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Model: Matterhorn 705
Year of Production: Circa 1970s
Movement: Swiss ETA 2793
Number of Jewels: 21
Hands and Dial: 3D Baton Indices and Baton Hands
Lug Width: 18mm
Strap: Original Rado Signed SS Bracelet
Pouch / Box: Brand-New EVA Type Zipper Pouch
In recent years, vintage Rado watches, including those from the Matterhorn line, have gained tremendous popularity among watch collectors and enthusiasts. The distinctive designs, historical significance, and quality construction contribute to their appeal.
The Rado Matterhorn line was introduced by Swiss watchmaker, Rado in the 1970s. The watches in this line were characterized by their distinctive designs, often featuring cushion-shaped cases, durable construction, and a focus on sporty aesthetics.
The Matterhorn line gained popularity during the 1970s and 80s because these were the decades when Rado was considered a high-quality timepiece worldwide and the Matterhorn was leading the charge. Rado was one of the pioneers in using materials like hard metals, ceramics, and other innovative materials in their watch designs.
Within the Matterhorn line, there were various models with different features, case shapes, and functions. Tungsten carbide, which is exceptionally scratch-resistant is such an example. This emphasis on durability and quality materials was a hallmark of the brand. These models included both time-only and chronograph variations, catering to different preferences and needs.
For Rado Collectors and Vintage fans, the Rado Matterhorn is one of the first to use the highly prized Swiss ETA 2793 movement. This watch had gained Collector's status because of its unique shape, intricate two-toned dial with various prints and ETA 2793 movement.
The Rado logo, which often features an anchor, is unique and present on the watch dial and crown as well.
Its timeless silver shaped case, dial, 3D indices, hands and date window are in stunning condition after a good deep clean-up. The silver case and bracelet was given a deep cleaning via ultrasonic immersion and the original crystal was also given a good buff which removed most of the obvious scratches and age marks, and is now in near mint condition.
The movement was carefully stripped and meticulously cleaned via ultrasonic immersion, oiled, re-assembled and calibrated on 20 October 2023. It should be able to operate unhindered for the next 5 to 10 years at the very least thereby providing the owner peace of mind.
The signed crown is original and is located at the 3H position and is neatly tucked in to prevent damage and snags yet easily accessible. The date and hands operate in the traditional manner by pulling out and rotating the crown which works flawlessly.
This Matterhorn is equipped with the world-renowned ETA 2793 movement with 21 Jewels that operates at 21,600 beats per hour (BPH) giving it excellent accuracy and longevity. The time-grapher after 60 hours of calibration, shows excellent readings i.e. rate of 0 seconds every 24 hours and amplitude of 211 in a relatively straight centered line! Such readings are highly exceptional even by brand new modern automatic watch standards whereby the accepted tolerance is -20 to +40 seconds a day! This is a testament to the quality, excellent power reserve and longevity for such a vintage timepiece, the meticulous care provided over the years, and of course the painstaking calibration conducted.
The watch also comes with its original Rado Signed SS bracelet that has also been cleaned via ultrasonic treatment, serviced and links tightened.
The case width and height are approximately 38m (without crown) and 43mm respectively. The lug width is 18mm and the bracelet can accommodate wrists up to 20cm; hence, this watch is suitable for men and the modern women.
To the best of our knowledge while overhauling this timepiece, everything including the bracelet are original. No parts were replaced with aftermarket parts, thereby it is considered in outstanding condition.
Due to its age, this timepiece has not been water-resistant tested.
The pictures provided show the watch’s case in excellent condition, and the movement within squeaky clean and well maintained. It has also been demagnetised to improve parts reliability, minimise wear & tear, and improve accuracy. The only drawback is the lack of documentation and original box. A nice purposeful carrying case or box will be provided instead.
Bear in mind that this watch has seen many of the previous owners’ ups and downs in life, and should be cherished and well taken care of for the next generation to savour such engineering beauty.
Yes, there are many other same / similar models in the market, BUT none has beautifully aged and as well maintained as what you see here. Hence, it is a no-brainer that this one-of-a-kind watch will make an extremely beautiful birthday present for that special someone. Another no-brainer is the fact that the value of this watch will appreciate over time.
Do also bear in mind that it will cost between S$ 180.00 to S$ 200.00 for a proper overhaul, an estimated S$ 80.00 to calibrate (depending on watch condition), and S$ 100.00 to polish the entire watch and tighten bracelet links ~ these costs do not apply when purchasing this timepiece. So, if anyone was to sell such a timepiece at a low price yet claim that it has been serviced, one has to ask what kind of servicing was conducted, if any.
This is a highly sort-after Rado Matterhorn 705; so, be unique and wear something that is almost impossible to source.
This is a must-have for the Rado die-hard fan, and in fact, any serious watch collector!