Click here to return to the index of articles at

Brand: Rado
Issued:Ca. 1965
Case:Stainless steel with screw-back and chronometer medallion
Movement:A. Schild automatic Cal. 1701, 25 Jewels

Description: This is an early example of a Rado chronometer, and the only one I have seen in a steel case. Other examples have been seen in 18k case with gold dial or gold-plated case with silver dial & gold markers. This watch has a typical Rado case in the style of contemporary watches such as the Golden Horse but where those watches have a sea-horse emblem on the case back, the 56-H has an image of a shooting star above the earth. The significance of the model name and the image is unknown. Published accounts* of this model indicate that between 1957 and 1972 Rado created 911 chronometers using A. Schild automatic movements exclusively.

The case shows very little wear; the dial appears to be original and nearly 100%. The movement's prior service history is unknown but it was completely overhauled at RGM in December 2008, is working perfectly and remains in nearly NOS condition. Crown is signed with letter R.

Photos: Click for larger images

Rado 56-H ChronometerRado 56-H ChronometerRado 56-H Chronometer dial close-upRado 56-H Chronometer case back & movement  Photo: R. BaughRado 56-H Chronometer profile & signed crown

Rado 56-H case back logoRado 56-H inside case back  Photo: R. BaughRado 56-H movement markings incl. chronometer # - Photo: R. BaughA. Schild Cal. 1701 Chronometer movement  Photo: R. Baugh

*Click here to see an excerpt about a similar Rado from Fritz Von Osterhausen's book Wristwatch Chronometers (Callwey Verlag, Munich, 1996).

This watch is not available for sale.

Note: More specific information pertaining to the manufacture/issue date of this watch is welcome. Please e-mail me.

Unless otherwise attributed, text and images 2009 C. Bradley Jacobs,
Return to Inventory Page

For watch articles by C. Bradley Jacobs, visit:

Click here to return to the index of articles at