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    seeking vintage RADO information

    So I try an advanced search here and get this:
    "The following words are either very common, too long, or too short and were not included in your search: "Rado Super Time""

    How helpful! Can anyone help me with some info about my newly-acquired RADO?



    -Approximate year? (I'm guessing 1970's?)
    -Movement?
    -are those little gems at 6, 9, and 12 crystals, glass, diamonds?
    -what did RADO mean by 'water sealed" back in those days? With all those anchors and seahorses littered around the dial, case and crown, you'd think it was a dive watch!

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    Re: seeking vintage RADO information

    Quote Originally Posted by Popoki Nui View Post
    ... How helpful! Can anyone help me with some info about my newly-acquired RADO?
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    -Approximate year? (I'm guessing 1970's?)
    -Movement?
    -are those little gems at 6, 9, and 12 crystals, glass, diamonds?
    -what did RADO mean by 'water sealed" back in those days? With all those anchors and seahorses littered around the dial, case and crown, you'd think it was a dive watch!

    Thanks!
    '70s looks good to me too. But more likely '60s due to 'water sealed'.

    I can not see the movement. My x-ray vision has failed me.

    They could be real or not... only a jeweler can really say.

    'water sealed' probably replaced 'waterproof' when the US Trade Commission made 'waterproof' a prohibited term. This occurred in the early '60s if I remember correctly. 'Water resistant' later became the term of art.
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    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?
    People need to be able to identify the watch with themselves. It's based on emotion." - Ralph Furter

    ...that's just my opinion and I've been wrong before and will be again and might be now!

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    Re: seeking vintage RADO information

    Why does it have a Favre-Leuba logo on the lower part of the dial?

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    Re: seeking vintage RADO information

    Quote Originally Posted by trim View Post
    Why does it have a Favre-Leuba logo on the lower part of the dial?
    Ah, you mean the hour glass..Jeepers it's a Longines.

    That is a very distinctive watch Sherry.
    I'm pretty certain that the gems would not be real diamonds, and I agree that the
    watch looks seventies.
    Water sealed, would mean that the screw down case back is fitted with a gasket and
    the crown fitted with an o ring possibly.

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    Re: seeking vintage RADO information

    I have a few of the 'water-sealed' Rados, fifties, sixties and one from the 70's. The sixties one has a caseback that locks into place with lugs after rotating about a quarter of a turn. As it locks closed, the lugs pull the caseback in and compress the gasket. The movt in that one is an AS 1900. I have another auto that is a Bidynator. Water Resistant is how I'd describe them, they certainly aren't 'waterproof' like a dive watch, ie., 200-300m, say. Any chance of seeing the movt in yours? I think it is a very interesting watch, with full retro style.

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    Re: seeking vintage RADO information

    The watch predates commecial production of cubic zirconia (1976) so my guess is that the gems are synthetic clear sapphire.

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    Re: seeking vintage RADO information

    Thanks for the replies. Interestingly, as per their website, RADO still uses "water sealed" on their casebacks, which according to them means minimum of 30M WR. They also state that their [modern] 30M WR watches can be used for swimming, showering, and such.

    Yes, I will open the watch and have a peek inside. I'll take pics. I also notice the minute chapter ring is misaligned, so hopefully I can fix that when I open it up. Stay tuned, and thanks for the info. Keep it coming.
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    Re: seeking vintage RADO information

    Turns out the movement is an ETA 2836-1, which according to Dr Ranfft's website would date the watch between 1979 and 1982. That jives with the very scant info I've ben able to find elsewhere on the'Net.



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    Re: seeking vintage RADO information

    I wonder if the Favre-Leuba sign indicates that the watch was made for the Indian market? There are examples of other brands - such as Zenith - being co-branded by FL as the reputation of FL in India was very high and with an established distribution network.
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    Re: seeking vintage RADO information

    Quote Originally Posted by Marrick View Post
    I wonder if the Favre-Leuba sign indicates that the watch was made for the Indian market? There are examples of other brands - such as Zenith - being co-branded by FL as the reputation of FL in India was very high and with an established distribution network.
    That explanation seems reasonable. Something to think about anyway.

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