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The Rado Captain Cook heritage diver’s watch has never looked so: a) awesome c) confused? You be the judge . . . RADO’s classic vintage diver; the Captain Cook which can trace its lineage back to the 1960s has been launched into the 21st Century with a high-tech Monobloc-constructed, ceramic case as well as modern power-train that has been equipped with a cutting-edge Nivachron™ hairspring. The 1960s dramatically collides with the 2020s in this quite unexpected new offering from Rado who say that this (the Captain Cook Ceramic), their newest addition to the Captain Cook family is “the culmination of many years of research and development”. The watch boasts some of the brand’s most shining technical achievements such as its innovative high-tech ceramic Monobloc case construction. This has been made from a scratch-resistant, hypoallergenic, high-tech ceramic and houses another Rado marvel, the Caliber R734 which features a Nivachron™ hairspring. The innovative Nivachron™ hairspring provides an advantage in everyday life by protecting the watch (in particular its mechanical movement) from magnetic fields thus illuminating the necessity for a Faraday-cage. The Captain Cook Ceramic is presented for the first time in a case size of 43mm in diameter, and comes in flavors. The first of which is with a black ceramic case and bracelet with a hardened Stainless steel turning bezel with a black ceramic inlay. The second model has the same case and dial but is offered with a rubber strap for those who prefer a sportier aesthetic. The third variant is offered similarly with a black ceramic case and bracelet but with a contrasting Rose Gold colored PVD coated Stainless steel turning bezel, also with a black ceramic insert. The fourth model has a highly distinct plasma ceramic case and bracelet, also with hardened Stainless steel bezel with a blue ceramic insert. All four references are powered by the Rado Caliber R734 with its powerful autonomy of up to 80 hours; they are all water-resistant to 300 meters. Meanwhile Rado’s high-tech play on the Captain Cook carries over to the dial and case-back which have been crafted from black tinted Sapphire crystal affording the wearer front and back views of the inner-workings of the skeletonized R734. Despite the watch’s obvious contemporary styling and open work dial – it has remained faithful to those classic diver’s watches with the inclusion of the CC family’s signature chunky arrow-handset as well as large bold applied markers which have all been filled along with the bezel’s 12hr triangular marker - with white Super-LumiNova. The impressive Sapphire dial is also home to the iconic Rado rotating anchor at 12 o’clock, and is protected by a chevé box Sapphire crystal as one final nod to the watch’s past.

Thoughts? Yup, it’s all rather impressive as it is busy. 

With that said; I would imagine that the watch is super light and comfortable to wear and as far as diving is concerned once the dial heads into low-light, its dial should be perfectly legible.

But what do you think? What was your answer to the question above?


  1. Too much money for the features of that watch, as we have the last Certina DS PH200m with the same movement (Powermatic 80 with antimagnetic spring), ceramic bezel, double sapphire glass (front and back) and a reputable history as 60s diver, all these features for les than 1000€ (I got it for less with discount). Many people doesn't know for what they pay, simply like that.