Arrived today from Scotland from a forum mate at the Rado Forum: My "new" "R-line"-Rado:
The dial is immaculate with a whiff of patina. The acrylic crystal seems to be new but has a small scratch between the Rado-logo and the 12 - from inside, so I have to dismount it to polish that.
The hands(still glowing for a second or two) are 1940s´ style, but the logo is already a "R-line" one, so the watch must be from 1950/1(when the "R-line"-logo came).
The case is chrome plated but in very good condition, the plating flawless. It looks like an Exacto case:
And indeed, it is. With Exacto reference GR 9003. Inside is the AS 1237/8, well known from many Exactos of that time. So it´s actually a 1950 Exacto with Rado dial.
Here are some compare pics of my Exacto reference GR 9003:
BTW, found pics of another "R-line"-Rado with Exacto-case and AS 1237/8 in my archive, this is a reference 9032:
So there exist some Rados being Exactos before already in 1950/1 - 7 years later, when Exacto was given up as label, we find many more of them.
Exacto had been another label of Schlup & Co, the owner of the Rado Watch Company. Find more info about Rado and Exacto on my HP(below).