RADO Watches

Brand: Rado
Model: Murano
Ref.: 11974
Issued: 1972
Case: Stainless steel with bezel of red Murano glass
Bracelet: S-K, stainless steel
Movement:  ETA 2789, 17j, gilt


Description: 

This is an uncommon Rado Murano with steel case and bezel insert made of glass from Murano, Italy. Via e-mail, Rado in Lengnau, Switzerland indicated that 10,000 Murano watches were produced beginning in 1972, though few seem to survive intact today. A second reference number (11976) was assigned to a version with gold-plated bezel, and later models employed the 8-digit reference numbers that Rado implemented ca. 1973. This distinctive model appears to be part of a large series of watches produced by Rado which are named for famous places whose names begin with the letter M (including Manhattan, Mannheim, Miami, Manchester, etc.); it is also an excellent example of Rado's penchant for using non-traditional case materials.

Production from 1972 – 1979
Number of pieces: approx. 10,000
11974 (625.3050.4 after 1972): blue / red / green with white bezel (stainless steel); CHF 350.
11976 (625.3051.4 after 1972): blue / red / green with yellow bezel (gold-plated); CHF 455.
Another reference number has been seen—625.3048.4 with blue glass insert—but not confirmed.
Also, a Murano case with a dial marked Rado Laser Beam (a name used by Tressa during this period) has been seen but not authenticated.

Dimensions are as follow:
Case width--
without crown 36.2mm
with crown 39.2mm
Case length 38.2mm

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RADO Advertising & Promotional Pages
(Chronometers)

Early Rado 56-H, Ref. 11670 (ca. 1957-1961)
Print ads, brochures and an image from a Japanese importer's catalogue

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Second series 56-H B (ca. 1962-1969)
Product brochures and ephemera

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Chronometer Ref. 11821 (Ca. 1968-1972)
A page from a Japanese importer's catalogue, with detail of the chronometer

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Other Rado Chronometers:
Japanese print advertisements for Diastar Chronometers

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Brand: Rado

Model: Quartz 150m diver

Ref. 738.9502.4

Case: Stainless steel with screw-back and rotating bezel

Bracelet: n/a

Movement: ETA 952.111, 7-jewel quartz

Description: This is a thin dive watch with asymmetrical case, probably made sometime in the 1980s. The blue dial has a waffle pattern with applied Rado logo and luminous markers.

The bracelet pictured is not original to the watch and was added for purposes of photography.

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RADO Jetliner - Ref. 11735

Brand: Rado
Model:
Jetliner
Ref.: 11735
Issued: 1964-1967, 5,000 pieces
Case: Stainless steel with bayonet back
Crystal: Acrylic
Bracelet: Jubilee-style with Rado clasp
Movement: A Schild 1789 (base 1700/01), 25 jewels, gilt rotor

Description: This is one of the more decorative models Rado offered in the middle 1960s, with styling cues that suggest the optimism of the 1950s, but chunkier markers and a larger size case and dial than most of its contemporaries (eg. Green Horse Daymaster). The case shape, futuristic script on the dial, and the dauphine hands are reminiscent of the 1950s, but the 36mm case, 30mm dia lthe bold markers and fancy bezel differentiate this from all other Rado watches of the same shape.

The present example has a steel case with bayonet back (marked with reference and patent numbers), and the bracelet has a Rado-signed clasp and fitted end-pieces. The anchor logo rotates properly, though there is some discoloration to the dial and a bit of wear along the edges of the fluted bezel.

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Jetliner 2

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 Jetliner clasp

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Brand: RadoStarliner Daymaster Ref. 11775 (at left)

Model: Starliner Daymaster

Ref.: 11775

Issued Ca. 1969

Case: Stainless steel with bayonnet back

Crystal: Acrylic with Rado logo at center

Bracelet: none

Movement: A Schild 1806 (also signed 1700/01), 30 jewels, gilt rotor

Description: This is one of the second series of Starliner models issued by Rado in the 1960s. This example has the less common small (35 mm) case and the addition of the day display; early models had date only and some examples of this model had cases of 38 mm diameter. The distinctive silver/black dial paint is original, as are the desirable cylindrical markers with beveled tops in white. The dial is fairly well preserved, showing only moderate aging and some signs of exposure, primarily on the black half. The anchor logo rotates properly, and the correct silver/white hands are present.

The case front shows little wear and the back has some minor marks. The movement, stamped A.S. 1806 is keeping accurate time; day and date change at midnight.

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Starliner Daymaster Ref. 11775Starliner Daymaster Ref. 11775Starliner Daymaster case back & movementStarliner Daymaster movement AS 1806

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Brand: RadoStarliner Ref. 11757 (at right)

Model: Starliner

Ref.: 11757

Issued Ca. 1968

Case: Stainless steel with bayonet back

Crystal: Acrylic with Rado logo at center

Bracelet: Later NSA with Rado clasp

Movement: A Schild 1789, 30 jewels, gilt rotor

Description: This is one of the second series of Starliner models issued by Rado in the 1960s. This example has the more fashionable 38 mm case and the only a date display; later models had day and date; some examples of the Starliner had cases of 35 mm diameter. The distinctive silver/black dial paint is original, as are the desirable cylindrical markers with beveled tops in white. The dial is fairly well preserved, showing only moderate aging. The anchor logo rotates properly, and the correct silver/white hands are present. A correct style of bracelet by Novavit S.A. (NSA) is present on this example, though it is not original to this watch.

The case front shows little wear and the back has some minor marks. The movement, stamped A.S. 1789 is keeping accurate time; the date changes at midnight.

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Starliner Daymaster Ref. 11757Starliner Daymaster Ref. 11757Starliner Ref. 11757 case backStarliner movement AS 1789Starliner movement AS 1789

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