Rado Captain Cook 1962 Mk1 Divers Watch – NOW SOLD

Make: Rado

Model: Captain Cook

Reference: Mk1

Movement: Automatic

Condition: Fair

Year: 1962

Strap material: Nylon Nato


Rado captain Cook collectors piece !

Rado is known today for modern design, experimental case materials and elegant, dressy quartz watches. Sporty automatics make up a very small portion of their production, but some intriguing diver’s watches have come from Lengnau, including those named for the 18th Century explorer Captain James Cook. In 1962 Rado began production of a water-resistant watch with black rotating bezel and large, luminous hands. Emblazoned on the dial was the name Captain Cook. At a glance, the design offers little to set the watch apart from divers’ watches of other brands, but a few features make this a remarkable and hard-to-find piece. The fact that it is a divers’ watch made by Rado makes it unusual and, of course, it has the ubiquitous rotating anchor, but other facts make it notable.

This particular model was made for only a short period. Production began in 1962 and ended in 1968, during which time only about 8,000 pieces were made. 40 years ago (before mechanical watches became something of an anachronism in the 1970s) and intended to be used underwater helps account for them being in short supply today. The second notable feature of this watch is its automatic movement, which is perhaps the finest offered by Rado at the time. A lovely automatic movement based on the A. Schild calibre 1700/01 powers the Captain Cook. The movement sports a gold-plated rotor and is adjusted and outfitted with 30 thirty jewels.

This notable watch is supplied with 12 months warranty, a presentation box and our certificate of authenticity. We ship worldwide via DHL , please ask for a quote. The watch can be inspected in central London by appointment and we will always consider a part exchange.



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