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For the Love of Classics: 10 Rectangular Watches for the Old Soul

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Rectangular Watches

Vintage-inspired timepieces perfectly represent a charming allure and the elegance of a bygone era. These timepieces, especially tonneau-shaped ones, are perfect for the old soul who values classic designs that can elevate their unique style.

In an age where smartwatches and innovative forms dominate the watch industry, it’s refreshing to revisit the beauty and simplicity of square and rectangular watches. So, let’s explore ten masterpieces that embody the perfect blend of traditional design and modern functionality. 

Whether you want it for a formal event or a casual, everyday accessory, our selection caters to a wide range of preferences. Check out our list and take a nostalgic trip down memory lane as you find the match for the old soul in you.

10 Vintage-Inspired Square and Rectangular Watches 

Vintage-inspired square and rectangular watches have become a popular trend in the world of horology. The origin of these watches dates back to the early days of watchmaking, and today’s classic looks are represented by clean lines, bold shapes, and elegant designs. In this collection, we’ve rounded ten of the best vintage-inspired square and rectangular watches for men and women, each with its unique character and style.

1. Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Tribute Duoface, Stainless Steel Case and Silver Dial, 3918420

Jaeger-LeCoultre 3918420

About

The Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Tribute Duoface is a unique and fun watch from one of the most important names in the luxury watch industry. The beautifully designed duo face dial allows you to track two complete time zones. But the best part of this duality is that the dial can be easily pulled out and flipped over to match your mood or your day’s style.

Features

The Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Tribute Duoface is more than just a two-faced watch. The two-time zone feature is impressive and is perfect for travel. You can also quickly adjust the GMT time subdial through a lever neatly tucked away into the case back. 

Specifications

  • Production Year: 2022
  • Case Size: 42.9mm x 25.5mm
  • Materials:
    • Dial – Blue, sunray-brushed Clous de Paris guilloché
    • Bracelet – Blue alligator leather strap with a stainless steel folding buckle
    • Case – Stainless steel
  • Function: Hours, Minutes, Small Seconds
  • Mechanism: Jaeger-LeCoultre Calibre 854A/2 manual-winding movement; 42 hours power reserve

Why You Should Invest?

Investing in a Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Tribute Duoface is a wise decision for several reasons. The watch is a masterpiece of watchmaking craftsmanship designed to last for generations. Another reason is versatility, wherein you can easily flip the faces, making it a highly adaptable watch for any occasion.

2. Cartier Santos-Dumont, Pink Gold Case and Silver Dial, W2006951

Cartier Santos-Dumont W2006951

About

The Cartier Santos-Dumont is one of the iconic rectangular watches from this popular brand. The design is a mix of contemporary and modern, and is perfect for forward-thinking men with a sense of style. The model features an attractive lacquered surface highlighting the rose gold case and its signature silhouette.

Features

The Cartier Santos-Dumont features Louis Cartier’s original watches with eight screws in the bezel, Roman numeral hour markers, railway track minute counters, and sword-shaped hands.

Specifications

  • Production Year: 2006
  • Case Size: 44mm x 34mm
  • Materials:
    • Dial – Silvered opaline with black Roman numeral
    • Bracelet – Brown alligator leather strap with an 18K pink gold ardillon buckle
    • Case – Rectangular 18K pink gold case with scratch-resistant sapphire crystal case back
  • Function: Hours, Minutes
  • Mechanism: Cartier Calibre 430 MC manual-winding movement; 38 hours power reserve

Why You Should Invest?

The Cartier Santos-Dumont featuring an elegant pink gold case can be an excellent investment. Being timeless, stylish, and having a rich history and heritage makes it a good value for many that can be cherished and kept for many years.

3. IWC Da Vinci Chronograph, Platinum Case and Silver Dial, IW3764-09

IWC Da Vinci IW3764-09

About

The IWC Da Vinci Chronograph is a stunning watch that exudes luxury and sophistication. It is an outstanding piece that any old soul will appreciate. The dial’s layerings and engravings are interesting, making it ideal for anyone looking for a high-end yet stylish timepiece.

Features

Crafted by the renowned Swiss watchmaker IWC Schaffhausen, this watch features a rectangular platinum case, a silver dial with applied Arabic numerals and big date display, and a brown alligator leather strap. IWC also cleverly integrated a triple-register chronograph into two sub-dials through a mono counter at the 12-clock position.

Specifications

  • Production Year: 2009
  • Case Size: 35.6mm x 43.1mm
  • Materials:
    • Dial – Silver with black Arabic numerals and minute markers
    • Bracelet – Brown alligator leather strap
    • Case – Platinum case with a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal
  • Function: Hours, Minutes, Small Seconds, Date
  • Mechanism: IWC Calibre 30130 automatic movement; 68 hours power reserve

Why You Should Invest?

Investing in an IWC Da Vinci Chronograph watch can be a great choice for vintage collectors and enthusiasts. For one, IWC is a well-respected Swiss watchmaker known for its high-quality timepieces and the Da Vinci line, in particular, is inspired by the Renaissance polymath. Moreover, with proper care and maintenance, the IWC Da Vinci Chronograph can hold its value well over time, making it a smart investment.

4. Oris Rectangular Complication, Stainless Steel Case and Silver Dial, 01 582 7694 4031-07 5 24 25FC

Oris Rectangular Complication 01 582 7694 4031-07 5 24 25FC

About

The Rectangular Complication is an Art Deco-styled watch from Oris. Aesthetically, it is a clear throwback to the vintage era and wearing it could quickly bring you to the past. And while it may be a vintage niche product, this watch benefits from Oris’ modern machining and can easily compete with other excellent brands.

Features

The Oris Rectangular Complication features a distinctive classical and elegant look. It has helpful complications that add to its functionality, such as the moon phase, power reserve indicator, and date display.

Specifications

  • Production Year: 2021
  • Case Size: 47mm x 32mm
  • Materials:
    • Dial – Silver with applied indices and Super-LumiNova-filled hands
    • Bracelet – Blue leather strap with a folding clasp
    • Case – Stainless steel with a transparent case back
  • Function: Hours, Minutes, Small Seconds, Date, Day, GMT
  • Mechanism: Oris Calibre 582 automatic movement, 38 hours power reserve

Why You Should Invest?

The Oris Rectangular Complication is an excellent investment in terms of durability. It also comes with several useful features that can be very practical for everyday wear or for travel. Additionally, it is a relatively affordable luxury watch that can be an ideal investment for those looking for a high-quality timepiece without breaking the bank.

5. Baume & Mercier Hampton Classic, Stainless Steel Case and Black Dial, 8809

Baume & Mercier Hampton Classic 8809

About

The Baume & Mercier Hampton Classic collection has a rich heritage that dates back to the 1940s. The watch has been updated with modern features like clean lines and elegant curves. These details make it ideal for men who value style, and craftsmanship. The classic and contemporary blend also makes it perfect for everyday wear or on any occasion.

Features

With its scratch-resistant Sapphire crystal, the dial will remain clear and legible for many years. Meanwhile, precision and reliability are guaranteed with its Swiss-made automatic movement. 

Specifications

  • Production Year: 2009
  • Case Size: 42.5mm x 27.3mm
  • Materials:
    • Dial – Black dial with sword-shaped hands for indicating the hour and minute
    • Bracelet – Black alligator leather strap with a deployant buckle
    • Case – Stainless steel
  • Function: Hours, Minutes, Small Seconds, Date
  • Mechanism: Mechanical self-winding ETA 2671 movement with 25 jewels; 38 hours power reserve

Why You Should Invest?

The Baume & Mercier Hampton Classic’s timeless design and Swiss-made craftsmanship are a few ideal reasons to invest in this timepiece. It also offers excellent value for money for being more affordable than many other high-end watches on the market.

6. Patek Philippe Twenty~4, White Gold Case and Eternal Gray Dial, 4908/200G-001

Patek Philippe Twenty~4 4908_200G-001

About

The Patek Philippe Twenty~4 is a rectangular dress watch that turns vintage into a stunning piece perfect for the contemporary woman who is active all day long. It was inspired by manchette-style bracelets during the Art Deco period but designed in a more stylized version. The brilliant-cut diamonds add to the classic luxurious feel and make it stand out among other classics.

Features

The Patek Philippe Twenty~4’s dial has prominent Roman numerals at the 12 and 6 o’clock positions. The quartz movement function is pedigree while six jewels prevent wear on the gears and the 1.55v silver oxide battery provides a battery life of up to three years.

Specifications

  • Production Year: 2021
  • Case Size: 26.3mm x 22mm
  • Materials:
    • Dial – Eternal gray dial with gold-applied Arabic numerals and hour markers
    • Bracelet – White gold bracelet with fold-over clasp
    • Bezel – 18k white gold case set with 88 diamonds (~0.71 ct.) and a solid case back
  • Function: Hours, Minutes
  • Mechanism: Swiss-made quartz movement, Patek Philippe Calibre E15 with 6 jewels, power reserve up to 3 years

Why You Should Invest?

Patek Philippe Twenty~4 is a modern classic that has quickly become one of the brand’s most iconic and recognizable models. It also exudes the highest level of craftsmanship and attention to detail. Owning a Patek Philippe Twenty~4 is a symbol of wealth of sophistication. So, if you can afford it, you can make a valuable investment in it and pass it on to the next generations.

7. Longines DolceVita, Stainless Steel Case and Silver Dial, L5.512.0.71.7

Longines DolceVita L5.512.0.71.7

About

The Longines DolceVita is yet another classical interpretation of Art Deco-themed watches. It is a true vintage-inspired watch inspired by a model from the 1920s and has been a favorite by many women since its introduction. It is also beautifully adorned with 46 diamonds, combined with soft curves and geometric lines to complete the elegant look.

Features

The DolceVita watch features a self-winding mechanical movement and is sophisticatedly elegant with its stainless steel case and its intricately designed silver flinqué dial.

Specifications

  • Production Year: 2021
  • Case Size: 23mm x 37mm
  • Materials:
    • Dial – Silver with painted Roman numerals and minute track
    • Bracelet – Blue leather strap with buckle
    • Case – Stainless steel case with scratch-resistant sapphire crystal
  • Function: Hours, Minutes, Seconds
  • Mechanism: Quartz movement (Calibre L176), battery-powered

Why You Should Invest?

One might consider investing in a Longines DolceVita for its refined and sophisticated look. Other excellent reasons are the brand’s commitment to precision, attention to detail, and expertly crafted case and bracelet.

8. Louis Cartier Tank, Rose Gold Case and Silver Dial, WJTA0021

Louis Cartier Tank WJTA0021

About

The Cartier Tank is an elegant timepiece that pays homage to the original Tank watch designed by Louis Cartier in 1917. This timepiece exudes warmth and luxury with its classic 18k rose gold rectangular case. Yet, what truly sets this watch apart from its timeless design is the history attached to it and Cartier’s enduring legacy as one of the world’s most esteemed watchmakers.

Features

Aside from the iconic design, one distinct feature of the Louis Cartier Tank is the manual-winding movement of the watch. This traditional method of powering the watch adds nostalgia to the wearer.

Specifications

  • Production Year: 2010
  • Case Size: 29.5mm x 22mm
  • Materials:
    • Dial – Silver dial with scratch-resistant sapphire crystal
    • Bracelet – 18K rose gold bracelet with hidden butterfly clasp
    • Case – 18k Rose Gold Case set with 40 original Cartier diamonds
  • Function: Hours, Minutes, Seconds
  • Mechanism: Manual-winding mechanical movement, Caliber 1917 MC, 38 hours power reserve

Why You Should Invest?

Investing in a Louis Cartier Tank is always a wise decision if you can afford it. For one, this particular design will never go out of style. And like other high-end luxury watches, the Louis Cartier Tank is a sound investment that is likely to appreciate in value over time

9. Hermes Cape Cod, Stainless Steel Case and Silver Dial, W042712WW00

Hermes Cape Cod W042712WW00

About

This next model comes from the Hermes Cape Cod collection. True to the Hermes quality, it uses a unique double wrap-around strap that is crafted to perfection. It is a highly versatile watch as you can also replace the straps according to your preference as it comes in a variety of colorful and conservative hues.

Features

One noticeable feature of the Cape Cod is the case back’s arched curve that conforms to your wrist and provides comfort for daily wear. It also has non-typical rounded-edged Arabic numerals that perfectly match the rounded rectangular shape of the case.

Specifications

  • Production Year: 2021
  • Case Size: 27mm x 20mm
  • Materials:
    • Dial – Opaline silvered dial
    • Bracelet – Smooth etoupe calfskin double tour leather strap
    • Case – Polished stainless steel case
  • Function: Hours, Minutes
  • Mechanism: Quartz movement, Swiss Made

Why You Should Invest?

Hermes watches, particularly the iconic Cape Cod design, offer a compelling investment opportunity for several reasons. Firstly, the Cape Cod watch holds a unique and rebellious origin story. Henri d’Origny, a longstanding creative partner of Hermes, defied industry norms by delivering a square within a rectangle. This distinctive design sets the Cape Cod apart from other watches in the market and become an “instant hit.”

10. Gucci G-Face, Stainless Steel Case and Black Dial, 3600L

Gucci G-Face 3600L

About

This Gucci square watch is an intriguing piece that dates back to the early 2000s. The brand can be easily recognized as the bezel comes with its signature G-shape. While the minimalist design surely appeals to those with a penchant for the retro style, its simplicity is perfect for the old soul looking for a laidback vibe. 

Features

The square case design offers a unique aesthetic that sets it apart from other vintage classics. It features a simple black dial and a smoothly polished stainless steel bracelet that adds to this elegance.

Specifications

  • Production Year: 2000 (Approximation)
  • Case Size: 22mm x 23mm
  • Materials:
    • Dial – Black Analog Dial with a Scratch Resistant Sapphire Crystal
    • Bracelet – Silver Stainless Steel Band with a Deployment Clasp
    • Case – Stainless Steel Case with a push-and-pull crown
  • Function: Hours, Minutes
  • Mechanism: Quartz movement, battery-powered

Why You Should Invest?

This Gucci square watch is a good investment as it is a high-quality watch made with the finest materials. Gucci is also known for its attention to detail and use of only the best materials, and this model is no exception.

Market Price

BrandsRetail PricePre-owned Price
Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Tribute Duoface 3918420S$24,800S$20,007
Cartier Santos-Dumont W2006951S$17,300S$16,277
IWC Da Vinci Chronograph IW3764-09S$47,000S$37,500
Oris Rectangular Complication 01 582 7694 4031-07 5 24 25FCS$2,850S$1,868
Baume & Mercier Hampton Classic 8809S$2,190S$1,977
Patek Philippe Twenty~4 4908/200G-001S$46,800S$33,540
Longines DolceVita L5.512.0.71.7S$5,560S$2,090
Louis Cartier Tank WJTA0021S$41,700S$30,125
Hermes Cape Cod W042712WW00S$3,100S$2,525
Gucci G-Face 3600LS$860S$660

Note: Prices mentioned above are estimates and may fluctuate depending on various market factors such as demand, availability, and condition of the watch.

Quick FAQs

1. What are rectangular watches called?

Rectangular watches are also referred to as tank-style watches due to their shape. Tank watches became popular when Louis Cartier designed his first tank watch in 1917.

2. Are rectangle watches good?

Yes. A square or rectangular watch is good to wear as its unique design makes them stand out among the common round watches. Like other types, they are also functional and can have the same features and mechanisms.

3. Can men wear rectangular watches?

Yes. Men can wear rectangular watches as tank watches were originally designed for men. Nowadays, both men and women can wear rectangular watches and you will also find many unisex designs from many popular brands.

Final Word

Rectangular watches hold a special place in the hearts of old souls due to their vintage charm. These classics have become synonymous with elegance, as they offered a refined and timeless aesthetic. Moreover, the craftsmanship and attention to detail in these timepieces are sure to impress any horology enthusiast and vintage collector.

Key Takeaways

  • The unique shape of tank-style watches makes them stand out among the current trends of oversized and round dials. 
  • Often characterized by Art Deco designs and classic numerals, these timepieces evoke memories of bygone eras, providing a nostalgic connection to the golden age of watchmaking.
  • Vintage-inspired watches convey a message of timeless elegance, making them the perfect accessory for formal events or professional settings.

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