Moms. They’re pretty amazing, right? What better gift is there to give the woman who seemingly has it all than a stunning luxury watch? One that will suit her lifestyle and transcend time and fashion. We’ve taken the guesswork out of picking the perfect watch for her wrist with this Mother’s Day buying guide, full of luxury watches that Mom actually wants to wear. Watches that will take her breath away no matter your budget.
We sought the expert advice of Bob’s Watches Co-Owner and COO Carol Altieri. She has a pretty impressive watch collection and knows first-hand which timepieces Moms actually want to wear. We also called on experienced watch collector Watch Gringa, who is no stranger to the latest horology offerings and trends. When it comes to watch fashion, these ladies have seen it all, and they know exactly which watch Mom wants this year and have suggestions at every possible budget.
$5k and Under
Carol Altieri: Rolex Ladies Oyster Perpetual 67194
The list starts with a watch box staple, the Rolex Oyster Perpetual. It’s elegant in its simplicity, featuring a time-only dial, automatic winding, a waterproof case, and a stainless steel finish. It isn’t too flashy and is easy to wind and set, yet it still exudes class. It’s the perfect everyday watch that looks lovely with casual or business attire. The OP is also easy to dress up for occasions that call for a nicer wristwatch. When it comes to buying Mom a versatile, user-friendly Rolex that looks stylish everywhere she goes for under $5k, the Oyster Perpetual 67194 is hard to beat.
Watch Gringa: Cartier Ronde Solo De Cartier W6700155
The Ronde Solo De Cartier isn’t your average Cartier. Still, it’s timeless and suitable for just about any occasion. And with a Quartz-powered movement, Mom doesn’t need to worry about winding or setting it every time she wears it. Additionally, this sophisticated watch is instantly recognizable as a product of the iconic Cartier brand with the company’s signature tall Roman numeral hour markers and blue cabochon spinel.
Watch Gringa: Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra 126.96.36.199.06.001
Why does Watch Gringa think the Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra is the perfect Mother’s Day gift? It’s a go-anywhere, do-anything, watch with a bit of soul! Not to mention it also features an automatic movement neatly packaged in a flattering 30mm case. Equal parts sporty and classy, this Omega will undoubtedly delight anyone lucky enough to wear it, including Mom!
$10k and Under
Carol Altieri: Rolex Lady Yacht-Master 169622
For under $10k, you can buy Mom a Rolex with a bit more bling. The Yacht-Master in Rolesium pairs a durable stainless steel case and bracelet with a lustrous 950 platinum bezel. It also brings a bit more to the table regarding functionality than the Oyster Perpetual because it features a date display on the dial and a rotating timing bezel. At 29mm in diameter, it’s larger and more contemporary than most women’s Rolex dress watches yet still very flattering and comfortable on the wrist.
Watch Gringa: Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date 15200
The Date is the quintessential, all-occasion luxury watch, an absolute staple. At its core is a simple design that is easy to dress up or down. With a waterproof Oyster case, Mom can go about her day without damaging the movement inside. The Rolex Date also features convenient automatic winding technology, an easy-to-read date mechanism, and durable stainless steel. And the best part? You can buy the Rolex Date 15200 for just over $6k.
$15k and Under
Carol Altieri: Rolex Lady-Datejust 279171
Two-tone watches will never go out of style, and the Rolex Lady-Datejust in Everose Rolesor is perfectly on-trend. Everose is Rolex’s patented term for their proprietary 18k rose gold alloy. It adds a certain amount of warmth and luster to this edition of the famous Datejust watch that most women will find hard to resist. The fluted bezel glitters in the light from nearly every angle, and the silky 5-piece link Jubilee bracelet drapes effortlessly around the wrist like fine jewelry. It features everything your mom needs in a watch, including high style, convenient automatic winding, a jump date mechanism, and a tough waterproof Oyster case. We’re confident she will love showing this Rolex off and wearing it every single day.
Watch Gringa: Rolex Explorer 124273
Consisting of a highly legible dial and a durable Oyster case, the Rolex Explorer is the brand’s original sports watch built for an active life outdoors. However, while the classic model was entirely constructed from stainless steel, the two-tone Explorer ref. 124273 features accenting components crafted from solid 18k yellow gold for a luxurious take on one of Rolex’s most traditional and utilitarian designs. Additionally, at 36mm in diameter, the Rolex Explorer 124273 wears comfortably on virtually every possible wrist size and with 100 meters of water resistance, it makes the perfect luxury watch for the active mom who is always on the go, yet still wants something a bit more classy and luxurious than a purpose-built stainless steel sports watch.
$20k and Under
Carol Altieri: Rolex Lady President 179178
Does it get any more iconic than an all-gold Rolex watch? We think not! The gold watch any mom would want to wear is the feminine and timeless Rolex Presidential Datejust 179178. It features the flattering size and weight of a traditional Lady-Datejust watch but on the more luxurious President bracelet with semi-circular links. This Rolex will match most of the jewelry in your Mom’s jewelry box and looks exceptional for just about any occasion, whether she’s heading into work or getting dressed up for a night out on the town. With glittering diamonds and solid gold, it will also hold its value well long after you gift it to her this Mother’s Day.
Carol Altieri: Rolex Platinum Lady President 179136
What is the one watch Carol would choose for a mom with an unlimited budget? The platinum Rolex Presidential Datejust with an ice blue diamond dial, hands down. This Rolex is among the brand’s finest offerings, perfect for one of the most important women in your life. It uses the finest materials available, including 950 platinum and shimmering brilliant-cut diamonds hand-set by expert Rolex gemologists. While it’s certainly opulent, this stunner wears comfortably on the wrist at 26mm in diameter and with Rolex’s supple President bracelet. It pairs nicely with most jewelry and is the perfect gift for any sophisticated and stylish woman.
Watch Gringa: Rolex Root Beer GMT-Master II 126715
Watch Gringa’s last pick requires a significant investment, but Mom is worth it! We’re talking about the Everose Rolex GMT-Master II, aka the “Root Beer.” Featuring lustrous rose gold, a two-tone ceramic bezel, and a black Maxi dial decorated with Chromalight, this Rolex is fashion-forward and modern. Mother’s Day aside, this watch is widely sought-after by collectors year-round:
“I WANT THIS WATCH! Ladies LOVE precious metals & two-tone should you prefer that variant. It’s big, it’s sporty, but it’s great for ladies as well as men. 10/10 would rock this ON THE DAILY!” – Watch Gringa
And there you have it, folks—a watch fit for just about any mother’s wrist!