Brand/Model: Rado Original Diastar
Movement: Swiss automatic
Material: stainless steel case with tungsten-carbide bezel, stainless steel bracelet with titanium clasp
Complications: date display
Price: MSRP: $1,475 USD; street price around $1,000 USD
Plenty of photos follow the review. Click on the pictures to enlarge.
My good WIS friend Paul has compared the Rado watch brand to the automaker Saab. He feels that Rados are quirky, different and run to the beat of a different drum while exhibiting modern design. As someone who owned Saabs for 30 years, I would agree, except that Rados should be compared to Saab pre-General Motors, but that is an entirely different topic and one that I won’t get into here. Suffice it to say that a Rado watch is a unique piece of watchmaking expertise.
Pros: unique hardmetal bezel, classic styling, Swiss automatic movement, cool dial, relatively low price point
Cons: hardmetal bezel a fingerprint magnet, crown hard to grip to wind watch, semi-integrated lug design precludes the use of standard straps
Verdict: an iconic watch design that deserves a place in any collection, scratch-proof bragging rights are well-earned, strong overall value with an uncommon design mix
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