Brand: Rado

Model: Mini Manhattan (ladies' model)

Ref.: 5468

Issued Ca. 1966-1974

Case: Stainless steel with integral snap-on back/movement cradle

Crystal: Acrylic

Bracelet: NSA with Rado clasp

Movement: A. Schild Cal. 1677, 17j, hand wound

Description: This ladies’ Rado is the smallest of the original series of Manhattan models issued by Rado in the mid-1960s and produced until 1973. Introduced just after the large version and produced until 1974, is the only Manhattan model that does not have automatic winding or a deep recessed case back which holds the movement in place, snaps to the bezel, and is protected by a large plastic crystal. More information on the Rado Manhattan series can be found in this article.

This example features the relatively common silver dial with wedge markers. A period bracelet, a flat-clasp model made by Novavit S.A., is present. This page from a 1972 Japanese catalog shows the men’s version of this watch and bracelet combination. A larger ladies’ Manhattan model was also made with automatic winding and date (as shown in the 3rd photo below).

The case front shows little wear and the back has only minor marks. The movement is keeping accurate time but has not been serviced.


Mini Manhattan Ref. 5468)Mini Manhattan Ref. 5468Three steel Manhattans Mini Manhattan NSA clasps

Manhattan Ref. 5468 movement - A. Schild Cal. 1677Mini Manhattan Ref. 5468 crown & profileMini Manhattan Ref. 5468 case backMini Manhattan Ref. 5468 assembly

This watch is not available for sale.

Note: More specific information pertaining to the manufacture/issue date of this watch is welcome.

Text and images © C. Bradley Jacobs,