For the 60 year anniversary of the “world’s first scratch-proof watch”, of Rado Diastar 1 Relaunched as the “Original” series in three dial colors from 1962 and as a special “Anniversary Edition” in Ceramos, a collaboration with a Swiss designer Alfredo Huberli. The aim is to upgrade its predecessor’s strong personality as well.
While Rado was still working Schlup & Co., the company set out to create a watch “that could outperform, outshine and outlive practically every other fine timepiece on the market.” With that goal in mind, the company’s engineers and designers had to explore the use of new materials for the case and watch crystal. To build a watch that was scratch-proof, Rado eventually turned to a tungsten carbide alloy known as “hardmetal.” On top of the shiny, high-resistance case, a sapphire crystal – almost as hard and durable as diamond – is attached (hence the name diastar). On November 28, 1961, Rado officially patented the use of said metal alloy for watch-case manufacture and became the first company to combine such a case with sapphire crystal. Unsurprisingly, the Diastar is advertised as “a watch like no other.” Perhaps more importantly, Diastar became the blueprint for what Rado would become known for in the years to come.
38-mm Diastar Original 60-Year Anniversary Edition (Ref. R12163118) is crafted with a radial-brushed ceramos coiffure with polished facets and details mounted on a matching, monochrome stainless steel case. Ceramos is a composite material with the hardness properties of ceramics and the resistance of a metal alloy. With about 90% titanium carbide content, the material is slightly lighter than its “hardmetal” predecessor, but it has the same scratch-resistant properties, according to Rado.
The special edition also features a sapphire crystal with hexagonal facets, which marks the passing of six decades since the original watch. The case and dial are done in a monochromatic color scheme, while the hands and hour markers are subtly colored thanks to the use of SuperLuminova. Inside the 100-meter water resistant case, the gold-plated R764 automatic movement provides an 80-hour power reserve when fully wound. This edition comes with a woven stainless-steel mesh “Milanese” bracelet with a gray pouch and mottled gray cloth strap. List price is $1,950.
The Diastar Original, on the other hand, comes with a gray (R12160213), blue (R12160103) or green (R12160303) dial, priced at $1,450. They are set with a parallel-line-faceted sapphire crystal and mounted on a polished and brushed stainless steel bracelet. CEO of Rado Adrian Bosshardt: “This iconic product is completely unique in both shape and design. The choice of material for the case – previously hardmetal in the new collection and now ceramos – makes the watch practically indestructible. This is truly a watch for a lifetime. “
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