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President de luxe

in Everything Vintage RADO 16.06.2014 16:33
von tinger | 4 Beiträge

Hello everyone,
I just got my first Rado over the weekend.
I cant find much info via Google on this model.
Can anyone tell me more about this watch?
tkx in advance,

ting

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RE: President de luxe

in Everything Vintage RADO 16.06.2014 16:36
von tinger | 4 Beiträge

Here's a pic of the caseback

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RE: President de luxe

in Everything Vintage RADO 16.06.2014 23:05
von mike184 | 143 Beiträge

Hi & welcome, tinger!


That´s a very nice President De Luxe with an unusual dial design - to be honest, the first one I see with this dial.

It has one of the first bayonet case backs, still with "Patent demanded" instead of the patent number on it(ATTENTION! The bayonet case back is to be turned 30° only at opening/closing).
That dates the watch to 1957/58. The moving anchor logo is already present, I assume an AS(Adolf Schild) automatic movement inside, probably an AS 1580. Is there any reference number(11xxx) on the case, maybe inbetween the lugs?

If you want to wear it regularly, you should have it serviced by an old school watchmaker(COA - cleaning, oiling, adjusting). If the oil is empty, the movement will be finished in a while.

Hope this helps a bit.


Mit freundlichem Gruß/With best regards
Mike
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RE: President de luxe

in Everything Vintage RADO 17.06.2014 00:23
von tinger | 4 Beiträge

Thanks very much for the info Mike!

The # between the lugs is 11660,
1957.. Wow.. a birth year watch for me!
Case surprisingly in good shape despite being 56/57 yrs old

Would this movement be a derivative of some eta?
Would it be safe to send it to someone who is familiar servicing eta movements?

thanks again,
ting

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RE: President de luxe

in Everything Vintage RADO 18.06.2014 23:29
von mike184 | 143 Beiträge

Hi ting!


I have no data about the reference 11660 but it´s confirmed as President De Luxe by a Rado reference list I have in my archive as facsimile.
Nice that the case is in a good shape, the quality of Rado´s gold plated cases of that time is very well and they were generous with the gold.
Nice extra to have found a year of birth watch.

AS-movements are no ETA-derivates, both were producers of movements at that time. In 1978, both companies melted and went on under the name ETA. But every good old school watchmaker should be able to service this movement. Find enclosed a technical information about the AS 1590/1, which is nearly the same as the 1580(just the date feature is missing at the 1580). That should help your watchmaker.


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Mit freundlichem Gruß/With best regards
Mike
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RE: President de luxe

in Everything Vintage RADO 20.06.2014 03:26
von tinger | 4 Beiträge

Mike,

Thank you ever so much for taking time out to assist a newbie!

Please let me know if you're ever in the NYC area.. I owe u a beer.

all the best,
ting

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