Rado's popular Captain Cook just got a little bit better...
Rado have carved out a niche amongst the traditional watchmakers as a company that specialises in the use of high-tech ceramic. Many Rado’s feature cases made from the scratch resistant material, and their watches usually have a very modern, minimalist aesthetic. Which is why it was somewhat surprising when the brand chose to reissue their Captain Cook dive watch. With classic vintage styling, the range is somewhat of a departure from Rado’s normal design language. However that didn’t stop them from being a massive hit upon their release.
The Rado Captain Cook Bronze
Following on from the success of these reissued Captain Cook divers, Rado have released a slew of new models to the range for 2020. Chief amongst them is the Rado Captain Cook Bronze. As the name would suggest the model’s case is made from brushed bronze, with a screw down titanium case back. Modern case materials aside, the design of the Captain Cook Bronze is virtually unchanged from the 1962 original on which it’s based. However, Rado’s use of bronze have given them the chance to use a more modern colour pallet. There are three colours to choose from. A lush green, a rich blue, and a tropical brown with a grey bezel. Each shade complements the earthy tones of the bronze beautifully, and the bronze itself gives the range a warmth you won't find on the steel models.
Reference: Rado Captain Cook Bronze Automatic Ref. 763.0504.3.131
Case width: 42.0mm
Movement: ETA C07
Functions: Automatic, 25 jewels, 3 hands, date at 3 o’clock.
Power reserve: 80 hours
Available from all authorised Rado dealers.
The Captain Cook line is a great example of a vintage reissue done right, and the bronze model only adds to the appeal. I’m a big fan of vintage divers and I think the Captain Cook manages to capture some of the charm that makes those vintage pieces so popular. I think that the rich colours chosen for each model's ceramic bezel will look absolutely spectacular in person. I’d be interested to see how well the colour of the ceramic matches that of the dial, but if they’re the same shade then this will be one fantastic looking piece in the metal.
Along with the classic styling you’d expect, it’s got an impressive set of specs that bring the watch right up to date. The use of the Swiss made ETA C07 movement is a big draw, thanks to the hefty power reserve. The automatic movement offers up to 80 hours of power before it needs to be wound, which is plenty for any owner. The Rado Captain Cook Bronze also has a healthy 300m water resistance, and a scratch-resistant box-shaped sapphire crystal. The rotating dive bezel is made from ceramic, a material Rado specialise in.
Of course, with a price tag of £2415, the Captain Cook isn’t the best value proposition out there. For example, the new Seiko SPB14X series has similar vintage styling and specs for under half the price. Though, they all have steel cases, not bronze. I guess whether or not the Rado is worth the asking price is dependent on how taken you are with its design.
That said, the Rado Captain Cook ticks a lot of boxes when it comes to both style and specs. The end result of all this is a watch that’s a blend tradition and innovation. The Captain Cook Bronze encapsulates the features and materials of a modern dive watch in the classic timeless looks of one of Rado’s most famous models.
To find out more head over to Rado's website.