Rado’s Salty Sea Dog gets the old sea favorite bronzed for the first time with a chronograph!
Captain Cook has sleeker proportions with an updated case profile as a diving chronograph for 2022 (and for the first time ever), thanks to a unique, slimmer automatic movement.
Meanwhile, the self-proclaimed material masters known for their use of ceramics, long before that was actually a thing, turned to an ancient maritime favorite, bronze, for their new Captain Cook chronograph.
In addition to the bronze two steel models each have their own different colors as well as strap and bracelet configurations that utilize Rado’s convenient EasyClip system for quick, effortless strap changes.
The new Captain Cook chronographs are fitted with the family’s unique box-shaped glass with a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal with anti-reflective treatment on both faces, bringing old-world elegance into the modern age.
The slim, elegantly more wearable 43mm case in polished stainless steel or circular-brushed bronze features a high-tech-ceramic bezel inlay polished in blue or black, which complements the dial color of each specific model, along with the flange.
The latter features a silver-to-blue gradient, another silver-to-black and another a blue sunray finish, all of which have appliqué indices, markers and numerals treated with Super-LumiNova® for high readability even in low-light conditions.
In particular, the hour hand, with its bold and characteristic arrowhead tip, and the minute hand, strong and clear, as well as the red-tipped chronograph seconds sweeper, allow easy tracking of the time.
This latest Captain Cook also features Rado’s historic anchor symbol in rhodium against a red back plate, its features now include a chronograph dial at 9 o’clock and standard seconds at 3 o’clock; Specially placed for perfect balance with a small date aperture at 6 o’clock.
In line with previous models, the date is also displayed in red against silver. Inside, the new, slimmer R801 automatic movement is adjusted to five positions with 37 jewels, five hands and a 59-hour power-reserve thanks to a Nivachron TM anti-magnetic hairspring.
Water resistance of 30 bar / 300 meters is guaranteed by the screw-down case-back, screw-in crown and pushbuttons of the chronograph. The CuAl bronze variant btw has a hypoallergenic titanium case-back so your wrists won’t turn green.
The new Captain Cook Chronograph is delivered with two additional straps in different materials and shades, depending on the specific model.
Both stainless steel models feature a matching three-row stainless steel bracelet with brushed central links and an extensible folding clasp, and additional coffee-brown or blue leather with contrasting stitching, along with a sporty NATO-style, woven nylon strap, in blue or black, with a steel pin-buckle closure.
The bronze-colored model comes with a NATO-style strap with a gold-colored stripe down its center, as well as a blue leather strap with accent stitching and an additional NATO-style strap in deep blue, all with a bronze pin-buckle. closure
To tie it all together, the new Captain Cook Chronograph comes in a special case inspired by the built-in, two-striped treasure chests of ancient explorers and navigators.
Encased in a protected wood (FSC) box with a tough, black diver-nylon outer covering and metal hardware, surrounded by spare straps on a smooth ivory-colored interior, the watch is safely stored along with it.
Thoughts? It’s about time they gave Captain Cook a chronograph; The bronze variant looks unusual but the steel is also worth a look.
Since the Rado has been in ceramics for decades, I imagine a ceramic variant coming soon. But what do you think?