The Swiss Rado Captain Cook.

Rado is a Swiss watch concern that has a bit of a split personality. The firm is known for having cutting edge designs using ceramic compounds in their Thinline, Hyperchrome, and Ceramica watch collections. The yield is watches that are modern and quite durable. However on the other side of the coin, Rado has been enjoying a bit of an uptick via the reintroduction of their very famous Captain Cook line of watches back in 2017.

These watches draw inspiration from the past, and are directly connected to Rado’s old catalog of dive timepieces dating back to the 1960’s. These units offer tons of old school romance, yet do not skimp on modern attributes. Rado takes new tech seriously, but has a great way of blending it with vintage beauty and quality. For now we have a new Captain Cook to drool over. A watch that offers a new dial to the collection, and other goodies. So let us take a good look at it.

The new watch goes by the name of Captain Cook Automatic Ltd Edition. The unit has the same 37 millimeter in diameter, with the 14.3 millimeter in thickness, case that makes the Captain Cook models very comfortable on the wrist. Rado deserves to be applauded for keeping the same watch dimensions as before, and not falling into the giant watch case trend syndrome. The dive watch market has fallen prey to super sized watch dimensions, and i consider this watch to be a much more reserved option.

The new dial from Rado is a brown, sun brushed dial having printed indices, and giving the watch a much more tropical look to it. Rado used radium replicating lume for the indices and hands. A lot of people hate the faux vintage use of lume, but i think it feels correct. Its all about vision, and on a watch that is not oversized, it really makes sense here. I also love luminescent watch hands, and i am very much in love with the legibility of the watch face.

The red text on the date wheel is super cool, and a vintage detail that i feel appeals to just about everyone. This watch comes with a Milanese bracelet, and it goes well with the medium sized case. As for the bezel, it is done in ceramic, and the watch is powered by an ETA movement that offers a generous 80 hour power reserve. The watch can cope under water to a dept of 100 meters, and is intended for the recreational diver, not to be mistaken for a very deep sea dive watch costing 5 digits.

As i mentioned earlier, this is a limited edition watch, and is expected to be stopped at 1,962 pieces, The watch is very reasonably priced for a Swiss product, coming in at $2,100, and in my opionoin is a very attractive deal from Rado. I mentioned the bracelet earlier, but Rado also throws in two complimentary straps with the watch for those who hate taking bracelets into the water. Take a good hard look at Rado online if you have the time. The offer good deals on Swiss timepieces, and we all love a good deal when we see one.

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