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    First, sincere gratitude to Brad who directed me to this piece. My credit card is not quite so thankful but it had to be done.

    Secondly, I always thought my post when I obtained the 8192 would be the rarest Rado I would ever collect and share on the forum. The 8192 may be rarer than this 56H but I think this immaculate 18k example now takes pride of place in my collection. Certified in 1966, purchased in 1967. I will let the photographs speak for themselves.



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    Last edited by JohnPat; 04-13-2019, 08:46 AM.
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  • #2
    I cannot think of words to express enough how incredible that is.
    Simply an amazing time capsule. Sold the year of my birth, no less!
    congratulations!!
    Last edited by Watch Carefully; 04-13-2019, 10:54 AM.

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    • #3
      Wow this is really special. Congrats!

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      • #4
        Same as Brad said, must have been put away and forgotten for 50 years?

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        • #5
          Congratulations JP, truly stunning. To have a watch in such immaculate condition after 50 plus years become available, is quite amazing. It's like whoever bought it just put it in the safe and forgot it.

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          • #6
            The two photos below beg a new question. What is meant by 56-HB?

            I know that the 18k 56-H models were available with a silver dial or a gold dial, so I wonder whether the silver dial model is the B model, while that with gold dial is possibly 56-HA?

            The other possibility is that 56-HA was the original model (1361N movement, no date) and 56-HB is any second-generation model.
            Come to think of it, I belive Mike Keller alluded to this previously here on EOT.

            I'll have to look for more evidence...

            Last edited by Watch Carefully; 04-13-2019, 04:40 PM.

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            • #7
              Congratulations John, a real Beauty. For that I would have risked bancrupcy.
              Peter

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              • #8
                Congratulations, John!!!

                Nuff said..
                Pimpclinic.v.s.o.p.

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                • #9
                  Wow. Just wow. I can't imagine it get's any better than that John.

                  Just think of it this way - whatever the knock was that your credit card took, it's still cheaper then funding the development of a time machine which is the only other way you're going to get your hands on something like this.

                  I'm not even jealous - this belongs with the other rare pieces in your collection. Congratulations!

                  Please share the pictures with Rado - they need to make a reissue!

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                  • #10
                    Congratulations JP, beautiful watch.

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                    • #11
                      Stunning, simply stunning! Superb acquirement.....

                      Mike
                      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
                        Congrats, John!

                        The best 56-H I´ve ever seen!
                        looks absolutely immaculate!

                        Originally posted by Watch Carefully View Post
                        The two photos below beg a new question. What is meant by 56-HB?

                        I know that the 18k 56-H models were available with a silver dial or a gold dial, so I wonder whether the silver dial model is the B model, while that with gold dial is possibly 56-HA?

                        The other possibility is that 56-HA was the original model (1361N movement, no date) and 56-HB is any second-generation model.
                        Come to think of it, I belive Mike Keller alluded to this previously here on EOT.

                        I'll have to look for more evidence...
                        What you call silver dial is actually white, that´s why you have "Weißblatt"(white dial) on the case.
                        These "Weißblatt"-dials of that time were first silver-plated and then coated with a very thin creamwhite finish, which creates a bit of a
                        "pearly effect". Sometimes, Rado used "versilbert" (silver plated), sometimes they used "Weißblatt" in the description, which may cause
                        some confusion, also the fact that silver coloured dials often look white on photographs.
                        Silver dials were rare at that time, they were offered as "Silberblatt"(silver dial).

                        Normally, additional letters (A,B,...) behind the (old 5-digit) reference number meant a special variation of a model in case and/or dial
                        You can find some examples in the 1962 German catalogue I own, Sometimes, these additional letters were just used in the catalogues
                        and in the contact with distributors to be sure that the right variation could be ordered.
                        And sometimes, the additional letter is also to find behind the reference number on the case. I own some models with that.

                        If it comes to the 56-H, I´m sure, the "B" means the second generation model with AS 1701 after the first version with AS 1361N.
                        In the 1962 German Catalogue, the 56-H - B is offered with two dial variations, "versilbert" (silver plated dial = "Weißblatt", white dial) and
                        "goldfarben"(gold coloured dial).
                        I also found this information in some German watch fora, confirmed by Rado Switzerland.

                        If your SS 56-H - B has a silver dial, Brad, it´s a "Silberblatt".

                        1962 Katalog 0.jpg

                        Chronometer 56-H - B. Calendar-automatic, 30 jewels, extra-heavy 18 k gold case,
                        water- and dustproof, with markers from real gold. In a gift-box. With silver plated
                        ("Weißblatt" white dial) or gold-coloured dial.
                        With luxury leather strap 900.- DM
                        With heavy 18 k special gold-bracelet 2.050 DM

                        BTW, I found another info in an auction description, maybe it was already mentioned here:
                        "The (name) 56-H goes back to the 1956 discovered comet Arend Roland 56H, which was observable in 1956 and 1957 from the northern hemisphere at times with the naked eye. On the back of the watch, this celestial event is shown."
                        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comet_...E2%80%93Roland
                        Last edited by mike184; 04-27-2019, 09:19 PM.
                        Best regards, Mike
                        vintage-rado.de

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by mike184 View Post

                          BTW, I found another info in an auction description, maybe it was already mentioned here:
                          Indeed it was Mike, if you look here , towards the bottom of pg1 and onto pg2, you'll see how Brad and I discovered this over the course of a few days back in December 2017, we had great fun playing detective till we finally tracked it down to Arend Roland 56H.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by mike184 View Post
                            If your SS 56-H - B has a silver dial, Brad, it´s a "Silberblatt".
                            Thank you very much, Mike.
                            My steel 56-H B does indeed have a silver dial, as does my re-cased Series 1 56-H.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Watch Carefully View Post

                              Thank you very much, Mike.
                              My steel 56-H B does indeed have a silver dial, as does my re-cased Series 1 56-H.
                              Hmmmm.
                              I completely agree with your SS 56-H, but have doubts about your recased one.
                              That definitely looks like a "Weißblatt".
                              Or the pic is somewhat of far away from reality.

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                              Best regards, Mike
                              vintage-rado.de

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