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Brand: Rado

Model: NCC 505

Ref.: 625.3037.4

Issued: 1973-1978

Case: Stainless steel with Rado's NCC-System

Bracelet: Stainless steel with Rado clasp

Movement: This watch has not been opened to determine the caliber, but it is presumably an ETA 2824 or similar

Description: This is a near-mint example of a 1973-1979 NCC 505, the last 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. The NCC models were known for having large cases, unusual shapes, and often bold color. This example features a case whose rounded sides and straight top/bottom edges are juxtaposed with a dial whose edges feature the same pattern rotated 90 degrees. The effect is an angular watch which benefits from the softness of a few mild curves; a subtle TV-screen effect is achieved. This watch has a metallic blue 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 NOS 22mm bracelet with signed Rado clasp is present on this watch.

*If you are able to provide other documentation of NCC, or a translation of this Japanese advertisement, please contact me. For info about and images of an early 1970s NCC 101, click here.

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This watch is not available for sale.

2008 C. Bradley Jacobs


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