years for men and women. The one pictured from the Tank Anglaise Collection has a classic appeal. The 18k rose gold case has a smooth polished finish. The crown is topped with a sapphire. The silvertone sunray dial with flinqué detail has Roman-numeral hour markers and blued steel hands. Completing the look of this watch is a brown alligator strap with 18k pink gold buckle. Shop Now

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Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso One

Jaeger-LeCoultre

Another classic watch that uses the tank shape is the Jaeger-LeCoultre's Reverso. This watch was originally invented for polo players to protect the dial during matches. It did this by turning 180 degrees moving the protective metal caseback to the front of the timepiece. Since 1931 there have been many iterations of the Reverso for men and women. It was a classic Art Deco piece that was at the height of its popularity in the 1930s and ’40s. This particular timepiece is inspired by the first model created for women in the 1930s. The stainless steel case is set above and below the dial with rows of diamonds. The white sunray-brushed dial has dauphine hands and black Arabic numerals. The blank reverse of the watch can be engraved, and an alligator band completes the look of the timepiece. Shop Now

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Chopard Happy Diamonds

Chopard

The Chopard Happy Diamonds watch debuted in 1976 and remains one of the most popular women’s timepieces offered by the Swiss luxury brand. It is available in many styles, but they all feature diamonds that “dance” between sapphire crystals in a free-flowing movement inspired by droplets bouncing from a waterfall. This particular piece features a 32mm, 18k rose gold case with an elegant black onyx dial and 18k rose gold hands that’s purposefully uncluttered to showcase the precious gems. The diamonds glide between circular 18k red gold bands. It’s finished with a brushed satin strap and powered by a quartz movement. Shop Now

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Blancpain Saint Valentin Automatic

Blancpain

If having a high-quality movement is important to you then look no further than a watch from Blancpain. This luxury watch brand specializes in in-house mechanical movements for all of its men’s and women’s watches. This 39mm stainless steel watch is powered by the Blancpain caliber 1150 automatic movement. The white mother-of-pearl dial has silver-tone hands and Roman-diamond numerals hour markers and a date window at 3 o’clock. Of course, one cannot overlook the red heart-shaped outline at 1 o’clock. It’s completed with a white leather strap. Shop Now

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Longines Master Collection Watch

Longines

Longines has a long history of creating high-quality women’s watches. The Longines Master Collection, created in 2005, is an example of this. Classic aesthetics and strong performance characterize this timepiece. The petite 25.5mm stainless steel case is matched with a bracelet and folding clasp made of the same material. The silver textured dial has Arabic numerals, a date window at 3 o’clock and blued steel hands. It is powered by a Swiss-made automatic movement. Shop Now

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Bulgari Serpenti Tricolor

Bulgari

Tubogas is the name given to a type of chain formed from a pair of interlocking gold strips wrapped tightly together through a technique that requires no soldering. The result is a flexible and hollow tubular necklace. This technique was used since throughout history and adapted by several luxury jewelry houses, particularly in the 1930s and ’40s. While Bulgari didn’t invent the technique, it perfected a variation of it for its iconic Serpenti watches that coil around the wrist. Over the years the luxury house created many versions of this watch with each being extremely popular. The Serpenti Tricolor is powered by a quartz movement and made with a combination of 18k yellow, white and rose gold. The 35mm case shaped like a snake’s head is sprinkled with round brilliant-cut diamonds. The winding crown is topped with a pink rubellite cabochon, and the dark opaline dial is finished in a guilloché pattern. Shop Now

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This story was written in collaboration with Forbes Finds. Forbes Finds covers products we think you’ll love. Featured products are independently selected and linked to for your convenience. If you buy something using a link on this page, Forbes may receive a small share of that sale.

Bulgari
The old adage is one should not buy a watch as an investment. You should buy a timepiece because you love it and want to wear it. However, it doesn’t hurt to fall in love with a watch that has the possibility to increase in value (or at least not lose value). The investment potential for women’s watches isn’t the same as for the men. However, there are brands and models that have stood the test of time, whether they are valued for their elegance, distinguished for superior mechanics or a combination of both. Many of these watches that are iconic are still being made and are listed below.

Piaget

Among the most collectible women’s timepieces from the latter half of the 20th century are Piaget watches made with natural stone dials. One of the most distinct versions of these watches is made using malachite with its easily identifiable, striped green patterns. One thing is certain with a stone watch of this type is that no two are exactly the same as the patterns of each stone is different. The Piaget Possession is powered by a quartz movement set in a 29mm round 18k rose gold case. The rotating bezel is paved with 42 brilliant-cut diamonds. The green alligator strap matches the color of the natural malachite dial with the Piaget logo at 12 o’clock. Shop Now

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Cartier Tank

Cartier

Most famously worn by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, the Cartier Tank watch is arguably the most iconic watch by Cartier, a company that has perfected distinct watch shapes. The dial is square, but extended bezels and lugs give the impression of a rectangular case. Cartier has made many versions of these watches over the years for men and women. The one pictured from the Tank Anglaise Collection has a classic appeal. The 18k rose gold case has a smooth polished finish. The crown is topped with a sapphire. The silvertone sunray dial with flinqué detail has Roman-numeral hour markers and blued steel hands. Completing the look of this watch is a brown alligator strap with 18k pink gold buckle. Shop Now

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Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso One

Jaeger-LeCoultre

Another classic watch that uses the tank shape is the Jaeger-LeCoultre's Reverso. This watch was originally invented for polo players to protect the dial during matches. It did this by turning 180 degrees moving the protective metal caseback to the front of the timepiece. Since 1931 there have been many iterations of the Reverso for men and women. It was a classic Art Deco piece that was at the height of its popularity in the 1930s and ’40s. This particular timepiece is inspired by the first model created for women in the 1930s. The stainless steel case is set above and below the dial with rows of diamonds. The white sunray-brushed dial has dauphine hands and black Arabic numerals. The blank reverse of the watch can be engraved, and an alligator band completes the look of the timepiece. Shop Now

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Chopard Happy Diamonds

Chopard

The Chopard Happy Diamonds watch debuted in 1976 and remains one of the most popular women’s timepieces offered by the Swiss luxury brand. It is available in many styles, but they all feature diamonds that “dance” between sapphire crystals in a free-flowing movement inspired by droplets bouncing from a waterfall. This particular piece features a 32mm, 18k rose gold case with an elegant black onyx dial and 18k rose gold hands that’s purposefully uncluttered to showcase the precious gems. The diamonds glide between circular 18k red gold bands. It’s finished with a brushed satin strap and powered by a quartz movement. Shop Now

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Blancpain Saint Valentin Automatic

Blancpain

If having a high-quality movement is important to you then look no further than a watch from Blancpain. This luxury watch brand specializes in in-house mechanical movements for all of its men’s and women’s watches. This 39mm stainless steel watch is powered by the Blancpain caliber 1150 automatic movement. The white mother-of-pearl dial has silver-tone hands and Roman-diamond numerals hour markers and a date window at 3 o’clock. Of course, one cannot overlook the red heart-shaped outline at 1 o’clock. It’s completed with a white leather strap. Shop Now

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Longines Master Collection Watch

Longines

Longines has a long history of creating high-quality women’s watches. The Longines Master Collection, created in 2005, is an example of this. Classic aesthetics and strong performance characterize this timepiece. The petite 25.5mm stainless steel case is matched with a bracelet and folding clasp made of the same material. The silver textured dial has Arabic numerals, a date window at 3 o’clock and blued steel hands. It is powered by a Swiss-made automatic movement. Shop Now

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Bulgari Serpenti Tricolor

Bulgari

Tubogas is the name given to a type of chain formed from a pair of interlocking gold strips wrapped tightly together through a technique that requires no soldering. The result is a flexible and hollow tubular necklace. This technique was used since throughout history and adapted by several luxury jewelry houses, particularly in the 1930s and ’40s. While Bulgari didn’t invent the technique, it perfected a variation of it for its iconic Serpenti watches that coil around the wrist. Over the years the luxury house created many versions of this watch with each being extremely popular. The Serpenti Tricolor is powered by a quartz movement and made with a combination of 18k yellow, white and rose gold. The 35mm case shaped like a snake’s head is sprinkled with round brilliant-cut diamonds. The winding crown is topped with a pink rubellite cabochon, and the dark opaline dial is finished in a guilloché pattern. Shop Now

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