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    RLT 50 – simplistic excellence (AWW 26)

    Specifications

    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
    Water-resistance: ?
    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 )

    Foreword

    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!

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    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).
    Quote Originally Posted by robert75
    Been looking for a true 24 hour watch for some time so thanks to Roy for making one of these. Needed one for work mostly and had previously been looking at the Raketa watches and a Lip one that I saw but was a little put off by the time and delay of an import from Russia and the Lip one was quickly out of stock. Regardless the RLT50 was the leading contender because of its simplistic character. Black face, silver numerals, silver hands and Swiss quartz movement. Thing about this watch is its one that can stay with you and not one that in a few years time will be in the back of your cupboard, its of an excellent size (40mm inc crown) And is light on the wrist. Decent black leather strap sets it off.

    All in all a great watch.
    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 …)

    Summary

    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”.

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    Re: RLT 50 – simplistic excellence (AWW 26)

    Really like the looks of that one.

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    Re: RLT 50 – simplistic excellence (AWW 26)

    Very nice - the RLT 62 was my first 24hr purchase in 45 years (graduation present) and that is where I learned that 38mm is simply too small for my wrist. You are right, size can make a difference in watches, even 3mm. Now I guess I'll have to be on the lookout for the RLT 50. Though small to me, the RLT 62 is quite readable and I would recommend it to anyone looking for an economically priced quartz 24hr (for me the cost was about $135USD from RLT). Thanks again for the review......and I guess sending me on a quest.

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    Re: RLT 50 – simplistic excellence (AWW 26)

    Nice watch. I just do not greet quartz watch with a minimum WR.

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    Re: RLT 50 – simplistic excellence (AWW 26)

    RLT Watches announced next true 24h model - day/night RLT 76. Inside is Ronda quartz. Fully lumed dial. Diameter 35 mm (38 mm incl crown). Expected price £ 79. As far as I know RLT 76 is not yet in production.


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    Re: RLT 50 – simplistic excellence (AWW 26)

    Looks nice. Would personally prefer it to be slightly larger... but I do wear watches smaller then that, so I'm sure it'll work out :)

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    Re: RLT 50 – simplistic excellence (AWW 26)

    Indeed, if it were at 40mm+ not including crown I'd be in line immediately..........even if the price were increased 20% or so.

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    Re: RLT 50 – simplistic excellence (AWW 26)

    Quote Originally Posted by jkn1946 View Post
    Indeed, if it were at 40mm+ not including crown I'd be in line immediately..........even if the price were increased 20% or so.
    40mm is my sweet spot too. The RLT line is in my scope, but I wish they would work more with the 715 Ronda or any other of the Ronda Lithium battery movements. Needless to say the 50 is a beautiful watch.
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