It was in 1917 that the company named Schlup Co was formed in the small Swiss town of Lengnau. Three brothers, Werner Schlup, Fritz and Ernst, set up the clockwork factory. From there on, it took nearly four decades for the first watch collection to make an appearance. This collection was named Rado and it was marketed for the first time in 1957. The brothers believed in innovation and it was in 1962 they gave the world the first ever scratch-proof watch known as the Rado Diastar. By the time the 80s arrived, usage of high-tech ceramics picked up and it became the brand identifier for Rado watches. The company shares the pride of having the hardest watch in the world and this watch is known as V10K. This is the high-tech diamond watch, with 10,000 Vickers hardness. In 1983, the company merged with SSIH and then with the SMH Group, which got renamed the Swatch Group.
What Makes Rado Unique?
The world’s best watches come from Switzerland and undoubtedly Rado is one among them. However, this brand differs from the traditional watches because of its manufacturing process. It is ahead of the rest in terms of its technology and the usage of high-tech materials. Even the design is quite unique and distinct from the regular Swiss watches. Some of the materials, such as sapphire crystal, titanium carbide, lanthanum and ceramics, are tried and tested in the making of Rado watches. These beautiful and eye-catching watches have a unique aesthetic appeal. Furthermore, the brand is the recipient of more than 20 top notch international design awards.
Different Types of Rado
Over the years, Rado watches began to gain strength and prominence for their uniqueness and their making style. Today, it is more like owning a brand than just a watch of some company. At the same time, the company has also come up with different types of Rado watches. Here is the list of a few.
Rado Balboa. This is an authentic automatic watch with date display and it has a faceted glass crystal with a sunray grid. This Rado also has a gold-filled crown and there is the 25-jewel automatic movement. The hands are gold-filled, while the second hand is white-coated. The bar hours are gold filled and a satin bronze dial. It has a Rado stainless steel clasp along with a stainless steel Rado bracelet. This belongs to the vintage collection with a stainless steel case back containing the Rado logo and the famous tri-seahorse.
Vintage Rado Cricket Alarm Incabloc. This is a manual-wind watch, which has a white detail against matte black face. As the name suggests, it comprises of a fully-functional cricket alarm along with a black leather band. The watch has 21 jewels and its hour hand is faceted. The case back is two-piece, which is quite unconventional for Rado watches. This is something rare and hence, makes it a highly sought-after collector’s item. The hands are made of steel, whereas the alarm hand has an arrowhead. There is a clear acrylic crystal along with two Rado stainless steel crowns.
Rado Planning. This is an all original piece wherein all the parts are Rado marked. The day and date display window is vertical and it has a 30 jewels and automatic movement. It is made of resin/stainless steel along with a fully functional perpetual calendar panel. It has a black detail on satin white face. The steel hands and steel bar hour markers are decorated. The sunray grid is clearly marked black. The Rado logo rotates and it has a clear Rado glass crystal with Rado stainless steel crown. Both the outer and inner clasps are stainless steel. This is part of the vintage collection and holds up for a lifetime.
. The Rado Hyperchrome is a typical men’s watch and the glass material is made with sapphire crystal. It is water resistant up to 50 meters. It has a round, black dial enclosed in a high-tech ceramic case. The indexes are yellow toned, and the hour hand is brushed with super-luminova. The date display window exists between the 4 and 5. The wrist band is made from black, high-tech ceramic. This is an automatic watch with no diamonds. It has a trendy, fashionable design.
Rado And Its Collections
This watch brand has developed hundreds of timepieces throughout its existence and they have been classified into collections. For instance, the Sintra collection
has Sintra Jubile for men and women, Sintra chronograph matt, Sintra automatic chronometer, Sintra multifunction and others. The Rado V10K has three versions.
The range of Rado watches caters to all age groups, from teenagers and young professionals to seniors. These timepieces are considered to be superior in performance and exceptional in appearance. The unique method of making the watch and its high quality makes it highly coveted.