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 Diastar Automatic Tugsten Carbide Mens Watch 30 Jewels Date 1970
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Vintage lady Rado diastar wit diamond dial
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Collectible Vintage 1970 Rado Purple Gazelle Automatic Sapphire Watch 7001
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RARE 1960s Vintage RADO WEAVE DIAL 17J manual wind
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vintage RADO STARFIRE WATCH mint condition
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Super Rare Vintage Mens Rado Large Manhattan Orange Automatic 1968 A2342
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VINTAGE RADO ELEGANCE WINDING MOVEMENT GENTS RARE
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Super Rare Vintage Swiss Ladies Rado Greenhorse Automatic 1970S A2051
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Rado World Travel 30 Jewels Date Vintage Leather Strap Dress Mens Watch
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Super Rare Vintage Swiss Mens Rado Golden Horse Automatic 1970 A962
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NICE RARE VINTAGE RADO SILVER STAR AUTOMATIC OVAL CASE GENTS
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SUPER RARE VINTAGE SWISS MENS RADO GOLDEN HORSE MANUAL WIND BLACK 1960S A2169
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VINTAGE RADO VOYAGER BLACK DAY NIGHT AUTOMATIC GENTS
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RADO Florence 15033862 Vintage
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NICE RARE VINTAGE RADO PURPLE HORSE AUTOMATIC GENTS 5
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VINTAGE RADO LADIES WATCH QUARTZ SWISS MADE RUNNING 6041
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Auth RADO Vintage Gold Dial Leather Band Ladies Watch RW2435L
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VINTAGE RADO MUSKETEER III AUTOMATIC DAY DATE WATCH
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Vintage RADO Marco Polo Ref 11838 Automatic Day Date WATCH
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MENS VINTAGE RADO GOLDEN HORSE 30 JEWELS AUTOMATIC SWISS MADE WATCH BLACK DIAL
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VINTAGE RADO TRIDENT 200 BLACK DIAL AUTOMATIC GENTS
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VINTAGE RADO DIASTAR DATE AUTOMATIC MENS WATCH 56500683
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Rado Diastar Vintage Cleaned Serviced Keep Great Time
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Rado Starliner Daymaster Vintage 1970s with Silver and Black 2 tone dial
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NICE RARE VINTAGE RADO SERBIA GREEN DIAL AUTOMATIC GENTS HACKS
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Mens Vintage Rado Automatic Sapphire Gazelle 1970 A2105 Day Date
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Rado DiaStar Vintage Mens Watch Vintage
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Vintage Rado Swiss Wrist Watch 5468 Mini Manhattan Dress
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SWISS COLLECTABLE VINTAGE RADO NCC 505 AUTOMATIC MEN WATCHNR
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NICE RARE VINTAGE RADO SILVER COLT AUTOMATIC GENTS
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