First unveiled in 1962, the Rado DiaStar was the world’s first scratch-proof watch that was crafted from hardmetal, and remains one of the most successful and sought-after lines from the brand globally. Commemorating the 60th anniversary of the DiaStar Original, Rado has partnered with Swiss-Argentinian designer Alfredo Häberli, to unveil new variants in the collection.
Swiss designer Alfredo Häberli wearing a DiaStar Original 60-Year Anniversary Edition
Rado is renowned for its use of amalgamating different materials. Giving the collection a modern touch, Rado has incorporated its signature material Ceramos in the new line up. The high-tech material is a mixture of ceramic and metal alloy and combines lightness of ceramic and the glow of a metal. This gives the watch a monobloc look when it was first used in 2011 for the True Thinline collection.
DiaStar Original 60-Year Anniversary Edition
The monochromatic 38mm ceramic and stainless steel cased watch has a polished Ceramos™ bezel Honouring 60 years of the Diastar Original (Ref. R12163118) has been created in partnership with designer Alfredo Häberli. This monochromatic 38mm ceramic and stainless steel cased watch has a polished Ceramos™ bezel, stainless steel crown at 3 o’clock with matt anchor symbol. At the centre of the watch lies a hexagon shaped sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating on the inside face. The new unveiled timepiece comes with green lume dot shaped hour makers with natural colour Super-LumiNova®, date window at 6 o’clock with grey Rado logo at 12 o’clock with silver coloured anchor engraving. On the dial there are arrow shaped hour and minute hands, rhodium coloured with natural colour Super-LumiNova® with a rhodium coloured second hand with blind hole, and a graphical display. Turning the watch reveals the polished stainless steel caseback along with special engraving of ‘DIASTAR ORIGINAL 60-YEAR ANNIVERSARY EDITION, DESIGN ALFREDO HÄBERLI’. The watch has a “Milanese” bracelet, and a mottled grey textile strap that can be easily interchanged Powering the watch is the Calibre R764 automatic movement with 80 hours of power reserve. The watch is delivered in a grey pouch with a woven stainless-steel mesh. There are two bracelet options, one is a “Milanese” bracelet, and a mottled grey textile strap that can be easily interchanged. The watch gets a water resistance of 100m.
Rado DiaStar Original has a power reserve of 80 hours
Continuing the monochromatic theme, the DiaStar Original has been launched in three references, Blue dial, (Ref. R12160213), Dark Grey dial (Ref. R12160103), and Green dial (Ref. R12160303). The watch looks identical to the first DiaStar that was launched, retaining the oval shape. The 38mm stainless steel watch gets a Ceramos bezel, that makes it debut in this line up.
On the dial, the watch gets a white printed ‘DiaStar’ logo at 3 o’clock, ‘Automatic’ logo at 9 o’clock, Rado logo with silver coloured moving anchor symbol with red background at 12 o’clock, and a stainless steel crown at 3 o’clock.
The watch maintains a monochromatic look
There no hour markers, a day-date window at 6’clock with a colour contrasted background with that of the dial. The hour, minute, second hands get rhodium coloured in white Super-LumiNova®, and the caseback are in stainless steel with no visible screws.
The Rado DiaStar Original caseback is made in stainless steel and has no visible screws
The watch is also powered by the same automatic Calibre R764 with 80 hours of power reserve. Water resistance is 100m and it sits on a polished, brushed H-link stainless steel bracelet with a stainless steel clasp.
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