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Rado Starliner

A traditional looking watch with a futuristic name


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The Rado Starliner epitomizes the watch industry of the 1960s, where the public was fascinated with all things having to do with space and the future and watchmakers did their best to capitalize on that fascination.

Rado was founded in 1917 and has a long history of watchmaking specializing in the use of high tech materials and methods of manufacture so their connection with the future is well founded. They were the first to use exotic materials such as tungsten in 1962 and synthetic diamond in 2004.

During the 1960s, Rado came out with a whole series of whimsically futuristic sounding watches with names such as:

  • Cosmo Travel
  • Diastar
  • Jupiter
  • Laser Beam
  • Lunastar
  • Marstron
  • NCC-101
  • Rising Star
  • Satellite
  • Silver Horse
  • Silver Moon
  • SpaceWing
  • Starliner
  • StratoJet
  • Voyager

This Starliner model is simple and elegant with a black dial and black and white cylindrical markers with silver highlights. Starliners were made in a variety of different color schemes.


Case: Very good.
This Starliner is in good condition with evidence of wear but no damage.

Face / Hands: Very good.
The dial is in near perfect condition. The tiny specks of dust that are visible in the close up photos are actually almost invisible to the eye.

Crystal: Good.
The acrylic crystal is in good condition with no obvious scuffs or scratches. However, there is a tiny crack in the edge of the crystal near the 6 o'clock marker which is not easily visible becaue it is on the edge.

Band / Bracelet: Good.
The band is in fine condition, however, it is not original to this watch.

Function / Accuracy: Very good.
This watch runs perfectly and keeps good time.