With its new Rado D-Star 200 automatic diver, the Swiss-based brand has given its D-Star line a new twist. Soon to be available in two versions (blue dial, ref. R15960203 and an even sexier slate grey dial, ref. R15959103,) the 2012 collection is the first modern Rado watch that can actually be used as a real diving companion!
Although during the last 30-something years Rado was mostly associated with modernist, deliberately high-tech wristwatches that were supplied in glossy ceramic cases, this new Rado D-Star 200 goes in a completely different direction.
The first of all, the mid-sized, slightly elongated cushion-shaped case is crafted not from ceramic, but 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.
Although not razor-thin (its body is said to be around 12.5 millimeters high, which is good for an automatic watch that also happens to be a diver rated for a depth of 200 meters,) the body 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 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 a generous amount of Superluminova on them.
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.
See also: Rado D-Star Ceramic Automatic
Rado D-Star 200 (refs. R15960203 & R15959103) specification
Movement: Automatic, Caliber ETA 2824-2, Swiss Made
Number of jewels: 25
Movement frequency: 28,800 vph
Movement decoration: Geneva stripes on the branded oscillating weight; Circular-grained visible parts of the movement
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, date
Power reserve: 38 hours
Case: Stainless steel
Bezel: Stainless steel with blue or grey ceramic insert
Bezel shape: Round
Size: 42.00 mm
Height: 12.50 mm
Lug width: 20.00 mm
Hour markers: Luminous, applied
Water resistance: 200 meters
Strap: Stainless steel bracelet
Crystal: Sapphire, antireflective