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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SWISS COLLECTABLE VINTAGE RADO COMPANION AUTOMATIC MEN WATCHNR
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VINTAGE RADO NCC 404 AUTOMATIC GENTS WATCH REF N37
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VINTAGE GENTS MEN RADO VOYAGER DAYDATE 17JEWELS AUTOMATIC SWISS WRIST WATCH
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NICE RARE VINTAGE RADO SERBIA GREEN DIAL AUTOMATIC GENTS HACKS
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VINTAGE RADO VOYAGER FACETED CASE MENS AUTOMATIC DAY DATE 18950695 WATCH 1
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Nice Vintage Rado Diastar Automatic Swiss made watchGent Size
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40+ VINTAGE MENS WATCH MOVEMENTS WALTHAM WAKMANN ENICAR TISSOT JUNGHANS RADO
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NICE RARE VINTAGE RADO SILVER STAR AUTOMATIC OVAL CASE GENTS
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Vintage RADO CONWAY Automatic Date Mens Watch Nice Rare Collection
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VINTAGE RADO VOYAGER BLACK DAY NIGHT AUTOMATIC GENTS
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Super Rare Vintage Swiss Mens Rado Companion Automatic Stainless 1968 A637
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Extremely Rare Unique Vintage RADO 25 Jewels Automatic Mens Watch A229
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VINTAGE RADO PRESIDENT GOLD DIAL MENS 30571877 AUTOMATIC DAY DATE WATCH 1
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Nice Vintage Rado Diastar Automatic Swiss made watchGent Size
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Super Rare Vintage Swiss Mens Rado Diastar Tungsten Automatic 1970 A2179
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VINTAGE RADO VOYAGER AUTOMATIC SWISS MENS WATCH BID TO WIN
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Super Rare Vintage Swiss Mens Rado Golden Horse Automatic Blue 1970 A2180
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RADO GOLDEN GAZEL MENS AUTOMATIC Day Date Blue Dial Swiss Made Watch for Mens
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VINTAGE RADO NEW GOLDEN HORSE MENS SS DAY DATE AUTOMATIC WATCH 1
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Rado Diastar Vintage Cleaned Serviced Keep Great Time
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VINTAGE RADO GREEH HORSE SS ROUND AUTOMATIC MENS SS THICK LUGS 11657 WATCH 1
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NICE RARE VINTAGE RADO PURPLE HORSE AUTOMATIC GENTS
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SWISS COLLECTABLE VINTAGE RADO NCC 101 AUTOMATIC MEN WATCHNR
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Rado DiaStar Vintage Mens Watch Vintage
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VINTAGE SWISS MADE RADO MENS AUTOMATIC WATCH BLACK
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Vintage mens Swiss RADO CONWAY automatic day date stainless steel watch 128
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NICE RARE VINTAGE RADO PURPLE HORSE AUTOMATIC GENTS 5
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Rado Starliner Daytime Nightime Automatic Vintage Jumbo
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