Can you really go wrong with a classy gold watch for women?
The answer is no. A gold watch is always a great choice for any casual or formal outfit. It’s a timeless classic, and pairs well with anything you have in your wardrobe.
One question: How do you choose the perfect gold watch?
No problem—we’ll tell you everything you should consider when choosing your next gold timepiece. But first, let’s dive into a brief history of women’s watches for the trivia aficionados out there.
A Quick History of Women’s Watches
The history of women's watches is fascinating. Originally, wristwatches were considered a feminine item, as men favored pocket watches that they carried in their coat pockets. However, the first wristwatch was actually created for a woman in 1810 by Abraham-Louis Breguet, who designed a watch for the Queen of Naples—once again, women paving the way!
For over 100 years, wristwatches remained exclusively a women's accessory. Even after men began wearing wristwatches during World War I, it was still widely believed that only women should wear them. It wasn't until the 1930s that men began to adopt wristwatches, and it wasn't until the 1950s that they became popular among men.
Today, there is a wide range of watch styles available to suit the preferences of almost every woman. Watches have evolved from luxury items worn by royalty to fashion accessories worn by anyone from casual, trend-setting individuals to devoted watch enthusiasts.
What Size Gold Watch Should You Get?
Selecting the right size of a gold watch can be challenging—especially for women.
The first thing to consider when choosing a gold watch size is the size of your wrist. Women's wrists come in different sizes, so it's important to find a watch that fits comfortably.
In addition to the case diameter, the watch band's thickness should also be considered. Women with smaller wrists may want to opt for a thinner band, while those with larger wrists may prefer a thicker band.
How to Measure Your Wrist
Picking the right size gold watch is difficult if you don’t know your wrist size!
To start, take a measuring tape and wrap it around your wrist with your palm facing up—for this, we recommend a quality tailor’s tape measure, which you can get relatively cheaply online or at a retail store. The metal tip should sit in the middle of your wrist, and when you bring the other end back around to meet the tip, that’s your measurement.
Make sure that you aren’t wrapping it too loosely or too tight, or you’ll end up with an inaccurate measurement.
Alternatively, if you don’t have a tailor’s tape measure, you can use a strip of paper and a ruler. Take the strip of paper, wrap it around your wrist, and mark where the two ends meet. Measure this distance with a ruler, and you have your wrist measurement!
For smaller wrists (5” to 6”), we recommend a case size between21mm and 28mm.
Need a smaller watch for a smaller wrist? The 23mm Iconic Octagonal Crystal Bracelet Watch from Anne Klein adds a subtle touch to your outfits.
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Larger wrists (6” to 7”) can get away with a case size between28mm and 34mm.
The D-Link Crystal Bracelet Watch features a 31mm case perfect for an average-sized wrist—it comes with a matching bracelet, too!
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Personal preference comes into play here as well—if you have a smaller wrist, but you like a bigger watch case, go for it! We won’t tell you what to do.
Consider Your Own Personal Style
What kind of look suits you best?
If you prefer a minimalist look, a smaller gold watch with a simple design may be a better choice. These minimalist pieces add some subtle flair to your outfit—your other pieces are the star of the show, but the minimalist watch ties everything together. Think gold watches with minimal detailing on the face and with a smaller case size.
However, if you prefer a more glamorous look, a larger gold watch with more intricate details may be better suited for you. Diamond accents or more complicated watch faces can help you make a bold statement and turn heads at the same time.
Additionally, the color of the watch face and the material of the band can also impact your overall style. A gold watch with a white or black face and a leather or fabric band can create a more casual, everyday look. A gold watch with a diamond-encrusted face and a metal band can create a more formal, luxurious look.
The bottom line is that you have all kinds of different options to choose from—it all depends on what you like!
Occasion is Everything
A business meeting? Running errands? What kind of outfit are you creating with your gold watch?
The occasion for which you plan to wear the gold watch should also be considered when selecting the right-sized gold watch.
For formal events or business meetings, you’ll want to stick with more traditional gold women’s watches with nothing too complicated on the face. The right formal watch should add to your outfit without distracting anyone—like a great supporting character in a movie. Any kind of strap can work here, but if you’re wearing a metal strap, be sure to match it to any other metal in your outfit, such as a belt buckle.
The Octagonal Shaped Leather Strap Watch from Anne Klein is ideal for your formal outfits with a traditional look and feel.
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If you plan to wear the watch for casual occasions, then anything goes—have fun with bold watch options and take your casual outfits to the next level!