Brand: Rado
Model: Balboa V Deluxe
Ref.: unknown
Issued: 1970s
Case: Blue-grey Tungsten-Carbide bezel, stainless steel snap-back
Crystal: Sapphire
Bracelet: n/a
Movement:  ETA 2798

This is a Rado Balboa Deluxe model with a dial made of a swirled blue mineral, possibly azurite or a dyed alabaster. It is different in shape than most Balboas and Diastars of the 1960s-1970s. As the name suggests, this was the prestige variant of the Balboa line. A vintage 1970s advert from Japan shows this model and another with gold-tone case and dial of tiger-eye.

The case shows almost no wear and the back has only minor scratches. The movement is running smoothly but its service history is unknown. Overall condition of this watch is 95% or better. Bracelet shown in images is probably not original.

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This watch has been sold.

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