Brand: Rado


Ref.#: n/a

Issued: 1970

Case: Stainless steel with screw-back (marked with model name)

Bracelet: stainless steel with fitted end links

Movement: A. Schild Cal. 1858 automatic with date, 25 jewels, gilt, signed rotor and plate (marked Rado 002; Feb 1970)

Description: Another of Rado's "space-age" futuristic models coincident with the race to put a man on the moon. This watch features a very unusual hard crystal (probably thick glass) from which are suspended hour markers of blue translucent plastic. When the movement and dial are removed, the markers remain in place where they are cemented beneath the crystal. The dial features only the Rado name, rotating anchor, and a stylized STRATOJET logo; there is no indication of being SWISS made or otherwise. Case features a radially brushed finish on the top, polished sides. Crown is signed with anchor logo. Original signed bracelet (pictured) has fitted end-pieces and brushed links with polished hinges.

The case shows minor wear, commensurate with its age, but overall the watch is very presentable and is keeping accurate time. No reference number is present on the case, only the model name, which is visible in images below. Service history is unknown; the movement, though clean, requires service for a skipping hand-winding/setting mechanism; date functions properly at midnight.

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StratoJet dial StratoJet logo detail StratoJet on vintage Rado box StratoJet dial & markers

StratoJet dial Stratojet on original signed bracelet Stratojet case back and movement Stratojet movement – AS 1858

This watch has been sold.

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