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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100 GENUINE RARE VINTAGE MENS RADO DAY DATE GOLDEN DIASTAR SWISS GOLD PLATED R
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rado golden horse 1960s rare vintage watch
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VINTAGE RADO PRESIDENT 21 JEWELS DATE MEN WATCH
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Vintage Mens Rado Jubile Diastar Titanium Ceramic Quartz Dress Wrist Watch
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ALL ORIGINAL VINTAGE RADO VOYAGER FLUTED BEZEL AUTOMATIC MENS WATCH ETA 2836 B
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VINTAGE RADO VOYAGER LADIES AUTOMATIC WATCH G
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Vintage RADO Diastar Mens Watch
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ALL ORIGINAL VINTAGE RARE RADO COMPANION AUTOMATIC MENS WATCH B
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VINTAGE ALL ORIGINAL RADO VOYAGER FLUTED BEZEL AUTOMATIC MENS WATCH G
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VINTAGE WOMENS RADO STARLINER
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Vintage Rado Diastar Swiss Automatic 25Jewels 24ct Gold Plated CaseSaphire
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Vintage Rado Diastar Two Tone Swiss Automatic 25Jewels
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VINTAGE RARE RADO MARCO POLO AUTOMATIC MENS WATCH ETA 2472 G
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Vintage Rado Diastar Swiss Automatic 25Jewels 24ct Gold Plated CaseSpphire
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Mens Authentic Swiss Rado Silver Horse Vintage 25 Jewel Automatic Date Watch
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VINTAGE RADO PURPLE HORSE Womens Original Wrist WATCH Automatic Running RARE
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RADO SILVER GAZELLE 74 AUTOMATIC VINTAGE 2789 1 ETA RARE SWISS WATCH
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Vintage RADO Voyager Automatic day date Swiss made SS WATCH
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RADO Ladies Vintage 13353202 Gold Plated Quartz Watch Gold Made In Swiss
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