Name: RLT 50
Movement: Ronda 515.24H, quartz, Swiss parts, one jewel, battery type 371
Time display: 24 hour, minute, seconds, 24 on top
Case: all stainless steel coin edge case with screw-on back
Size: diameter 38 mm, 41 mm with crown, 45 mm lug to lug
Height: 11 mm
Face: black, silver even hour numbers, silver odd hour markers, silver minute markers
Text on dial: RLT Watch Co. ENGLAND
Text on back: RLT Watch Co. ENGLAND
Hands: silver hours and minutes hands, silver/red seconds hand
Crown: unsigned crown at 3 to set time
Crystal: slightly domed mineral crystal
Lug: 20 mm
Bracelet: leather strap with signed buckle
(This picture is from RLT Watches Concise Guide - An Unofficial Pictorial History of RLT Watch Co. Models )
Some months ago I registered as a member at English “The Watch Forum”. One of the reasons was for sure my hope to find there 24h watches from small British watchmaker RLT, who is the sponsor of this forum. To wait until one of these rare items appears in ebay can take too long time for me, I’m an old man. I suspect that big part of sold small series RLT watches belongs to members of this forum. And in the last days of August RLT 50 appeared in sales forum. The price was £60. Deal!
As I said, RLT produced several true 24h watches – these are models number 9, 9N, 35 “Jet”, 50 and 62 (see RLT 62 – affordable true 24h quartz watch from England (AWW 2))
As a proud owner of RLT 62 I have to say that I wasn’t sure – do I need this RLT 50 at all or is it too similar to my 62 and I can skip it.
After the watch arrived I was seriously surprised. Model 50 is only 3 mm bigger than 62 (diameters 41 and 38 respectively), but it looks SO MUCH better! Not only size matters here. Usually I like small watches. But the coin edge case looks excellent; the dial is very nice and legible. And the hands! Especially seconds hand with small circle and red end is so CUTE.
The crystal is only slightly domed and is looking great with coin edge case.
One very good description of this watch is by The Watch Forum member robet75 (Rlt True 24Hr (Rlt50) - The Watch Forum).The only problem I had with this watch was delivery. The seller, very nice man, refused to send outside UK. That means I had to use my nephew, who is living in London, as middleman. (I have to admit, that as a desperate collector I have my middleman in several countries …)Originally Posted by robert75
I don’t know how many pieces of RLT 50 were produced. Maybe 50, maybe even less. And I’m a happy owner of one of these. RLT 50 is one of the 24h quartz watches I have and like most.
How good it looks in reality I tell you. RLT50 was a second true 24h watch my nephew ever saw after Breitling Cosmonaute. He said that “this watch is also very cool and damn good looking”.