Rotary GS05035/03 review

Rotary Men’s Watch GS05035/03 Review


Rotary GS05035/03 Watch Review Summary

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

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Watch Review

Dial & Case Design

I love this open heart skeleton dial design that Rotary have gone for here. It’s a smaller amount of mechanism on show compared to some of their other watches but it’s allowed them to go for these longer PVD gold plated baton hour markers that I like the look of. The champagne dial blends really well with this gold detailing throughout the watch design, I think the touch of blue on the seconds hand was an excellent idea. The casing itself is made of a tarnish resistant stainless steel and coated with a gold PVD plating.

Type Of Crystal

Protecting the front and rear of the watch is a mineral crystal glass that’s been specially hardened to offer extra resistance to scratches and knocks. Mineral crystal also offers a higher level of shatter protection than a sapphire glass would. At this price range mineral glass is exactly what I expected to see so I’m quite happy with this.

Watch Movement

Powering the watch is a beautiful Miyota Japanese automatic movement with jewelled detailing. Automatic movements are powered by the movement of the wearer’s wrist and never require a battery. They’re also great to look at through these exposed dials.

Watch Size

The casing diameter measures 40mm and has a thickness of 12mm. All in all a very popular size for men’s watches at the moment so I’m sure this will be suitable for most people.


The dark tan strap is made of a soft genuine leather that measures 20mm wide. It fastens with a standard buckle style clasp that has the same PVD gold plating to match that casing.

Extra features

By far my favourite feature of this watch is the brilliant exhibition caseback. This lets you take a look at the inner workings of the watch through the rear glass of the watch. You can see an example of this in the image below.

Water Resistance Rating

This watch has a water resist rating of 100m. A rating of 100m / 10 Bar / 300ft makes this watch suitable for recreational surfing, swimming, snorkeling, sailing and water sports.

Rotary GS05035/03 caseback review

Watch Specifications

  • Band Genuine leather strap, standard length, 20mm width, standard buckle style clasp.
  • Case Stainless steel casing, sizing diameter: 40mm and thickness: 12mm.
  • Dial Analogue display. The window lens is made of mineral glass, this is specially hardened to be resistant to scratches and knocks.
  • Movement Accurate Japanese automatic movement.
  • Water Resistant A water resistance of up to 100m / 10 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. 100m 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 GS05035/03 Review:

The Rotary GS05035/03 is another brilliant watch from their MECANIQUE collection. I love the champagne dial with the gold detailing and blue seconds hands that makes it stand out. Overall a stunning watch that’s well worth considering.

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 GS05035/03

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