Rado D-Star Automatic Chronograph

photo © Christie's
The actual Rado D-Star Automatic Chronograph watch used during filming. This one was auctioned at the Christie's James Bond Spectre: The Online Sale auction in February 2016.
photo © Christie's

photo © MGM, Danjaq, LLC and Columbia Pictures
The actual Rado D-Star Automatic Chronograph watch can be seen in this behind the scenes photo of Dave Bautista on the set of SPECTRE
photo © MGM, Danjaq, LLC and Columbia Pictures

Blofeld's henchman Hinx in SPECTRE (2015) wears a Rado D-Star Automatic Chronograph Plasma Treated High-tech Ceramic watch, ref. 604.0198.3.015.

The Rado watch can barely be seen in the film, but mostly during the part where Hinx (played by Dave Bautista) uses his metal thumbs to poke the eyes out of one of SPECTRE's members. Unfortunately the watch is not used as a gadget.

The oval shaped watch has a Swiss mechanical automatic self-winding movement (calibre 604), a silver colored ceramic case with plasma treatment (44mm wide, 48mm long, 15mm thick) and matching ceramic band with titanium double folding clasp with push button. The back of the case is see-through sapphire crystal. The watch in the film has a black dial (a dark grey dial with sunburst effect was also available), with silver tone hands and Arabic numerals. The watch features a chronograph function and two subdials. There's a date window at the 6 o'clock position.

Rado is known for its use of special materials, and this watch is a good example. The Plasma Treated High-tech Ceramic is a ceramic that is made to look like metal. In a patented process used by Rado, plasma high-tech ceramic is forged in an oven at high temperatures. Gases activated at 20,000°C transform finished white ceramic into a unique material with an otherworldly metallic shine – but without the use of any metal.

The watch is currently not available anymore, but retailed for approx. £3000 / $4000 / €3500.

The actual Rado D-Star Automatic Chronograph watch that was worn by Dave Bautista during the filming of SPECTRE was auctioned at the Christie's James Bond SPECTRE: The Online Sale auction in February 2016. The watch was expected to sell for £4000 - 6000 ($5700 - 8500 / €5200 - 7800), but the final sale price can't be found online (as soon as I find out it will be posted here).

Rado is a Swiss watch brand, currently owned by The Swatch Group, which is the main supplier of watches in recent Bond films. Other Swatch Group brands include Omega (seen on Bond's wrist since 1995), Longines and Hamilton (worn by a few characters in recent films) and Swatch which created several collectible Bond watches including the 007 Villain Collection.

Product Code: 
vi026

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