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The Rado Captain Cook is charting a new territory in vintage watches, a natural choice for the modern explorers!


This automatic timepiece contains high-tech ceramic and sapphire crystal, which is a style statement waiting to be discovered. Its vintage details, and up-to-date features make it the perfect watch for men and women. The Rado Captain Cook is a watch designed to stand the test of time.


Rado was founded by 3 brothers, Fritz, Ernst and Werner Schlup in 1917 in Lengnau, Switzerland in their parents house and grew to be the world's largest producers of movements by the mid 1940s.


In the year 1957, Rado came out with the Golden Horse and Green House collections and had a presence in over 61 countries by the year 1960.


Rado released its iconic Captain Cook diver in 1962, a 37mm diameter watch.

The 60s was also and important time for consumer dive watches with well known brand like Rolex, Blancpain, Oris and Omega pushing hard for innovations as the segment became popular with people.


The Rado Captain Cook watch was named after the British explorer, James Cook. This first model stopped its production with only 8,000 produced in 1968 due to fierce competitions from other larger brands


As a matter of fact, the Rado Captain Cook held a small place in its overall portfolio until the vintage-inspired theme are all in rage these days and Rado simply capitalized on the trend and re-introduces the Captain Cook model.


Rado Captain Cook Limited Edition

The new Rado Captain Cook Limited Edition is 37mm in diameter and 11.1mm in height. The original acrylic of the old model has been replaced with a domed sapphire crystal and Mido also removes the cyclops lens over the original date window. Modern ceramic insert is employed, the 120 click non luminescent bezel rotates anti-clockwise and slop inward like the 1962 model.


The caseback features engraving of 3 seahorses and stars on a matte surface unlike the original caseback with only 2 seahorses. The case are polished nicely with a modern touch.


The crown however, does not screw down and signed with a very legible Rado anchor Logo. The water resistant for this watch is only 100 metres which is rather surprising because it has less than half of the original's depth rating. Well, we think most will buy this watch for its nostalgic value rather than take it for a dive.


The Rado Captain Cook Limited Edition is powered by the quality Swiss automatic ETA C07 automatic movement with 25 jewels, 21,000vph and up to 80 hours of power reserve.

The wide indices closely mimic the 1962 model with a greenish Super-LumiNova sporting a faux patina. A sloping minute track spans the outermost perimeter and a date window sits at 3 o’clock, printed in the same red-on-white like the original.


The beat rate is reduced from 4Hz on the 2824-2 base to achieve the much longer reserve (along with an improved mainspring). Functions include central hours, minutes, hacking seconds and date, and it can be hand-wound.


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Rado Captain Cook Green


The Rado Captain Cook Green is from the original look of the 1962 model brought to life in a new and improved form for the twenty-first century. With vintage details and styling true to the original, and up-to-date features that make it a match for modern wearers, Captain Cook is a watch designed to stand the test of time.


The new 42 mm Captain Cook is water-resistant to 30 bar (300m) and has already proved a hit with contemporary watch wearers and modern explorers.


The Rado Captain Cook Green comes with a stainless steel case with a stainless steel bracelet. Uni-directional rotating stainless steel bezel with a green ceramic ring. Green dial with luminous silver-tone hands and index hour markers.


Minute markers around the outer rim. Dial Type: Analog. Luminescent hands and markers. Date display at the 3 o'clock position. Automatic movement with an 80-hour power reserve. Scratch resistant sapphire crystal. Screw down crown. Solid case back. Round case shape. Case size: 42 mm. Case thickness: 12.1 mm. Band width: 20 mm. Fold over clasp with a push button release. Water resistant at 200 meters / 660 feet. Functions: date, hour, minute, second. Casual watch style.




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Rado Captain Cook Bronze

The Rado Captain Cook Bronze is from original look of 1962 ,brought to life in a new and improved form for the twenty-first century. Beautiful vintage details and styling that is true to the original, and it has an up-to-date features that make it a match for modern wearers.


From the central case, the Rado Captain Cook Bronze utilized traditional shapes with sharp lugs and straight casebands. The lugs are nicely shaped, with neat facets and are sloped well to sit well on the wrist.


It comes with a brushed case, while the crown and the bezel are polished. It measures 42mm in diameter and exactly 12.5mm in height. The watch has some presence, however, its profile is thin enough to be perfectly wearable as a casual watch and not only as an instrument.


Rado Captain Cook Bronze is a watch designed to stand the test of time. This model features a bronze case for a perfect combination of ancient and modern materials.


The pivotal point of this version is the bronze case. Since there are multiple choices of bronze alloy, Rado opted for the CuAl with aluminium and copper in it for better corrosion resistance unlike the more traditional bronze of copper and tin which tends to gain green patina quicker.


This Rado Captain Cook Bronze comes with a screwed titanium caseback, three beautifully stamped seahorses – a signature element of the vintage model. Water resistance of 300 metres with a neat screw-down crown.


The bezel is available in three colours, green, dark blue and brown. The dial is domed, just like the older model and plays on sexy curves and shapes. The sunray brushed surface changes colours playfully in accordance to the ambient of light.


Satin flange framed the dial with minute track, gold coloured indexes with cream Super-LumiNova for a retro look. The hands, and that includes the Rado well known arrow hand follow the same design and finishing.


The movement for this particular Rado Captain Cook Bronze is the every reliable ETA C07 or they called it Powermatic in other Swatch Group brands. The lower frequency of 3Hz from the reworked kinetic chain resulting in 80 hours of stamina for the watch, when it is worth noting that many watches in this range has only half of the power reserve.




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