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 16760961 MENS WATCH USED J143 ANTIQUE
$66.77 (23 Bids)
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NICE RARE VINTAGE RADO STARLINER 999 AUTOMATIC SWISS MADE WATCH
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MENS VINTAGE RADO DAYMASTER 30 JEWELS AUTOMATIC SWISS MADE WATCH BLACK DIAL
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VINTAGE RADO DAY DATE COMPANION AUTOMATIC GENTS WATCH
$44.55 (12 Bids)
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A VINTAGE LADIES RADO MANHATTAN AUTOMATIC WATCH TV SHAPE ALL ORIGINAL
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Vintage RADO SHANGRILA Swiss Made Women Automatic Watch
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Vintage Rado17 Jewel Manual Winding Ladies Watch with Free Viceroy Pocket Watch
$21.50 (2 Bids)
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VINTAGE RADO VOYAGER BLACK DAY NIGHT AUTOMATIC GENTS
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Rare Vintage RA DO JUPITER Silver Dial Automatic Winding Watch 1970S
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VINTAGE RADO MECHANICAL WATCH RADO VOYAGER GT
$65.00
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NICE RARE VINTAGE RADO STARFIRE AUTOMATIC SWISS MADE WATCH
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VINTAGE RADO WORLD TRAVEL DATE STEEL AUTOMATIC MENS WATCH WHITE
$55.00 (6 Bids)
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Vtg Rado Watch Ladies Automatic Date SS 17J Cal 2671
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MENS VINTAGE SWISS RADO GOLDEN SABRE DAY DATE AUTOMATIC 1067
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VINTAGE RADO GREEN HORSE KING SIZE DATE STEEL AUTOMATIC MENS WATCH
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VINTAGE RADO DIASTAR DATE AUTOMATIC MENS WATCH
$36.51 (5 Bids)
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Vintage Rado Watch Manual Working Marco Polo Collection
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Superb 1975 RETRO RADO GREEN GAZELLE ETA 2783 AUOTMATIC Vintage Mens Watch
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Vintage Rado Automatic Manhattan Watch Unworn in Original Box
$127.50 (19 Bids)
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NICE VINTAGE RADO NEW GREEN HORSE AUTOMATIC SWISS MADE WATCH
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Rado Vintage His And Hers Watch Set No Batteries Not Tested In original Boxes
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Vintage Swiss Collectable Mens Rado 990 Automatic Watch
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Rado Vintage Quartz Mens Watch 11279092
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VINTAGE RADO Purple Gazelle Automatic Green Dial Mens WATCH
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Mens Swiss made RADO Purple Gazelle AUTOMATIC Watch ATHENTIC Blue Dial Vintage
$145.00 (49 Bids)
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Mens Swiss made RARE RADO 990 AUTOMATIC Watch ATHENTIC Square Vintage Meshband
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Mens vintage Swiss RADO PURPLE GAZELLE automatic day date SPORTY 1970S 154
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Vintage Swiss Rado Circle Watch Corp 17 Jewel Mens Wristwatch Incabloc
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Rare Mens Rado Golden Gazelle Original Vintage Automatic Day Date Watch
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Rare Vintage Mens Rado NI9 Automatic Stainless 1970s Timepiece 1017
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