Rotary GS00656/06 review

Rotary Men’s Watch GS00656/061 Review


Rotary GS00656/06 Watch Review Summary

My rating: 9/10. Excellent watch. Automatic movement with skeleton dial design.

Hello, today I’m doing an Rotary GS00656/06 review. I recently took a look at the 10 best Rotary skeleton watches and promised to include a review of each watch in that article. This is another very affordable model that’s well worth taking a closer look at.

I hope you enjoy this Rotary GS00656/06 review below.

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Rotary were established in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland back in 1895 by Moise Dreyfuss and have been creating stunning affordable timepieces ever since. Today we’re taking a look at one of their very affordable automatic watches that features a skeleton dial.

Dial & Case Design

This is another one of my favourite skeleton dial designs. This model has a very open skeleton design that showcases a lot of the automatic movement below. The dial features rose gold hour markers along with a rose gold hour, minute, and seconds hands. There’s a lack of any lume which might be a concern to some people. The casing itself is made of stainless steel that’s PVD rose gold plated.

Type Of Crystal

Protecting the front dial and rear casing we have a mineral crystal class. This miner glass specially hardened to make it more resistant to scratches and knocks. Mineral glass if often found in watches in this price range so it was exactly what I expected to find here.

Watch Movement

At the heart of the watch, we have a Japanese Miyota automatic movement. This is a great movement that’s used on many of Rotary’s automatic models. Automatic movements are great as they power themselves via the movements of the wearer’s wrist and never require a battery.

Watch Size

Taking a look at the size of the watch now, we find everything is fairly typical for a men’s watch. The casing diameter is 40mm whilst the thickness is 12mm. This is quite a common size these days and it suitable for many wrist sizes.


The strap is made of a dark tan soft genuine leather and has a width of 20mm. There’s some nice white detailing with the stitching that adds another nice aspect to the design of the watch. The strap fastens with a typical buckle style clasp that you can see in the image further below.

Extra features

A key feature for these skeleton watches from Rotary is their exhibition casebacks. These allow you to take a look at the inner workings of the watch through the rear casing.

Water Resistance Rating

The water resistance level isn’t a primary feature of this watch but it does still come with a 50m rating. A rating of 50m / 5 Bar / 150ft makes this watch suitable for swimming, white water rafting, non-snorkeling water related work, and fishing.

Rotary GS00656/06 caseback

Watch Specifications

  • Band Genuine leather strap, standard length, 20mm width, standard buckle clasp.
  • Case Stainless steel casing PVD rose gold plated, sizing diameter: 40mm and thickness: 11mm.
  • Dial Analogue display. The window lens is made of mineral glass which is resistant to scratches.
  • Movement Accurate Japanese automatic movement.
  • Water Resistant A water resistance rating of up to 50m / 5 bar.


Watch Advantages

  1. Rotary are well known for their affordable quality timepieces
  2. Features a Japanese automatic movement
  3. 50m water resistance rating
  4. Exhibition caseback allows you to view the movement

Watch Disadvantages 

  1. If unworn for a length of time an automatic watch will run out of power, requiring the wearer to give it an initial wind and reset the time. This is common in automatic watches but still something some people find annoying.
  2. Lack of any lume features


My Final Thoughts On This Rotary GS00656/06 Review:

The Rotary GS00656/06 is another perfect example of brilliant design combined with affordable pricing done right. It’s easy to see why this has been such a popular timepiece for Rotary.

After looking into the watch design, quality, features, and pricing this watch received an 9/10 from us at The Watch Blog.

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Where to buy the Rotary GS00656/06

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