Hi Mimo, the Diastar with its oval/egg shaped case dates back to 1962, which is well in advance of the 1970s Omega Flightmasters and some of the other funky 70's Omega cases. Omega is definitely better known, so I think lots of people associate that case shape with 70's Omegas, but Rado was there first...so maybe Omega did a Rado Diastar "homage." Case shape is a personal thing. Its not necessarily my favorite shape, but if going with a Rado, its really their signature piece, so that might be something for Kid to consider. I think if I were getting a Rado it would most likely be a Diastar, runner up would be something ceramic...although after seeing some of the fractured ceramic watches from other companies maybe I'd stick with the Diastar.
I hear you man - and Dino as well. On the one hand it can be fairly described as gimmicky, but on the other hand, off-center time displays aren't gimmicky when done by Lange and GO, and while there is no getting around the fact that this is a freaking Montblanc - and I don't even like their pens - the movement is actually a quality piece of work - column wheel, vertical clutch etc. I think my problem is that having a solid array of fairly conventional watches, I am finding "different" appealing. I'll spare you all the pics of the Dubey & Schaldenbrand I nearly bought...I appreciate both of your efforts - my toes are no longer overhanging the edge, but I haven't quit stepped back in the building yet.Edit - Mimo - hilarious! You know the real impact of this place? I am looking at the price of the watch and thinking "That's two St. Crispin's, one Vass and two Carmina."
Its not the off center display that bothers me, and I don't think off center displays are gimmicky. Also, I don't give Lange or GO a pass just because the cost more or are more prestigious. I find the dial layouts of those far more attractive...but that's subjective. Aside from buying a watch from a pen maker (I probably wouldn't buy a suit from a ketchup maker) what really bothers me are subdials and how they are attached. It just looks too fussy and over stylized. I' don't think its gimmicky, I just don't care for it. However, if it really calls to you and the price is right ...go for it. You are the only one that has to be happy with it.