We all know diamonds are a girl’s best friend. But can they be a man’s best mate, too? The answer is a definite yes. Apparently, diamond watches are incredibly popular among both women and men nowadays.
Gone are the days when diamonds were only associated with women. Today, both men and women appreciate diamond watches, not only for their investment value but also due to the craftsmanship that go with them.
It takes the skills of master diamond cutters to be able to cut and set these precious gemstones onto the intricate watches.
From the full-on, all-diamond watches to the diamond-accented timepieces, we have collated beautiful diamond watches for your reading delight. Whether you appreciate a diamond watch yourself, or you simply admire the artistry and craftsmanship behind a gem-set watch, there’s one that will surely catch your eye.
Rolex Cosmograph Daytona
Rolex’s diamond watches are flawless, to say the least. Rolex has their own gem-setters to do every arrangement of diamonds, and will only pass diamonds that have an IF (internally flawless) clarity and colour that lies between D and G. These are the highest standards a diamond can reach.
One particularly driven and advanced timepiece from Rolex is the Cosmograph Daytona, particularly this Blue/Platinum piece in 40mm. Thirty-six baguette diamonds decorate the bezel, giving the watch an instant elegance boost. Even the dial is diamond-paved, and features luminescent indexes. The three sub-dials for chronograph and 12-hour and 30-minute counters are all in luminescent icy blue colour for easy readability in the dark.
A 4130 calibre self-winding movement that works at 28800vph powers this expressive timepiece, offering an unforgettable state-of-art technology experience. Moreover, it has a water resistance of up to 100 metres and a 72-hour power reserve. The heritage blue colour and brilliance of diamonds add a touch of class and opulence.
The Chopard Classic is made especially for the gentleman who prefers simplicity over complications. In this 40mm timepiece in 18K rose gold, the diamond-embellished bezel is evidently the star of the show. The white mother-of-pearl dial displays rose gold hands and Roman numeral indexes.
Other than being a refined timepiece, this watch also features a self-winding automatic movement with 42 hours of power reserve. Furthermore, its frequency is set at 28,800 vibrations per hour, and its quality is ensured by a glare-proofed and scratch-resistant sapphire crystal. A black leather strap completes this dashing timepiece.
The Omega Constellation Co-Axial Automatic is a remarkable embodiment of a timeless watch. Featuring Omega Constellation’s proud creation — the ‘Griffes’, also known as claws, this diamond watch creates a good balance between opulence and functionality.
One noticeable part of this watch is its 18K red gold accent, as seen on the bezel, hands and bracelet. It has a Si14 silicon balance spring, and anti-reflective material on both sides of the case.
Powered by a Co-Axial calibre movement, this watch serves as glaring evidence that technological prowess and classical design can go hand-in-hand, especially in diamond watches.
Hublot Big Bang
Without a doubt, this Hublot Big Bang Diamond Watch with a black dial is your go-to timepiece if you’re into masculine accessories. Like most diamond watches, the bezel of this watch is embellished with 114 diamonds and the iconic H-shaped titanium screws.
The 44mm robust watch has a satin-finished stainless steel case with a see-through caseback. The black matte dial features silver-tone indexes and rhodium-plated hands. A date window is almost inconspicuous between the 4 and 5 o’clock positions.
In addition, three sub-dials carefully blend in with everything else on the dial to create a monochromatic look. It is water-resistant to 100 metres and has a power reserve of 42 hours. A black lined rubber strap complements this diamond watch.
Patek Philippe Nautilus
If you want a not-so-common and highly valuable luxury watch, look no further than Patek Philippe’s very own Nautilus 5719/10G Full-diamond Watch.
First, let’s talk about the diamonds — 1,343 of them, painstakingly set by hand by Patek Philippe’s in-house jewellers. The bezel alone features 32 baguette diamonds, while the dial boasts 255 gorgeous diamonds. Also, three baguette diamond hour markers highlight the dial, and its bracelet boasts of 803 diamonds.
Powered by a self-winding calibre 324 S C movement, the watch has a 45-hour power reserve and is water-resistant up to 120 metres. With a Nautilus fold-over clasp and the iconic octagonal bezel shape, this diamond watch is in a league of its own.
If you prefer all-out dazzling (literally) diamond watches that make a bold statement, this piece definitely doesn’t disappoint.
For the gents who want to get rid of the hassle of a bulky mechanical watch, the Piaget Altiplano is for you.
Piaget is widely known for the creation of watches that are constantly getting thinner. With only 3.65mm thickness, the Altiplano 38 mm 900P watch features off-centred hours and minutes at 10 o’clock. The set-up surprisingly works well within the limited dial space.
The hand-wound 900P mechanism offers a generous power reserve of approximately 48 hours. The 18K rose gold case and bezel studded with 78 diamonds evoke a vintage aesthetic and distinctive characteristic to this ultra-thin timepiece. The black alligator strap appeals to every man’s fashion style. Needless to say, this piece is definitely popular with watch collectors.
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore
Featuring a 42mm 18K white gold case entirely set with baguette-cut diamonds, this Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph screams nothing but royalty and prestige. With its highly precious gems and material, this watch is definitely one of the invest-worthy pieces you can ever own. All diamonds are of a VS quality and each is hand-cut individually.
Baguette-cut diamonds fully set the 18K white gold dial, which features blackened gold Royal Oak hands with luminescent coating. As if that’s not enough, the bezel and bracelet are also set with baguette-cut diamonds. All in all, the watch boasts of 484 baguette-cut diamonds in total.
The wearer’s natural movement powers the self-winding chronograph. A circular date aperture at 3 o’clock blends in with the three sub-dials against a full-paved backdrop.
If you’re also in the market for diamond watches for ladies, check our feature on the Chopard Happy Diamonds collection here.