Founded in 1917, with modest beginnings in Lengnau, Switzerland, Rado has over the years grown into a global brand known for its modernist approach and use of high-tech materials. From pioneering the world’s first scratch-proof timepiece in the 1960s with the DiaStar 1, to revolutionising watchmaking since the 1980s with the continued innovation of high-tech ceramic and ultra-thin watches, most notably the brand’s iconic Integral, Ceramica and True Thinline collections, Rado has held true to its brand philosophy, encapsulated in the tagline “if we can imagine it, we can make it.”
In 2017, Rado brought its history to the fore by breathing new life into a vintage diving timepiece, Captain Cook, introduced in 1962 during the golden age of underwater diving. Named after the 18th- century British explorer and Royal Navy captain who became the first European explorer to chart the eastern coastline of Australia, the 21st-century edition of Captain Cook combined the hallmarks of the original, from the chunky indexes and arrow-shaped hand, to the date display at 3 o’clock, “Captain Cook” logo and large rhodium coloured moving anchor symbol against a red background, with modern details including its high-tech ceramic bezel, domed sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating, polished stainless-steel case and Super-LumiNova photoluminescence, for a crisp, new look.
Today, the Rado Captain Cook brings together the modern and the ancient by combining the age-old material of bronze and today’s high-tech ceramic in a new design that, at the same time, evokes a sense of nostalgia and timeless style.
The Captain Cook’s striking good looks come from the lush green and earthy bronze tones. These are colours from nature that bring out the best in each other and make each other ‘pop.’ It’s a winning combination that is designed to stand the test of time and transcend trends. The perfectly toned body is a combination of a bronze case, box- shaped sapphire crystal, bronze bezel with high-tech ceramic insert and a titanium case back with sapphire crystal. The dark green leather strap offers the perfect finish for such a handsome specimen.
On top of that, the Captain Cook collection has been delivering vintage style since 1962 but with modern features to fit contemporary times. And once again, Rado’s diving collection takes a modern twist with the launch of its colourful leather straps that add a bit of fun and spice to the collection. Available for both our 42mm and 37mm Captain Cook models, these colourful straps are easily and quickly changeable thanks to the Rado Easy Clip System and are meant to suit your mood and add some brightness to your outfit.
The Captain Cook’s smooth operation is balanced by its impressive stamina, both of which are provided by the high-quality, Swiss made ETA C07 movement, which offers up to 80 hours of precision power before it needs to be worn or wound.
Ancient and modern, vintage and contemporary, traditional and innovative, enduring and evolving: the Rado Captain Cook Bronze is a watch of contrasts. Designed to look good for life, it is a legend in its own lifetime.