November 26, 2011

Rado D-Star Black Ceramic Review

Rado D-Star Black Ceramic Watch Review
  Rado modernizes the iconic Diastar with a new look called the D-Star. The case has been redesigned, with a more “toned” down oval case. Still unmistakably Rado and still plenty of Diastar DNA in this new modern D-Star rendition.  
  Black is the “it factor” currently and Rado jumps in the game of this hot trend with black ceramic. One of the major downsides to PVD or black watches are the inevitable scratches. When a watch done in PVD gets scratched the stainless steel is visible, with no good way to repair the scratch. Bracelets usually take the brunt of this and it is not pretty. Not with this D-Star, taking full of advantage of highly scratch resistant ceramic the D-Star Black Ceramic (ref. 658.0609.3.016) will look amazing for many years! The dial has a raised wave pattern, adding a good, subtle visual contrast. The hands and indices used on this D-Star are more reminiscent of that found on a dive watch. They are bold, wider, with plenty of luminescent. There will likely be people on either side of the fence as it does tend to take away a bit from the dressiness of the watch. W&R is on the “it looks awesome” side of the fence! In full disclosure, it should be noted that W&R is always a sucker for lume or dive watches in general. A ETA 2824-2 automatic movement powers this black beauty, visible through the sapphire case back. 
  The Rado D-Star Black Ceramic is available in Large (L) or Extra Large (XL) sizes. There is no shortage of different styles or dial designs to choose from in the new D-Star line up. Rado has always offered a decent value for their watches, keeping the pricing very reasonable for most offerings. If you are in the market for something new and different, the Black Ceramic would certainly fit the bill. 

Pros - New design, ceramic

Consideration - You either love it or you don’t

Case: Black Ceramic
Case Diameter: 42mm
Case Back: Exhibition
Bezel: Ceramic 
Crystal: Sapphire
Dial: Black
Bracelet: Black Ceramic
Movement: ETA 2824-2
Power Reserve: 38 hrs 
Water Resistant: 100m


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