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Brand: Rado
Issued:Ca. 1972
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: A Schild 1901, 17 jewels, gilt

Description: This is one of the original series of Manhattan models issued by Rado in the mid-1960s and produced until 1973. 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 case back and is rendered water-tight by close contact with an o-ring gasket. Photos of this construction and more information on the men's Rado Manhattan series can be found in this article. Please note that some later examples of the Manhattan were produced which employ a simple snap-back; they are slightly different than the water-resistant version pictured here.

This example features the relatively common silver dial with wedge markers. The original bracelet, a flat-clasp model made by Novavit S.A., is present. This page from a 1972 Japanese catalog and this American advert show this watch and bracelet combination. More vintage advertisements showing the Manhattan and other Rado watches can be found in this gallery.

The bezel of this watch shows little wear and the back has some minor marks. The movement, stamped A.S. 1901 is perfectly preserved and keeping accurate time; the day/date mechanisms change properly.

Photos: Click for larger images

Manhattan Ref. 11815 - Photo by Sam (OneSound) Manhattan Ref. 11815 case backNSA bracelet & clasp on Manhattan

Wrist shotManhattan movement AS 1901The Manhattan family of models

This watch is not available for sale.

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