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 GOLD PLATED WINDING ORIGINAL DIAL MENS GENUINE SWISS WATCH
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VINTAGE RADO VOYAGER AUTOMATIC DAY DATE 16760961 MENS WATCH USED J143 ANTIQUE
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Vintage Mens Rado Early Quartz Water Sealed 75132032 Day Date GP Case
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Rado Diastar Vintage Cleaned Serviced Keep Great Time
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Mens Swiss made RADO Purple Gazelle AUTOMATIC Watch ATHENTIC Blue Dial Vintage
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VINTAGE RADO PRESIDENT BOY SIZE 21j SS ROUND THICK LUGS DATE 11728S WATCH 1
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Original 1 Owner 1960s vintage Rado Captain Cook Mens Dive Watch
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RADO DiaStar Mens 15202023N Quartz Vintage Watch Sapphire Crystal
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VINTAGE RADO DIASTAR AUTOMATIC DATE GOLD WOMENS WATCH 56200563
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Vintage Rado President Automatic Blue Dial Mens Watch Clean Condition
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Super Rare Vintage Swiss Ladies Rado Balboa Tungsten Automatic 1970 A594
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Super Rare Vintage Swiss Mens Rado Diastar Tungsten Automatic 1970 A670
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VINTAGE ELEGANT AUTOMATIC HW RAD0 STAG DAY DATE CAL2789 1 SWISS MENs WATCH
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Super Rare Vintage Swiss Mens Rado Manual Wind Ref NO959 1960S A667
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Super Rare Vintage Swiss Mens Rado Silver Horse Automatic 1960S A662
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Vintage Rado Golden Sabre Automatic Blue Dial Mens Watch Clean Condition
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VINTAGE GENTS MEN RADO VOYAGER DAY DATE 17 JEWELS AUTOMATIC WRIST WATCH
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VINTAGE RADO PURPLE HORSE MENS AUTOMATIC WATCH ETA 2878
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VINTAGE RADO VOYAGER BLACK DAY NIGHT AUTOMATIC GENTS 2
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TOP SWISS VINTAGE RADO GREEN HOURSE CALENDAR SSTEEL WRIST WATCH SUPERB
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Vintage RADO Jubilee Quartz High Tech Tungsten Scratch Proof Watch For Repair
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Nice Vintage Rado Diastar Automatic Swiss made watchGent Size
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VINTAGE 2824 1 RADO 18KGP 32mm X 38mm CASE WITH BEAUTIFUL DIAMOND DIAL 100 ORIG
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Authentic Vintage RADO Swiss made ladies watch 17 Jewels
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Super Rare Vintage Swiss Mens Rado Marco Polo Automatic 1970 A753
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REDUCED RADO DE LUXE VERY RARE 17 JEWEL SWISS WATCH VINTAGE 1958 RUNS GREAT
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VINTAGE RADO MANUAL WINDING MIDSIZE WATCH
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Super Rare Vintage Swiss Ladies Rado Greenhorse Manual Wind 1960S A760
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