Rado Tradition 1965 XL Auto: Singapore Price And ReviewWritten by Alvin Wong
A big, bold blast from the past.
Can’t get enough of throwback tickers? Here is another contender for your consideration.
The year 1965 finds itself at a crossroads where fashion is concerned – a decade that started conservatively and ended in the swirl of bright psychedelic colours. And like its namesake year, the Rado Tradition 1965 XL Auto is a watch that finds itself planted in right the middle of sartorial extremes. While unabashedly loud and attention-seeking, the timepiece also wears its classic aesthetic proudly, making it an ideal choice to bridge the smart-casual style divide.
A clear standout trait is, of course, the watch’s huge rectangular case, meant to evoke the Manhattan skyline. In a surprising twist, the Rado Tradition 1965 XL Auto doesn’t come in high-tech ceramic like most of the brand’s other models. Instead it is clad in grade 5 titanium, which is lighter but hardier than steel.
Elsewhere, the rectangle motif echoes on the hour markers, hands and day-date display, as well as facetted finishing on the case, resulting in a neat and cohesive design that contributes firmly to the retro theme. Even the colour combination is on-point: the navy dial and aged brown leather working together to evoke a 1960s workwear tonal palette.
Though ‘XL’ in size, the watch looks larger that it is. Measuring 44mm across, it is as wide as a lot of regular modern sports watches, and we have no problems at all where fit is concerned. Quite an anomaly in Rado’s repertoire – from the retro styling to the titanium case – the Rado Tradition 1965 XL Auto’s exclusivity is further assured as a limited edition collection, capped at, what else, but 1,965 pieces.
|Grade 5 titanium|
|Brushed blue with rhodium coloured applied indexes|
Automatic ETA C07.621
|Brown vintage look leather|
|Hours, minutes, seconds, day and date|
Alvin promises not to be a douche when talking about watches. He may have scoured the Basel and Geneva watch fairs for the past 15 years, and played an instrumental role to the growth of Singapore's pioneering horological and men's lifestyle publications, but the intrepid scribe seeks to learn something new with each story he writes.