Brand: Rado
Model: Automatic Alarm
Ref.: 680.7000.4
Issued: Ca. 1974
Case: Stainless steel with screw-back
Bracelet: Stainless steel, mfd. by SK, reference unknown
Movement:  Rado Cal. 680 (A. Schild 5008) 25j alarm with day/date, gilt


Description:
Roughly contemporary to their first automatic chronograph was Rado's first automatic alarm watch (Ref. 680.7000.4). Production began in 1973, the same year that its power plant, the famous AS 5008, was introduced. This watch features a distinctive slate blue dial, a stainless steel case and fitted bracelet, and signed crowns. Only 1000 examples of this reference were made between 1973 and 1980. The low production totals, coupled with the fact that Rado made comparatively few complicated watches, make it a doubly rare item.

Information on the scratchproof sister to this watch--the Diastar 54 alarm--is available elsewhere on this site.

Data (courtesy Rado Watch Co.):

Ref. 680.700.4
Made from 1974 to 1980 (blue dial variant)
1,000 units produced (total for 3 dial colors)
Rado Cal. 680 (A. Schild Cal. 5008, 13.25 ligne, Day-Date, 4 hands)
Original price: CHF 495

The original SK bracelet with signed Rado clasp is present on this watch.

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