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Rado introduces yet another stunning sub-collection of the legendary Captain Cook that simply screams vintage with all the right historical references from a Captain Cook model that sprouted back in the ‘60s. Visually distinguishable from many of Rado’s other Captain Cook releases that draws a strong inspiration from the first ever release of the historic dive watch, this limited edition release accurately captures the essence of the second generation Captain Cook which made its appearance shortly after the original. Presenting all the right retro details from the case to the vintage size, vintage watch aficionados will absolutely love this.
Rado Tradition Captain Cook MKII - Ltd Ed 1962pcs Ref. R33522153
From a brand that was initially conceived as a small atelier, to become an industry leader for innovation more than a century later. Rado is a well-respected name that is no stranger to the watch world, producing incredibly robust timepieces that pushes the boundaries of what was achievable with luxury watchmaking with top-class Swiss craftsmanship, revolutionary high-tech materials and outstanding timekeeping performance. While originally founded in Lengnau, Biel/Bienne, Switzerland in 1917 as ‘Schlup & Co.’ by brothers Fritz, Ernst and Werner Schlup, it wasn’t until the brand took off in the early 1950s, selling watches under the ‘Rado’ name we’re familiar with today.
Ever since its founding, Rado has fostered the philosophy “if we can imagine it, we can make it”, which still holds true today, reflected by the brand’s highly-durable, innovatively designed timepieces. Rado is perhaps best known for their innovative use of technologically advanced materials, being one of the pioneers in the watchmaking industry adopting high-tech ceramics in their watches. Although the implementation of ceramic is widely seen across innumerable watch brands in this day and age, Rado revolutionized the industry with the birth of the Rado Integral back in 1986 with its use of scratch-resistant high-tech ceramic in the bracelet.
41.5mm lug to lug for better wearability
For the watchmaking industry, the 1960s was a booming period of valiant exploration and innovation for countless illustrious watch brands, it was arguably the golden age of wristwatches with watch manufacturers delving into unchartered waters when it comes to design and mechanical engineering. The ever-popular dive watch was certainly one of the genres of watches adopted by many major players in the market; and you’ve guessed it, Rado was no exception.
In an endeavour to produce a robust dive watch offering, Rado introduced the first ever Rado Captain Cook in 1962 with its iconic inward-sloping dive bezel and arrow-shaped hour hand, a timeless design that truly aged beautifully till this very day. Named in honour of the 18th century British navigator and explorer Captain James Cook famed for his voyages that accurately mapped out the Pacific, the Rado Captain Cook is a true naval workhorse transcended through time.
Superluminova glows brightly in the dark
As a dive watch that came straight out of the ‘60s, the Rado Tradition Captain Cook MKII is housed in an entirely polished cushion-style stainless steel case that perfectly embodies the core designs of many dive watches from the golden era of watchmaking. Measuring with a ‘period-correct’ 37mm case diameter, a thickness of 14.3mm and a lug to lug distance of merely 40.6mm, Rado certainly got the dimensions right here, especially for a vintage-inspired piece like this. The visually stunning curvaceous case design, alongside the hooded lugs, are truly retro attributes that are almost unheard of in modern day dive watches.
The lovely vintage styling carries down to the 18mm 7-link beads-of-rice stainless steel bracelet evoking a true nostalgia whenever you put it on the wrist. Beautifully tapering down to 16mm at the single fold-over clasp, details are definitely not spared to preserve the look and feel of the vintage diver. While the bracelet holds a rather old-school design, it is made to a high level of quality with robust solid end links. On the wrist, the bracelet feels exceptionally solid and comfortable as a result of the links that fluidly conforms over the wrist for a close, snug fit. In the package, an additional black nylon is provided for a refreshing change of style.
Screw-down caseback for 220m water resistant
Underneath the impressive heavily domed sapphire crystal, the matte black dial of the Tradition Captain Cook MKII features applied hour markers with a set of blocky hour and minute hands that are surrounded by the red and white internal rotating bezel (operated by the secondary screw-down crown at the 4 o’clock position). For great night-time visibility, Super-Luminova lume is generously applied for a bright glow in the dark. To give the dial a final vintage touch, the applied Rado logo is executed in an appealing retro font underneath the distinctive red Rado freely-swinging anchor emblem.
Under the hood, the Tradition Captain Cook MKII is driven by the impressive Rado calibre R734 self-winding movement, essentially being an upgraded and modified variation of the ETA C07.611 movement with the enhanced Nivachron™ mainspring. This upgraded mainspring grants the movement additional resistance to magnetic fields, protecting against potential harm to the movement. Featuring a power reserve of a whopping 80 hours, this 25 jewel movement beats at a 3 hertz rate of 21,600 beats per hour (BPH) with hand winding and hacking capabilities. The movement can be seen at the see-through exhibition window at the back of the watch, revealing the custom-signed Rado rotor on the Cal. R734.
Limited Edition 1962 pieces
Protected by the dual screw-down crown at a stainless steel screw-in case back, the Tradition Captain Cook MKII achieves a capable water resistance of 220m. Turning the watch around, the case back reveals Rado’s iconic case back design featuring three stars and seahorses, together with the engraved unique serial number, marking the individual timepiece with a mark of exclusivity (out of 1962 pieces).
The Tradition Captain Cook MKII offers the whole vintage experience with plenty of historically accurate details from the ‘60s diver presented in this amazing timepiece. While the design of this Captain Cook is a significant departure from the rest of the Captain Cook collection, it is utterly engrossing to see Rado bringing back a fascinating piece like this from their back catalog in a charming modern package.
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