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    Sold as "Junk, dead battery"

    I just picked this up for my wife, poorish pictures and described as non-working due to dead battery. I knew this to be incorrect information. Just over $60 won this

    Outer and inner boxes and owners manual.






    The manual is all Japanese , but there are a couple of interesting illustrations.


    The inner box is pristine, it even still smells sort of...new...



    Gold medallion in place under the factory sticker. These gold medallions tend to fall out. Rado must have used a poor glue to fix them in place.



    From the outside the milanese bracelet looks generic but it is Rado signed on the inner portion of the clasp.




    Classic black dial in a tungsten carbide scratchproof case with a faceted sapphire crystal.





    I believe this Rado Balboa to be from the late sixties, possibly the early seventies. BTW, the ETA automatic movement started simply taking it out of the box.
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    Re: Sold as "Junk, dead battery"

    Thank God foir people that sell us these things for almost nothing. :)

    Great find and in an original box to boot.
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    Re: Sold as "Junk, dead battery"

    Nice score - congrats.

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    Re: Sold as "Junk, dead battery"

    How cool is that.
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    Re: Sold as "Junk, dead battery"

    Wow!


    Ermmmm.... I mean.... I'll give you $70!!


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    Re: Sold as "Junk, dead battery"

    I just picked up a working 1958 Lord Elgin Wakefield for cheap for the same reason - "Doesn't run, may need new battery"
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    Re: Sold as "Junk, dead battery"

    Awww SNAP! A RADO for sixty bucks? Next you'll tell us you won the POWERBALL Jackpot. I cannot believe this pick up congrats.

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    Re: Sold as "Junk, dead battery"

    Fantastic pickup. Love vintage Diastars - especially the crystal in the Balboa.

    If you ever decide to flip it for a 20% profit (heck, even 100%), let me know
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    Re: Sold as "Junk, dead battery"

    Well done that man! Its in remarkable condition.
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    Re: Sold as "Junk, dead battery"

    Great find is hard to come by or can be easily overlooked. I once had the opportunity & came across a lady Breitling in the OP shop. It came with a box having three spare colored bands selling for $ 25. I wasn't interested in lady stuff [watches - that is ] & gave it a miss. What a miss that was. NOT HAPPY.
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