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Brand: Rado
Model:NCC 101
Case:Stainless steel with Rado's NCC-System
Bracelet:Stainless steel with Rado clasp, reference unknown
Movement:This watch has not been opened to determine the caliber, but it is presumably an ETA 2789, 2824 or similar

Description: This is a pristine example of a 1970-1979 NCC 101, the first of the NCC models issued by Rado beginning in 1970. According to anecdotal evidence and a period advertisement from Japan, NCC stands for New Conception Construction*--a new secure method of encasing the movement and dial which provides both shock resistance and protection from the elements (see information about Rado Patent GB1295347). The NCC models were known for having large cases, unusual shapes, and often bold color. This example features a case TV-screen style case with a slight peak at the 12:00 position. This watch has a metallic silver dial with thick markers appearing to extend from the rehaut. The various layers, accentuate the depth of the watch which is substantial though, with the flat sapphire crystal and bezel, does not make the overall size of the watch overly cumbersome.

A 22mm bracelet with signed Rado clasp is present on this watch. Condition of the watch is like new.

*If you are willing to provide other documentation of NCC, or a translation of this Japanese advertisement, please contact me. Images of and information about Rado's later NCC 505 model can be found here.

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Rado NCC 101Rado NCC 101NCC 101 case backTwo 'TV-Screen' watches: NCC 101 and Manhattan

Images from Rado/Schlup Patent GB1295347

This watch is not available for sale.

Text and images 2009 C. Bradley Jacobs,
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