|Case:||18k yellow gold with screw-back|
|Bracelet:||Leather strap with Rado buckle|
|Movement:||A. Schild automatic Cal. 1701, 30 Jewels|
Description: Described herein is a Rado 56-H chronometer from 1966, which has been almost perfectly preserved with its original model-specific boxes, guarantee booklet, and chronometer certificate. Described in my article on early Rado chronometers at the NAWCC blog and within this website, this is one example from a handful of small series of certified chronometers Rado produced between 1957 and 1972 using A. Schild automatic movements exclusively. The specific designation of this model is 56-H B, indicating it is the second-generation, using an AS movement with date. The dial is the Weissblatt type (radially brushed silver-white with 18k hands, markers and anchor, versus goldfarbiges Zifferblatt --the same with gold base) as indicated on the packaging shown below.
As shown in the photos below, the watch is accompanied by its original outer and inner box (specific to this era of Chronometers), a brochure in German and the chronometer certificate, asserting "especially good results", issued from the Bienne observatory in October of 1966. The small brochure indicates the watch was originally sold in 1967.
Rado promotional material for the 56-H line and other early Rado chronometers can be viewed here.
Note: More specific information pertaining to the manufacture/issue date of this and other 56-H watches is welcome. Also, I am always seeking 56-H watches and parts--including boxes and paperwork. I have a personal mission to preserve these watches, especially those which have been removed from their gold cases.
Text and images © C. Bradley Jacobs, WatchCarefully.com