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 BLACK DIAL AUTOMATIC GENTS
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Vintage Rado Voyager 17 Jewel Watch with a 2836 2 Eta Movement
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Mens Vintage Rado Automatic Sapphire Gazelle 1970 A2105 Day Date
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VINTAGE RADO ELECTROSONIC MENS ST ST WRISTWATCH FOR PARTS OR RESTORATION NO RSR
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VINTAGE RADO VOYAGER AUTOMATIC SWISS MENS WATCH BID TO WIN
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Super Rare Vintage Swiss Mens Rado Green Horse Automatic 1970 A2035
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MENS SWISS VINTAGE RADO PURPLE GAZELLE DAY DATE AUTOMATIC SS 1158
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Super Rare Vintage Swiss Mens Rado Marco Polo Automatic 1970S A2011
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VINTAGE RADO VOYAGER BLACK DIAL AUTOMATIC GENTS 2
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Vintage Rado Silver Diastar Automatic Swiss made Lady Original Bracelet
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RADO DIASTAR AUTOMATIC DAYDATE BLACK DIAL SWISS RARE MENS VINTAGE WATCH
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Authentic and Rare Rado Diastar Stone Dial Gold Tone Tungsten Carbide
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VINTAGE RADO NCC 444 STEEL AUTOMATIC LADIES SWISS WATCH
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VINTAGE RARE RADO DIASTAR AUTOMATIC MENS WATCH
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NICE RARE VINTAGE RADO PURPLE HORSE AUTOMATIC GENTS 5
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VINTAGE RADO CLASIC CUERVO Y SOBRINOSEXCELENT CONDITION
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Rado World Travel 30 Jewels Date Vintage Leather Strap Dress Mens Watch
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VINTAGE VERY RARE RADO GREEN HORSE AUTOMATIC MENS WATCH CAL AS 1859
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NICE RARE VINTAGE RADO SILVER STAR AUTOMATIC OVAL CASE GENTS
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VINTAGE RADO PURPLE GAZELLE AUTOMATIC MENS WATCH ETA 2879
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AUTHENTIC VINTAGE RADO NCC 101 WRISTWATCH REF 11820 WATER SEALED TV FACE
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OUTSTANDING VTG RADO PURPLE HORSE AUTOMATIC MENS BLACK DIAL WRISTWATCH 1970s
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Rado DiaStar Vintage Mens Watch Vintage
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VINTAGE RADO PURPLE HORSE DAY DATE ALL STEEL AUTOMATIC MENS WATCH
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VINTAGE RADO MUSKETEER VI MENS WATCH DAY DATERUNS GREAT
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VINTAGE RADO TRIDENT 200 BLACK DIAL AUTOMATIC GENTS
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Super Rare Vintage Mens Rado Large 1968 Conway Black Automatic T204
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VINTAGE MIDO COMMANDER 2834 2 25 JEWELS SWISS SS DAY DATE AUTOMATIC MENS WATCH
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