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Brand: Rado
Issued:Ca. 1958
Case:Gold-plated bezel, stainless steel bayonet back
Movement:Fontainemelon Cal. 72-4, 25 jewels, 5 adjustments

Description: This is an uncommon gold-plated dress watch from the 1950s. At the time this watch was produced Rado generally used movements by Felsa and A. Schild. Relatively few FHF-powered Rado watches of this vintage are seen today and thin-lugged dress watches are not nearly so common as the case shape used on the Horse and President models of the era. Making this a potentially even more rare watch is the distinctly high-grade movement. Hand-wound watches of the time were usually 17- or 21-jewel affairs, though Rado used a 23-jewel variant of the FHF 72 in some DeLuxe models. That the present watch contains an elaborately branded 25-jewel movement of chronometer quality is quite unusual. The overall condition of the movement and dial is also very good. In total, this appears to be a very rare item.

The case shows almost no wear and the back has minor scratches. The movement is running smoothly but its service history is unknown--it appears never to have been touched since leaving the factory. Overall condition of this watch is 90% or better.

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1950s dress watch with 25j hand-wound movementDial detail of 1950s dress watchCrown uses mid-1950s 'R' typeface

bayonet-type case back indicates patent numberFHF Caliber 72-4 has 25 jewels, date function, and eleborate markings

This watch is not for sale.

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

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