In praise of Tungsten Carbide - 22 years on...

Sep 30, 2020,15:30 PM

I have been wearing this RADO in rotation, on and off, for 22 years.  I have not been careful with it, but It hasn't been treated as a beater either.

At my desk today, the mirror polish of the clasp was still blinding.  On most of our watches, this part of the bracelet takes a real beating over time.

See for yourself.  It's hard to believe.

All the best...  HEO

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Wow! Can we see more of the bracelet?

 By: Ted-Lo : September 30th, 2020-15:36
Is it as brittle as ceramic?

Thank you Sire. Enjoy dinner please. [nt]

 By: Ted-Lo : September 30th, 2020-16:03
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Hello Ted

 By: renerod : September 30th, 2020-17:14
I think IT IS ceramic! Rado knows very well how to work ceramics and many of its watches are ceramic but with a metallic tone, like tungsten. Best regards. René

Great! 👍🏼 [nt]

 By: renerod : September 30th, 2020-17:25

No Sir... It is not ceramic. RADO has and does make ceramic, but not in this reference.

 By: HighEndOne : September 30th, 2020-17:26
T-C will fracture, as a ceramic does. I don't think it will break quite as easily, but I am not an engineer. For Ted... more pics... ...  

Lovely, I can’t believe something would be super shiny as that

 By: Ted-Lo : September 30th, 2020-17:29
After 22 years... Okay, AP!!! 15202 in Tungsten Carbide!!! And Black ceramic!!! Now, please!!! Okay okay, I am sorry, I am calm now, please do get the message to AP.

I'm with you Ted... I love my RO dearly. I just wish it was not as finish-fragile.

 By: HighEndOne : September 30th, 2020-17:35
Who is our A-P man? Is it Michael C? He needs to lobby A-P for us... LOL And here is another T-C job for you. Case upper is T-C. The rest is S-S. All the best... HEO. ...  

Oooh this is beastly.... def masculine if I may say, even in this cancel culture world..

 By: Ted-Lo : September 30th, 2020-17:38
Yes! AP moderator is MichaelC Well, at least for me, getting a black ceramic/CT 15202, unless I am given a ticket for being a Purist, no way in hell I am being put in line for one... Well, unless I buy like 20 Code watches... 🤦‍♂️🤦‍♂️🤦‍♂️🤦‍♂️ ... 

Such a clean design!

 By: Arronax : September 30th, 2020-17:55
Back when you could get a sleek looking dive watch!

Hard to believe 22 years old! So well preserved [nt]

 By: Chronometer (aka yacomino) : September 30th, 2020-15:49

I always loved these

 By: Tim_M : September 30th, 2020-15:59
And it's easy to see why! Please post a photo of the full watch, too. Best, Tim

Tungsten Carbide is amazing in that respect.

 By: Moana43 : September 30th, 2020-16:26
It also has a darkness to it, which I really like.

Hi Emil... Very nice! It looks new.

 By: HighEndOne : October 1st, 2020-13:19
I have an Anatom Jubile similar to that as well. A great, thin comfortable watch. And oh yes... T-C is very heavy.