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Friday, September 14, 2012

1953 Reardon CLD

One of the first CLD watches in a solid gold case, the 1953 Reardon CLD was produced for two years.  

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Being part of the CLD (sealed) line, the Reardon incorporates a series of gaskets around the crystal, bezel and crown to protect the inside from elements of the outside.  It's not waterproof but it was better than other conventional sealing methods.

Like the Rodney, the Readon has a "pearlized dial" with little dots to represent the minute marks.  These dials are very tricky to refinish so getting an example with a nice dial is the real trick to this model.

The watch featured the 18 jewel, 8/0 sized 748 movement with a sweep second hand.  The case is solid 14K gold and the sterling silver dial also has 18K gold markers.

It's a nice, medium sized watch and looks great on the wrist.

Reardon

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