A rectangular watch is unique, sophisticated, and timeless. One of the most popular ones, and certainly one that launched hundreds of equally elegant designs, is the tank watch designed by Louis Cartier, which instantly gained popularity in the 1920s. Soon, it became an iconic design—something that not only exhibited prestige but also skills in watchmaking.
We’re featuring both budget and luxury rectangular watches, from Casio’s retro resin watches to a classic Cartier watch—so there’s something here for everyone. As the title suggests, we’ll arrange the watches in rough order from budget to luxury offering iconic looking timepieces for every style and price range.
We also previously wrote an article on the Best Square Watches for Men, so you can explore similar models there as well.
Top Rectangular Watches For Men
Casio MQ38-8A Men’s Rectangular Watch
We’ll start off with a Casio, a reliable Japanese brand. This affordable model is a classic three-hand analog watch that’s perfect for everyday use—the Casio MQ 38-8A is a simple and stylish watch with an affordable price tag.
Customers love that this watch is lightweight and has a straightforward design. You also don’t have to worry about this watch taking some minor splashes of brief immersions in water, as it’s water-resistant to 50m.
This 35mm watch has a stainless steel case, a gray dial, and a resin strap. It also has minimalist dot markers (and one index market at 12 o’clock).
Casio Men’s Vintage CA53W-1 Calculator Watch
This is another Casio classic model that has made a comeback in recent years. If you want a watch that has a touch of nostalgia, this is an affordable model that you can check out.
The Casio Men’s CA53W Calculator watch features an 8-digit calculator with functions for addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. It also has an auto calendar, a stopwatch, an alarm, and a dual time feature.
This 35mm water-resistant watch, which has a lot of positive reviews on Amazon, has a battery life that can last up to five years. The case, bezel, and band are made of durable resin.
Peugeot Men’s Classic Vintage Watch
This watch by Peugeot has a rich history. This vintage leather model was popular in the 1960s as a doctor’s watch: the second-hand sweep dial on the bottom part of the watch allowed doctors and health professionals to easily measure heart rate.
The watch maintains popularity and Peugeot still sells the watch today. One does not need to be a doctor to use it—the watch is a classic vintage model that is extremely stylish and has a unique design.
The Peugeot 24mm Large Remote Sweep watch has an easy to read white dial with Arabic numerals, and an accurate quartz movement powered by Seiko. The strap is genuine, croc-embossed leather with side stitching.
Seiko Men’s SUP880 Rectangular Analog Watch
This vintage-inspired Japanese quartz watch by Seiko is solar-powered with a 12-month power reserve. The gold-tone case is a 28.5mm stainless steel, and the strap material is leather.
The classic look of this tank-style watch makes it a good model to wear in both casual and formal occasions. The design is simple but stylish: Roman numerals and hour/minute hands on a white dial. The water resistance is up to 30m, allowing the watch to endure minor splashes and brief immersions.
Many reviews of this model point out its lightness and excellent size (a good unisex watch). Some also mention that this is a good alternative to the more expensive Cartier tank watch.
Bulova Men’s 96A169 Analog Watch
The Bulova 96A169 rectangular analog watch is made of stainless steel and has a simple and elegant design: a blue dial, stick indexes, and a curved mineral glass. This 35mm watch is from the Brand’s Classic collection, is also water-resistant to 30m.
One of the reasons why this watch has become popular over the years is the price tag. It’s relatively affordable, and especially when compared to most of the models that we’ll be featuring below.
We’ve talked about Bulova extensively on our website. Learn more about the company in our Bulova Watch Review here. We also wrote an article about the Best Bulova Watches for Men and Best Bulova Watches for Women.
Citizen Eco-Drive Paradigm Watch
Japanese watchmaker Citizen makes watches that boast of the Eco-Drive technology, which uses energy from any kind of light source (both indoor and outdoor lighting), allowing the user to not worry about charging the watch.
The rectangular Citizen Eco-Drive BM6550-58E is a 32mm watch with a stainless steel case, a black dial, and a combination of dot and index markers. There is also a date window at 3 o’clock, and water resistance to 30m. There is a push-button deployment clasp, which allows for easy removal.
Explore the brand and its collections further by reading our article on Citizen Watch Reviews.
Circa CT125T Rectangular Watch
If you’re looking for a rectangular watch that has a vintage design, Circa is a brand to check out. This company, which was founded by a collector of vintage watches, brings back vintage designs from the 1920s to the 1950s—a “vintage revival” watch that maintains the classic design and quality of old watches.
You can read more about Circa here.
One of these watches is the Circa CT125T watch, a1940s style watch with a cobalt blue dial, a 23k gold plated stainless steel case, and a genuine leather strap. According to the Circa website, this was an iconic timepiece among the elite during the era, a watch that can be worn on all occasions.
Rotary Cambridge Rectangle Watch
Swiss watchmaker rotary has a variety of rectangular watches styles in its collection. One popular model is the 28.5mm Rotary GB05280/01, a stainless steel watch with a simple white dial, Roman numeral markers, and a small date window at 6 o’clock.
This analog model has sapphire glass, as well as a deployment clasp. The water resistance is up to 50m. One of the most notable features us the “hidden” crown, which is a characteristic of the Cambridge collection. To see different versions and designs, check out the Rotary page.
Longines Dolce Vita Men’s Watch
The luxurious Longines Dolce Vita line for men has a good number of rectangular watch models to choose from (check out all of the available models here).
One popular watch from this collection is the Longines Dolce Vita (model L5.7220.127.116.11), a stainless steel watch with an automatic, Caliber L592 movement. This watch has a silver “flinque” dial with painted striking blue Roman numerals and blue steel hands. The strap, which is also blue, has an alligator design with buckle.
This model is also available in a black alligator or stainless steel straps. All of the watches fall under the luxury watch category, but the designs are pretty straightforward and simple. It’s a good watch to wear daily or on dressier occasions.
Read more about Longines in our brand review article here.
Baume & Mercier BMMOA10153 Hampton Analog Watch
This analog quartz watch by luxury Swiss watch brand Baume & Mercier has a pretty straightforward design: a stainless steel case with a brown calfskin leather strap, a plain white dial, legible Arabic numeral markers, sword-shaped hands and small minute markers on the outer rim of the watch.
The 29mm Hampton 10153 watch is also water-resistant to 165 feet. There is also a date window on the bottom of the watch, replacing the 6 o’clock marker.
Check our Baume & Mercier Watch Review article to learn about the brand’s rich history, as well as its different collections, reputation, and warranty policy.
Oris Automatic Rectangular Date Watch
Oris is a Swiss brand that has been around for more than a century and is popular for the relatively affordable price range. It’s considered a luxury brand, but its price points are cheaper than its competitors, such as Longines and Tag Heuer.
The Oris Rectangular Date watch, which costs around $2,000, is made from polished stainless steel, with a silver dial and blue luminescent hands and Arabic numeral markers. There is a date window above the 6 o’clock mark. The bracelet has a push-button deployment clasp.
This automatic watch runs on the Oris Caliber 561 and has a power reserve of 38 hours. The water resistance is 30m. Perfect for evening or business wear, this watch combines form and function.
Jaeger Lecoultre Reverso – A Classic
The original Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso watch was first introduced in the early 1930s and paved the way for more rectangular-shaped watch designs.
Today, there are many Reverso models available–same vintage aesthetic, with improvements that suit the modern wearer. One of these watches is the Jaeger Lecoultre Reverso Classic Medium watch, a 40mm stainless steel with a crocodile leather strap.
This one has a clean and legible style, with a clean white dial and big Arabic numerals, as well as small minute markers in the inner ring of the dial. The watch is highlighted by its blue steel hands, and a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal. This model is water-resistant to 30m.
Louis Cartier Tank Watch –An Iconic Rectangular Watch
The iconic Cartier watch has a number of different versions and reinterpretations over the years. Designed in 1916, this watch has a design ahead of its time and instantly became a favorite of collectors and celebrities. Check out the story of the Cartier Tank watch here.
One model from the collection is the Louis Cartier Tank Watch (model W1529756), a watch with a brown alligator strap and yellow gold ardillon buckle, and an 18k yellow gold case. It has the classic Roman numeral markers, blue sword-shaped hour and minute hands, and a date window that replaces 3 o’clock mark. This one’s water-resistant to 30m.
Girard-Perregaux Vintage 1945
Girard Perregaux, a Swiss watch brand that has been around since 1791, has many different versions of rectangular watches. A popular model is the Girard Perregaux Vintage 1945 XXL men’s moon-phase watch, which is off the brand’s collection that pays tribute to some of its iconic watches.
This model has a large date window below 12 o’clock, as well as a moon-phase aperture and small seconds subdial above 6 o’clock and in the middle of the watch. The case is a simple white, and the Arabic numeral markers and dauphine hands were inspired by the brand’s vintage 1945 model.
To see the different versions of the watch, you can visit this page.
Lange & Söhne Cabaret
This watch is for collectors or those who would like to invest in luxury, hard-to-find watch models.
The A. Lange & Söhne Cabaret Yellow Gold watch is considered to be an exquisite, rare timepiece from the brand’s collection. This company stopped selling this Art Decon-inspired watch in 2011, but you can still find some models on re-sellers online.
The design of the Cabaret watch is unique and striking: a silver dial, a gold case, a combination of Roman numerals and rhomboid markers, and an alligator leather strap. There is also an unusual date aperture on top of the case, below the 12 o’clock mark. The movement is a Calibre L931.3, with a power reserve is up to 42 hours.
Because this model is considered rare, the price range could cost around $10,000-14,000 (according to this article, which talks about the watch in detail).
Patek Philippe Golden Ellipse
The unique shape of this luxury watch, according to watchmaker Patek Philippe, is “an elliptical case, between a circle and a rectangle”. This watch was introduced in 1968 and continues to be popular today.
The Patek Philippe’s Golden Ellipse watch was, according to the brand, was inspired by the “golden section” principle that was discovered by Greek mathematicians (read more about it here).
This watch has an ultra-thin self-winding mechanical movement, Caliber 240. The black dial has applied hour markers (18k gold dial plate), a rose gold case, and an alligator strap with square scales. There is also a Platinum version, which has a “Blue Gold” sunburst dial and a navy blue alligator strap. Both are water-resistant to 30m.
Glashütte Original Karree
Luxury watchmaker Glashütte’s Original Karree watches are special editions of the brand’s collections, “Karree” is a German rendering of the French “carre,” which is “square” in English). If you are still in search of a watch and like the angular designs of these watches but didn’t find one you love, check out this list of Men’s Square Watches.
One of these is a stainless steel watch with a sapphire crystal and a leather strap. This one has more things going on, as it has chronograph functions.
This model is not new and is no longer being sold on the brand’s website. There are, however, many re-sellers online of different Karree models, such as this another rare piece for sale on eBay.