Rotary GS02942/01 review

Rotary Men’s Watch GS02942/01 Review


Rotary GS02942/01 Watch Review Summary

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

Hello, today I’m doing a Rotary GS02942/01 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. This is one of Rotary’s more vintage styled skeleton watches that’s well worth checking out.

I hope you enjoy this Rotary GS02942/01 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

The skeleton dial design of this watch is truly stunning. The watch has a bit more of a vintage finish to it than previous Rotary watches that I’ve featured. The Roman numerals are in an older style font, the watch hands also follow on with this finish. The casing has this antique rose gold colouring to it as well, everything works together well to give the watch that classical finish, but with an open heart exposed dial.

Type Of Crystal

Protecting the dial and the rear exhibition caseback of the watch is a specially hardened mineral glass. This style of glass is often used in affordable watches as it offers a good level of scratch and knock resistance without costing too much. It’s what I expected to find so I’m pretty pleased with this.

Watch Movement

The watch features a Japanese automatic self-winding movement. These style of movements are brilliant as they never require a battery because they power themselves from the movement of the wearer’s wrist.

Watch Size

There’s nothing surprising when it comes to the size of the watch. It’s a popular men’s size with a 40mm casing diameter and 11mm casing thickness. Overall it’s likely to be suitable for most people looking at it for themselves or as a gift.


The strap itself has this lovely dark tan colouring the compliments the antique finish of the casing really well in my opinion. The strap is made of a soft genuine leather and fastens with a typical buckle style clasp. It measures 18mm wide that’s in keeping with the rest of the watch sizing.

Extra features

The watch features this brilliant exhibition caseback, if you have a look here on the Watch Shop page you can use the 360 image to take a closer look at it (a very useful tool in my opinion). I love these exhibition casebacks as they allow you to take a look at the inner workings of the automatic movement. A feature I’m a really big fan of.

Water Resistance Rating

This watch has a water resist rating of 100m. A rating of 50m / 5 Bar makes this watch suitable for swimming, white water rafting, non-snorkeling water related work, and fishing.

Watch Specifications

  • Band Genuine leather strap, standard length, 18mm width, standard buckle style clasp.
  • Case Stainless steel casing, sizing diameter: 40mm 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 GS02942/01 Review:

The Rotary GS02942/01 is suited for people who prefer vintage style watches. The antique rose gold plating coupled with the vintage style font give this watch that older feel.

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 GS02942/01

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