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    Default Rules for buying vintage Rados.

    These rules are for vintage Rados. The rules for buying modern Rados are quite different than these. The modern market is flooded with fakes whereas the vintage market is predominantly troubled by frankens. Almost every one of these rules has exceptions, but until one knows the difference it is safest to assume that if it matches one of these rules it should be avoided. These rules come from various members and will be modified as needed.

    • Until you know better do not buy anything from India or Pakistan.
    • Exercise extreme caution when buying from Korea or the Phillipines.
    • There are a series of "different" sellers located in Hollywood that sell really shiny watches for very high prices. Do not buy from them if you want anything authentic. There is a similar seller in Korea and another in New York (?) Do not buy from them for the same reason.
    • Don't buy a Companion. Ever.
    • Until you know better, don't buy a Voyager.
    • If it is older than about 2000 and it has a display back- DO NOT BUY IT.
    • If you can see the movement and it does not have a Rado logo on the rotor do not buy it.
    • Pre-1968 Rados were powered almost exclusively by A Schild movements, though there are a few Felsa powered watches from the late 50s/early 60s. After 1968 or so everything is ETA/ESA. Keep this in mind.
    • Reference numbers prior to 1973 had 5, 4 or 3 digits; those after 1972 used a format of this type: 123.4567.8. Some had both, but so do many frankens. Seek advice if you are tempted to buy one.
    • From 1962 through to around 1975 all acrylic Rado crystals have a tiny anchor cast into the centre of it. The notable exception are the early 60s Rados that featured acrylic crystals with cyclops magnifiers.
    • From 1962 through to the mid seventies all automatic Rados will have a rotating anchor disc made from the same synthetic ruby as used in movement jewels. After this until around 2000 the anchor disc will be pink/red anodized aluminum.
    • Unless the dial says jubilé, it does not have diamonds, no matter what the seller says. Do not pay extra for that privilege.
    • If it is a Rado with a model name on the caseback that does not match the model name on the dial, do not buy it.
    • Two-tone cases are almost unheard of in vintage Rados. With very few exceptions, like certain Murano models, the hands, markers and anchor are the same colour as the case. If it is a steel case, all of those things will be silver coloured. A gold-plated or yellow Diastar will have gold-coloured hands, markers and anchor. With the few watches that are exceptions, the hands, markers and anchor still must match each other.
    • If it has a rotating anchor , but ticks like a quartz don't buy it. Mid-2000s Golden/Green Horses from Japan with Quartz clearly printed on the dial are the only exception I know of.
    Last edited by Watch Carefully; 11-07-2017 at 09:06 PM. Reason: formatting; added an item to the list
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