Issued: Ca. 1973-74
Case: Stainless steel with snap-on back
Bracelet: Stainless steel, mfd. by NSA, reference unknown
Movement: ESA 9181 day-date quartz
Price: $300 US plus shipping, OBRO
Description: This ca. 1974 model is one of Rado's earliest models powered by a quartz movement. The style is similar to many contemporaneous Rado watches and, if one is only familiar with Rado’s later thin quartz watches, the thickness would lead one to assume this is an automatic. However, it contains ESA Cal 8191, the day-date version of the first quartz movement produced by ESA (ETA). The hands on this watch are of the type also used about this time on Rado Electrosonic watches, another of the many watches utilizing technology that bridged the gap between traditional mechanical and modern quartz movements.
Not present on this series is the rotating anchor logo previously seen on Rado watches with automatic winding and many of those powered by electro-mechanical movements. This watch has an uncommon fixed anchor atop a field of red; it closely approximates the moving logo of automatic Rado watches. Also present is a singular logo only found on the early quartz models.
The case shows almost no wear; the movement is keeping accurate time. Service history is unknown, but the movement is clean; date functions properly at midnight. Circuit board in the movement shows manufacture code for 1973. Bracelet appears to have a few replacement links but is otherwise the correct and functional NSA (Novavit) with signed Rado expansion clasp. Inner and outer "Rado Quartz" boxes are present and included with this sale. Only one or two of these have been spotted by EOT Rado Forum members over the years. This is a particularly uncommon model in excellent condition.
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