Today, we’ll look at the new Rado Anatom series, a fresh take on watches that debuted in 1983. Yes, it’s hard to believe that was 40 years ago, but here we are, looking back on that somewhat futuristic period. Four versions come to us with automatic movements and a case design that should suit most wrists.

When I first began collecting vintage watches roughly 10 years ago, my sights were set on pieces from the 1960s. Since then, I’ve picked up watches from other eras, but I’ve largely neglected the ’80s. Yes, that was the decade of my childhood, but I haven’t quite found the desire to return yet (unless it means watching my Orioles and Tigers win the World Series again). Perhaps I am simply trying to deny the fact that several of the years within this decade are now over 40 years ago! Well, the folks at Rado are serving up a reminder of this period with their new Anatom series, and I can’t help but feel a bit nostalgic.

Rado Anatom Jubilé

The Rado Anatom

In 1983, Rado introduced the Anatom. This name was chosen based on the curved case and, more importantly, the curved sapphire crystal. It was a proper hit and paved the way for watches such as the Ceramica that came several years later. Some, including my dad, don’t look back on these watches with fondness. Indeed, they were very “of the time,” meaning they were a bit flashy and normally quartz. Still, these Rado watches were everywhere to the extent that even less expensive brands made homages.

To celebrate 40 years since the original Anatom, Rado has released four modern editions. There’s a rather expensive Jubilé variant with a black lacquered dial and baguette diamond indices. This model is limited to just 40 pieces. However, it is also joined by three standard models. Like the original, the new Anatom in any guise features a curved sapphire crystal that should help it conform to the wrist. Surrounding this is a black ceramic bezel that sits on top of a black PVD-coated stainless steel mid-case. The sizing should please most wearers at 32.5mm wide by 46.3mm long.

Three unlimited colors

In addition to the highly limited anniversary model, Rado will produce the Anatom in a serial format. Three gradient dials are available including green, blue, and cognac. The dimensions and the rest of the specifications are the same as the Jubilé. Unlike the 1983 versions, all include an automatic movement. The Rado R766 caliber, with its 72-hour power reserve, is on display via a display back with a sapphire crystal. It also offers a date function at 6 o’clock like the original models. The movement, along with the rest of the case creates an 11.3mm thickness. All watches are water resistant to 50 meters and include a black rubber strap with a ceramic and steel push-button folding clasp.

Rado Anatom Jubilé lifestyle

Thoughts on the new Anatom

I think that Rado has done a nice job with the Anatom. The brand has taken what now likely comes across as a very polarizing design and has made it into something a bit sporty. Plus, with non-round watches seemingly becoming more popular these days, it feels like the right time for such a release. As far as wants, I do think that an all-ceramic bracelet would have been a nice option. Additionally, and this is controversial, I would like to see a quartz variant. Not only would it be consistent with the original, but it would also keep the thickness and, likely, the cost down to some degree. As it stands, though, I think these are certainly more attractive than the models from my childhood.

Pricing and availability

The new Rado Anatom is currently on sale at authorized dealers and can be ordered on the brand’s official website. The three serial pieces retail for €3,700, while the limited model is priced at €11,200. That’s not inexpensive, but Rado has always marketed its ceramic models as more premium pieces. For those of you who can recall the originals from four decades ago, what are your thoughts on these modern interpretations?

Watch specifications

R10201739 / R10202319 / R10202209 / R10202309
Bllack lacquer with baguette diamond indices (R10201739) / Green (R10202319), blue (R10202209), or cognac (R10202309) gradient with applied luminous indices
Case Material
Black matte ceramic bezel, black PVD stainless steel case
Case Dimensions
32.5mm (diameter) × 46.3mm (lug-to-lug) × 11.3mm (thickness)
Cylindrical sapphire crystal with bevels, metallized in black and glued, with anti-reflective coating on the inside
Case Back
Stainless steel case back with sapphire display
Rado R766 — base ETA 2892, automatic and hand winding, 21,600vph frequency, 72-hour power reserve, 21 jewels
Water Resistance
5 ATM (50m)
Black rubber strap, brushed stainless steel and ceramic tri-fold clasp
Time (hours, minutes, seconds), date
€11,200 (black), €3,700 (green, blue, cognac)
Five years
Special Note(s)
Black variant is limited to 40 pieces