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This Shimmering Blue Watch Is a Weirdly Good Value for Money

It combines a blue dial, ceramic and chronometer-grade accuracy into one package.


Rado’s interesting take on watchmaking — one that focuses on unique design and experimental materials — often results in a watch that steals your attention. The brand’s new Diamaster Automatic is one such watch. For starters just look at how damn blue the dial is. But scratch a little deeper, and you’ll see there’s more going on.

The watch, for starters, is not made from stainless steel, as you might expect, but rather the brand’s “Plasma High-Tech Ceramic” which, according to the Rado, is heated to 900 degrees Celcius, giving it its metallic sheen. What’s more, ceramic is not a particularly common material, and when we do see it used on a mechanical watch, it’s often in a watch costing many thousands of dollars. The Rado, meanwhile, comes in at $2,250. Sweetening the deal is the fact that the automatic movement inside is chronometer-certified, and thus guaranteed accurate to within -4 to +6 seconds per day. Again, mechanical chronometers are relatively uncommon in this price range, and you’d be hard-pressed to find another a rocking ceramic case.

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