The Complete Guide to Women’s Watches

Guide To Women's Watches - Santillan Jewelers

While we live in a world full of digital clocks, the analog watch remains a timeless accessory for those looking to add some extra flair to their wardrobe. However, not all watches are created equal. If you are a woman who is new to the world of watches, there are a few factors you’ll want to consider before making your final choice.


Women’s watches are usually smaller than those designed for men. Lately, though, women are showing a preference for more masculine watches, which is spurring a fashion trend toward larger watch sizes.

Savvy watch shoppers use two different measurements to decide which watch will best fit them:

  1. Case size – the width of the case
  2. Case thickness – the thickness of the case, from case bottom to the top of the crystal/lens

There is no hard-and-fast rule about which size watch you “should” wear. Any size can look good, as long as it fits your wrist properly. Most women can wear a watch up to 40 or 42 mm in diameter, with the case thickness increasing proportionally to the case size. Just be aware that the size of your watch will determine how chunky it looks and how prominent it is within the scheme of your outfit.

If you are unsure what size to get, there are many print-outs online that allow you to overlay a paper “watch” on your wrist to get a feel for how it will look.


The crystal, or lens, is the clear face that protects the internal components of your watch. Here are the most common materials, listed in order of strength and quality:

  1. Acrylic – Acrylic is a type of plastic that is shatter-resistant, inexpensive and lightweight. While it’s prone to scratching, you can easily buff out minor blemishes. If you spend a lot of time outdoors or simply don’t want to worry about breaking your watch, an acrylic lens may be the way to go.
  2. Mineral – “Mineral” lenses are made of heated or chemically treated glass. They are a middle-of-the-road option in terms of expense, and lend a little more luxury to a watch than acrylic. They are also stronger and more scratch-resistant than acrylic lenses, but scratches cannot be buffed out. Fortunately, replacing a mineral lens is less expensive than replacing a synthetic sapphire lens.
  3. Sapphire Crystal/Synthetic Sapphire – Synthetic sapphire is artificially created by scientists to be pure and clear, rather than blue. These lenses are still made of the same stuff as natural sapphire, so they are highly scratch-resistant, making them a popular choice for luxury watches. Despite their higher price, sapphire crystals can still shatter when dropped, so owners of this type of watch must take good care of it or prepare to spend hundreds of dollars on repair or replacement.


A watch’s “movement” is the way the internal components work together to make your watch tick. In other words, it’s how it gets its power.

  • Manual – Manual movement watches must be wound by hand regularly – anywhere from daily to weekly – to continue functioning. They have no battery component and work through a series of gears and mechanical parts, which often gives the watch hands a smoother, more fluid motion. Although manual watches are less accurate than their more modern counterparts, they remain popular among watch aficionados with an appreciation for the past.
  • Automatic – Automatic watches work the same way as manual watches, except they have an additional piece called a rotor. The rotor captures the natural movement of the hand and wrist during day-to-day life and uses this power to keep the watch running for longer without winding. While these watches will still need to be hand wound every so often, especially if left sitting idle, regular watch wearers find the automatic movement less tedious than the manual movement.
  • Quartz – Quartz movement is battery powered, which takes some of the fun and nostalgia out of watch ownership for some wearers. However, these watches require much less maintenance, as their batteries hardly ever need to be replaced. They are also much more accurate.


This is perhaps the most important aspect to consider when buying your watch. After all, it doesn’t matter how scratch-resistant the lens is or how well the internal components move if you don’t like the way the watch looks on your wrist!

  • Casual – These watches are meant for everyday wear and swap seamlessly between outfits, allowing you to dress up or dress down. Oftentimes, these watches will have a plain yet sophisticated look to them. Wearers may prefer an acrylic or mineral lens and a leather or fabric strap or stainless-steel band. This Mulco Couture design is a great example of a casual watch.
  • Sport – Sport watches are meant to withstand the jostles and bumps of a more active lifestyle. These types of watches will often have a scratch-resistant lens and a silicon band for good fit and easy cleaning. They may also have a chronograph (stopwatch) feature. This Mulco chronograph watch would be great for a brisk run.
  • Jewelry – Bling doesn’t have to be limited to jewelry. Many watches nowadays look more like bracelets, shining with precious metals and stones. Some watches even have crystals inlaid in the dials for some extra oomph. This rose gold Elle watch and this gold and white Elle ceramic bracelet watch are bejeweled showstoppers.
  • Dress/Fashion – These watches are a step up from casual watches, but don’t quite have the glitz and glam of jewelry watches. You could wear them to a professional workplace or a nice evening out. This black and steel Elle watch would look great hidden under the sleeve of a blazer or paired with a little black dress.

Find the Perfect Women’s Watch at Santillan Jewelers in Roseville, CA

Santillan Jewelers is a family-owned business that provides quality jewelry and accessories to those in the Roseville area. Martin Santillan has more than 30 years in the business and can recommend jewelry and accessories for any customer’s taste. Santillan Jewelers carries Mulco and Elle brand watches for women’s casual, sport and fashion wear. Come visit in-store for personalized customer service, fittings and repairs or call (916) 788-1002 for more information.

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