HOLIDAY GIFT IDEA: RADO CAPTAIN COOK DIVER’S WATCH WITH BRONZE CASE OPTION

by | Dec 11, 2020 | Style, Watches

This year Rado introduced a new lineup of bronze case options to its Captain Cook line. The company has been regaining a presence in the luxury diver scene since the product’s reintroduction in 2017 at Baselworld.

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Rado introduced blue, green and black dial options to this colourful lineup that takes its name from renowned British explorer and navy man, Captain James Cook.

The Swiss watchmaker, Rado, was founded in 1917 under the parent name of Schlup & Co. The company based out of Lengnau, Switzerland began selling watches under the Rado name in the 1950s and saw the first Captain Cook debut in 1962.

Water resistant to 300 m

The Captain Cook has a concave face and the sapphire crystal dome has anti-reflective coating. The rotating bezel has machined knurlings for easy turning, and is made of an eye-catching high-tech ceramic. The ceramic used by Rado is lightweight and hypoallergenic. The smooth surfaces give rich metallic or bold matte appearances and the colours are simply radiant.
The case has a thickness of 12.3 mm and a 42mm diameter and a screw-down back. The watch is water-resistant to 300 m and features the date display at the 3 o’clock position. Rado uses an automatic ETA Calibre C07.611 movement, composed of 25 jewels measuring 21,600 vibrations per hour, offering a noteworthy 80-hour power reserve.
The watch comes in a variety of bracelets and straps to suit your style, such as a suede leather, rice-grain stainless steel, 3-link stainless steel and NATO textile strap. Its steel bracelet uses Rado’s EasyClip System, which has a twin-trigger release buckle. One downside of the buckle is the lack of knurling on the clasp, in order to provide a better sense of grip when putting on or removing the watch.

Great value

Rado offers exceptional value at its price point. This model competes with Oris’ Divers 65, especially with the recent bronze case options, at a starting price of $2800 CAD. The Captain Cook measures 2 mm larger in case diameter. For an additional $300 however, you are also able to purchase a watch that includes three strap options.

If you’re looking for a watch at this price point with rich hues of colour and something that is unique and versatile, I certainly suggest having a look at the various combinations in the Captain Cook lineup.

On the other hand, if you’re somebody who’s looking for a watch that develops a unique patina (oxidation over time) and its own sense of character the more you wear it, my suggestion would be to go for the bronze. Rado’s offered these cases with green and blue dial options. This model would certainly make a wonderful gift for the holidays.

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