GS00653/21 review

Rotary Men’s Watch GS00653/21 Review


Rotary GS00653/21 Watch Review Summary

My rating: 8.5/10. Great watch. Value for money skeletonised watch design.

Hello, today I’m doing a Rotary GS00653/21 review. I recently wrote an article on the 10 best Rotary Skeleton watches for men and promised I’d take a closer look at each one of the watches featured in that list. Today we’re taking a look at the GS00342/06 as it’s next on my list to complete. Having seen quite a few of Rotary’s skeleton watches I’m already aware this is going to be a decent timepiece, I wouldn’t expect anything less from Rotary.

I hope you enjoy this Rotary GS00653/21 review below.

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At the bottom of this article, you can find a list of my recommended retailers to purchase this watch from


Watch Review

Dial & Case Design

A key aspect of this watches’ design is the impressive open heart skeleton design that allows you to take a look at the inner workings of the watch. This is brilliantly complemented by the rose gold casing and blue accenting of the hands and hour markers. The overall finish is a luxury finish with an affordable price tag.

Type Of Crystal

For the front and rear glass we have a specially hardened mineral crystal glass. This is designed to be extra resistant to scratches and knocks, as well as having a higher shatter tolerance. It’s exactly what I’d expect to find on a watch in this price range so I’m quite happy with this.

Watch Movement

Powering the watch is a rather nice looking jewelled automatic movement. You can actually view the movement through the open dial design, or via the exhibition caseback of the watch, this is a feature I’ve always been a fan of. Automatic watches are great as they never require batteries as they power themselves from the movement of the wearer’s wrist.

Watch Size

The casing diameter of the watch measures 41mm and has a thickness of 11mm. This is all fairly standard sizing for men’s watches these days so should suit most people quite happily.


The strap is a dark tan colour and made of a soft genuine leather. The strap itself measures 20mm wide and fastens with a stand buckle style clasp that has the same PVD rose gold plating as the case. You can see a picture of the strap further below.

Extra features

One of my favourite features of this timepiece is the exhibition caseback. It allows you to take a closer look at the inner workings of the mechanical movement through the rear casing of the watch.

Water Resistance Rating

This watch has a water resist rating of 50m. A rating of 50m / 5 Bar / 150ft makes this watch suitable for recreational surfing, swimming, snorkeling, sailing and water sports.

Rotary GS00653/21 exhibition caseback

Watch Specifications

  • Band Genuine leather strap, standard length, 20mm width, standard buckle style clasp.
  • Case Stainless steel casing, sizing diameter: 41mm and thickness: 11mm.
  • Dial Analogue display. The window lens is made of mineral glass, this is specially hardened to be resistant to scratches and knocks.
  • Movement Accurate automatic movement.
  • Water Resistant A water resistance of up to 50m / 5 bar.

Watch Advantages

  1. Rotary are one of the best affordable watch brands
  2. Mineral glass offers a good level of scratch & shatter resistance
  3. Automatic movements means you no longer require batteries
  4. Exhibition caseback allows you to take a look at the movement
  5. 50m water resistance rating

Watch Disadvantages 

  1. If left unworn for more than a day or so the watch will need to be reset and the time adjusted before wearing again. This is a standard process for automatic watches.


My Final Thoughts On This Rotary GS00653/21 Review:

The Rotary GS00653/21 is another stunning timepiece that I’d be more than happy to keep in my personal collection. I’ve always been fond of Rotary watches and their selection of skeleton timepieces is really impressive. Definitely one for you to consider here.

After looking into the watch design, quality, features, and pricing this watch received an 8.5/10 from us at The Watch Blog.

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Where to buy the Rotary GS00653/21

I like to stick to listing retailers that I’ve actually had experience buying from in the past. Below I’ve listed some of the top places to buy this watch from, check all for the best price. Variations of this model include: GS00342/06

Buy now at Amazon

Buy at Watch Shop (Unavailable, few alternative Rotary watches)

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