Rado D-Star 200 Diver Announced ¶
New Rado D-Star 200 Divers Announced
Matt Baily is Montreal’s latest Rado retailer, and we brought in the brand in anticipation of their new releases for 2012 that promised to bring the brand into the fore of the high-tech watch market after years of conservative design. Now we have our first glimpse of the direction that Rado is going with the new D-Star 200 diving models, announced this week on the Rado website.
Details are relatively scant at this point, with just a few specs and photos released, but the design looks to be a winner and as with any Rado quality and finishing is sure to be impressive. Two models will be available, both automatic – a bicompax chronograph with date, and a three-hand model with date. Rado says that 5 versions of each watch will be available: based on the photos we can expect black and blue colour schemes, and a choice of all steel case and bracelet or a ceramic – steel combination.
Sizes have not been announced, but we would expect something between 42 and 44mm, along the lines of the current D-Star lineup. The design is inspired by bullhead watches from the 1970s, something along the lines of classic Heuer sport chronographs and Omega diving watches from the era. They feature a rounded design with semi-hooded lugs that resembles the current D-Star, but with a more streamlined design and gentler curves. The rotating bezels, colour matched to the dial, really make the design pop. Like most dive watches, it’s more about the look than the function – most people will be buying these for desk-diving, not deep-sea treks. But if you do want to swim with it, all the models are rated to a solid 200m of water resistance.
Movements are automatic Swiss calibres. The three-hand model will use a decorated ETA 2824 movement, while the chronograph uses an exclusive calibre (a Valjoux 7753 modified for Rado, boasting a longer power reserve than a standard Valjoux calibre, called the A05.H31). You can expect reliable, fuss free service from these proven workhorse calibres in either watch. Both models feature an exhibition back to show off the nicely finished movements.
We are looking forward to receiving these new D-Star 200s, hopefully before the end of this year. We have high hopes for the future of Rado design, and these D-Stars look like a winner. Keep your eyes on the Baily Blog for more details about Rado and new developments from all of our brands.