The 1960s was a decade of rapid technological, style and fashion evolution with often remarkable creative freedom. The world has made huge strides in creating amazing, sometimes polarizing designs. Well, if you’re ready for the 1960s and want a dose of nostalgia, Rado is celebrating the 60th anniversary of their quirky Diastar, a disruptive model marketed as the first scratchproof watch. It does this by re-editing Diastar in four different versions. Meet the Rado Diastar original with new material, new movement and new dimensions.
Disruptive design and technology
1962. Rado launched the Diastar on the market “First scratch proof watch in world history.” The diastar was fitted with a sapphire crystal (the use of sapphire crystals only began to spread in the 1970s and 1980s) and it “Jet-style scratch-proof super metal, more expensive than gold.” In fact, the Diastar is crafted from an ultra-resistant hard metal with an alloy formed from carbide tungsten powder using a sintering process. To convey the idea that the success of the model stands for the brand, Rado set the idea going forward. Master of Materials – Especially today with ceramic.
The original Diastar was also disruptive with its quirky face and offbeat design… Watch design in the 1960s certainly had its quirks. The Diastar is a polarizing watch with a retro-futuristic oval, rectangular case and round opening for the dial. Form follows function… This shield-like case is very much in line with the idea of creating a solid, scratch-proof modern sports watch. Again quoting advertisements from that period, Diastar felt that “Shock protected, heatproof, freezeproof, proof about everything.”
Rado Diastar Original
Over the years, the Diastar has gone through many evolutions, but the model is celebrating its 60thTh Anniversary, Rado unveils the Diastar Original. In the words of Adrian Bosshardt, CEO of the brand, the acronym “To upgrade the Diastar with all the knowledge and technology possessed by Rado and the Swatch Group but to keep the DNA of the model.“
The new Rado Diastar looks like the original launch watch, retaining its clear oval shape and rounded opening, but it is now 38mm wide, 45mm long and 12.1mm high. For the first time, the watch bezel is made from Ceramos, a high-tech composite material with the hardness properties of ceramic and the luster and resistance of a metal alloy. With a 90% titanium carbide content, the material is lighter than its hard metal predecessor and has superior scratch-resistant properties (1750 Vickers).
The faceted diastar sapphire crystal has always been a distinctive design feature of the model, creating eye-catching plays of light and reflections. In this case, the brand chose parallel angles. The mid-case, caseback and crown are in steel. Water resistance is rated at a comfortable 10 ATM or 100-meters, making it an everyday companion.
With its original vertical day-date indication, the Rado Diastar Original’s dial comes in three different colors – blue, gray and green. It’s brushed in both directions and, as you’d expect from Rado, it’s fitted with the signature free-spinning anchor logo at 12 o’clock.
The new Diastar Rado is powered by the R764 caliber (previously used in Captain Cook for example). This automatic movement with day-date indication is based on the C07.111, a modernized version of the brand’s tried and tested ETA 2824. A worthwhile upgrade limited to Swatch Group brands, the power reserve beefed up in the movement. Up to 80 hours. The hairspring is made from nivacron which provides better resistance to magnetic fields. A stop second mechanism allows for precise alignment.
All this makes for a functional, precise and reliable movement. And if the movement cannot be seen because the Diastar Original is fitted with a solid caseback, its R764 caliber is gold-plated and its rotor takes the shape of a Rado anchor. Finally, the watch is worn on a polished/brushed H-link steel bracelet with a security folding clasp released by a pair of pushers.
Rado Diastar Original 60-Year Anniversary Edition
To further celebrate this meaningful anniversary and bring a slightly different spin on Diastar, Rado also sought the expertise of Swiss-Argentine product designer Alfredo Heberli, who describes himself as a fusion of Swiss precision and Latin American emotion.
The Rado Diastar Original 60-Year Anniversary Edition offers a slight geometric adaptation to the case to make it look lighter. One of the most visible changes is finishing the case, with a radially brushed bezel. Another major difference is the faceted hexagonal sapphire crystal. It protrudes slightly from the case with 6 facets to celebrate 6 decades of diastar.
The gray dial matches the case color. The hands and date display are designed to look as modern and abstract as possible. The day forecast is displayed with a colored window showing the progress of the week rather than words. Turning the watch over, the case back is engraved with the title “Diastar Original 60-Year Anniversary Edition, Design by Alfredo Heberli”.
This anniversary edition comes with two strap/bracelet options that complement its monochromatic outfit: a satin-brushed steel Milanese bracelet and a gray textile strap. Each is equipped with an extendable security folding clasp and can be exchanged in seconds thanks to the EasyClip spring-bar system. Finally, it is delivered with a nice travel leather pouch to store the watch and spare strap.
Rado Diastar Original Models Retail CHF 1,350. The Rado Diastar Original 60-Year Anniversary Edition is slightly more expensive. CHF 1,850. For more details, please visit www.rado.com.