Brand: Rado
Model: n.a
Ref.: n/a
Issued: Ca. 1958
Case: Gold-plated bezel, stainless steel bayonet back
Crystal: Acrylic
Bracelet: n/a
Movement: Fontainemelon Cal. 72-4, 25 jewels, 5 adjustments

Description: This is a quite rare gold-plated dress watch from the 1950s. At the time this watch was produced Rado generally used movements by Felsa and A. Schild. Relatively few FHF-powered Rado watches of this vintage are seen today and thin-lugged dress watches are not nearly so common as the case shape used on the Horse and President models of the era. Making this a potentially even more rare watch is the distinctly high-grade movement. Hand-wound watches of the time were usually 17- or 21-jewel affairs, though Rado used a 23-jewel variant of the FHF 72 in some DeLuxe models. That the present watch contains an elaborately branded 25-jewel movement of chronometer quality is quite unusual. The overall condition of the movement and dial is also very good.

The case shows almost no wear and the back has minor scratches. The movement is running smoothly but its service history is unknown--it appears never to have been touched since leaving the factory. Overall condition of this watch is 90% or better.

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1950s dress watch with 25j hand-wound movementDial detail of 1950s dress watchCrown uses mid-1950s 'R' typeface

bayonet-type case back indicates patent numberFHF Caliber 72-4 has 25 jewels, date function, and eleborate markings