Rado is one of those brands appreciated for something different. That includes non-traditional designs and materials such as ceramic and lanthanum which is mined from Western Australia, Africa and Brazil. And with the limited information on the models of this brand (there is unfortunately hardly any archived documents since The Swatch Group takeover), we have composed some information about the differences between the various ‘Horses’ of the Rado watch collection.
It is said to be the second series of watches to come to production after the Starliner model. The different model lines which include Green, Silver, Gold, Purple and Sapphire Horses and this doesn’t mean there is a difference in quality. Some say it is just a marketing gimmick to get people to buy a particular model over another. Let’s check it out:
1980’s Rado Golden Horse Date Automatic Men’s Watch
Starting with the Golden Horse line, this one is the most elegant and sporty ones of the lot. It is the top-of-the-line model. It normally has a 30-jewel movement with steel or gold plated cases. It is assumed that the name is inspired from the word ” sea horse”, where the horse is a sign of good luck in the Asian countries and the sea indicating that the watch is water resistant. These model lines were very popular in Asia and today, one will find many Golden, Silver and Purple horses are sold from the Far Eastern countries.
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1980’s Rado Green Horse Stainless Steel Automatic Men’s Watch
Here is a Green Horse (as seen above) which is a very good entry level vintage Rado watch. The Rado symbol and brand mark can have 1,2 or 3 seahorses on it depending on the time era of production. This watch also has the most famous red rotating anchor logo which came about in 1962. It helped set this automatic watch apart from others in their era with the meaning “around the world”. The rotating anchor is literally a small metal symbol connected to a pivot point to a ruby jewel (synthetic).
The Purple Horse is the entry-level version of the line. This model normally comes with a 17-jewel movement and can have chrome plated cases. There are literally hundreds of variations of this model line which includes manual to auto, non-date to day-date, different sizes and movements which all can be found in one model too. The most important factor to consider is that it has its original dial, and if it is repainted, check that it isn’t a badly repainted dial.
1980’s Rado Purple Horse Automatic Gold Plated Watch
If you can find a Purple or Green Horse with a black dial, that has not been repainted and is in an excellent or even good condition, then you have yourself a really rare Rado Horse watch. Check out other Rado models right here.
Information Credits: Equation of Time by Bruce Shawkey