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 BALBOA Debut Automatic Date Mens Watch Tungsten Bezel Gold Dial
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Vintage Rado Diastar Automatic Swiss Hipsters Tungsten Watch Nato 70s 80s Cool
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VINTAGE RADO TRIDENT 200 BLACK DIAL AUTOMATIC GENTS
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Rado Diastar Watch Tiger Eye Stone Dial
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VINTAGE RADO LADIES WATCH QUARTZ SWISS MADE RUNNING 6041
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VINTAGE RADO PURPLE HORSE DAY DATE ALL STEEL AUTOMATIC MENS WATCH
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NICE RARE VINTAGE RADO GOLDEN GAZZLE AUTOMATIC GENTS
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Super Rare Vintage Swiss Ladies Rado Gold Plated Manual Wind 1970 A2061
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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 Marco Polo Automatic 1968 A2236
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NICE RARE VINTAGE RADO SILVER STAR AUTOMATIC OVAL CASE GENTS
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Super Vintage 1970S Swiss Mens Rado Silver Horse Automatic Stainless A2048
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VINTAGE RADO VOYAGER BLACK DIAL AUTOMATIC GENTS 2
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VINTAGE RADO Silver Cologny Meshband Mens Wrist Watch Hand Winding Running Rare
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Rare Vintage Mens Rado Conway Automatic Stainless Leather 1970S Timepiece 806
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Super Rare Vintage 1968 Swiss Mens Rado Miami Automatic Stainless A961
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NICE RARE VINTAGE RADO PURPLE HORSE AUTOMATIC GENTS 5
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RADO Florence 15033862 Vintage
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VINTAGE RADO NCC 444 STEEL AUTOMATIC LADIES SWISS WATCH
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VINTAGE GENTS MEN RADO VOYAGER D D 17 JEWELS AUTOMATIC SWISS WRIST WATCH
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NICE RARE VINTAGE RADO SERBIA GREEN DIAL AUTOMATIC GENTS HACKS
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Vintage Rare Rado Golden Gazelle Automatic 25 Jewel ETA Movement Day Date Watch
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MENS SWISS VINTAGE RADO DAY DATE QUARTZ DRESS WATCH 1155
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Vintage RA DO ROTHORN Brown Two Tone Dial Steel Automatic Winding Watch 1970S
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Rado Diastar Vintage Cleaned Serviced Keep Great Time
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MENS SWISS VINTAGE RADO GOLDEN SABRE DAY DATE AUTOMATIC 1157
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UNUSUAL VINTAGE RADO 332 7942 2 MENS WATCH IN WORKING ORDER
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Mens vintage Swiss RADO automatic day date dress watch blue dial 98
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