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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Vintage Rado Voyager Automatic Day Date Mens Dress Watch
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Vintage Rado golden gazelle Automatic Day Date Swiss Made Mens Wrist Watch
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VINTAGE RADO PURPLE HORSE DATE PLATED AUTOMATIC MENS WATCH
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VINTAGE MENS RADO GREEN HORSE AUTOMATIC DAY DATE ANALOG DRESS WATCH ST STEEL
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ORIGINAL VINTAGE RARE GENTS GOLDEN RADO DIASTAR DAY DATE SWISS MENS WRIST WATCH
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RADO DIASTAR VINTAGE GENTS SCRATCHLESS GUNMETAL DAY DATE AUTO SWISS WRIST WATCH
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Vintage Rado Diastar Golden Swiss Made Automatic Day And Date Mens Wrist Watch
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VINTAGE MENS RADO PURPLE HORSE AUTOMATIC DATE ANALOG DRESS WATCH LEATHER BAND
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VINTAGE RADO 14 K SOLID GOLD AUTOMATIC MENS WATCH RARE
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Vintage Rado Purple Horse Stainless Steel Automatic Mens Watch 870
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Vintage Rado Diastar Quartz Tungsten Carbide Watch Day Date
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USED RARE VINTAGE SWISS RADO DIASTAR DATE6 LADIES WOMENS AUTOMATIC WRISTWATCH
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Vintage RADO DIASTAR Automatic Manual Winding Mens Swiss Made Watch
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VINTAGE RAD0 PURPLE HORSE AUTOMATIC H W SWISS 17J CAL2872 DATE MEN WATCH
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Vintage RADO GOLDEN HORSE MANUAL DATE watch B18
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ORIGINAL VINTAGE RARE GENTS GOLDEN RADO DIASTAR DAY DATE SWISS MENS WRIST WATCH
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Vintage Rado Conway 17Jewels Automatic Day Date Mens Wristwatch Serviced
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Vintage Rado Cologny Mechanical Mens Watch
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Vintage Rado Purple Bazelle 25Jewels Automatic Day Date Mens Swiss Serviced
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EXACTO RADO SWISS 17 JEWELS VINTAGE WRISTWATCH
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VINTAGE RADO GOLDEN HORSE AUTOMATIC BLUE DIAL DAYDATE DRESS MENS WATCH RARE IT
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VINTAGE ORIGINAL RARE GENTS GOLDEN RADO DIASTAR DAY DATE SWISS MENS WRIST WATCH
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Vintage Rado Companion 25 Jewels Dial DateDay Swiss Watch
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Auth RADO Vintage PURPLE SABRE Mens Watch Day Date Automatic 2060
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Vintage Rado Companion Stainless Steel Automatic Mens Watch 890
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