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10 Best Square Watches: A Modern Twist on Classic Timepieces

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Square and rectangular watches were first introduced in the 1920s and since then have become a popular fashion statement, with many luxury brands like Cartier offering square watch designs in their collections. It even became more popular with the rise of the Art Deco style characterizing geometric shapes and bold colors.

Today, square watches remain popular and come in a variety of styles and materials, from simple and classic, bold and flashy, or with leather or metal bands. With their versatility, readability, and variety of designs, you’ll surely find a square watch for your style and personality.

1. Cartier Tank Solo, Pink Gold Stainless Steel Case, Silver Dial, W5200026

Cartier Tank Solo W5200026

About

Cartier is known for its iconic square watches and in 2004, the Cartier Tank Solo was introduced and quickly became popular for its square design and unique silvered flinqué dial. The clean dial is a perfect backdrop for the bold Roman numerals, depicting a simple yet elegant design. While the blue steel hands add a pop and touch of modern styling.

Features

The Cartier Tank is powered by a Swiss quartz movement ensuring reliable and accurate timekeeping. Its versatility makes it a great square watch for everyday wear, while its water-resistance qualities suit light water activities and are perfect for active wearers.

Specifications

  • Production Year: 2012
  • Case Size: 31mm
  • Materials:
    • Dial – Silver with black Roman numeral hour markers and blue steel hands
    • Bracelet – Brown alligator leather strap with Cartier’s signature deployment clasp
    • Case – Pink Gold stainless steel with a solid back
  • Function: Hours, Minutes, Seconds, Date
  • Mechanism: Self-winding caliber 049 (ETA 2892-A2); 42 hours power reserve

Why You Should Invest?

Renowned as an undisputed icon in the watch industry, the Cartier Tank showcases a brilliant stroke of design ingenuity by Louis Cartier. Inspired by the tanks utilized in World War I, this timepiece was conceptualized in 1917. Plus, this model is one of the more affordable Tank models in the Cartier line-up.

2. Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Classic, Stainless Steel Case and Silver Dial, Q3858520

Jaeger-LeCoultre 3858520

About

The Reverso Classic is a unique rectangular watch that can be uniquely flipped over. On its main side is a silvered dial with black Arabic numerals, a small seconds sub-dial, and a second time zone. Interestingly, the flipped side can be personalized with a special engraving or message making it a perfect gift to a loved one. 

Features

Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Classic has a standout classic design with a unique reversible feature. Aside from this distinctive feature, it also comes with several personalization options like message engraving and strap customization. 

Specifications

  • Production Year: 2017
  • Case Size: 45.6mm x 27.4mm
  • Materials:
    • Dial – Silver with black Arabic numerals and blue steel hands
    • Bracelet – Black leather strap with deployment clasp
    • Case – Stainless steel reversible case
  • Function: Hours, Minutes, Small Seconds
  • Mechanism: Jaeger-LeCoultre Calibre 822/2, mechanical movement with manual winding; 45 hours power reserve

Why You Should Invest?

The Reverso was first introduced in 1931, and its unique feature of a reversible case was originally designed to protect the watch face during polo matches. Now, this reversible feature makes it a versatile and functional accessory. Additionally, the Reverso has also become an icon of Art Deco design and is well-sought by rich people and celebrities.

3. Piaget Polo S Chronograph, Stainless Steel Case and Blue Dial, G0A41006

Piaget Polo S Chronograph G0A41006

About

Launched in 2016, this luxury timepiece from Swiss watchmaker Piaget was inspired by the 1979 Piaget collection. It has a stainless steel case and a blue dial with a horizontal guilloché pattern. It also has a distinctive cushion-shaped case and a round bezel which gives it a unique and modern look. Designed to be a versatile watch, this elegant sports watch can also be worn on a variety of occasions. 

Features

The watch is available in a range of styles and sizes and features a unique blend of sporty aesthetics and sophisticated craftsmanship. Useful functions include a small date window at the 6 o’clock position, a 30-minute counter, and a chronograph.

Specifications

  • Production Year: 2016
  • Case Size: 42mm
  • Materials:
    • Dial – Blue horizontal guilloché dial with luminescent hands and indexes
    • Bracelet – Stainless steel bracelet with integrated folding clasp
    • Case – Cushion-shaped stainless steel case with a round bezel
  • Function: Hours, Minutes, Seconds, Date, Chronograph Function With 30-Minute Counter
  • Mechanism: Piaget 1160P automatic movement; 50 hours power reserve

Why You Should Invest?

Investing in a Piaget Polo S Chronograph can be a wise decision. For one, the Polo S Chronograph features a contemporary style, a much-loved style by many enthusiasts. In addition to this aesthetic appeal, it also comes from a well-respected Swiss watchmaker company that has been producing luxury timepieces since 1874.

4. Bell & Ross Military Ceramic, Ceramic Case and Green Dial, BR0392-MIL-CE

Bell & Ross BR0392-MIL-CE

About

The Bell & Ross Military Ceramic is part of the Bell & Ross instrument collection known for its functional and utilitarian design. It strikingly stands out with its durable rugged design which draws inspiration from the aviation and military field. 

What’s more, the matte black ceramic case and the green dial give it a distinct and bold look that adds a modern twist to a classic timepiece.

Features

The watch is designed to be highly legible and reliable, with a precision Swiss automatic movement and a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal. Plus, the military-inspired design is perfect for outdoor enthusiasts and useful features are ideal for those who appreciate both style and functionality.

Specifications

  • Production Year: 2015
  • Case Size: 42mm
  • Materials:
    • Dial – Matte green dial with white numerals and indices coated in Superluminova for increased visibility in low-light conditions
    • Bracelet – Black rubber strap with a black PVD-coated stainless steel pin buckle
    • Case – Ceramic case with a matte finish and a black PVD-coated stainless steel case back, screw-down crown, and anti-reflective sapphire crystal
  • Function: Hours, Minutes, Seconds, Date
  • Mechanism: Bell & Ross Caliber BR-CAL.302, automatic movement; 40 hours power reserve

Why You Should Invest?

Bell & Ross is a relatively young watch brand that was founded in 1992 by two friends who shared a passion for aviation and watchmaking. Cockpit instruments inspired the company’s first watches and quickly gained a reputation for their precision and reliability. Now, the Military Ceramic has become a popular choice, being a durable watch that is built to withstand harsh conditions. 

5. Tag Heuer Monaco Calibre 11 Bamford, Forged Carbon Stainless Steel and Black Dial, CAW2190.FC6437

Tag Heuer Monaco CAW2190.FC6437

About

The Tag Heuer Monaco Calibre 11 Bamford is a limited edition timepiece that seamlessly blends timeless elegance bearing the signature square shape of the Monaco collection. This watch has unique Bamford elements such as the black oscillating weight and a Bamford logo, making it a perfect choice for style and modern functionality. 

Features

The Calibre 11 Bamford has a striking black dial that is highly legible, featuring bold hour markers and hands that are coated with luminescent material for excellent visibility in low-light conditions. While the forged carbon stainless steel case is both durable and lightweight, providing the perfect balance of strength and comfort. 

Specifications

  • Production Year: 2018
  • Case Size: 39mm
  • Materials:
    • Dial – Black dial with a sunray brushed finish, red and white accents, and luminescent hour markers and hands for increased visibility in low-light conditions
    • Bracelet – Black alligator leather strap with a stainless steel folding clasp
    • Case – Forged carbon stainless steel case with a black PVD coating, square shape, and scratch-resistant sapphire crystal with an anti-reflective coating
  • Function: Hours, Minutes, Seconds, Date
  • Mechanism: Swiss-made Calibre 11 automatic movement; 40 hours power reserve

Why You Should Invest?

The Monaco was first introduced in 1969 as one of the world’s first automatic chronograph watches. Its distinctive square case and bold design quickly became a hit among racing enthusiasts. It became even more popular when Steve McQueen wore it in the movie Le Mans. As a limited edition that features a unique design, it is sure to make a statement anywhere.

6. Cartier Tank Francaise, Steel Case and Silver Dial, 2302

Cartier Tank Francaise 2302

About

The Cartier Tank Française, specifically the 2302, is a legendary timepiece designed by Louis Cartier in 1916. It is renowned for its minimal aesthetics and geometric shapes, making it a favorite among art connoisseurs such as Princess Diana, Andy Warhol, and Jean-Charles de Castelbajac.

Features

This stainless steel timepiece features a smooth fixed bezel, an octagonal crown with a sapphire, and a silver white dial with Roman numerals. With a stainless steel bracelet and automatic movement, it offers the finest luxury.

Specifications

  • Production Year: 2000
  • Case Size: 28mm
  • Materials:
    • Dial – Silver with simple black Roman numerals and a date display at the 6 o’clock position
    • Bracelet – Stainless steel featuring a classic interlocking link design
    • Case – Stainless steel
  • Function: Hours, Minutes, Seconds, Date
  • Mechanism: Cartier 120, automatic movement; power reserve up to 42 hours

Why You Should Invest?

The Cartier Tank watch, introduced by Louis Cartier in 1917, has become a timeless classic known for its rectangular case, flowing flanks, Art Deco dial with Roman numerals, and signature crown cabochon. Additionally, Cartier Tank prices have recently seen a 5.6% increase over the past 180 days in USD, reflecting a growing value and demand for these iconic timepieces..

7. Hermes Cape Cod, Stainless Steel and Silver Dial, W040233WW00

Hermes Cape Cod W040233WW00

About

The Cape Cod is a unique square watch that was launched as a whimsical yet classical addition to the Hermes lineup. Its unique design features a square case with rounded edges, giving it a softer, more feminine look.

Features

The Cape Cod is available in a range of materials, including stainless steel, yellow gold, and rose gold, and can be customized with a range of straps including single or double-wrap straps depending on your mood or style.

Specifications

  • Production Year: 2000
  • Case Size: 23mm x 23mm
  • Materials:
    • Dial – Opaline silvered
    • Bracelet – Features a brown calfskin leather double-wrap strap with a steel pin buckle that can be interchanged with a different strap
    • Case – Stainless steel
  • Function: Hours, Minutes
  • Mechanism: Swiss-made quartz movement; power reserve up to 3 years

Why You Should Invest?

The Hermes Cape Cod was designed in 1991 by Henri d’Origny, a renowned French designer who has been working with Hermes since 1958. The watch’s design was inspired by the iconic square-shaped anchor chain links of the Hermes Chaine d’Ancre bracelet. With its impeccable craftsmanship and attention to detail, this timepiece is truly a valuable investment. 

8. Chanel Première, Yellow Gold Case and Black Dial, H0001

Chanel Première H0001

About

The Chanel Première is a sleek and stylish watch that combines classic with a modern flair. With its distinctive octagonal-square shape case and gold-plated leather strap, it’s a watch that’s sure to turn heads. The design embodies the Chanel spirit and is perfect for today’s fashion-forward, bold, and creative women.

Features

The Chanel Première features a high-precision Swiss quartz movement. Another standout feature of the Chanel Première is the signature gold-plated chain-link bracelet with leather. Another interesting feature is the lacquer black dial with gold-tone hour markers that makes it easy to read the time.

Specifications

  • Production Year: 1987
  • Case Size: 20mm x 25mm
  • Materials:
    • Dial – Black lacquer with gold-tone hour markers and hands
    • Bracelet – Gold-plated leather with leather belt
    • Case – Gold-plated stainless steel
  • Function: Hours, Minutes
  • Mechanism: Swiss-made quartz movement; power reserve up to 3 years

Why You Should Invest?

The Premiere was first introduced by Chanel in 1987 and was the brand’s first-ever watch. The design was inspired by the shape of the iconic Chanel No.5 perfume bottle and the brand’s signature quilted leather, making it a true representation of Chanel’s style and heritage.

9. Patek Philippe Gondolo, White Gold Case and White Dial, 4972G-001

Patek Philippe Gondolo 4972G-001

About

Crafted with utmost precision and adorned with exquisite details, this timepiece with its magnificent white gold case and white dial create a harmonious symphony of timeless beauty and modern allure. This rectangular case of the Gondolo pays embodies the Art Deco spirit, seamlessly blending classic design elements with contemporary sensibilities.

Features

The watch boasts a pristine white dial, providing a clean and minimalist backdrop for the time display. The white dial and applied Arabic numeral hours and markers enhance readability while adding a touch of sophistication to the dial.

Specifications

  • Production Year: 1987
  • Case Size: 39.7mm x 27.4mm
  • Materials:
    • Dial – White Mother-of-pearl Guilloche
    • Bracelet – Blue satin strap with clasp
    • Case – 18kt white gold
  • Function: Hours, Minutes
  • Mechanism: Swiss-made quartz movement

Why You Should Invest?

Patek Philippe has a long-standing tradition of creating watches for royalty, celebrities, and influential figures throughout history. The Gondolo collection also pays homage to the Art Deco era, characterized by its sleek lines and geometric designs. Owning a Gondolo timepiece reflects a refined sense of style that transcends trends and retains its allure for generations to come.

10. Hamilton Jazzmaster Square Lady, Stainless Steel Case and White Dial, H32251955

Hamilton H32251955

About

The Hamilton Jazzmaster Square Lady is a stylish yet affordable square watch that represents minimalist classic and elegance. This particular model, with its stainless steel case and white dial, exudes timeless elegance and is suitable for both formal and casual occasions.

Features

One notable feature of the Jazzmaster Square Lady is the simple and uncluttered dial which makes time-reading quick and easy. The overall simplicity makes it also a practical timepiece for everyday use. 

Specifications

  • Production Year: Unknown
  • Case Size: 29mm
  • Materials:
    • Dial – White mother-of-pearl with silver-tone hands and hour markers
    • Bracelet – White leather straps with deployment clasp
    • Case – Stainless steel
  • Function: Hours, Minutes, Seconds
  • Mechanism: ETA caliber 901.001, quartz movement; battery-powered

Why You Should Invest?

Hamilton was one of the few American watchmakers that survived the quartz crisis of the 1970s and 1980s by transitioning into Swiss watchmaking. The Jazzmaster Square Lady’s design was inspired by the brand’s American heritage and is a classic example of Hamilton’s dedication to creating watches that are both elegant and functional.

A Quick Comparison

Knowing the market prices of the featured square watches is essential to ensure you’re getting the best deal. Here are some relevant features and current market prices of these items. 

ModelKey FeaturesPre-owned Price
Cartier Tank Solo• Reliable and accurate timekeeping
• Suited for active wearers
• Versatile style
S$9,600
Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Classic• Unique reversible case
• Can be personalized with a message or engraving
• Customizable strap options
S$9,060
Piaget Polo S Chronograph• With a 30-minute counter
• Chronograph function
• Sporty yet elegant design
S$17,090
Bell & Ross Military Ceramic• Perfect for outdoor enthusiasts
• Durability
• Highly legible dials
S$3,700
Tag Heuer Monaco Calibre 11 Bamford• Limited edition
• Visibility in low-light conditions
• Lightweight
S$14,460
Cartier Tank Francaise• Elegant look 
• Distinctive bracelet design
• Powered by a high-quality quartz movement
S$5,140
Hermes Cape Cod• Double-wrap leather strap
• Soft and feminine look
• Customizable strap
S$2,500
Chanel Première• Octagonal-square-shaped case
• Gold-plated metal
• High-precision quartz movement
S$3,130

Patek Philippe Gondolo
• Art Deco spirit
• Minimalist design
• Diamond accents
S$40,090
Hamilton Jazzmaster Square Lady• Mother-of-pearl dial
• Date function
• Minimalistic design
S$730

FAQs

If you’re thinking about getting a square watch, you may have some questions. Here are some frequently asked questions to help you out:

1. What are the benefits of a square watch?

Square watches are a great option if you’re looking for a unique and stylish look. A square watch may also be more comfortable to wear than a round watch, as they tend to sit flatter on your wrist. Additionally, square watches can offer a larger display area, making it easier to read the time and other information.

2. Are square watches more expensive than round watches?

Not necessarily. The price of a watch depends on a variety of factors, including the materials used, the brand, and the features included. While some square watches may be more expensive than round watches, there are also many affordable options available.

3. Are square watches suitable for both men and women?

Yes! Square watches are a versatile option that can be worn by anyone. Many brands offer square watches in a variety of sizes and styles, so you can find one that fits your personal taste and preferences.

4. Are square watches waterproof?

The water-resistance feature depends on the specific watch. Some square watches are water-resistant, while others are not. Be sure to check the specifications of the watch you’re interested in before purchasing it to ensure it meets your needs.

Final Word

With their unique shape and modern design, square watches are a great way to add some personality to your wrist. In terms of style, square watches are a bold choice, so make sure you choose one that fits your style. Each watch has its unique features and benefits; it’s up to you to decide which one is the best fit for you.

Key Takeaways

  • Moreover, consider other factors like the size of the watch face, bracelet, and any additional features that will be useful for you.
  • As with any watch, ensure that your square watch is built to last and worth the price; look for watches with scratch-resistant glass and sturdy materials like stainless steel or titanium.
  • Consider your budget when choosing a square or rectangular watch, and choose one that offers the features and design that you need at a price that you can afford.

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