Issued Ca. 1965
Case: Stainless steel with snap-on bezel
Movement: A Schild 1701, 17 jewels, gilt rotor
Description: This is an uncommon Rado Spherematic—a similar watch in design to the Starliner, but with some minor differences. This watch has a 37mm lug-less case—the attachment points for the straps/bracelet are hidden beneath the broad overhang of the case. This, along with the unusual spherical hour markers, perpetuates the theme of roundness suggested by the model name.
This example features a two-texture black dial. It appears to have been either refinished or repaired many years ago and is easily mistaken for original. However, the distribution of the marker spheres of various sizes is not consistent with other (presumed original) models I have seen. It was a very professional attempt, but the reattachment of the markers and the printing of the text and rule lines on the dial calls into question its authenticity. The date wheel exhibits age that probably belies the apparent youth of the dial.
The case shows little wear. The movement, stamped A.S. 1700/01 is running smoothly but its service history is unknown. The rotor shows signs of corrosion which is consistent with the dial having needed refinishing.
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This watch has been sold
Note: More specific information pertaining to the manufacture/issue date of this watch is welcome.
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