JLC Reverso - Never Know 'Till You Try One On

After trying on the Cartier tank a few times and never feeling it I didn't pay too much attention to rectangular watches. On whim, tried on a JLC Reverso in Boston the other day and got a totally different feel. Felt really good on the wrist, versatile, but a little tough to figure out sizes.


This is the Classic duo face day / night. I think the large / 47mm size. Noticed the discontinued 976 with the sapphire case back out there but think 49mm would push beyond my 7 inch wrist limits. (i'm a sucker for an exhibition back on a manual wind).


Anyone have experience with the different case sizes? Actually thinking stepping down to the medium may be a better option but will have to try one on.

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I’m a proponent of smaller rectangular watches, so I’d definitely go with a smaller size than the one pictured.  I just think the proportions get all thrown off if the lugs are anywhere near the edges of the wrist. People get thrown by the comically small case size, but it’s more the lug to lug that’s important. The pictures watch probably has a diameter of like 34mm, but it looks much bigger. 
 

Then again, I’m a Tank fan so don’t place too much weight on my opinion. 

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thekris

I’m a proponent of smaller rectangular watches, so I’d definitely go with a smaller size than the one pictured.  I just think the proportions get all thrown off if the lugs are anywhere near the edges of the wrist. People get thrown by the comically small case size, but it’s more the lug to lug that’s important. The pictures watch probably has a diameter of like 34mm, but it looks much bigger. 
 

Then again, I’m a Tank fan so don’t place too much weight on my opinion. 

Tank is an awesome watch.  Just wasn't for me.   

Thanks of the tip.     I have a vintage GP in 34mm that I wear and am fine with the size.   So makes sense that I should at  least try stepping down a size a bit and see how it wears. 

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ChaseEagle

Tank is an awesome watch.  Just wasn't for me.   

Thanks of the tip.     I have a vintage GP in 34mm that I wear and am fine with the size.   So makes sense that I should at  least try stepping down a size a bit and see how it wears. 

I would give a smaller size a try. Maybe it won’t be right for you, but as you’ve found, you have to try some things on to know what works. Whatever size you go with, it’s a beautiful watch. 

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Yeah I would also try the smaller size on these. I also found the larger comically big on my wrist when tried on. I agree with @thekris on rectangle sizes. I like large Cartier Santos, med Reverso. 

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I have a 17cm (6,75”) wrist. I spent many times comparing the the medium and the large. Technically I can wear both i e the lugs doesn’t overhang with the large. But for me it was clear in the end that the medium was the right size for me.  Better proportions for me.

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WatchYourIntruder

I have a 17cm (6,75”) wrist. I spent many times comparing the the medium and the large. Technically I can wear both i e the lugs doesn’t overhang with the large. But for me it was clear in the end that the medium was the right size for me.  Better proportions for me.

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That looks great!!!

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The watch looks quite big on your wrist. If you ask my I would say a little bit to big. For me the strap is always part of the design of a rectangular watch. So I think a smaller version would suit you better. 

I had a rectangular watch that was about 38mm length and it worn like a 40 I would say. Rectangular watches seems to wear quite big. 

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WatchYourIntruder

I have a 17cm (6,75”) wrist. I spent many times comparing the the medium and the large. Technically I can wear both i e the lugs doesn’t overhang with the large. But for me it was clear in the end that the medium was the right size for me.  Better proportions for me.

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Perfect. 

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I owned the same one you tried...I started to sour on the proportions and eventually sold it.  I may come back to the medium some day.

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The medium-sized duo-face was perfect for my small wrist.

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I think I'm the odd duck in this group.  I preferred the Master Control to the Reverso and went with that option with no regrets.

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Kind of off topic, where did you try this on?  Im in the Boston area as well but havent shopped for watches locally...I havent tried any rectangular watches so I cant really comment but my wife wants a tank so Ive been searching for potential alternatvies like the Longines DolceVida..havnet look at the JLC though!

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Medium would be great.

but talking of proportions I do prefer the tank. This just seems too ”long”.

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Given width/height rectangular watches are always bigger than round ones (or ellipsoidal/tonneau etc.)

Based on that image I would buy a smaller one 10 times out of 10.

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I don't care for the Tank either. Much prefer the Reverso, but not sure if I will get one in the end. Still trying to figure out what dress watch to target long term I would go with the medium size. 

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WatchYourIntruder

I have a 17cm (6,75”) wrist. I spent many times comparing the the medium and the large. Technically I can wear both i e the lugs doesn’t overhang with the large. But for me it was clear in the end that the medium was the right size for me.  Better proportions for me.

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Stunning!