Rado introduced its Captain Cook model to the market in 1962 to satisfy the demand from amateur and professional divers. Keen to conquer the depths, these underwater adventures would have been unfeasible without a proper watch. Production of the Captain Cook was halted in 1968, with the estimated total number of pieces released during six years as low as 8,000. In 2017, perhaps in response to the popular demand for vintage-looking models, Rado announced the vintage re-edition of the 1962 Captain Cook watch, 37mm in diameter, very close to the original, and a larger 45mm version. Since then, quite a few retro and vintage-inspired watches have been launched, including a 42mm Captain Cook Automatic in 2019, followed by Rado Captain Cook Bronze Collection in 2020. Last year the Master of Materials announced four versions of the 43mm Captain Cook High-Tech Ceramic model, three of them with matte black ceramic cases and bracelets and black ceramic inserts in a steel bezel, with one option on a rubber strap.
The new release, Rado Captain Cook High-Tech Ceramic Limited Edition, looks like the not-so-limited High-Tech Ceramic editions, but there is some added value. As with the last year’s ceramic models, the movement can be observed from the dial side, behind the slightly black-tinted sapphire crystal, and it is a new movement. Instead of the Rado R734 automatic calibre based on ETA C07.611 with a Nivachron hairspring and 80 hours of power reserve, the new reference is powered by automatic calibre R808, also with 80 hours of power reserve and also equipped with a Nivachron hairspring. The difference between the two seems to be mainly on the visual side, with a different execution of the bridges and plates. The new movement has a more airy, geometric look and comes with gold-coloured elements decorated with Geneva stripes. It’s also now adjusted in 5 positions instead of 3 in the past versions.
Rado Captain Cook High-Tech Ceramic Limited Edition is said to be the first Captain Cook fully executed in ceramic, except for the caseback, meaning that the rotating bezel is ceramic and not steel, as in other Captain Cook editions with a ceramic insert. The latest model benefits from a new grained texture, which adds to the technical and modern look of the watch. The screw-down crown is made of ceramic, too. Rado designers chose a yellow-gold colour for the applied indexes, bezel markings, hands, logo, and the moving anchor symbol to differentiate this reference from similar-looking ones.
The new limited Captain Cook High-Tech Ceramic is worn on a 3-link matte black bracelet, which is, of course, also made from ceramic. It is closed by a 3-fold titanium clasp with black ceramic pushers.
The new New Rado Captain Cook High-Tech Ceramic Limited Edition (ref. R32147162) is priced at CHF 4,400, and only 1,962 will be produced. For more details, please visit www.rado.com.
Technical specifications – Rado Captain Cook High-Tech Ceramic Limited Edition
Case: 43mm diameter x 49.8 lug-to-lug x 14.6mm height – matte black high-tech ceramic, monobloc construction – box-shaped sapphire crystal – transparent caseback – ceramic screw-down crown – water-resistant to 300 m – special engraving on the caseback
Dial: partially tinted sapphire crystal – applied metal markers and hands, coated in yellow gold colour, filled with black luminous material – yellow gold-coloured printed Rado and Captain Cook logos
Movement: Rado calibre R808 (base ETA) – automatic – power reserve 80 hours – 25 jewels – 21,600 vibrations/hour – adjusted in 5 positions – hours, minutes, central seconds
Bracelet: matte black high-tech ceramic – titanium 3-fold clasp with black high-tech ceramic openers
Availability: limited to 1,962 pieces