In Adelaide, South Australia, you’ll find ROTA, an independent watch brand that found its inspiration in vintage racing. With a vision of translating that inspiration into chronograph form, ROTA has created the Tasman Chronograph.
For their first watch, ROTA took the name of a race series that was held in New Zealand and Australia from 1964 to 1975. The Tasman Series, more formally called the Tasman Championship for Drivers, that was named for the Tasman Sea, which lies between Australia and New Zealand. The race was held during the Formula 1 off season, February to March, in order to pull racers from the northern hemisphere’s wintry weather and down to the summer of the south.
The Tasman Chronograph is a 38 mm case that houses a VK64 Chronograph Hybrid Movement, which is made in Japan. The watch comes with diamond cut, Super-Luminova hands. There’s a 24-hour synchronized subdial at three o’clock, while in the nine o’clock position there’s a 60-minute chronograph. The case is made of 316L stainless steel that has been sandblasted for a unique appearance. The case and the dial are made in China. The 3D dial is guillouche engraved. The markers are vertically beveled. There’s a double domed solid sapphire crystal and the back is screw down. The watch has a 5 ATM water resistant rating.
You can pick up the Tasman in a number of different configurations, all based on how you combine the black or tan leather strap with the different available faces (panda, lunar, steel, and black). The straps are handcrafted in Australia from Italian Shell Cordovan. The watch is available as a part of ROTA’s kickstarter campaign. You can invest in the campaign for as little as $250 and get one of the watches, or invest $500 and pick up two. ROTA ships anywhere in the world, so you don’t have to be in Adelaide to get one of these vintage racing inspired watches.