Rectangular Love

It’s hard to see why rectangular watches get such little love. Is it because they’re considered ’dressy’ and the trend is for more sport watches? Weird when you consider that the Tank was originally an aviation watch and the Reverso was a polo watch (although I’ve never understood the thinking behind the ‘protect the crystal’ design - if a ball or mallet whacked the watch, I’m pretty sure the movement would be damaged!).

Obviously this is just my opinion but I think they look pretty cool. Maybe there’s a niche for sportier rectangular watches?

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I love my Seiko SUP880, although it is a dress watch, and I would agree with more sporty rectangular watches.

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Very nice dress watch with beautiful combination of display and leather strap. Do you see, I wrote dress watch 😜 That is how I classified rectangular watches. In my mind there are just too many examples with rectangular watches as dress watches => part of MARKETING ... If tomorrow Rolex releases rectangular watch with 500 meter water resistance, spectacular lume and some kind of bezel measuring the time under water, everybody start to consider rectangular watch as diver watch. 😉

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I love my Seiko SUP880, although it is a dress watch, and I would agree with more sporty rectangular watches.

I did try this on once - it looked huge on my wrist.  Looks good on yours!

The small version looked too small. The quartz version was the best fit for me but I really liked the solar aspect of this

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JaroWinti

Very nice dress watch with beautiful combination of display and leather strap. Do you see, I wrote dress watch 😜 That is how I classified rectangular watches. In my mind there are just too many examples with rectangular watches as dress watches => part of MARKETING ... If tomorrow Rolex releases rectangular watch with 500 meter water resistance, spectacular lume and some kind of bezel measuring the time under water, everybody start to consider rectangular watch as diver watch. 😉

I am a sucker for a dress watch!

I do agree with you about the marketing aspect. Is it so ingrained into consumer‘s and manufacturer’s pysche that rectangular watch = dress watch, that we all can’t get past it?

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That Oris is pretty sweet, I really like the color.

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I really like the look of rectangular watches. I currently have a JLC Reverso Squadra Hometime, which is a bit more squarish than the typical rectangular Reverso, but I love it for the fact that the reverse side shows the movement.

That Oris looks awesome (as does the Seiko).

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AngryArchitect27

That Oris is pretty sweet, I really like the color.

It does come in a variety of colours and with the exception of the blue, I found them all to my liking. Nothing against blue watches but I just felt the other dial colours worked better

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tempus

I really like the look of rectangular watches. I currently have a JLC Reverso Squadra Hometime, which is a bit more squarish than the typical rectangular Reverso, but I love it for the fact that the reverse side shows the movement.

That Oris looks awesome (as does the Seiko).

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Beautiful piece! I wish they still made Reversos with a sapphire back. Admire the movement and rotor without taking it off like with most watches. Or in the case of a Reverso, see it at all.

The choice of leather on the more recent Reversos seems more casual. I never cared for exotic things like alligator but this one suits me. Dresses it down while still pure class. Very interested to see what they produce in 2031 for the 100th anniversary of the Reverso's release and 198th year since the maison's founding (though technically just Jaeger until 1937).

WTS] BNIB JLC Reverso Classic Monoface Small Seconds Large Q3858522 :  r/Watchexchange
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tempus

I really like the look of rectangular watches. I currently have a JLC Reverso Squadra Hometime, which is a bit more squarish than the typical rectangular Reverso, but I love it for the fact that the reverse side shows the movement.

That Oris looks awesome (as does the Seiko).

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Nice watch. I think square watches get even less love than rectangular ones! 
That’s a very cool complication too - I haven’t seen many Reversos with an exhibition caseback.

I like to think of the Oris as the mix of a Tank case and and Reverso dial… 
 

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I love the look of those Oris Rectangular watches, very classy, but still casual due to the colours. I suspect the "dress watch" idea comes from many rectangular watches having roman numerals, or other dress watch features. 

I think the Reverso makes sense when you consider the crystal material back then was significantly more fragile. A knock that wouldn't necessarily hurt the movement could crack, or shatter the glass. Military/field watches used to have leather covers for the same reason, and that trend continued into the 2000s when "military" watch straps made from nylon had a flap to cover the watch head that was held down with velcro. 

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Brewer

Beautiful piece! I wish they still made Reversos with a sapphire back. Admire the movement and rotor without taking it off like with most watches. Or in the case of a Reverso, see it at all.

The choice of leather on the more recent Reversos seems more casual. I never cared for exotic things like alligator but this one suits me. Dresses it down while still pure class. Very interested to see what they produce in 2031 for the 100th anniversary of the Reverso's release and 198th year since the maison's founding (though technically just Jaeger until 1937).

WTS] BNIB JLC Reverso Classic Monoface Small Seconds Large Q3858522 :  r/Watchexchange

I have two alligator straps for mine (the black one and a brown one), and although the brown is less dressy than the black, it still feels much more like a dress watch than a casual watch. That doesn't stop me from wearing it with a t-shirt though.

I agree that the new Casa Fagliano straps like yours are able to dress the watch down a bit, but even with them, I think that the case shape makes them still feel a bit on the dressy side (not that there's anything wrong with that).

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Chunghauphoto

Nice watch. I think square watches get even less love than rectangular ones! 
That’s a very cool complication too - I haven’t seen many Reversos with an exhibition caseback.

I like to think of the Oris as the mix of a Tank case and and Reverso dial… 
 

I agree - square watches can be quite polarizing.  The Squadra is actually rectangular, but much closer to being a true square than other Reversos or Tanks. If this one didn't have the exhibition caseback as the reverse side, I think I would have opted for a regular rectangular Reverso instead (the blue dial small seconds duoface tribute would be my choice).

I've never really paid any attention to these rectangular Oris watches before. After seeing your post I tried to find out more about them on the Oris site, but it appears to be undergoing maintenance at the moment. I love the look of them, especially the stepped brancards. 

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tempus

I agree - square watches can be quite polarizing.  The Squadra is actually rectangular, but much closer to being a true square than other Reversos or Tanks. If this one didn't have the exhibition caseback as the reverse side, I think I would have opted for a regular rectangular Reverso instead (the blue dial small seconds duoface tribute would be my choice).

I've never really paid any attention to these rectangular Oris watches before. After seeing your post I tried to find out more about them on the Oris site, but it appears to be undergoing maintenance at the moment. I love the look of them, especially the stepped brancards. 

The case shape/design of your Squadra just makes it more unique. It’s nice to have something away from the mainstream - makes it feel a little more special. I think I prefer the Tribute dials a little more (but we‘re splitting hairs!) because of the hour markers.

Hope the website is just a temporary thing - there maybe some videos on youtube to help your interest

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I found you can really change the look/feel of rectangle “dressy” watches by changing the strap. Not to mention dressy watches look great with jeans and a t-shirt. 

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theevilwrist

I found you can really change the look/feel of rectangle “dressy” watches by changing the strap. Not to mention dressy watches look great with jeans and a t-shirt. 

I agree. As @tempus has mentioned, the CF strap does make a huge difference on the Reverso for example. It does depend on your personal style and whether you feel comfortable with it, of course