Diamonds are more than just a girl’s best friend. Watches covered in diamonds from bezel to cases and bracelets are some of the most impactful accessories for men with style. Naturally, the precious gems and metals used put the watches into higher price ranges.
To make the right decision, you should consider some steps before purchasing a model. Here are two of the most famous diamond watches and their suitability for different styles.
Diamond Watches – Top Class Accessories
Let’s be fair, watches for their intended use – telling time – are, well, out of time. Since smartphones were invented and are constantly in reach, it is entirely unnecessary to spend high numbers on an item with a singular non-critical function. Buts that’s kind of become the new point of a watch: them being more or less useless has put a higher focus on the pure luxury of the accessory.
If we buy a watch today, we buy it for prestige, and what is more prestigious than being covered in the most timeless precious gem?
The Value of Diamonds
Diamonds are the most famous gemstones. When we are thinking about meaningful and valuable gifts, like an engagement ring, our mind immediately goes to the clear gem. The more karat (the weight of the diamond), the better. The high value is driven by their rarity and features like their hardness, which makes them useful for many purposes besides decorative jewelry.
Natural diamonds are incredibly scarce. The gemstone is made from crystalline carbon up to 248,548 miles (ca. 400 km) below the Earth’s surface. To be turned into a diamond, high temperatures of around 2552 °F (1400 °C) and high pressure are needed. In most cases, diamonds that were created like this find their way to the surface via lava eruptions.
This rarity has led to diamonds becoming the quintessential dazzling and impressive gemstone, and items that are adorned with them become high luxury products.
Popular Men’s Watches with Diamonds
There are several watch brands and models with diamond decorations (Chrono24.co.uk/watches/diamond-watches–183.htm). They can be divided into various classes. The diamond decorations can be found:
- on the dial
- on the hands
- on the bezel
- on the lugs
- on the crown
- on the case
- on the bracelet
Or numerous combinations of these. A diamond watch that has diamond decorations on any or most of its individual elements is colloquially called “fully iced out”, thanks to the ice-like shiny see-through gems covering the entire watch.
Here are some of the most popular and prestigious diamond-studded watch models, the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore and the Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust. Both can be bought in different designs that suit your personal taste the most.
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore
The Royal Oak Offshore is one of Audemar Piguet’s front-runners. The sports watch has a modern and masculine look, and its broad 42mm case has plenty of room for diamond decorations.
There are several Royal Oak Offshore models with different material combinations. Some have cases and bracelets made from:
- stainless steel,
- rose gold,
- white gold,
- titan, or
Their diamond decorations can be found on the
- bracelet, and/or
The fully iced out Audemar Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Reference Number 26423BC.ZZ.2100BC.01 is made from an 18K white gold base with black ceramic accents and has an exchangeable bracelet fully covered in diamonds as an alternative to a black rubber variant.
In total, this Royal Oak has 1,330 brilliant-cut diamonds:
- CASE: 162 diamonds ~2.34 carats
- BEZEL: 32 diamonds ~2.2 carats
- DIAL: 189 diamonds ~0.9 carats
- BRACELET: 907 diamonds ~6 carats
- BUCKLE: 40 diamonds ~0.3 carats
- The Audemars Piguet diamond watch is the right choice for more flashy and sporty styles.
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust
The Rolex Datejust was created for the 40th anniversary of Rolex in 1945. There are countless combinations of different materials for cases, bracelets, bezels, dials, and more.
The designs of the bracelets, dials, and more also differ slightly and can even be adjusted to your own personal tastes by a creator on the Rolex website.
The most luxurious variants feature gold, white gold, rose gold casings, and mother-of-pearl dials. For the Oyster Perpetual Datejust, the diamond decorations are most often found on the bezel or as decorations and time markers on the dial. The Datejust 36 is the biggest of the watch variants with diamond bezels.
For example, an iced out Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust 36mm with a diamond-studded bezel, oyster steel, rose gold case, and jubilee style bracelet, a white mother-of-pearl diamond-set dial costs about $21,000 retail price on the Rolex website.
- The Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust diamond watches are more suited for more conservative and classy styles.
Diamond watches are a prestigious status symbol. The luxurious accessory is one of the most sought-after gifts or purchases when it comes to impactful and valuable style choices.
Diamond watches are designed by several watch brands. The highest quality is found in watches from prestigious Swiss watchmakers like Audemars Piguet and Rolex. Their diamond watches are at the top of the line and can be personalized to match your specific taste.