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    Hello Everyone,

    Due to popular demand (by Mike) and in honour of batonflipper's new purchase, I would like to pay tribute to battonfilpper and his recent acquisition of the NOS Rado NCC101.

    Mike, please note that I did have a pic of the smokey grey dialled NCC101, I managed to resize it and it appears here. I'm sure you will be very, very pleased with your early X'mas pressie to yourself, I look forward to you review when you receive it.

    Enjoy the pics ..

    Kind regards,
    Jay
    Intren UK
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  • #2
    Some NCC photos of my own...the nearly-N.O.S. Rado NCC 505 I bought early this year (which should have a proper bracelet before long!) and a DiaStar 515 I got last month. The latter is essentially an NCC 505 with a tungsten-carbide bezel. This particular piece has the tiger-eye dial.

    You have a splendid selection of NCCs, Jay--unfortunately, there is still no word from that potential buyer I mentioned recently.

    Cheers,
    Brad







    Time is Money, except on Dark Side of the Moon

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    • #3
      WOW - nice collection

      Here are my humble offerings.
      The NCC 303 you all know about - the 404 ditto. I have had 2 505's but I have sold them on as never really spoke to me!
      Here also is a 444 - presently up on E-Bay as my wife prefers something a little less 70's and my daughter wanted a Swatch!!
      So, the pics







      Check me out at www.michaelseal.com

      CHRONOLOADING
      verb - the act of making a workload expand to fit the time available. A crime often perpitrated by bad orchestral conductors!
      (Source - a word invented by Mr. G.Littlewood and Mr M.Seal, Violin II, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra)

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      • #4
        Brad - I love thes 2 505's - it must be the sharpness of the cases and their dials. I am sucker for that deep blue and, as I have mentioned before, gorgeous tiger eye.
        I am sure you will find a "fishtail" for that blue 505 - it will be the finishing touch!
        Check me out at www.michaelseal.com

        CHRONOLOADING
        verb - the act of making a workload expand to fit the time available. A crime often perpitrated by bad orchestral conductors!
        (Source - a word invented by Mr. G.Littlewood and Mr M.Seal, Violin II, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra)

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        • #5
          Splendid ....

          Hi Mike,

          That Lapis dial on the NCC303 is to die for! Beats anything I've got in my collection. All of what i have is just run of the mill. I'm green with envy! Just kidding, pleased to see that such a lovely example is with someone who appreciates it and who can share it in the big bad world of the internet with us all.

          Hey Brad, nice 515, so very cool, although similar to the 505 it just has so much going for it and that dial, wellllll...... its GORGEOUS! No worries about the potential buyer, I can help just give me a shout!

          I have just had word about some lovely rare pieces on their way to me. I'll have to keep you all waiting till they get here.............. Watch this space...

          Kind regards,
          Jay
          Intren UK

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          • #6
            My NCCs...

            I had submitted a similar entry earlier but it did not seem to post.

            It went something like this...

            My NCCs.
            Nothing really exceptional but I dig them.

            <a href="http://photobucket.com" target="_blank"><img src="http://i159.photobucket.com/albums/t122/Bujumon/Rados/NCC404/Silver/Dscn4555.jpg" border="0" alt="Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket"></a>

            <a href="http://photobucket.com" target="_blank"><img src="http://i159.photobucket.com/albums/t122/Bujumon/Rados/NCC404/Purple/1010_1.jpg" border="0" alt="Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket"></a>

            <a href="http://photobucket.com" target="_blank"><img src="http://i159.photobucket.com/albums/t122/Bujumon/Rados/NCC505/Silver/DSCN3920.jpg" border="0" alt="Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket"></a>

            <a href="http://photobucket.com" target="_blank"><img src="http://i159.photobucket.com/albums/t122/Bujumon/Rados/NCC505/DSCN3927.jpg" border="0" alt="Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket"></a>

            The purple dialed NCC is in need of a COA.
            I need to find a local (New England) watch guy.

            It really is a treat to see everyone's NCCs.
            I Love You Guys. LOL

            Peace,
            Scott
            I glance at my wrist more often just to look at my RADO than to see what time it is.


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            • #7
              You naughty tease!

              Thanks for the compliments on the 303 - sitting on my wrist as I type. It rarely goes to work as I cannot play the violin or conduct with a watch on ( except my Coupole Jubile ) and always end up putting my watch on the music stand - far too dangerous for Lapis dials!
              You really ought not to tease us with news of rare finds - my need for more pieces only grows after seeing rare and beautiful finds! Mrs S will really start getting angry if I get any more before Xmas.
              Brad - please excuse my typo - lovely 505 and 515!
              One quick question - as we all know Rado are not the most dilligent of record keepers. Do yuou think that they have any serail number records? I would love to know if the serial number on the 303 is completely "urtext". I think it unlikely but you never know....
              Check me out at www.michaelseal.com

              CHRONOLOADING
              verb - the act of making a workload expand to fit the time available. A crime often perpitrated by bad orchestral conductors!
              (Source - a word invented by Mr. G.Littlewood and Mr M.Seal, Violin II, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra)

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              • #8
                Scott - I really like the silver dialed versions of both your 404 and 505's. Nice and clean with that special NCC styling.
                Have you tried polishing the case of the purple one with a Capecod cloth? It can do wonders on SS - I did a light polish on my GP 404 and it came up beautifully. With SS you can be a bit rougher and the results can be startling.
                PS - I agree with you - this forum is def the place to go - one day we will all be in the same place together for a GTG.
                Check me out at www.michaelseal.com

                CHRONOLOADING
                verb - the act of making a workload expand to fit the time available. A crime often perpitrated by bad orchestral conductors!
                (Source - a word invented by Mr. G.Littlewood and Mr M.Seal, Violin II, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra)

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                • #9
                  Rado NCC production data

                  This was provided to me by a now-former Rado employee back in 2003, when she still worked for the company. I assume it to be accurate, but there may be omissions or errors. Models with a 0 in the name are men's watches. Five-digit reference numbers were used on early models and replaced with longer references by 1973. A suffix .4 denotes a steel model, while .2 denotes gold-plated.

                  model - ref # - later ref # - from - to - units made
                  NCC 111 - 7020 - 556.3014.4. - 1970 - 1973 - 5,000
                  NCC 111 - 7021 - 556.3014.2. - 1970 - 1973 - 3,000
                  NCC 222 - 7022 - 556.3015.4. - 1970 - 1973 - 5,000
                  NCC 222 - 7023 - 556.3015.2. - 1970 - 1973 - 3,000
                  NCC 444 - 7028 - 556/558.3018.4. - 1971 - 1976 - 10,000
                  NCC 444 - 7029 - 558.3018.2. - 1971 - 1976 - - 7,000
                  NCC 101 - 11920 - 625.3027.4. - 1970 - 1978 - 25,000
                  NCC 101 - 11921 - 625.3027.2. - 1970 - 1978 - 10,000
                  NCC 101 - 11944 - 625.3038.4. - 1970 - 1978 - 10,000
                  NCC 101 - 11945 - 625.3038.2. - 1970 - 1978 - 7,000
                  NCC 202 - 11924 - 625.3029.4. - 1970 - 1978 - 5,000
                  NCC 202 - 11925 - 625.3029.2. - 1970 - 1978 - 5,000
                  NCC 303 - 11922 - 625.3028.4. - 1970 - 1978 - 5,000
                  NCC 303 - 11923 - 625.3028.2. - 1970 - 1978 - 5,000
                  NCC 303 - 11948 - 625.3040.4. - 1970 - 1978 - 5,000
                  NCC 303 - 11949 - 625.3040.2. - 1970 - 1978 - 5,000
                  NCC 404 - 11926 - 625.3030.4. - 1970 - 1978 - 10,000
                  NCC 404 - 11927 - 625.3030.2. - 1970 - 1978 - 10,000
                  NCC 505 - 11942 - 625.3037.4. - 1970 - 1978 - 15,000
                  NCC 505 - 11943 - 625.3037.2. - 1970 - 1978 - 7,000
                  NCC 505 - - 625.3174.2 - 1976 - 1979 - 3,000
                  NCC 505 - - 625.3174.4 - - - 2,000

                  Some vintage NCC adverts:




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                  Time is Money, except on Dark Side of the Moon

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                  • #10
                    Great idea! I was thinking just today how fab it would be for us to have a Rado Fanado get-together. Too bad we're about evenly distributed across multiple continents...if ever you fellows find yourselves in the Philadelphia region, please get in touch!
                    Brad
                    Time is Money, except on Dark Side of the Moon

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                    • #11
                      Brad - is New York near enough?

                      CBSO are going there in July next year to do an opera/concert project. I expect to be included so maybe then ( if it is not too far a journey - I have no idea!)
                      Would be great - if not, I will hope to get some good watch shopping done - with fingers crossed that the exchange rate is similar!
                      Check me out at www.michaelseal.com

                      CHRONOLOADING
                      verb - the act of making a workload expand to fit the time available. A crime often perpitrated by bad orchestral conductors!
                      (Source - a word invented by Mr. G.Littlewood and Mr M.Seal, Violin II, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra)

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                      • #12
                        Thanks for this production data Brad. This is really useful stuff.
                        I hate to be pedantic BUT I did mean the individual serial number as opposed to model ref. no. This is where I expect the answer to be a resounding NO!
                        Check me out at www.michaelseal.com

                        CHRONOLOADING
                        verb - the act of making a workload expand to fit the time available. A crime often perpitrated by bad orchestral conductors!
                        (Source - a word invented by Mr. G.Littlewood and Mr M.Seal, Violin II, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra)

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                        • #13
                          Ah, I see now Mike...
                          I posted this independently of your serial number query. I've never known Rado to have much info based upon serial numbers. I suspect this is because the case SNs may have been generated by a separate case-making company (or division). Watch companies usually track serial numbers of movements. The only Rado movement I know which are numbered, are the chronometers (a small percentage of Rado watches), so I doubt there is much useful info to be gleaned even from a studious comparison of serial numbers across models.
                          Hopefully all that nonsense above makes sense (and isn't full of flawed assumptions).
                          Brad
                          Time is Money, except on Dark Side of the Moon

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                          • #14
                            Probably so! I work about a 30-45 minute drive from Manhattan. Let's keep our options open. I'll try my best to catch up with you, though I will likely be on holiday at least part of July.
                            Let's stay in touch...let me know any firm dates for that event!
                            Brad
                            Time is Money, except on Dark Side of the Moon

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                            • #15
                              NEW PHOTOS! And a new bracelet, thanks to Jay:



                              In the image above you can see the NOS Rado bracelet (22mm to fit the NCC series) that I just received from Jay. I'm very pleased with it and with the transactions I've had with him in the past (he is a good fellow with whom to do business). Here's another shot of the two watches. I'm surprised that Rado didn't just call the stone-dial watch a Diastar 505.

                              Cheers,
                              Brad



                              PS. The clasps, for those of you interested in such things:

                              Time is Money, except on Dark Side of the Moon

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