While Rolex offers a wide range of ladies’ dress watches, women’s sports watches are somewhat lacking. There aren’t, after all, women’s versions of the Submariner, Daytona, or GMT-Master. Women can, of course, wear these iconic sports watches, but a 40mm case may wear a little too large for many women. But thankfully, there is a Rolex sports watch collection made with women in mind—the ladies’ Yacht-Master line up. And it’s a great Rolex women’s luxury sports watch. Let’s find out why.
The ladies’ Yacht-Master is a beautifully chic Rolex sports watch for women. It’s sized at a very wearable 29mm and comes equipped with the signature metal rotating bezel with polished raised numerals. Moreover, the Oyster bracelet is comfortable to wear, fabulous to look at, and keeps the Yacht-Master securely in place.
One appealing aspect of the ladies’ Yacht-Master collection is the variety of metal options. For an ultra-luxurious version, there are the full gold ladies’ Yacht-Master watches (ref. 69628 and ref. 169628) available with a range of dial colors, as well as some gem dial choices.
On the other hand, for a sleek white metal option, there are the stainless steel and platinum–aka Rolesium–ladies’ Yacht-Master timepieces (ref. 169622). Although the metals are similar in color, there’s still a contrast between the shine of the steel and the sparkle of the sandblasted platinum on the bezel. This is especially true of the Rolesium ladies’ Yacht-Master models with the sandblasted platinum dials.
Finally, for a women’s Rolex watch that will match almost anything in one’s wardrobe, there are the two-tone steel and yellow gold–aka Rolesor–ladies’ Yacht-Master watches (ref. 69623 and ref. 169623). The two metal shades on the watch will match gold and/or silver jewelry impeccably, thus making the Rolesor ladies’ Yacht-Master a super versatile everyday woman’s luxury sports watch.
The great thing about women’s Rolex watches is that they run on mechanical movements just like the men’s Rolex watches. Too often, luxury women’s watches from other brands are powered by quartz movements—but not Rolex. The Swiss watchmaker equips their women’s timepieces with in-house automatic mechanical movements certified by COSC.
Depending on the model, beating at the heart of ladies’ Yacht-Master watches is either the Rolex Caliber 2135 or the Caliber 2235 self-winding movement. Along with the time, there’s also the date function, which is both a quick-set and instantaneous. These Rolex movements operates at 28,000 bph and offers about 48 hours of power reserve.
It’s important to remember that among Rolex sports watches, the Yacht-Master is one of the brand’s more luxurious models. However, a big advantage to the ladies’ Yacht-Master watch is that it is more affordable than the men’s versions. The 29mm ladies’ Yacht-Master timepieces are in fact no longer in production. Therefore, the secondary market is the place to source them—which means even better prices!
On average, for a ladies’ full yellow gold Yacht-Master, expect to pay around $7,500 – $10,000 depending on the model, year, and condition. The gem dials are of course much more, starting at around $10,000. The two-tone steel and yellow gold ladies’ Yacht-Master watches can start at less than $5,000 to about $9,000, while gem dials start at about $13,000. For the stainless steel and platinum ladies’ Yacht-Master, prices range from about $5,000 to about $7,000.
The combination of killer looks, first-rate mechanical movements, and attractive price points in the secondary market makes the ladies’ Yacht-Master a leading choice for a women’s luxury sports watch.