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  • EUREKA! moment.

    Ever since we discovered the date code and the fact that there were some rare, dated AS movements out there, a number of which reside with members of this forum, I've been on the hunt for one, unfortunately, so far, I've been unable to secure one for myself...........or have I. This is, I think, probably the 4th Rado I acquired, in late 2016 or early 2017 and I would've opened it and looked at the movement, but of course back then the numbers were meaningless to me. So the other day I decided to open this watch because I couldn't remember what movement was in it, and EUREKA! , my long search was over. In fact, when you think about it, it was over before it ever began.

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    Last edited by Tim.; 11-14-2019, 06:34 AM.

  • #2
    Excellent.

    I find it interesting how different the markings are on similar movements.
    For example, this 1969 56-H movement (cal. 1858), only 10 months older, has a different rotor engraving, and Rado/Swiss/date markings:



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    • #3
      Originally posted by Watch Carefully View Post
      Excellent.

      I find it interesting how different the markings are on similar movements.
      For example, this 1969 56-H movement (cal. 1858), only 10 months older, has a different rotor engraving, and Rado/Swiss/date markings:



      I suspect the difference in decoration may in this case be due to it being a chronometer movement. I have non chronometer AS 1858 movements that both pre and post date this one and neither of them has that rotor engraving.

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      • #4
        I really must pay more attention. I was thinking today, perhaps if there's one, there may be more, so I opened another likely candidate and......now I have 2 dated AS movements, a matching set, 1858 and 1859.

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        • #5
          I went through my collection today and opened my Diastar 2/1. The /2 is engraved with a steel pen, that suggests it is an early one.
          The AS 1858 rotor has a unusual simple design, the date code is 904, so its from the April 1969.
          The movement also shows both caliber numbers: AS1902/03 and AS1858.
          Check the pics:

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          Last edited by pimpclinic.v.s.o.p.; 11-23-2019, 08:46 PM.
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          • #6
            Great discovery Marcus, you don't often find that dial in such good condition and that is probably the earliest AS 1858/9 date we've seen so far.

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            • #7
              .......also Marcus, you alerted me to another potential hiding place as I own a DS 2 as well, and voila!, 2 1/2 weeks ago I had none and now I have 3.

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