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    Recently I have been searching for a solid silver watch with silver band. I came across a few brands (David Yurman, Tiffany & Co, Cartier) but wasn't finding much to my liking. Most of them have the same styling and seem to be from a different era. Today while browsing ebay I came across this watch (62 grams All Solid Sterling Silver Ultra Rare Rado - everyone knows I love Rado's to much):




    Ultra RARE All Sterling Silver Vintage Rado Superdeluxe Manual Wind Silver Band | eBay

    I ended up making an offer for it and it was accepted. The band and case seem to be in good condition but the marble dial seems to need some touch up. I would love to hear both positive and negative thoughts. I am generally a decade behind most fashion trends (maybe more on this one). This is my first vintage and mechanical watch purchased. I like vintage things but don't like to look to out of fashion (I hope this works in business casual/semi-formal?). Also if anyone wants to comment of what this watch would say about the wearer please do.

    Does anyone know if silver scratches faster than steel?
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    Re: Best Solid Silver Watch with band

    Did some more research it turns out that it has Longines movement as there was a likely Rado-Longines collaboration (I don't know much about Longines):

    http://www.watchcarefully.com/invent...lverlepor.html

    Movement: Hand-wound Rado 847 (Longines cal. L847), 17 jewels, 10.5''', 2.5 mm
    Description: This is a thin and elegant unisex dress watch made by Rado around the early 1980s. It boasts an uncommon array of features not found on many Rado watches. First of these is a very thin case made of sterling silver. The second interesting feature is the elegant white dial with printed Roman numerals. At the time this watch was made, Rado watches commonly used stainless steel cases—many with scratchproof tungsten-carbide bezels—and bold, funky dials with 3-D markers. Relatively few mechanical Rado watches were produced with simple dials and cases made of precious metal.
    The third interesting feature of this watch is the 2.5mm-thick hand-wound movement supplied by Longines. Longines caliber L847 is a very thin and high quality movement. Rado had also used Peseux (now ETA) caliber 7001 in some of their hand-wound dress watches; the reason this high-grade Longines movement was chosen for this model is unknown. No official documentation of cooperative efforts between the two companies at the time is available, though there is speculation among the Rado collector community that a partnership existed, if only as a result of the consolidation of various watchmaking houses into what would eventually become the Swatch Group (including Longines, Certina, Rado, ETA and others). The present example of Rado/Longines cal. L847 is numbered, something only seen previously on chronometer-certified Rado movements. It is assumed that this movement was not submitted for chronometer certification as there are no indications of such on the dial or case.
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    Re: Best Solid Silver Watch with band

    Quote Originally Posted by V10K+ View Post
    Did some more research it turns out that it has Longines movement as there was a likely Rado-Longines collaboration (I don't know much about Longines):

    http://www.watchcarefully.com/invent...lverlepor.html

    Movement: Hand-wound Rado 847 (Longines cal. L847), 17 jewels, 10.5''', 2.5 mm
    Description: This is a thin and elegant unisex dress watch made by Rado around the early 1980s. It boasts an uncommon array of features not found on many Rado watches. First of these is a very thin case made of sterling silver. The second interesting feature is the elegant white dial with printed Roman numerals. At the time this watch was made, Rado watches commonly used stainless steel cases—many with scratchproof tungsten-carbide bezels—and bold, funky dials with 3-D markers. Relatively few mechanical Rado watches were produced with simple dials and cases made of precious metal.
    The third interesting feature of this watch is the 2.5mm-thick hand-wound movement supplied by Longines. Longines caliber L847 is a very thin and high quality movement. Rado had also used Peseux (now ETA) caliber 7001 in some of their hand-wound dress watches; the reason this high-grade Longines movement was chosen for this model is unknown. No official documentation of cooperative efforts between the two companies at the time is available, though there is speculation among the Rado collector community that a partnership existed, if only as a result of the consolidation of various watchmaking houses into what would eventually become the Swatch Group (including Longines, Certina, Rado, ETA and others). The present example of Rado/Longines cal. L847 is numbered, something only seen previously on chronometer-certified Rado movements. It is assumed that this movement was not submitted for chronometer certification as there are no indications of such on the dial or case.
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    Re: Best Solid Silver Watch with band

    That is a very unique Rado. Absolute beauty...congrats!
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    Re: Best Solid Silver Watch with band

    The quality of the logines movement jutifies the purchase of the watch. The Longines 847 being miles ahead the eta peseux 7001 in terms of quality fit, finish and accuracy.
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    Re: Best Solid Silver Watch with band

    Forgive me I was mistaken about my watch . I have the Peseux 7001 movement. I got confused when looking up the model (vintage models are hard to google properly and I am still learning about watch movement).

    I think the price is reasonable considering the condition it is it in. The band is directly attached to the watch and most of them break at that point due to wear (maybe that's why no one makes silver case and bands anymore). It would have been nicer had the dial not had issues but I can replace it if it really bothers me.

    The only other solid silver case watch that interest me are the Omega De Ville which has a nice band and ok face or a Rolex Torneau (both are really hard to come by especially in mens size with silver band in like new condition). I imagine most people wore them and broke their bands and lost their watches. I haven't seen any other solid sterling silver watches with bands that don't look to artsy or vintage. Even the Rado seems to vintage but I'm hoping it looks better in person.
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    Re: Best Solid Silver Watch with band

    This is one 'precious metal' purchase I can get behind. I cannot see wearing a gold watch because it appears pretentious at best and gaudy at worst and often some of both. Additionally, you have to be perpetually worried about knicking it scratching it, etc. Solid gold because you spent so much you are married to it, plated because you will one day have spots. But a solid silver watch, now that's an idea. If comes in at a price you can afford, it does not stand out like a sort thumb, many observers will assume it is stainless steel unless they get up close to it. And the fact that it is silver makes it unique and is fitting for dress watch.

    The fact that this has a Longines movement is icing on the cake. Congrats on an inspired choice.
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    Re: Best Solid Silver Watch with band

    That is a really cool find. It will look great in a dressy situation for sure. I know you have a phobia about scratches from reading your posts. Silver is a very soft metal, so to answer your question, yes, it will be easy to scratch. But it can be easily buffed by a jeweler if/when you do scratch it.

    Again, great find and I hope you'll post more pictures when you get it.
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    That is quite a pretty dial. I don't think I've ever seen a marble dial before. If you want to have that dial restored, you will need to do your research to send it to someone who is very good. There are a few of them out there.

    Lovely piece. It will scratch easy.
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    If you restore the dial then see the value plummet if you ever want to sell.

    WIS like original even if a bit damaged.
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