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 Watch Co Jump Hour Ladies Watch
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Vintage 25 Jewel RADO Swiss V202 COSMO TRAVEL AUTOMATIC mens watch AS IS
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Rado Green Horse Automatic Two Tone Blue Dial Mens Vintage Watch
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VINTAGE RADO AUTOMATIC DAY DATE SWISS MENS WRIST WATCH 6663180 OLD USED ANTIQUE
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Rado Companion Automatic Silver Dial Mans Vintage Watch
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Vintage Rado Golden Gazelle Mens Watch Running but NEEDS Repair
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NICE RARE VINTAGE RADO LAUBERHORN AUTOMATIC SWISS MADE WATCH
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Vintage RA DO Golden Sabre Silver Dial Square Automatic Winding Watch 1970S
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RADO GREEN HORSE 21 J MANUAL WIND Stainless Steel 35mm Mens Watch Vintage 1960s
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Nice Vintage Rado Diastar Automatic Swiss made watchGent Size
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Vintage Rado Marco Polo Automatic Blue Dial Mens Watch Clean Condition
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VINTAGE RADO VOYAGER AUTOMATIC DAY DATE REF63634874 CAL2836 2 MENS WATCH
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VINTAGE RADO VOYAGER AUTOMATIC DAY DATE SWISS OLD USED WRIST WATCH K281 WBST
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VINTAGE RADO DIASTAR AUTOMATIC ETA 2879 MENS WRIST WATCH rare original dial
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Vintage RA DO Golden Sabre Brown Dial Square Automatic Winding Watch 1970S
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NICE VINTAGE RADO VOYAGER 2 TONE AUTOMATIC SWISS MADE WATCH
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VINTAGE RADO VOYAGER FANCY CASE MENS AUTOMATIC DAY DATE 27831253 WATCH 1
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VINTAGE RADO DIASTAR AUTOMATICD DATEWOMENS
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BEAUTIFUL RADO PURPLE HORSE AUTOMATIC WRIST WATCH VINTAGE RARE SWISS FREE SHIP
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TOP RARE VINTAGE RADO VOYAGER 14k GOLD PLATED CALENDAR AUTO WRIST WATCH SUPERB
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Retro Vintage Ladies Rado Diastar Gold Tone Model 56103163 Automatic Running
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VINTAGE LADIES RADO AUTOMATIC DATE SWISS MADE WRIST WATCH OLD USED ANTIQUE
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Vintage RA DO COMPANION Silver Dial Square design Automatic Winding Watch 1970S
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SWISS COLLECTABLE VINTAGE RADO VOYAGER AUTOMATIC MEN WATCHNR
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VINTAGE RADO VOYAGER AUTOMATIC DAYDATE WATCH BOX PAPERS IWO CIRCA 1981
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VINTAGE RADO COMPANION AUTOMATIC DAY DATE SWISS MENS WRIST WATCH OLD K699 WBST
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MENS VINTAGE RADO GOLDEN HORSE 30 JEWELS AUTOMATIC SWISS MADE WATCH BLACK DIAL
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MENS VINTAGE RADO AUTOMATIC RARE VOYAGER 1960S STAINLESS DAY DATE UB121
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VINTAGE RADO AUTOMATIC DAY DATE SWISS MENS WRIST WATCH S857 OLD USED ANTIQUE
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