Yesterday, my new(and my first) Chronograph arrived. It´s a Rado automatic Chronograph with 25 jw.-Valjoux 7750, only 1.500 pc. have been made 1973 - 1980. Beside this one, with silver dial, there exist two further variations with grey and blue dial. This variation is my favourite one and I´ve been looking for one of those for years. However the very few being offered were ruins or ran out of my budget. I now bought this one from a friendly forum mate in Austria(Rado forum).
I´m as happy as a child about this watch, a dream came true for me.
BTW, the same chronograph had been available with 17 jw.- Valjoux 7750 from Mido and from Longines(Master-model). That´s easy to explain as Rado, Mido, Longines, Certina and Technos were united at that time under the roof of the General Watch Company, a holding of the ASUAG(which later formed, together with the SMH, the SMIH, today´s Swatch Group). It also explains a few further cooperations or common use of resources at that time inbetween those companies.
Condition is excellent, just the sunburst on top of the case can be redone some day, I know a specialist for that near Frankfurt
Rado´s famous anchor-logo at 9 shows the seconds - so this chrono model is the only Rado with a real moving anchor instead of a moveable one.
The bracelet looks great, but is too short. Though there´s mounted an additional extension link with spring mechanic, it´s compressing my wrist. I meanwhile found out that it seems to be a Longines one with just a Rado-signed aftermarket close. That enlarges the chance to get extra links some day.
The movement has the "normal" rotor, not the special Rado marked one with a piece cut out inside. Either the rotor was replaced in the past or they used the standard ones in the later years of production. The movement looks brilliant, is freshly serviced and all functions work perfectly. The hacking feature allows to set the time exactly and I can´t see an aberration since yesterday.
Digging through my bracelet drawers, I meanwhile found an old Tressa band from that time, fitting the endpieces of the chrono - and my wrist. So I gave it a new bursting, the Rado close and mounted it. Not as nice as the Longines band, but long enough without extension link - and very comfortable.
A few of my Rados will have to go to refund this watch, but I´m absolutely happy about my "new" chrono, that will make my days for a while.