Although square and rectangular timepieces were the thing back in the 1930s, people started leaning toward round cases after the wristwatch became mainstream. Today, rectangular-cased watches aren’t exactly uncommon, but they are not often seen. Let just say that it takes the right kind of man to be able to pull off one effectively.
The original Rado 1965 was born with a geometric design, which included clean and straightforward elements such as rectangular hour and minute markers, a squared day-date complication window and the iconic Rado red anchor at 9 o’clock. Not to recreate the past but be inspired, the new Tradition 1965 combines the Sixties aesthetic neatly with cutting-edge materials. It is an unmistakable modern timepiece through and through, which has been able to retain its vintage feel with great success.
The Tradition 1965 XL case is made from PVD coated titanium, a material best known for its high strength-to-weight ratio. Underneath the sapphire crystal, the “tuning fork” hour and minute hands offer excellent legibility and the red anchor (symbolising an automatic movement) pivots in accordance to the orientation of the timepiece. Limited to 1,965 pieces, the soft cognac-coloured leather strap and the cushion-shaped case back assure maximum wrist comfort.
That’s not it though. Rado has also created two M-sized versions with stainless steel cases where the one with a silver dial and a leather strap that echoes the XL model is also limited to 1,965 pieces, and the one with a case and dial encrusted with 302 diamonds is limited to just 65 pieces.