RLT 62 – affordable true 24h quartz watch from England

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    RLT 62 – affordable true 24h quartz watch from England

    Specifications

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    : RLT 62 True 24 Hour Watch
    Model Reference: RLT62
    Movement: Ronda 515.24H quartz, Swiss parts, 1 jewel, battery type 371
    Time display: 24 hour, minute, seconds
    Date: no
    Case: Swiss all steel sand blasted with screw on back
    Size: 38 mm diameter with crown
    Height: 10 mm
    Face: black
    Text on dial: RLT Watch Co. England
    Hands and markers: luminous hour and minute hands
    Water-resistance: water resistant
    Crown: standard
    Crystal: flat mineral crystal
    Lug: 18 mm
    Bracelet: leather strap with buckle

    Preamble

    I’m buying brand new watches very rarely. My standard policy is – buy pre-owned, buy from eBay, buy only on auctions. This gives you a) lower price, b) much more fun because of the hunting experience. Only in rare occasions I’m buying from shops, usually when I’m really fascinated with some watch or when I see some NOS leftover with good old price.

    With RLT it was a different story. I knew that this small independent English watchmaker exists and one day I searched through their A Concise Guide to RLT Watch Co. to find out, what 24h models they had and have. RLT has produced several 24h watches, some of them even very interesting. Further search made me clear, that used RLT watches are very hard to find. There is nothing in eBay. I’m registered user at their The Watch Forum and even in the hidden sales forum there you can wait for years until some used RLT 24h watch arrives. So the only way to find out, how good RLT 24h watches are, was to buy directly from producer.

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    This is the "official" picture taken from RLT Watches site.

    Purchasing

    Current RLT catalog contains one 24h entry – RLT 62. I wasn’t very impressed with the small pictures of this watch you see on the web. From the other side – price £75.00 was attractive. I ordered it online on January 20. In the webshop is written: “current delivery time is 2-3 weeks.” Good, I was waiting. Next sign of life from RLT I got by email on February 11 – “your order is shipped”. 3 weeks, that’s OK.

    Some days later RLT 62 came in a tin box. The package was sufficiently protecting.

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    Comments


    First – what you get is much more what you see on the picture. I like this watch. For sure I will wear it. That is not self-evident to me. My watch collection is large. I have several 24h watches in my collection just because they are weird, collectable, interesting or (yes) cheap, without any plans to wear them.

    RLT 62 is very easy to read, which is important factor often missed with 24h watches. This watch looks in the real life much better than on the pictures. The size is right for me. The style is – I would say – universal. Many 24h watches are looking like special tools, wearable maybe with some army camouflage, but not in the office. (BTW, the rarest species is 24h dress watch.) You can wear RLT 62 everywhere. For me it’s a good watch to wear it in the office (I’m an IT consultant) or at leisure time.

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    The overall impression of this watch is that it is solid and reliable. I have a plenty of 24h quartz watches who looks so fragile, that you are afraid to take them in hand. I don’t know how long is RLT 62 produced and in which capacity.

    One comment on RLT website says: “I've owned this watch for about 8 years and have had minimal problems. At some point the second hand started to drag on the watch face and made the watch lose time, but this was fixed locally by a watch maker. Now some of the black watch facing is peeling away from the metal ... but the watch is 8 years old. I've been very satisfied and would recommend the watch.”

    I’m not sure, but maybe he is talking on some older, but similar RLT 24h model (RLT9?). I don’t think that this model, RLT 62, is offered more than 3-4 years.

    What can be better?

    The water resistance is minimal; this watch is not for bathing or swimming. Only the hands are lumed, no luminous markers on dial. For me both features are not critical.

    The only paper I got with the watch was invoice. I don’t need any user manual, but it would be nice to know, are any warranty conditions applicable to the watch.

    Summary

    I’m satisfied. As you know, the formula is:

    customer satisfaction = customer perceptions – customer expectations.

    Here my expectations were quiet low, but perceptions much higher and the overall result is very satisfactory. Recommended.

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    Re: RLT 62 – affordable true 24h quartz watch from England

    Quite a neat find! Very legible for a 24h. Thanks for posting.
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    Re: RLT 62 – affordable true 24h quartz watch from England

    Nice watch and nice review - I enjoyed reading it.

    I believe RLT had a few more 24hr models in the past - here's an example 24 hour watch RLT Watch Co. Very interesting to see what they can do - being a small manufacturer, I believe customization may be a possibility.
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    Re: RLT 62 – affordable true 24h quartz watch from England

    Quote Originally Posted by siv View Post
    Nice watch and nice review - I enjoyed reading it.

    I believe RLT had a few more 24hr models in the past - here's an example 24 hour watch RLT Watch Co. Very interesting to see what they can do - being a small manufacturer, I believe customization may be a possibility.
    You are right - this is model RLT35 "Jet", maybe the nicest 24h they ever had.

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    Re: RLT 62 – affordable true 24h quartz watch from England

    Quote Originally Posted by siv View Post
    Very interesting to see what they can do - being a small manufacturer, I believe customization may be a possibility.
    Roy Taylor of RLT is very open to customized orders.
    The best watch is the one that makes you happiest... and tells the time.

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    Re: RLT 62 – affordable true 24h quartz watch from England

    I had the old case RLT24 watch and it was a lovely watch, I sold it recently to a member of another forum. I personally really liked the old cases he used much more than the current ones but seeing this one in the flesh I have to say its quite a nice piece. I have not even seen one on the RLT site that someone has purchased.

    Most of Roys watches are on a short supply and when the cases or dials run out then thats that until the next design comes out so you do get a pretty unique watch. Thing I do like about Roys watches is he tends to make something a bit different instead of your usual bog standard divers, dress, aviator, pilot watches (Granted 2 of his new ones are just that but look at the others with the sub second) Some of his old ones are very similar to Ollech & Wajs watches and I wouldnt mind getting one of those in the near future too.

    As someone else said contacting Roy can mean you can get a customised watch (Change of dial colour or have something different printed on the dial, change of hands etc)

    Nice little 24 hour watch you have there. Like I say, mine had differnt hands and case which I think made it a little more military looking. Also the seconds hand had a red tip on it which was pretty cool. Yes they are very limited water resistance I wouldnt shower with one on. I do like his leather watch straps but I took mine off and put it on a nato. Looked the part on that one too.

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    Re: RLT 62 – affordable true 24h quartz watch from England

    This was my weekly post number 2 (AWW 2). As all the attachments corrupted in WUS and there is no possibility to edit older posts I decided to repost the missing pictures.


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    Re: RLT 62 – affordable true 24h quartz watch from England

    Thanks for re-uploading the pictures Afka, I am eagerly awaiting my RLT 62 to ship. These pics should hold me over until then!

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    Re: RLT 62 – affordable true 24h quartz watch from England

    Having an odd issue with mine (just emailed RLT as well):

    The movement seems to be a 12 hour, not a 24 hour... although it's a bit odd.. it sets like a 24 hour.. but runs like a 12? .. meaning.. when I'm turning setting the watch, one full revolution of the minute hand moves the hour hand one (indicated hour). But while it's running, one full revolution of the minute hand (which does take a real hour) moves the hour hand 2 hours....

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    Re: RLT 62 – affordable true 24h quartz watch from England

    RLT replied very fast. I'm shipping it back on monday, they think something went wrong in the movement.

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