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  • A very special Rado oddity

    Mrs C and I are planning some major renovations to our old house, including a new, larger kitchen area.
    That got me thinking that I would like an unusual kitchen wall clock and, as a Rado collector, wouldn't it be great if I could find a wall clock in the oval Diastar shape.
    I had a strange recollection that I may have seen one at some time in the distant past so I asked my contact at Rado and was told simply that they were never made available for sale to the public, suggesting to me that there may be something out there.
    And so the search began, during which I found an old eBay listing from 2017 where it appeared that the clock hadn't sold. I contacted the seller, who confirmed that he still had the clock, and a protracted period of haggling ensure.
    To cut a long story short, a parcel arrived from Argentina today and, although quite a bit of cleaning is required, I'm very happy with the contents.

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    Wow, congratulations, Scott!
    That is a fantastic find. Presumably these were only made available to retailers, or for events where Rado was a sponsor (tennis tournaments, etc.).
    Let us know how the project comes along!
    Time is Money, except on Dark Side of the Moon

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Watch Carefully View Post
      Wow, congratulations, Scott!
      That is a fantastic find. Presumably these were only made available to retailers, or for events where Rado was a sponsor (tennis tournaments, etc.).
      Let us know how the project comes along!
      Thanks Brad.
      I haven't tested it yet as it's 110v mains powered.
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      • #4
        Originally posted by scottjc View Post

        Thanks Brad.
        I haven't tested it yet as it's 110v mains powered.
        I don;t know the slightest thing about electrical power. Would more than 110v input cause it to run fast?
        Time is Money, except on Dark Side of the Moon

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Watch Carefully View Post

          I don;t know the slightest thing about electrical power. Would more than 110v input cause it to run fast?
          Just took a closer look at the back, I assumed that Argentina ran on the same voltage as the US, especially with there being no earth pin.

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          • #6
            Nice one Scott, what are the dimensions?

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            • #7
              Originally posted by JOSE G View Post
              Nice one Scott, what are the dimensions?
              Thanks Jose, it measures just over 9" tall by 8" wide.
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              • #8
                That's great mate, no need for a transformer, just needs a UK plug. It's obviously been produced for a Spanish speaking country. I imagine the lower adjustment is to regulate it.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Tim. View Post
                  That's great mate, no need for a transformer, just needs a UK plug. It's obviously been produced for a Spanish speaking country. I imagine the lower adjustment is to regulate it.
                  Thanks Tim.
                  Yes, the lower control moves the seconds hand for regulation.
                  I've ordered a standard shaver adaptor so should be able to test it by the weekend before giving it a good clean.
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                  • #10
                    As I said elsewhere, congratulations Scott.

                    Is the "tungsten" plastic? If so there is a way you could make the bits where the finish is missing significantly better. There is a company that makes model paints for plastic models and for train hobbyists. They have a line of fake metal paints. These are not like your typical metal flake things from your childhood. They are a reasonable facsimile of metal. If you are interested I'll dig out a bottle and see what they company name is, as it escapes me at the moment. They are super simple to use. Paint them on with a decent brush, let dry and then buff with a soft cloth.

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                    • #11
                      Thanks Henry.
                      The 'tungsten' is actually metal that appears to have been chromed. It is the chrome that has chipped away so I'm not sure if that can be rectified. I was planning to just give it a polish to remove the tarnish and leave it with a used and loved look.
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by scottjc View Post
                        Thanks Henry.
                        The 'tungsten' is actually metal that appears to have been chromed. It is the chrome that has chipped away so I'm not sure if that can be rectified. I was planning to just give it a polish to remove the tarnish and leave it with a used and loved look.
                        That's better than I expected and since it is real chrome I agree that you should not try to fix it.
                        Solve all your doubts through question mode.

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