Best Men's Square Watch Reviews

Updated November 2, 2020

Round watches tend to all look the same. That makes square watches something unique, conversation pieces, and an interesting addition to your watch collection.

They provide symmetry, sharp lines, uncommon geometry in a timepiece, and a bit of fashion flair.

And because a round watch is more typical, the straight lines of square faced watches are a nice contrast to the everyday timepiece.

But there are options even among square dial watches for men. Some have a modern style and some are more retro.

You can choose between analog and digital. You can go for basic features, or find a men’s square watch with some added functionality, like an alarm.

There are even those square watches that are a limited edition, giving you an even greater conversation piece.

Let’s look at some of the best square dial watches for men, and some of the considerations in choosing one.

Best Men's Square Watches

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1 Casio - Men's Vintage A168WA-1 Electro Luminescence Watch
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Casio Vintage A168WA-1 Electro Men's Square Watch
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2 Nixon - Unisex The Ragnar 36 Nixon Unisex The Ragnar 36 Men's Square Watch
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3 Seiko Men's Recraft Series Square Watch
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4 Citizen - Men's Eco-Drive Stainless Steel BM6550-58E Citizen BM6550-58E Eco-Drive Men's Square Watch
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5 Bulova - Classic 96A169
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Bulova Classic 96A169 Men's Square Watch
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6 Nixon - Re-Run A158 Men’s Digital Watch
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Nixon Re-Run A158 Men's Square Watch
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1. Casio Vintage A168WA-1 Electro Men's Square Watch

Highlights
  • Rectangular case and digital display.
  • Features a daily alarm.
  • Also has a stopwatch.
  • Day and date display.
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Casio - Men's Vintage A168WA-1 Electro Luminescence Watch

The calculator company expanded into watches, bringing that classic Casio look with them.

This rectangular digital watch is reminiscent of the Casio calculators, with a retro classic look that doesn’t go out of style.

The watch itself has a durable plastic case with a stainless steel case back, bezel and matching link bracelet.

The digital functions include the time, day and date display, along with a daily alarm, hourly signal and a 1/100 second stopwatch.

The calendar is automatic, and there’s an Electro Luminescent backlight for reading the display in low light conditions. The movement is Quartz, and the battery life is estimated at seven years.

Specifications

Material:
Plastic case with stainless steel case back and bezel
Size:
1.26 inches in diameter x 0.28 of an inch thick
Movement:
Quartz
Case Diameter:
1.26 inches
Watch Strap:
Stainless Steel
Battery Life:
Up to 7 years

Pros

  • Protective mineral crystal protects the watch from scratches.
  • Electro Luminescent backlight.
  • Seven-year battery life.
  • Classic Casio look, reminiscent of their calculators.

Cons

  • Water resistance is only to 100 feet (30 meters), meaning it can handle the occasional splash but can’t be worn bathing or swimming.
  • Added functions are basic: an alarm and stopwatch.

2. Nixon Unisex The Ragnar 36 Men's Square Watch

Highlights
  • Rectangular case and analog display.
  • Black and gold case accented with a black band.
  • Hour, minute and second hands and date window at 3 o’clock.
  • Hardened mineral crystal face.

This stylish rectangular watch features an analog display. The watch face is black, with a gold toned case surround and gold toned number markers.

There are numbers at 2, 4, 6, 8, 10 and 12, with hash marks in between, and a date window at 3 o’clock.

Water resistance is to 165 feet (50 meters) but with a leather band, you probably don’t want to wear this watch in the water.

Its dressy design is better suited for the office or evenings out than for swimming or water sports.

Specifications

Material:
Stainless Steel
Size:
1.57 inches in diameter X 0.35 of an inch thick
Movement:
Japanese Quartz
Case Diameter:
1.57 inches
Watch Strap:
Leather
Battery Life:
Comes with the required battery

Pros

  • Genuine leather band.
  • Unique rectangular shape.
  • Water resistant to 165 feet (50 meters).
  • Japanese quartz movement is reliable.

Cons

  • Despite the water resistance, with a leather band, this watch isn’t really intended for water sports.
  • Minimal functionality: hour, minute, second and date.

3. Seiko Men's Recraft Series Square Watch

Highlights

If you’re looking for a gorgeous, luxurious, but also manly timepiece, this may be the one! The Seiko SNKP27 is part of the Recraft series and features an emerald green dial encased in a rectangular jewel-like face with golden-tone markers and a brown leather strap. 

The stainless steel case is rather massive, which means the watch sits a bit tall on the wrist (it may not fit under the sleeve of a shirt). On the back, you’ll notice a completely transparent exhibition case, while on the front, there is a beautiful Hardlex crystal lens that enhances the luxurious deep green color of the dial.  

The mechanism is based on one of Seiko’s old-school automatic self-winding movements (there’s no hacking and winding) and has an approximately 41 hours power reserve. The watch also features a date complication, by the 3 o’clock position, a three-hands movement and golden stick hour markers and hands. 

Lastly, everything is tied together by the calfskin leather strap which is a bit thick (for increased durability). It is, however, flexible so it’s easy to put the watch on, but it may add to the bulkiness.

Specifications

Material:
Stainless Steel, Hardlex Crystal Lens, Leather Strap
Size:
41mm
Weight:
11.2oz

Pros

  • Beautiful jewel face design
  • A luscious green face that looks amazing in the light
  • Accurate self-winding movement
  • 41h power reserve
  • Exhibition case back

Cons

  • No loom on the hands or hour markers
  • It can be bulky on someone with small wrists

4. Citizen BM6550-58E Eco-Drive Men's Square Watch

Highlights
  • Analog style
  • Hour, minute and second hands 
  • Date window at 3 o’clock
  • Sleek design and thin case

The design of this analog style watch is unique, with a rectangular shape that blends the watch face right into the band. Both case and band are stainless steel, and the watch face is black with silver markers.

There are hands for hours, minutes and seconds, and a date window at 3 o’clock. The watch is powered by Citizen’s proprietary Eco-Drive technology.

The Eco-Drive charges the watch with light from any natural or artificial light source, and converts it into energy. That means no need to ever change a battery.

The watch is water resistant to only 99 feet, or 30 meters, meaning it can withstand brief splashes of water but not submersion. The sleek case is protected by a durable mineral crystal.

Specifications

Material:
Stainless Steel
Size:
1.26 inches in diameter x 0.31 of an inch thick
Movement:
Japanese Quartz
Case Diameter:
1.26 inches
Watch Strap:
Stainless Steel
Battery Life:
Eco-Drive charges with light so no need to replace a battery

Pros

  • Eco-drive power charges in natural sunlight or indoor light
  • Durable, hardened mineral crystal
  • Unique rectangular design with a case that’s streamlined with the band
  • Minimalist design with a black watch face and silver markers

Cons

  • Water resistant to only 99 feet (30 meters) so it can withstand brief splashes but not submersion in water
  • Basic functionality of time and date

5. Bulova Classic 96A169 Men's Square Watch

Highlights
  • Unique style with a rectangular shape, taller than it is wide.
  • Curved mineral glass.
  • Three hand display.
  • Quartz movement.
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Bulova - Classic 96A169

This unique looking watch has just basic functionality but a classic design. The rectangular case is slightly taller than it is wide.

The case and strap are stainless steel, and the watch face is blue with silver markers. It features hour, minute and second hands and a curved mineral glass that adds to the unique look.

It has basic water resistance, allowing you to get it splashed but it should not be worn bathing or swimming.

You’ll want this watch for your dressy occasions, not for water sports. It will easily go from the office to a night out.

Specifications

Material:
Stainless Steel
Size:
1.77 inches high, 1.42 inches wide X 0.35 of an inch thick
Movement:
Quartz
Case Diameter:
1.42 inches
Watch Strap:
Stainless Steel
Battery Life:
Comes with the required battery

Pros

  • Stylish Bulova design and quality.
  • Stainless steel case and band.
  • Blue watch face.
  • Bulova detailing including unique hour and minute markers.

Cons

  • Water resistance is only to 100 feet (30 meters), meaning it can’t be worn bathing or swimming.
  • Very basic functionality of hour, minute and second markers only.

6. Nixon Re-Run A158 Men's Square Watch

Highlights
  • Square, hexagon case.
  • Gold case and jewelry band.
  • Black watch face.
  • Digital display.
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Nixon - Re-Run A158 Men’s Digital Watch

This watch has the ideal name for its design, as it features a retro 1980s style like you’d see on a television re-run. It features a digital display with a jewelry style band.

The band and case surround are gold toned and the watch face is black. The square case is actually a hexagon, as it has six sides.

The digital display is also retro, hearkening back to the look of an original calculator.

The display includes the time, a calendar with day, date and year, an alarm, countdown capabilities, and light on a negative display LCD dial. You flip through the modes using polyurethane buttons on the front of the watch.

Specifications

Material:
Stainless Steel
Size:
1.26 inches wide x 0.49 of an inch thick
Movement:
Swiss Automatic
Case Diameter:
1.26 inches
Watch Strap:
Gold toned stainless steel
Battery Life:
Comes with the required battery

Pros

  • Unique retro look.
  • Digital display even looks retro.
  • Features a calendar with day, date and year.
  • Switch between modes using polyurethane buttons on the front of the watch.

Cons

  • Water resistant to only 100 feet (30 meters).
  • Basic functions only.

Men's Square Watch Buying Guide

Movement

Square watches are as varied as their round counterparts. 

There are square automatic watches, ones that must be wound; there are analog and digital; and there are Japanese Quartz and Swiss automatic among our top picks of square automatic watches. 

It’s personal preference which of these you prefer.

Design & Thickness

This is where the square watches can really differ. There are those square faced watches that are clearly designed in a dressy style, intended to wear with your suit to the office or out for dinner and a show. 

Those square watches tend to be analog, with stylish watch faces that feature the basic hour, minute and second hands. 

You can also choose a digital design, with some being unique in having a retro look, reminiscent of the original digital watches. Some even resemble a calculator. 

Square Case

Some of the square watches do have a true square case, meaning all four sides are equal in length. But you can also find those that are rectangular, with two sides longer than the others. 

There are even those that are square in shape, but with more than four sides. 

For instance, a hexagon watch has six sides, with small sides on the corners, but still qualifies as a square watch because it is different from a round watch face.

Quality

Our choices of square watches are all quality watches, but like anything, there are those that are higher quality. 

For a little high price tag, you can get a watch that is powered by light alone, eliminating the need to change batteries. Those that are a little pricier also tend to be more dressy.

Materials & Colors

Once again, square watches come in different materials and colors. You can pick an all black square watch, or one that has a black watch face and contrasting gold case surround and number markers. 

You can also opt for a gold square watch, some with a gold toned band as well. Stainless steel is a popular choice for square watches, including for the band, but you can also find those with leather straps. 

Pricing Range

You can spend a little or a lot on a square watch. Casio, for instance, has a great entry level square watch that’s reminiscent of their original calculators. 

It won’t set you back much at all. You can also pay more for a dressier square watch, up into the range of several hundred dollars. There’s a pricing range for every taste and budget.

Our Verdict

Square watches are as unique as their wearer, adding an exclusive look to your wrist by standing out from the run-of-the-mill round watches that are so popular.

Their sharp edges and individualistic characteristics make a statement among ho-hum timepieces.

By choosing a square watch from among our list, you can be as dressy or as casual as you like, and start a conversation with your exclusive watch style.

You can also choose from automatic watches, quartz movement watches, and those with stainless steel or leather bands.

You can decide whether you want digital or analog style, and whether basic timekeeping is enough, or you want to add functions like an alarm or a stopwatch.

Whatever your final pick, you can’t go wrong with one of our square faced watch selections.

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