Like other watch bloggers of the same high caliber as yours truly, Rado is not a Swiss-watch brand that I follow closely. But, Rado has introduced an interesting new family of dive watches that I dare say could earn the brand some new fans, myself included. While Rado has publicly released few details about the new Rado D-Star 200 dive watch line, I do know that there will be two models (3-handed standard with date and a 2-register (bicompax) chronograph), each available in multiple variations (2 shown below). These watches are certainly different and more attractive than the current Rado D-Star models which have a very contemporary look to them. The three-hand executions integrate a Cyclops cut magnifying lens in the gently domed sapphire crystal, over the date display. Bracelets integrate high-tech ceramic links (rubber strap also available). I really like the thin ceramic bezels and the clean dial design. Good looking watch, if you ask me. I hope they don’t over price them. Nicely done, Rado!
Rado D-Star 200 Dive Watch
42-44mm case (estimated) steel case, ceramic bezel, automatic mechanical Swiss ETA movement
Case sizes have not been announced, but at least one Rado dealer expects them to be between 42 and 44mm, along the lines of the current D-Star lineup. 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). Both models feature an exhibition back to show off the nicely finished movements.
Rado D-Star 200 Chronograph
Caseback (3-hand model)