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 VOYAGER AUTOMATIC MEN WATCHNR
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VINTAGE RADO VOYAGER AUTOMATIC SWISS MADE WATCHNICERARE
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VINTAGE SWISS RADO DIASTAR AUTOMATIC MEN WATCH NR
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vintage RADO STAG AUTOMATIC ORIGINAL DIAL MENS GENUINE SWISS WATCH
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Vintage mid 1960s automatic day date Rado Diastaroriginal braceletServiced
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NICE RARE VINTAGE RADO STARLINER AUTOMATIC GENTS 1
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VINTAGE RADO VOYAGER AUTOMATIC 17 JEWELS EXCELLENT CONDITION SERVICED
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NICE RARE VINTAGE RADO PURPLE HORSE AUTOMATIC GENTS 1
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VINTAGE RADO GREEN HORSE MENS WATCH
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Vintage Rado 990 Swiss 25 Jewel Day Date Blue Dial Automatic
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VINTAGE RADO COMPANION AUTOMATIC 25 JEWELS EXCELLENT CONDITION SERVICED
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100 GENUINE RARE VINTAGE GENTS RADO GOLDEN DIASTAR SWISS MEN WRIST WATCH R021
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VINTAGE ELEGANT RAD0 990 AUTOMATIC H W DATE SWISS MADE MID SIZE MENs WATCH
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RADO Vintage STARFIRE Mint Condition GREAT COLLECTOR WATCH
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Vintage Rado Voyager
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NICE VINTAGE RADO PURPLE HORSE AUTOMATIC SWISS MADE WATCH
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Rado vintage chronograph in working conditions
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Vintage old used Rado voyager Automatic Wrist Watch
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VINTAGE Rado Green Horse 17 Jewel Automatic Mens Wrist Watch ETA 2783 Needs TLC
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Vintage Rado Diastar Automatic Swiss made watchGent Size
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VINTAGE RADO PURPLE GAZELLE AUTOMATIC MENS WATCH ETA 2789 9731047 G
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NICE RARE VINTAGE RADO GREEN HORSE AUTOMATIC GENTS 1
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ALL ORIGINAL VINTAGE RADO AUTOMATIC MENS WATCH 07008251 J
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NICE RARE VINTAGE RADO STARFIRE AUTOMATIC OVAL CASE GENTS
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VINTAGE RADO GREEN HORSE AUTOMATIC MENS WATCH AS 1700 01 11657 J
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NICE RARE VINTAGE RADO SUPER TIME TV DIAL AUTOMATIC GENTS
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100 GENUINE RARE VINTAGE GENTS RADO GOLDEN DIASTAR SWISS MEN WRIST WATCH R022
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VINTAGE RADO COMPANION AUTOMATIC MENS WATCH DAY DATE AS 1859 G
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SWISS MADE MENS RADO GOLDEN HORSE AUTOMATIC DAY DATE BLUE DIAL VINTAGE WATCH
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