For sale we have a beautiful example of a versatile 1940s Rotary tool watch, in excellent condition. The watch has numerous high quality and attractive design cues, which make it a re-assuring and enjoyable presence on the wrist.
It has a well-proportioned 33mm case, with a good lug-to-lug length of 40mm. It is chrome plated with snap on steel back. It has neatly tapered lug design and a neat side profile with the thin central section of the case. It has a mix of brushed and satin finishing to the case which adds to the complexity of the case design.
The Sector dial is well designed with a satin shine to the centre and a matte outer chapter. The dial is surrounded by a beautiful rose gold tone foil boarder which shines in the light. The sub-second dial is inset, with textured concentric circles adding texture. The second graduations are clear, with Arabic 15 second markers and dashes with the railroad track. The Rotary signing is well executed with the underlined R, connecting to the Y. The lumed Arabic numerals are original and have aged to perfection.
It has wonderful thermally blued syringe hands and a stylish and unique dagger sub-second hand design. To the right is the original dimpled crown which rounds off this stylish tool watch. Equally adept as a tool watch or on an evening, this is the mid-century goldilocks watch.
Inside is the recently serviced manually wound Rotary calibre 620 movement, ensuring reliable timekeeping.
Study the images, enjoy them and notice your eye be drawn to all the small design touches, that add up to an impressive little watch.
Full condition report below. Please see the images as these compliment and aid the description provided below.
The dial is in very good original condition. It has a silver satin central sector, with a matte outer ring. There is a rose gold tone foil ring around the exterior which shines in the light. The hour markers are good with original lume. The Rotary signing is good and clear. The sub-second dial is good with clear signing. There is a very light speckled patination to the centre.
The syringe style hour and minute hand are original and in good condition. They are thermally blued, with radium lume in-fill to the centre. The lume has aged to a darker tone and has reacted with the hands causing light corrosion. The thermally blued centre is very bright. The sub-second hand is original and in good condition, with bright thermally blued finish.
The acrylic crystal is in good condition with some minor marks.
The Stainless crown is original with dimpled design of the period.
The case is chrome plated and is in very good condition. It has a brushed finish to the sides and the drilled lug holes are good. It has an etching of numbers on the side of the right-hand lug, likely carried out during servicing. The top of the case has a satin finish with some slight marking. The bezel is good with polished finish.
The snap on case back is formed of Steel and is in good condition. The brushed finish is neat and un-worn.
The watch comes on a non-original genuine leather strap.
The movement is a Rotary cal 620 which is an FHF calibre. It has a jewel count of 15 and is manually wound.
The movement has been recently serviced by ourselves. It’s keeping time to +/- 8 seconds a day, with an amplitude of 280 degrees and a beat error of 2m/s.
Case width: 33mm
Case width with crown: 35mm
Case length: 33mm
Case length lug to lug: 40.5mm
Case Depth: 8.5mm
Lug width: 17m
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