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  • Captain Cook Automatic Grey Ref. R32505019
  • Captain Cook Automatic Grey Ref. R32505019
  • Captain Cook Automatic Grey Ref. R32505019
  • Captain Cook Automatic Grey Ref. R32505019
  • Captain Cook Automatic Grey Ref. R32505019
  • Captain Cook Automatic Grey Ref. R32505019
  • Captain Cook Automatic Grey Ref. R32505019
  • Captain Cook Automatic Grey Ref. R32505019
  • Captain Cook Automatic Grey Ref. R32505019
  • Captain Cook Automatic Grey Ref. R32505019
  • Captain Cook Automatic Grey Ref. R32505019
  • Captain Cook Automatic Grey Ref. R32505019
  • Captain Cook Automatic Grey Ref. R32505019
  • Captain Cook Automatic Grey Ref. R32505019
  • Captain Cook Automatic Grey Ref. R32505019
  • Captain Cook Automatic Grey Ref. R32505019
  • Captain Cook Automatic Grey Ref. R32505019
  • Captain Cook Automatic Grey Ref. R32505019
  • Captain Cook Automatic Grey Ref. R32505019
  • Captain Cook Automatic Grey Ref. R32505019
  • Captain Cook Automatic Grey Ref. R32505019
  • Captain Cook Automatic Grey Ref. R32505019
  • Captain Cook Automatic Grey Ref. R32505019
  • Captain Cook Automatic Grey Ref. R32505019
  • Captain Cook Automatic Grey Ref. R32505019
  • Captain Cook Automatic Grey Ref. R32505019
  • Captain Cook Automatic Grey Ref. R32505019
  • Captain Cook Automatic Grey Ref. R32505019
  • Captain Cook Automatic Grey Ref. R32505019
  • Captain Cook Automatic Grey Ref. R32505019
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Captain Cook Automatic Grey Ref. R32505019

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Rado was originally founded in 1917 by the Schlup brothers in Legnau, Switzerland. However, the brand was known as Schlup & Co. back then and it wasn’t until the 1950s that the name Rado surfaced and became the watch brand that we all know and love today. Granted, Rado’s popularity in the West has not reached the heights of Asia. However, their range of Captain Cook dive watches has transcended geographical boundaries to become the brand’s most well-known and popular collection today.

Rado Captain Cook Automatic Grey Ref. R32505019

The Captain Cook was first introduced in 1962. Named after British navigator and explorer James Cook, the watch’s design was rather remarkable at the time, boasting an inward-slopping bezel, an original beads of rice bracelet, domed acrylic crystal and a cyclops above the date window. Of course, the watch featured Rado’s famed moving anchor logo on the dial - a unique piece of design still present in the modern watches of today.

In line with Rado’s innovative and modernisation spirit, the Captain Cook has been reinvented and packs far better specifications than its predecessor. This new Rado Captain Cook Automatic Grey Ref. R32505019 measures 42mm in diameter with a lug-to-lug of 49mm and a case thickness of merely 12mm. With its relatively short lug-to-lug and case design, the Rado Captain Cook Automatic Grey sits beautifully on the wrist and wears slightly smaller than its case diameter suggests - a positive note for many that were afraid the watch would wear too big on their wrists.

True to 60s design

The case is made of 316L stainless steel and features a nice mix of brushed and polished surfaces, allowing the watch to catch the light beautifully at certain angles whilst also giving the watch tasteful finishing. This results in glamorous wear on the wrist, as the Captan Cook Automatic Grey Ref. R32505019 absolutely dazzles. As a dive watch, the timepiece also features a 120-click unidirectional dive time bezel, allowing you to track your commute to work or how long that boring work meeting is going to take. Rado is one of the first brands to use ceramic in their watches. Thus, it is no surprise that the Captain Cook features a colour matched scratch-proof grey ceramic bezel insert. A screwed-down crown and caseback also give the Rado Captain Cook Automatic Grey an impressive 300m of water resistance.

On to the dial, this is where the Captain Cook truly shines. The Captain Cook Automatic Grey features a rich gradient grey dial that truly comes alive when light shines on it and the free-moving anchor logo is the icing on the cake. Rado has faithfully followed the classic Captain Cook dial layout, with the indices and hands being accurate reproductions - baton indices, a broad-arrow hour hand and a sword-shaped minute hand. A white date wheel can be found at 3 o’clock which features a red date font - a subtle but unique difference from dive watches of other brands. The dial is protected by a beautifully boxed sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating, ensuring readability even in harsh lighting conditions. The Captain Cook Automatic Grey also has a generous amount of Swiss Superluminova coated on its hands and indices - resulting in a bright green glow in the dark that will help with readability in poor lighting conditions. Harsh lighting and poor lighting? Either way, the Captain Cook Automatic Grey has you covered.

49mm lug to lug  for better wearability

Ticking away diligently inside the watch is the ETA C07.611 movement. This Swiss movement is a workhorse and is based on the Swatch Group’s proprietary Powermatic 80 movement. It has 25 jewels, beats at 21,600 BPH and boasts a whopping 80 hours of power reserve. This calibre is the result of Rado being part of the Swatch Group - which allows it access to the latest engineering and technological advancements in the watch industry.

Completing the timepiece is a textured 21mm rubber strap that tapers to a signed Rado buckle. The strap is soft and supple, ensuring that it will conform greatly to the wearer’s wrist which greatly adds to the comfort and wearing experience of the watch.

Superluminova glows brightly in the dark

Rado has prided itself as “Master of Material” since its early days and this Captain Cook, although not featuring any revolutionary materials, is a great example of the brand living up to its motto. The Captain Cook Automatic Grey features deft case finishing, an excellent dial, a beautifully made ceramic bezel insert, and a workhorse movement. All these add up and show that Rado has truly mastered the materials used for its watches to deliver an all-rounded contemporary dive watch for the desk-divers of the modern era.

Specifications

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Maker
Rado
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Movement
Swiss ETA C07.611
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Dial
Grey
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Luminous
SuperLuminova
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Case
Stainless steel
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Crown type
Screwed crown
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Lug width
21mm
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Crystal material
Sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating
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Strap
Stainless steel
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Water resistance
200m
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Dimensions
42mm in diameter, 49mm lug to lug, 12.1mm thick