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 Swiss Made 7 Jewels Quartz Mens Watch A402
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Vintage Rado Voyager 17 Jewels Black Dial Date Swiss Watch
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VINTAGE MENS RADO STAR LINER AUTOMATIC DATE ANALOG DRESS WATCH LEATHER BAND
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Vintage Rado Musketeer Watch Stainless AUtomatic Needs Repair
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Vintage Rado Purple Horse Mechanical Watch
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VINTAGE MENS RADO DIASTAR GOLD STAINLESS WATCH AND BAND 75 INCH MUST SEE
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ORIGINAL VINTAGE RARE GENTS RADO DIASTAR DAY DATE SWISS MENS WRIST WATCH
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VINTAGE RADO BRIENZER AUTOMATIC GREEN DIAL GENTS
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RARE VINTAGE RADO PURPLE HORSE AUTOMATIC SWISS MADE WATCH
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Vintage Rado Companion 25 Jewels Dial DateDay Swiss Watch
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Vintage RADO Diastar Automatic Ladies Watch 100 Original Tungsten Carbide Case
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RARE Vintage Rado Alertic Alarm Watch21 JewelsStunning
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VINTAGE RADO 1970s VOYAGER Womens Original Wrist WATCH Automatic Running RARE
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VINTAGE RADO VOYAGER GREY AUTOMATIC GENTS 7
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VINTAGE VERY RARE RADO CONWAY AUTOMATIC MENS WATCH J
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VINTAGE RADO PRESIDENT AUTOMATIC GENTS
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NICE RARE VINTAGE RADO SILVER COLT AUTOMATIC GENTS
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Vintage Rado Starliner Automatic Two tone Black White Dial Date Womens Watch
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VINTAGE RADO PURPLE HORSE 2878 17 JEWELS SWISS DAY DATE AUTOMATIC MENS WATCH
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VINTAGE VERY RARE RADO GRAND STAG AUTOMATIC MENS WATCH G
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Vintage RADO Diastar Automatic Mens Watch 100 Original Tungsten Carbide Case
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VINTAGE RADO GREEN HORSE 2873 17 JEWELS SWISS DATE AUTOMATIC MENS WATCH
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Vintage Rado Diastar Case Silver Tungsten Automatic Gent
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Vintage Lady Women Automatic Wristwatch RADO Golden City 17Jewels Day
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Vintage Rado Golden Gazelle 25 Jewels Automatic Black Day Date Mens Watch
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NICE RARE VINTAGE RADO STARFIRE AUTOMATIC OVAL CASE GENTS
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Rado Vintage Watch
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