Rado watches is a company that evolved from its predecessor Schlup Co, founded in 1917. In the 1950s Rado became an official Swiss watch brand that became popular with its release of the Rado Diastar in 1962. The brand was recognized for producing the first timepiece that was scratch-resistant, which appealed to masses of watch enthusiasts. Rado has continued to evolve in its use of new and improved materials and technologies and it has become one of the most well-known luxury watch brands in the world in which prices range from under $1,000 to over $200,000. When choosing the “best” models produced by the brand we looked at the most unique and the best-selling to bring you the 20 best Rado watches of all-time.
20. Rado True Thinline Nature
The Rado True Thinline Nature features an attractive emerald green dial made of mother-of-pearl material with a leafy structure. The case is available in either a 39 mm or 43 mm width and is made of high-tech ceramic. The bracelet is made of matching ceramic material and the watch is powered with a quartz movement. The unique design of the True Thinline Nature comes from a collaboration between Rado watchmakers and the Grandi Giardini Italiani organization.
The HyperChrome Captain Cook is available in a 37 mm and a 44 mm case width with a thickness of 14.3 mm. This model was re-issued in 2019 from its original 2017 release. Captain Cook is a dive watch. The dial is a soft brown color. It is powered by an ETA Powermatic 80 2824-2 movement beating at a frequency of 21,600 vph. It comes with a NATO strap and a stainless steel bracelet which allows you to change the look of the watch from casual to casual dressy.
18. Rado Men’s Integral Analog Display
This popular model is a dressy black colored watch featuring a black dial with 4 diamonds inset. The case is made of stainless steel in goldtone and ceramic with a matching bracelet. It measures 31 mm in diameter. This watch is powered by a Swiss automatic movement and it is water-resistant up to 99 feet.
17. Rado Men’s R12413493 Original Gold Dial Watch
The Original Gold Dial Watch remains one of the best-selling models. It features a case that measures 43 mm in diameter and is made of stainless steel with gold-plating. It is powered with a Swiss automatic movement. The dial and movement are protected with a sapphire crystal glass that is highly scratch-resistant. It is water-resistant up to 30 meters which means it is not recommended for showering or submersion, but moisture from splashes and rain will not affect the operation of the mechanism.
16. Rado Men’s Automatic Watch R12408653
This model features a stainless steel case with a silver-tone in a 35 mm width. The bezel is a fixed type in matching stainless steel. The dial is a taupe color that resembles wood-grain with silver-colored index hour markers and hands. At the 6 o’clock position there is a date and day of the week display and minute markers are placed around the outer rim of the analog dial. The watch is powered with a Rado Calibre 648 automatic movement with day, date, hour, minute, and seconds functions. A scratch-resistant sapphire crystal protects the dial and the watch is water-resistant up to 100 feet.
15. Rado DiaMaster Thinline
The DiaMaster Thinline is a popular Rado model that features the brand’s Ceramos technology which is trademarked. The material is made of 90% high ceramic and 10% metal alloy with a guarantee that spans a lifetime. This unique blend makes the case resistant to fading and scratching while maintaining lightweight comfort. The large dial is legible and the case measures 40.7 mm in width. It’s powered with a Swiss automatic movement. This watch is water-resistant to 50 meters.
14. Rado DiaMaster Petite Seconde
The DiaMaster Petite Seconde has all of the features of the DiaMaster along with a small seconds display. The case is a Rado Plasma ceramic type and this model is powered with a Swiss-made COSC-certified ETA C07.881 movement with a power reserve up to 80 hours. The case measures 43 mm in width. The watch is resistant to water up to 50 meters
13. Rado Coupole Classic Automatic
The Coupole Classic Automatic features a 38 mm wide and 10 mm thick case that is made of stainless steel material. The bezel is a fixed type also in stainless steel. The dial is silver in color featuring gold-tone index hour markers and hands adding a lovely contrast. The analogy type dial displays the date at 3 o’clock. A Rado Calibre 763 movement with an 80-hour power reserved runs the watch with a date, hour, minute, and second functions. This watch is covered with a sapphire crystal glass and is resistant to water up to 165 feet. It comes with a black leather strap with a deployment style clasp.
12. Rado Centrix
The Centrix features a stainless steel case with a gold PVD coating that measures 38mm in width and 7.3 mm in thickness. The bezel is a fixed type and this and the case back are also made of stainless steel. The color of the dial is black and it features 4 diamonds with 0.11-carat weight and a date display. The movement is a quartz type and the mechanics and dial are protected by a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal. The strap is a two-tone black and gold PVD made of high-tech ceramic material with a double push-button fold-over clasp. The watch is water-resistant up to 30 meters.
11. Rado True Open Heart Automatic
The True Open Heart Automatic features a black skeleton dial with lovely contrasting rose gold-tone index hour markers and hands. The case measures 40 mm in diameter and 10.5 mm in depth. It is made of high-tech ceramic material with a matching black bracelet. The bezel is a fixed type in the same color and material. This watch features an exhibition back case and both front and back are protected with scratch-resistant sapphire crystal glasses. The movement is a Swiss automatic type with hour, minute, and second functions. The watch is water-resistant up to 165 feet.
10. Rado Ceramica
The Ceramica features a 41.7mm x 30 mm case in width that is 12.3 mm in depth. The case is made of high-tech ceramic material in black color with a matching bracelet and fixed bezel. The dial is an analog type in black with gold-tone index hour markers and hands for high legibility. It is powered by an automatic movement with date, hour, minute, and seconds functions. This watch is resistant to water up to 165 feet.
9. Rado Hyperchrome Chronograph Automatic
The Hyperchrome Chronograph Automatic features a case that is 45 mm wide and 13 mm deep, made of stainless steel in black color. The bezel is a fixed type also in black. The dial is an analog-style featuring a tachymeter and date display with sub-dial displays of 12 hours, 30 minutes, and 60-second timers. The watch is powered by a Swiss automatic chronograph movement with a 38-hour power reserve and is protected by a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal glass. The watch is water-resistant up to 330 feet.
8. Rado D-Star
The Rado D-Star is an affordable model of the brand featuring a Ceramos case that measures 42 mm in width with a thickness of 9 mm in an oval shape and a polished finish. The movement is an automatic Swiss quartz type with a three-hand function that includes seconds and date. The dial is a sunburst pattern in black with Silver-tone stick indexes and silver-tone hands. The movement is a battery-powered Swiss quartz caliber 291. The band is made of stainless steel and ceramic in silver and black with a titanium double-folding clasp with push-button closure. The watch is water-resistant up to 330 feet.
7. Rado Centrix Chronograph
The Centrix Chronograph features a stainless steel case measuring 40 mm wide and 11mm thick. The bezel is a fixed style in Ceramic material with a platinum-tone. The dial is silver and is complemented by three subdials, a date display calendar at 4 o’clock, and luminous silver hands and index markers. The movement is a quartz-chronograph type and the bracelet is stainless steel links with a polished finish and a fold-over with push-button release clasp.The watch is water-resistant up to 99 feet.
6. Rado Hyperchrome 1616
The Hyperchrome 1616 features a square case made of high tech ceramic material measuring 45 mm in diameter. The movement is a Swiss automatic three-hand type with day and date function. The dial and inner workings of the watch are protected by a sapphire crystal glass with anti-reflective coating. The strap is made of genuine leather with an embossed band and topstitch detailing and this watch is water-resistant up to 100 meters.
5. Rado Integral
The Integral features a stainless steel case that measures 27 mm x 35 mm in width adn 8 mm in depth. The case back is a stainless steel screw-down type. The bezel is a fixed style in matching material with a black dial and contrasting gold-tone hands. The watch is powered with a quartz movement and the watch is water-resistant up to 99 feet.
4. Rado Sintra
The Sintra has a case that features a barrel Tonneau shape made of Ceramos material with a polished finish in a 22 mm x 8 mm size. The dial is black with silver-tone luminescent stick indexes and hands. The movement is battery-powered Swiss quartz with a three-hand function. This watch is water-resistant up to 300 feet.
3. Rado Florence
The Florence features a round case made of stainless steel measuring 35 mm in width and 7 mm in depth. The dial is a gold color and this watch is powered by a Swiss quartz movement. The strap is silver and gold color and the watch is water-resistant up to 30 meters.
2. Rado Ceramica
- Price: $2,391
- Case: Black ceramic
- Caseback: Stainless steel, Screw-down
- Bezel: Black
- Dial: Black
- Hands: Silvertone
- Markers: Silvertone indices
- Calendar: Date display window at the 6 o’clock position
- Bracelet: Brushed black high tech ceramic
- Clasp: Push-button deployment
- Crystal: Sapphire
- Crown: Push/pull
- Movement: Quartz
- Water resistance: 3 ATM/30 meters/99 feet
- Case measurements: 27 mm wide x 32 mm long x 8 mm thick.
1. Rado Golden Horse 1957
The Golden Horse 1957 features a stainless steel case that measures 37 mm in width and 10.8 mm in-depth, with a matching fixed style bezel and a screw-down case back. The movement is a Swiss-made ETA C07 with a power reserve of up to 80 hours and a date display. The face is covered with a sapphire crystal glass treated with anti-reflective coating. The watch is water-resistant up to 50 meters and comes with a leather bracelet.