Hands-On The Rado Golden Horse 1957 Limited Edition
I’ve seen a lot of vintage homage looks after the most recent decade or something like that, however that didn’t prevent me from sitting up a piece when I saw this restricted release form of the Golden Horse at a new Rado press occasion. Dispatched in 1957, preceding the Swiss watchmaker got inseparable from its innovative earthenware cases and wristbands, the Golden Horse is one of the OG Rado watch designs.
The watch we have here is a lot of a watch of the last part of the 1950s in appearance. The domed, smokey green dial, the conveniently estimated case, and the thick Hesalite-mirroring sapphire gem are largely recognizable figures of speech of this time of watch plan. (A hint of innovation comes as a best in class programmed development with 80 hours of force hold, yet that is shrouded away behind a shut case back.) But I think what truly makes the Golden Horse 1957 function admirably is the proportionality of its plan and its wristband, which is perhaps the most comfortable globules of-rice numbers that is at any point slid onto my wrist.
The Golden Horse symbol on the lower bit of the domed dial further ties this watch back to vintage, as do its applied hour markers and outlined date window at 3. It’s this style of date window, which inclines toward the way that there is going to be a date, as opposed to attempting to conceal it away at 4:45, that I’ve come to feel truly makes a date show work. Consider Grand Seiko with its comparatively outlined date windows, and obviously, there is the Rolex Cyclops.
The anchor at the 12 o’clock position wavers when you move your wrist. This little legacy comes from a training at Rado of making the anchor a sort of pointer of when to get a watch for an assistance. Rado CEO Matthias Breschan disclosed to me while examining this component that in the days of yore, when the anchor quit turning, the time had come to visit the watchmaker. Notwithstanding the form we shot here with its smoked green dial, there are additionally forms with a smoked blue dial and a dark dial, just as a rendition with a smoked red dial that comes on a strap.
The Golden Horse 1957 is just 37mm in width x 10.8mm thick, however it wears more considerably than this number recommends. I think this is on the grounds that the drags are genuinely generous, making the watch take up a lot of wrist land without losing the vintage feel that Rado is going for. The watch is water impervious to 50 meters, which should more than take care of business for easygoing work day wear, which is the way I see myself utilizing this watch – however, with its prudent size and flimsy wristband, it could likewise function as a dress watch. It’s an extraordinary alternative in case you’re on the lookout for a sub-40mm regular watch that will not break the bank.
The dabs of rice wristband that comes on this watch – and, taking a gander at the Rado inventory, a few of its different watches as well – is one of its extraordinary delights. You may review the red-dialed Golden Horse 1957 that came out a year ago, which was considerably a similar watch yet for its red dial and calfskin tie. That generally welcomed model was valued at $1,700, an awesome arrangement without a doubt. This watch, nonetheless, is simply $100 more, and I’d happily exchange a cowhide lash and a hundred dollars for the arm band that we have here. It’s pretty much as comfortable as any metal wristband I have worn, and its catch feels solid and useful without being massive. From an external perspective, the catch looks vintage, however it works more like a cutting edge collapsing fasten, with one section collapsing into the other instead of sandwiching on top of each other. Generally speaking, the wristband catches the light, flexible nature of a vintage globules of-rice arm band without feeling limp or stretched.
On the rear of the case, you’ll see the old fashioned Rado seahorse with three stars. I like that this watch has a shut back as it assists with planting the plan safely in neo-vintage domain. One may want for completely penetrated through hauls to integrate the entire thing, however you can’t have everything, I guess. Beneath the designed caseback is the ETA C07 type, which conveys 80 hours of force hold with programmed winding and runs at a pace of 21,600 vph. This development is basically a beefed up rendition of the ETA 2824-2, remarkable for its marginally eased back rate and its upgraded power save. Having in any event three days of force hold is a genuine comfort for those of us who need to change out our watches consistently, and with this one, you can take it off on Friday and come back to it on Monday without reseting the time or the date.
The Rado Golden Horse 1957 is a restricted release of 1,957 pieces and will cost $1,800 when it goes discounted later in March.
The Rado Golden Horse 1957. 37mm x 10.8mm treated steel case with shut caseback highlighting seahorses and stars. Treated steel globules of rice arm band with collapsing catch. Programmed ETA C07 development running at 21,600 vph with 80 hours of force hold. Restricted to 1,957 pieces. Water impervious to 50 meters.
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