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    "R-line"-Rado with Exacto case

    Hi!

    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).
    john87300, peter-g and trim like this.
    Best regards, Mike

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    Re: "R-line"-Rado with Exacto case

    Congrats on your 'new' Rado. Its in terrific condition.
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    Please don't PM me to ask for a valuation - I won't attempt one.

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    Re: "R-line"-Rado with Exacto case

    congrats on the rado looks to be in great condition for its age

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    Re: "R-line"-Rado with Exacto case

    Nice history lesson w/ examples! Well posted
    "Forever is composed of nows." - Emily Dickinson

    "The watch has to be surrounded by a history.
    You need more than just a great design. You need to create an atmosphere around the product.
    Who is the company behind it? Why are they using this material?
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    Re: "R-line"-Rado with Exacto case

    Thanx, guys!

    The old "R-liner" keeps time very good, around - 20 sec/day. Not bad for a 62 year old lady.
    These AS 1237/8 movements have no AS marks - I don´t know if the raw parts came from AS or if Schlup & Co. as ancient ebauches factory produed them licensed inhouse. Sure is that Schlup & Co./Rado still in the 1960s, early 1970s got raw ebauches in parts and finished, assembled and adjusted their movements inhouse. This explains the better quality in compare to the same movements found in cases of other producers. I got this information from an old watchmaker on Crete. He worked at Rado in Lengnau in the 1960s, early 1970s before he worked at Ebel, Frankfurt for some years and returned to Crete to open his own shop.
    Best regards, Mike

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    Re: "R-line"-Rado with Exacto case

    Great looking watch Mike!

    looks in great condition for its age,

    congrats...

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    Re: "R-line"-Rado with Exacto case

    Nice looking Rado!!!!!

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    Re: "R-line"-Rado with Exacto case

    Quote Originally Posted by mike184 View Post
    These AS 1237/8 movements have no AS marks - I don´t know if the raw parts came from AS or if Schlup & Co. as ancient ebauches factory produed them licensed inhouse.
    I have an Adolf Schild AS 1700/01 somewhere which has the "AS" stamp hidden under the geartrain bridge!

    Hartmut Richter

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    Re: "R-line"-Rado with Exacto case

    That´s really unusual - all of my AS 1701 have the AS-stamp under the balance bridge and I have lots of them.
    Best regards, Mike

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    Re: "R-line"-Rado with Exacto case

    Thanx!

    I meanwhile polished the back and the case(very carefully with a microfiber tissue). It´s still good in time.
    Best regards, Mike

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