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Brand: Rado
Model:Manhattan (ladies' automatic)
Ref.:6040 (ref. 326.5029.4 after 1972)
Issued:Ca. 1971
Case:Stainless steel with integral snap-on back/movement cradle
Crystal:Acrylic with Rado logo at center
Bracelet:Stainless steel, original NSA with Rado clasp, reference 0571
Movement:unknown

Description: This ladies' Rado is quite similar to one of the original series of Manhattan models issued by Rado in the mid-1960s and produced until 1973. Introduced a tad later and produced until 1974, this version is nearly identical in style and function to the men's version except that the latter indicates the day & date while this model shows date only. Just as the larger model does, this example has the deep recessed case back which holds the movement in place, snaps to the bezel, and is protected by a large plastic crystal. The crystal envelops the dial and sides of the movement cradle and is rendered water-tight by close contact with an o-ring gasket. Photos of this and more information on the Rado Manhattan series can be found in this article.

This example features the relatively common silver dial with wedge markers. A period bracelet, a flat-clasp model made by Novavit S.A., is present. This page from a 1972 Japanese catalog shows the men's version of this watch and bracelet combination. A smaller "Mini Manhattan" model was also made which also resembles this watch.

The case front shows little wear and the back has some minor marks. The movement is keeping accurate time but has not been serviced nor examined; the date mechanism changes properly.

Photos: Click for larger images

Lady Manhattan Ref. 6080) Manhattan Ref. 6080 dial detailThree silver Manhattans; Ref 6040 is at center

Manhattan Ref. 6080 profileManhattan Ref. 6080 crystal logo & dial

This watch is not available for sale.

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