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Rotary GB90168/04 Review Swiss Made Automatic

Rotary GB90168/04 Review

My rating: 8.5/10. A stunning Swiss made automatic diving style watch from Rotary.

Hello, today I’m taking a look at the Rotary GB90168/04. This is the beautifully designed Rotary Legacy Dive automatic watch. It’s one of Rotary’s high end Swiss made watches that’s powered by the industry standard Sellita SW200 movement and features a 100m water resistance rating.

I hope you enjoy today’s Rotary GB90168/04 review below.

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Below is an image of the Rotary GB90168/04 featuring a stainless steel strap.

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Rotary GB90168/04 Technical specifications

I always like to start things off which a look at some of the more prominent technical specifications of a watch. This gives you the opportunity to see if you like this style of watch from the get-go. For example, some people wouldn’t want to go for a very large watch.

  • Model Number: GB90168/04
  • Crystal Material: Sapphire crystal
  • Case Diameter: 42mm
  • Case Thickness: 11mm
  • Movement: Sellita SW200 automatic
  • Water Resistance: 100m / 10 bar
  • Strap Material: Stainless steel


Rotary GB90168/04 Dial and Casing Design

The Rotary Legacy GB90168/04 is a popular diving style watch and as such comes kitted out with that standard high visibility dial design you’d expect from such a timepiece. The black enamel dial features contrasting, bold shield shaped hands and hour markers that have a coating of Super LumiNova for excellent visibility in dim lit conditions.

The terms “Rotary”, “legacy automatic”, and “Les Originales” can be seen on the dial. There’s also a useful date indicator found at the 3 o’clock position on the dial.

The unidirectional bezel on the front of the Rotary Legacy features a luxury black ceramic insert and minute numbering.

The casing of this Rotary Legacy Dive watch is made of stainless steel with a diameter of 42mm and a thickness of 11mm. The crown on this model is located at the 3 o’clock position.

The rear of the casing features an exhibition style window that allows you to take a look at the inner workings of the Rotary Legacy watch and its Sellita SW200 automatic movement.

Rotary side GB9016804

Strap & Clasp

The strap of the Rotary GB90168/04 is made of stainless steel with a with of 18mm which is inkeeping with the casing size. The strap fastens with a fold over deployment style clasp.


The Rotary GB90168/04 Movement

At the heart of this Rotary diving watch is the popular Sellita SW200 automatic movement. This is a Swiss made movement from Sellita that features in many automatic timepieces as it is something of an industry standard.

The Sellita SW200 beats at 28,800 BPH which gives you a really smooth 8 ticks per second sweeping second hand. The 26 jewel movement features a 38 hour power reserve when fully wound.

This Sellia SW200 automatic movement features both hacking and quick date adjustment which are both popular features often desired in automatic movements. Hacking allows you to more accurately set your time as the second hand will stop moving when the crown is pulled out to the time adjust position.

Below you can see a picture of the Sellita SW200 movement on show through the rear exhibition caseback.


Rotary GB9016804 exhibition casing

Rotary GB90168/04 Crystal

Protecting the front of this timepiece is a sapphire crystal glass lens. This sapphire lens has a Mohs hardness rating of 9. This means you get an excellent level of scratch and knock resistance. Rotary often makes use of sapphire crystal glass lenses on their higher end timepieces, such as this model.

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Rotary GB90168/04 Water Resistance 

The water resistance rating of the Rotary GB90168/04 is 100m, also known as 10 bar. As per Wikipedia, this is suitable for recreational surfing, swimming, snorkeling, sailing and water sports. Note that this is not suitable for diving.


Rotary GB90168/04 Pros & Cons

I wanted to point out some of the pros and cons of this Rotary Legacy Dive watch and display them in a nice and easy to read format so you can see if this watch is right for you.

Rotary GB90168/04 Pros

  • High end Rotary watch
  • Swiss made Sellita automatic movement
  • 38 hour power reserve
  • Hacking movement
  • 8 ticks per second sweeping movement
  • 100m water resistance rating
  • Sapphire glass glass
  • Date display

Rotary GB90168/04 Cons:

  • None to mention, comment below if you have any to add


A Final Word On The Rotary GB90168/04

The Rotary Legacy Dive is a beautifully well made timepiece, not that I’d expect anything less from Rotary. The watch has an elegant, luxury feel to it and gives you a bit of 007 style without completely breaking your bank balance.

I’m a fan of the Sellita SW200 movement, along with the sapphire crystal glass and the 100m water resistance rating, I think I can happily say this Rotary watch offers good value for money.

Having taken a look at the quality, specifications, and pricing of this watch, I’ve decided to give it a 8.5/10.


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