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Brand: Rado
Issued:Ca. 1968-70
Case:Stainless steel with screw-back (marked with model name)
Crystal:Beveled mineral
Bracelet:stainless steel with fitted end links, reference unknown
Movement:A. Schild Cal. 1858 automatic with date, 25 jewels, gilt, signed rotor and plate (marked Rado 002)

Description: This is another of Rado's "space-age" futuristic models contemporaneous with the race to put a man on the moon. This watch features a very unusual hard crystal from which are suspended hour markers of blue translucent plastic. When the movement and dial are removed, the markers remain in place as they are cemented beneath the crystal. The dial features only the Rado name, rotating anchor, and a stylized STRATOJET logo; there is no indication of being SWISS made or otherwise. The case features a radially brushed finish on the top, polished sides. Crown is signed with anchor logo. Original signed bracelet (pictured) has fitted end-pieces and brushed links with polished hinges.

The case shows minor wear, commensurate with its age, but overall the watch is very presentable and is keeping accurate time. Service history is unknown; the movement, though clean, requires service for a skipping hand-winding/setting mechanism; date functions properly at midnight.

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StratoJet dialStratoJet logo detailStratoJet on vintage Rado boxStratoJet dial & markers

StratoJet dialStratojet on original signed braceletStratojet case back and movementStratojet movement - AS 1858

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.

Text and images (c)2009 C. Bradley Jacobs,
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