Brand: Rado
Model: DiaStar ACCUSTAR
Ref.: 597.0435.3
Issued: 2002
Case: Tungsten-Carbide with Stainless steel screw-back & sapphire window
Crystal: Sapphire with longitudinal facets
Bracelet: Stainless steel with titanium butterfly hinge; ref. 02980
Movement:  ETA 205.911 autoquartz with hand-winding, 17j, gilt, freq.= 32768 Hz, power reserve=115 days

In 2002 Rado celebrated the 40th anniversary of the introduction of the DiaStar series, the original scratch-proof watch with case components made of tungsten-carbide. Among several commemorative models Rado produced at the time, were DiaStar Accustar models with ETA auto-quartz movements. The present watch is one from a commemorative set, of which 300 were produced. The dial is an unusual textured grey color with features akin to the tentacles of an octopus. Hands and markers are luminous. The case features a special display-back, which reveals via star-like apertures a pattern of silver & black panels on a disc attached to the rotor. The case back is engraved with the dates 1962-2002 and the individual series number of the watch (also the number of the set of which it was once part). The auto-quartz movement, ETA Cal. 205.911, is gold-plated and signed. This caliber is a slightly more elaborate version of one offered in Swatch Auto-Quarz models; that 15-jewel movement (Cal. 205.711) cannot be hand-wound.

The original bracelet with signed Rado clasp is present on this watch.

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Rado Accustar Ref. 597.0435.3Dial detail Case back and revolving disk on movement Signed & decorated auto-quartz movement - ETA Cal. 205.911 

DiaStar Chronometer Ref. 625.0557.3 and Accustar Ref. 597.0435.3 DiaStar Accustar Accustar dial detail Case back

This watch has been sold.

Text and images © C. Bradley Jacobs,