Rado D-Star 200 Automatic Diver Swiss Watches

Rado D-Star 200 Automatic Diver

With its new Rado D-Star 200 automatic diving watch, the Swiss watchmaking brand has given its well-known D-Star line a new twist.

Although during the last 30-something years Rado was mostly associated with modernist, graphic in their appearance wrist watches that were supplied in glossy ceramic cases, this new Rado D-Star 200 goes in a completely different direction.

The first of all, its mid-sized, slightly elongated cushion-shaped case is crafted from polished stainless steel. The second thing that stings the eye (but also draws attention) is the notched, Rolex-style rotating bezel that has a blue scratch-resistant ceramic insert and features a simplified version of the traditional 60-minute diving scale.

The Swiss brand is known for the slim bodies of their watches, and this particular model is no exception here.

Rado D-Star 200 Automatic diving watch (front view)

Although clearly not razor-thin (its body is said to be around 12.5 millimeters high, which is very good for an automatic watch that also happens to be a diver rated for a depth of 200 meters,) the body of the watch is shaped in such a way as to make an impression of extreme slenderness.

The visual effect is further enhanced with a smartly proportioned setting crown, which is just big enough to be comfortably operated and doesn’t fight for attention with other parts of the body, as well as with a nice looking stainless steel bracelet that combines polished and satin-finished parts.

Judging by the photos, the blue dial of the watch features a sand-blasted surface, which makes for a good visual contrast with the rectangular hour makers and baton-shaped hours and minutes hands that are crafted from polished steel and feature generous amount of Superluminova on them.

Rado D-Star 200 Automatic diving watch

The magnifying lens on the sapphire front crystal not only makes the new Rado D-Star 200 more difficult to successfully counterfeit, but also allows for better reading of the relatively small date window, which is placed at 3 hours.

According to the Swiss watchmaker, the watch is powered by the same ETA 2824-2 self-winding movement that ticks inside other D-Star timekeepers with the same basic functionality.

There is still no info regarding the timekeeper’s recommended price, but I can make a guess that it will be priced at around $1500 or even lower than that.

Rado D-Star 200 Automatic (transparent case back)

See also: Rado D-Star Ceramic Automatic

Photos: Rado

Rado D-Star 200 Automatic Diving watch specification

Price: TBD, around $1500
Movement: ETA 2824-2, automatic, Swiss Made
Number of jewels: 25
Movement frequency: 28,800 vph
Movement decoration: Geneva stripes on the branded oscillating weight; Circular grained movement
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, date
Power reserve: 38 hours
Case material: Stainless steel
Bezel material: Stainless steel with ceramic insert
Crown material: Matches case
Case shape: Cushion
Bezel shape: Round
Case size: 42.00 mm
Case height: 12.50 mm
Lug width: 20.00 mm
Dial: Blue
Numerals: None
Hour markers: Luminous
Hands: Luminous
Water resistance: 200 meters
Strap: Stainless steel bracelet
Crystal: Sapphire
Case back: Sapphire

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