Problems opening a vintage Rado Captain Cook

A place to discuss vintage watches.
Post Reply
User avatar
dnm82
Posts: 15
Joined: Wed Aug 28, 2019 10:56 pm

Problems opening a vintage Rado Captain Cook

Post by dnm82 » Sat Jun 27, 2020 8:47 am

Hi everyone,

I was able to pick up a gorgeous Rado Captain Cook some months back. Now, though, my watchmaker can’t get it open. There doesn’t appear to be rust present. He’s a pro, and if he can’t get it open, it must be sealed seriously shut. Could the threads be messed up? Any ideas? He says anything else he tries could damage the watch. Here’s a picture.

Thanks,
Daniel Image


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

User avatar
gonzomantis
Posts: 3154
Joined: Sat Feb 18, 2012 8:40 pm
Name: Mike

Re: Problems opening a vintage Rado Captain Cook

Post by gonzomantis » Sat Jun 27, 2020 9:47 am

Have you tried two screwdrivers?

User avatar
dnm82
Posts: 15
Joined: Wed Aug 28, 2019 10:56 pm

Re: Problems opening a vintage Rado Captain Cook

Post by dnm82 » Sat Jun 27, 2020 11:01 am

I haven’t - but I have not tried anything. The watchmaker has it. Is that an obvious method he would’ve tried?


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

User avatar
gonzomantis
Posts: 3154
Joined: Sat Feb 18, 2012 8:40 pm
Name: Mike

Re: Problems opening a vintage Rado Captain Cook

Post by gonzomantis » Sat Jun 27, 2020 11:05 am

No. Just a long-standing forum joke.

Does the watchmaker have a bench mounted tool to open cases, or just hand tools?

User avatar
mellonb1
Posts: 4197
Joined: Mon Apr 29, 2013 2:54 pm
Name: Brian
Location: Texas

Re: Problems opening a vintage Rado Captain Cook

Post by mellonb1 » Sat Jun 27, 2020 11:30 am

I experienced the same problem with an unopened(40+ yrs) diver. The caseback gasket melted and turned to a tar like substance. Jack @ IWW was able to open but he had a hell of a time.

User avatar
dnm82
Posts: 15
Joined: Wed Aug 28, 2019 10:56 pm

Re: Problems opening a vintage Rado Captain Cook

Post by dnm82 » Sat Jun 27, 2020 1:25 pm

Thanks for the feedback. Is Jack at IWW someone you could put me in touch with?


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

User avatar
mellonb1
Posts: 4197
Joined: Mon Apr 29, 2013 2:54 pm
Name: Brian
Location: Texas

Re: Problems opening a vintage Rado Captain Cook

Post by mellonb1 » Sat Jun 27, 2020 1:37 pm

info@internationalwatchworks.com or (919) 462-1873. Tell him what's up and see if he can help you. Jack's a great guy. Good Luck!

User avatar
dnm82
Posts: 15
Joined: Wed Aug 28, 2019 10:56 pm

Re: Problems opening a vintage Rado Captain Cook

Post by dnm82 » Sat Jun 27, 2020 1:40 pm

Thanks!


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

User avatar
dnm82
Posts: 15
Joined: Wed Aug 28, 2019 10:56 pm

Re: Problems opening a vintage Rado Captain Cook

Post by dnm82 » Sun Jun 28, 2020 5:06 pm

Jack got back to me and suggested heating the watch up, so that a melted, stuck gasket becomes a little loose and then maybe it will open. Anyone tried this?


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

ncstate1201
Posts: 597
Joined: Tue Nov 16, 2010 7:20 pm
Name: Geoff B
Location: Apex, NC

Re: Problems opening a vintage Rado Captain Cook

Post by ncstate1201 » Tue Jun 30, 2020 2:42 am

Have not tried that. I live close to Jack so I send my stuff to him frequently. I have heard super gluing wood to a stuck case back to create some leverage and then remove the glue when you are done is a trick that some collectors do that supposedly does not damage the case, but I havent tried that yet either...

Sent from my SM-G955U using Tapatalk


User avatar
BacoNoir
Posts: 3831
Joined: Tue May 10, 2016 6:33 pm
Name: Roger
Location: Colorado

Re: Problems opening a vintage Rado Captain Cook

Post by BacoNoir » Tue Jun 30, 2020 5:08 am

dnm82 wrote:Jack got back to me and suggested heating the watch up, so that a melted, stuck gasket becomes a little loose and then maybe it will open. Anyone tried this?


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

I personally haven’t but use a hair dryer on high, or if you go to an actual heat gun, start with the low setting for sure - those puppies get hot!
Image

User avatar
dnm82
Posts: 15
Joined: Wed Aug 28, 2019 10:56 pm

Re: Problems opening a vintage Rado Captain Cook

Post by dnm82 » Tue Jun 30, 2020 8:10 am

I’m going to send it to Jack! My guy didn’t want to work on it, and Jack does. Looking forward to working with him.


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

bauertime
Posts: 3
Joined: Sun Aug 04, 2019 8:01 pm
Name: bauertime

Re: Problems opening a vintage Rado Captain Cook

Post by bauertime » Wed Aug 05, 2020 6:44 pm

I know some Rados' have a bayonet mount, like a camera lens mount.

User avatar
dnm82
Posts: 15
Joined: Wed Aug 28, 2019 10:56 pm

Re: Problems opening a vintage Rado Captain Cook

Post by dnm82 » Thu Aug 06, 2020 8:33 am

That’s what it was - a bayonet opening. Jack got it open and is restoring it. Thank you!


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

bauertime
Posts: 3
Joined: Sun Aug 04, 2019 8:01 pm
Name: bauertime

Re: Problems opening a vintage Rado Captain Cook

Post by bauertime » Thu Aug 06, 2020 4:42 pm

I also found out the the Austin watch company is some how associated with Rado and also has a bayonet case back. I almost damaged the case on my Austin Premier Super Automatic. So watch out for those case backs that just turn a quarter turn and stop.

User avatar
dnm82
Posts: 15
Joined: Wed Aug 28, 2019 10:56 pm

Re: Problems opening a vintage Rado Captain Cook

Post by dnm82 » Tue Oct 06, 2020 9:44 am

I am happy to report that Jack Alexyon of IWW did an amazing job on this Rado. I wholly recommend him for your watch servicing needs. If you’re curious, here’s what it looks like. Image


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

User avatar
gonzomantis
Posts: 3154
Joined: Sat Feb 18, 2012 8:40 pm
Name: Mike

Re: Problems opening a vintage Rado Captain Cook

Post by gonzomantis » Tue Oct 06, 2020 9:47 am

Jack is good people. Glad to see it worked out, and you are happy!

ncstate1201
Posts: 597
Joined: Tue Nov 16, 2010 7:20 pm
Name: Geoff B
Location: Apex, NC

Re: Problems opening a vintage Rado Captain Cook

Post by ncstate1201 » Tue Oct 06, 2020 9:49 am

Glad to hear it as well... that watch looks amazing

Sent from my SM-G955U using Tapatalk


User avatar
dnm82
Posts: 15
Joined: Wed Aug 28, 2019 10:56 pm

Re: Problems opening a vintage Rado Captain Cook

Post by dnm82 » Tue Oct 06, 2020 10:25 am

ncstate1201 wrote:Glad to hear it as well... that watch looks amazing

Sent from my SM-G955U using Tapatalk
Thank you! He did a great job overall, and I am especially impressed with the lume work he did on the hands — it is a great match to the existing lume on the dial. Here’s another image. Image


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

User avatar
toxicavenger
President Tranny
Posts: 46513
Joined: Fri Mar 12, 2010 8:25 am
Name: HeadDIK
Location: Colorado Springs

Re: Problems opening a vintage Rado Captain Cook

Post by toxicavenger » Tue Oct 06, 2020 7:37 pm

That turned out great! Jack is one of the best lumers in the biz!!!

User avatar
gr8sw
Posts: 4137
Joined: Tue Nov 01, 2011 7:30 pm
Name: Pedro
Location: under a palm tree

Re: Problems opening a vintage Rado Captain Cook

Post by gr8sw » Wed Oct 07, 2020 10:00 am

Jack is a wizard, glad he's back in the game :cheers:

Rado looks super! :thumbsup:
Image

User avatar
mellonb1
Posts: 4197
Joined: Mon Apr 29, 2013 2:54 pm
Name: Brian
Location: Texas

Re: Problems opening a vintage Rado Captain Cook

Post by mellonb1 » Wed Oct 07, 2020 11:28 am

Glad to hear that all turned out well. Jack's the best!

User avatar
Chocodove
Posts: 7369
Joined: Mon Jun 17, 2013 1:35 pm
Name: Todd
Location: NJ

Re: Problems opening a vintage Rado Captain Cook

Post by Chocodove » Wed Oct 07, 2020 11:51 am

That does look really good. Congrats.
- Todd

Post Reply

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 7 guests