Thursday, June 20, 2013

Rado Captain Cook MKII

Rado Captain Cook

(Taken from Wikipedia)
Captain James Cook (1728 – 1779) was a British explorer, navigator, cartographer, and captain in the Royal Navy. Cook made detailed maps of Newfoundland prior to making three voyages to the Pacific Ocean, during which he achieved the first recorded European contact with the eastern coastline of Australia and the Hawaiian Islands, and the first recorded circumnavigation of New Zealand. 
In three voyages Cook sailed thousands of miles across largely uncharted areas of the globe. He mapped lands from New Zealand to Hawaii in the Pacific Ocean in greater detail and on a scale not previously achieved. As he progressed on his voyages of discovery he surveyed and named features, and recorded islands and coastlines on European maps for the first time. He displayed a combination of seamanship, superior surveying and cartographic skills, physical courage and an ability to lead men in adverse conditions.  
Cook was killed in Hawaii in a fight with Hawaiians during his third exploratory voyage in the Pacific in 1779. He left a legacy of scientific and geographical knowledge which was to influence his successors well into the 20th century and numerous memorials worldwide have been dedicated to him.
Below is a picture of HM Bark Endeavour, the ship that he navigated across the Pacific Ocean.

The RADO Captain Cook is named after this great British explorer. 

This is the revised Rado Captain Cook from the late 1960's era. This model comes in both men's and ladies'. This tonneau-shaped watch has a diameter measuring 36mm without the crowns. Its case thickness is 12.8mm.  It is equipped with acrylic crystal. 

This watch has a matte black dial with a rotating anchor Rado logo. There is a red and white themed inner rotating ring which may function as tachymeter. This internal rotating bezel can be adjustable by a smaller second crown at 4:00 o'clock position.

The larger crown can be used to handwind the watch and also set the time and date too.  Both crowns are signed with Rado anchor logo. 

The stainless steel caseback is screw down type and is embossed with the Rado two seahorses logo. At the heart of this watch is ETA 2784-1. This is highly reliable 25 jewels automatic movement with hacking feature and has a frequency of 28,800bph. 

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