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Rado Super Time

Another radical design from Rado


Rado was founded in 1917 and has been known ever since for their radical use of advanced materials and innovative design.

The Rado Super Time models were made from 1979 until the mid 1980s and were Rado's respone to the "TV" shaped cases that were popular around that time. The Super TIme models were marketed mainly in the Far East. This is a Mark I Super Time. During the mid 1980s, Rado came out with a Mark II variety of TV shaped Super Time watches.

This Super Time may not use unorthodox materials such as tungsten or diamond in its design, but it does have a typically eye catching Rado look dominated by the black and green pie pieces in the middle. The graphic reminds me of the radiation sybols that you used to see near fallout shelters in public buildings and schools. One other really nice touch that complements the colorful front face is the inner bevelled ring surrounding the dial which also has a black and green pattern except inverse to the dial and with the black and green zones smoothly transitioning into one another as if they had beeen airbrushed. The outermost portion of the dial with the black tick marks is actually a gold mirror surface, which matches the color of the hands.


Case: Good.
This Rado Super Time is in good condition. The case has a number of tiny nicks, but not noticeable scratches except for one or two around the case back from opening and closing the case. The edges of the case don't seem quite as crisp as they could be - perhaps the case has been polished at some point in its life.

Face / Hands: Excellent.
The dial is in very good condition. Note that the day is in French rather than in English.

Crystal: Excellent.
The glass crystal is in excellent condition with no visible scuffs or scratches.

Band / Bracelet: Very good.
The watch has the original bracelet and signed clasp which are both in very good condition. The bracelet is complete and fits a large 8" wrist.

Function / Accuracy: Very good.
This watch sets and runs properly. The winding is a little stiff, but works fine and is rarely necessary because the automatic self-winding mechanism is quite efficient.