Rado Silver Stag vintage, genuine or copy?
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    Rado Silver Stag vintage, genuine or copy?

    Hi all, I wondered if anyone could help me?

    I've just purchased this Rado Silver Stag 70's watch and I'm not sure if it is genuine. I have opened the case and there doesn't seem to be any serial numbers. If anyone can help determine weather this watch is genuine or not, I would be most grateful.

    Much appreciated in anticipation.
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    Re: Rado Silver Stag vintage, genuine or copy?

    Hi and Welcome.
    In my opinion
    Movement is genuine.
    Dial looks all original to me
    Bracelet may be a RADO replacement i.e not the original
    Nice watch


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    Re: Rado Silver Stag vintage, genuine or copy?

    Hi!

    The Silver Stag is a very rare bird. To be honest, it´s the first one I see after all those years - but I know that it exists and so it´s listed in the register on my HP without a pic.
    On the first view everything looks original - case, bracelet, dial, hands and movement are surely original. The clasp of the bracelet is replaced, as Adam already noticed. But case and dial/movement don´t seem to belong together:
    On the back you can see the reference number - unusual that it is not written together: 633.3092.4
    The 633 stands for an ETA 2824 auto movement with date only, but inside is an ETA 2836 with day and date, which should have a 606 in the reference number.
    I have never seen "S.J.CO" on a Rado watch. It could stand for "Sakata Japan Company", Rado´s importer in Japan for many years, though the official company name was "Sakata Watch Co. Ltd". So maybe a release for Japan only.
    "Nicht Genaues weiß man nicht" like we say in Germany - one doesn´t know nothing exactly. I just can assume that it´s either a "Frankenrado", mounted with original parts that originally didn´t belong together or it´s original, made with parts being still on stock as a Japan release only. Rado can´t help you, they don´t have records about those. I will link this thread to the Rado forum, maybe s.o. there knows everything.
    A nice watch though, so enjoy it and wear it in health.
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    Best regards, Mike

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    Re: Rado Silver Stag vintage, genuine or copy?

    Great reply Mike
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    Re: Rado Silver Stag vintage, genuine or copy?

    Like Mike, I cannot say anything for sure. I only have suspicions. I think I know who the seller is and that seller isn't afraid to reprint dials and to assemble watches from parts. I would expect a higher jewel count in a Silver Stag; Silver and Gold versions of Rado models tend to have 25J movements. Most Silver Stags I have seen have an odd shaped bezel and an integrated SK bracelet like this one:

    VINTAGE AUTO RARE RADO SILVER STAG SWISS | eBay

    This may not mean anything though. It was not unusual for Rado to use different cases on the same model; try tracking down all the case variations available in models like the Conway or Voyager for instance.

    Once again I can't say anything for sure. It's a nice looking watch and if you like it and are happy with it, I wouldn't worry too much.
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