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Brand: Rado

Model: Diastar 8/1

Ref.: 8/1

Issued Ca. 1970-1972

Case: Tungsten-Carbide bezel, stainless steel back

Crystal: Sapphire with longitudinal facets

Bracelet: Stainless steel NSA with expandable clasp

Movement: Rado Cal. 2798, 311 (ETA 2789) 25j, gilt

Description: This is an uncommon Diastar 8/1 model with tungsten-carbide case and a dial made of Lapis Lazuli. It is similar to most Diastars of the 1970s, with a faceted sapphire crystal, day/date display at 6:00 and an NSA bracelet, but the dial sets this model apart from most. With a printed anchor logo (as opposed to the in-set rotating anchor found on most Rado automatics) and the white printing and marker elements setting off the stone dial material, this is a very distinctive piece. Elements of blue and grey are scattered throughout the material giving the impression of clouds in the sky. Click the links for information about a Diastar 13G with Tiger-Eye dial and a Diastar 8/1 with black goldstone dial . A 1972 Abercrombie & Fitch advertisement for a stone-dial watch, with pricing information, can be viewed by clicking here.

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Rado Diastar 8/1 with Lapis Lazuli dialDiastar 8/1: detail of Lapis Lazuli dial

This watch is not available for sale.

Note: More specific information pertaining to the manufacture/issue date of this watch is welcome.

Text and images C. Bradley Jacobs,

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