The Captain Cook is, without a doubt, one of Rado’s most emblematic watches. Named after the famous British explorer, the model was released in 1962 as a 37mm diver with a water resistance of 200 metres. Since it was relaunched in 2017, several Captain Cook models have been presented, such as the Bronze collection or the High-Tech Ceramic. Today, Rado gives us a new take on the design with a chronograph version, just after a very cool Over-Pole Limited Edition. This useful, popular complication will be welcome by the Captain Cook’s fan, all the more that the case lends itself particularly well for this function. Let’s take a closer look at the Rado Captain Cook Chronograph.
This is one of the big news for Rado this year: its marine-inspired Captain Cook is now available as a chronograph. A cool addition to this emblematic collection, which already comprises watches such as the recent diver model, this new edition retains many of the classic Captain Cook’s design cues. The round case measures 43mm in diameter and 14.8mm in height. Note the rather large 49.5mm lug-to-lug measurement. The rotating bezel is fitted with an inward sloping blue or black ceramic insert matching the colour of the dial and flange. The box-shaped sapphire crystal has anti-reflective coating on both sides. Thanks to the screw-down crown, pushers and caseback, Rado rates this chronograph for 300m of water-resistance.
The Rado Captain Cook Chronograph is released in 3 different versions. One in bronze with a blue dial, two in stainless steel with either a black or a blue gradient dial. The bi-compax curved dial is clean and offers great legibility. Its applied indices and the hands, with the familiar sword and arrow hands, are treated with luminescent material. As you would expect, the watch features the signature moving anchor symbol at 12 o’clock while the date is displayed in red at 6 o’clock.
Flip the watch over and the exhibition caseback allows you to discover the movement inside. The Captain Cook Chronograph is powered by the new automatic R801 movement. This modular chronograph is based on the ETA A31 – itself an evolution of the tried-and-tested ETA 2894. Its balance beats at 4Hz and is fitted with a Nivachron anti-magnetic hairspring. Its power reserve is of 59 hours when fully wound. Functions include the hours, minutes, small seconds, a date indication and a chronograph with central seconds and a 30-minute counter.
On the wrist, the new 43mm Rado Captain Cook Chronograph is a bit on the large side but it will wear nicely on most wrists. It is delivered with three strap options in different materials and shades, according to the specific model. A leather strap and two NATO style textile straps for the bronze version. A steel bracelet on a folding clasp, a leather strap with a folding clasp and a NATO style textile strap with a pin buckle for the steel models. The easy-clip system allows you to swap straps and the look of your watch in seconds. Last, the watch comes in an original box inspired by the two-strapped treasure chests of ancient navigators.
Availability & Price
The new models of the Rado Captain Cook Chronograph Collection are released as part of the permanent collection. The price is set at CHF 3,700 in steel and CHF 4,400 in bronze. For more information, please visit www.rado.com.