Rado

The beginning of Rado goes far back to 1917 when the brothers Fritz, Ernst and Werner Schlup turned some rooms on their house in Lengnau into a watchmaking workshop. They manufactured watch movements and they would fit out the various movements with dials and hands, case them up and make these available under some name or other.

They offered complete watches from 1954. Their starting point was to make timepieces for a number of clients as private-label manufacturers. In 1956 they started up their own watch brand - "Exacto." But the brand name failed to be fully protected, and issues about rights soon arose. This leads them to create the name "Rado" in 1957, when the first watches bearing Rado name were produced, a relatively young brand compared with other Swiss watches.

The cornerstone for Rado international success laid, however, in 1962 when Rado introduce the first scratch resistant Watch under the name of Diastar. At that time, Rado surprised the world with the revolutionary invention of the oval DiaStar, the first truly scratch-resistant watch ever, sporting a case made of scratchproof heavy metal.

The Rado DiaStar case was manufactured by mixing pure tungsten or titanium carbide powder with a binding agent, subjecting it to pressure equal to 1,000 bar, and sintering it at 1 ,450°C. Rado's home is in Lengnau, Switzerland, and Rado continued to produce only watches with extremely hard cases.

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RADO Vintage STARFIRE Mint Condition GREAT COLLECTOR WATCH
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SWISS VINTAGE RADO MUSKETEER IV MENS AUTOMATIC DAYDATE BLACK DIAL ANALOG WATCH
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NICE VINTAGE RADO PURPLE HORSE AUTOMATIC SWISS MADE WATCH
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VINTAGE RADO PURPLE GAZELLE AUTOMATIC MENS WATCH ETA 2879
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Rado Diastar Vintage Cleaned Serviced Keep Great Time
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VINTAGE RADO VOYAGER AUTOMATIC 17 JEWELS EXCELLENT CONDITION SERVICED
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Vintage RADO CAPTAIN COOK Explorer Watch w Rotating Tachymeter
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VINTAGE RADO COMPANION AUTOMATIC 25 JEWELS EXCELLENT CONDITION SERVICED
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NICE RARE VINTAGE RADO SILVER STAR AUTOMATIC SWISS MADE WATCH
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VINTAGE RADO VOYAGER AUTOMATIC 25 JEWELS EXCELLENT CONDITION SERVICED
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Nice Vintage Rado President 21 Jewel Mechanical Wind Watch Black dial
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VINTAGE RADO VOYAGER AUTOMATIC DAY DATE REF63640114 CAL2836 2 MENS WATCH
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Rado Silver Stag Mens Vintage Watch Round Automatic Blue Dial Fine Work Good
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VINTAGE RADO PURPLE HORSE AUTOMATIC SS DATE 11658 WATCH 1
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All Original RADO Green Horse KING SIZE Mechanical VINTAGE WATCH
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VINTAGE RADO VOYAGER AUTOMATIC DAY DATE 16760961 MENS WATCH USED J143 ANTIQUE
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NICE VINTAGE RADO MUSKETEER III AUTOMATIC SWISS MADE WATCH
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Overhauled Rado Cape Horn Vintage Automatic Mens Watch uhr montre reloj
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Vintage RADO DIASTAR Automatic CERAMIC CRYSTAL Watch
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VINTAGE RADO PRESIDENT 21j MIDSIZE SS THICK LUGS MANUAL DATE 7942357 WATCH 1
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NICE RARE VINTAGE RADO STARFIRE AUTOMATIC SWISS MADE WATCH
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USED VINTAGE RADO VOYAGER AUTOMATIC DAY DATE SWISS MENS 27461078 WATCH ANTIQUE
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VINTAGE RADO PURPLE HORSE 2783 25 JEWELS SWISS MADE DATE AUTOMATIC MENS WATCH
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Vintage 1970s RADO Mannhiem Automatic watch
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VINTAGE RADO VOYAGER BLACK DIAL AUTOMATIC GENTS 2
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VINTAGE RADO GREEN HORSE 2783 AUTOMATIC MENS WATCH
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NICE RARE VINTAGE RADO SILVER STAR AUTOMATIC GENTS
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Rado World Travel 30 Jewels Date Vintage Leather Strap Dress Mens Watch
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VINTAGE RADO BIG SIZE AUTOMATIC GENTS
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SWISS MENS VINTAGE RADO GOLDEN GAZELLE AUTOMATIC DAYDATE BLUE DIAL ANALOG WATCH
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