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Watch Review: Square and Rectangular Watches Under $3,000

Are you a fan of four-sided fake rolex for men uk watches and looking for a “Square Deal?” In this watch review feature from our archives, we take a look at five watches from Eterna, Fortis, Frédérique Constant, Nomos and Oris, all with square or rectangular cases and all priced under $3,000*.Eterna Grand Automatic 1935 - front

Square and rectangular cases have a venerable history reaching back to the earliest days of the wristwatch. Although they’ve nearly always been outnumbered by round ones, their appeal has endured a full century. Some of the most famous watches ever made have been rectilinear: the Santos-Dumont, a square model that Cartier launched commercially in 1911 (the company had produced a prototype several years earlier); the Movado Polyplan, from 1912, a curved, elongated rectangle (there were also oval Polyplan models); the Cartier Tank, from 1919; the Gruen Curvex, from 1935; the Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso, introduced in 1931; and, an icon of the quartz revolution, the razor-thin Concord Delirium, from 1979.

The popularity of squares and rectangles has waxed and waned over the decades. These days, it’s on a definite upswing: recent years have produced a wave of four-sided styles. Here, WatchTime looks at five, all with prices under $5,000, so you can freshen up your watch “wardrobe” with something a little different without breaking the bank to do so.

 

Eterna Grand Automatic 1935
The case of this watch measures 28.8 mm x 37.5 mm, a modest size, by today’s standards, but plenty big enough to show the time and date. A layer of luminous material on the hands — though not on the markers — makes the watch legible enough at night, provided you don’t need a to-the-minute reading.

The architectonic case, with its numerous levels and edges, is matched by the faceted, applied hour markers and stamped dial. Eterna solves the innate problem of rectangular watches — of luxury fake cartier for lady hands not extending into the corners — by lengthening the markers at 1, 5, 7, 11 and 12 o’clock. The hands are very delicate, however, and do not contrast enough with the dial to provide a sure reading of the time at first glance. A satin finish on the back of the case, and the transparent sapphire aperture that provides a view of the decorated movement, give the watch an air of elegance.

Fortis Square
The Fortis Square conforms to the Fortis credo of high functionality and ease of use. White triangles beside the day-of-the-week and date indicators show which direction to turn the crown to adjust these displays. The crown itself is deeply knurled for a non-slip grip.Fortis Square - front

Legibility is ensured by broad hands and indices with luminous coating. They contrast very well with the black background. Equally high contrast enhances the legibility of the black-on-white date and day displays. The case has 38-mm-long sides and a curved back to improve its fit on the wrist. Nonetheless, this model is a bit top-heavy and has a tendency to snag on one’s shirt cuff. The case is water-resistant to 100 meters, giving the Square the highest level of water-resistance of any of the watches we examined.

Frédérique Constant Heart Beat Date Carrée
The Heart Beat Date Carrée contains a movement modified by the watch’s manufacturer, Frédérique Constant. The numerals around the circumference of the disk are visible not only in the window at 6 o’clock but also at the top of the large circle cut in the dial above the balance. A circular aperture of this sort is typical of all models in the Heart Beat line.Frederique Constant Heart Beat Date Carree - front

This watch is interesting from both a design and a technical point of view. Stark, angular elements (e.g., Roman numerals and an angular date window) alternate on its dial with rounded shapes (e.g., a herringbone-patterned circle in the center of the dial and a circular replica omega online store window above it). The elongated rhombic hands lie somewhere between these two extremes.