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RADO Captain Cook Chronograph [bronze or steel]

Rado’s salty sea dog gets itself a chronograph for the first time as well as an old maritime favorite, bronze! The Captain Cook makes its return for 2022 (and for the first time) as a diving chronograph with an updated case profile boasting sleeker proportions all thanks to a unique, slimmer automatic movement. Meanwhile the self-professed materials masters, renowned for their use of ceramics, a long before it was actually a thing have turned to an ancient maritime favorite, bronze for their new Captain Cook Chronograph. In addition to bronze there are two Steel models each with its own distinct colors as well as strap and bracelet configurations which make use of Rado’s convenient EasyClip system for quick, effortless strap changes. The new Captain Cook Chronographs are equipped with the family’s characteristic box-shaped glass, in scratch-resistant sapphire crystal with anti-reflective treatment on both faces bringing old world charm into the modern era. The thinner, sleeker more wearable 43mm case, in either polished Stainless steel or circular-brushed bronze, features a polished high-tech-ceramic bezel inlay in either blue or black complementing the flange as well as dial color of each specific model. The latter displays a silver-to-blue gradient, another silver-to-black and another a blue sunray finish, all of them with appliqué indices, markers and numerals treated with Super-LumiNova® for high readability even in low-lit conditions. In particular, the hour hand, with its bold and characteristic arrowhead tip, and the minute hand, strong and unmistakable, as well as the red-tipped chronograph seconds sweeper, allow easy tracking of the time. Rado’s historic anchor symbol is also present in Rhodium against a red back-plate on this latest Captain Cook, whose features now include a chronograph dial at 9 and standard seconds at 3 o'clock; specifically placed for perfect balance with the lower date aperture at 6 o'clock. The date itself is displayed in red against silver, in keeping with former models. Inside, the new, thinner R801 automatic movement, with 37 jewels, five hands and 59 hours of power-reserve thanks to a Nivachron TM anti-magnetic hairspring has been adjusted to five positions. Water resistance to 30 bar / 300 meters is assured by a screw-down case-back, screw-in crown and the chronograph’s pushbuttons. The CuAl Bronze variant btw has a hypoallergenic Titanium case-back so that your wrist doesn’t turn green. The new Captain Cook Chronograph is delivered with two additional straps in different materials and shades, according to the specific model. The two Stainless steel models come with a matching three-row Stainless steel bracelet with brushed central links and extensible folding clasp, and an additional coffee-brown or blue leather with contrasting stitching, as well as a sporty NATO-style, woven nylon strap, in blue or black, with 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 bronze pin-buckle closure. To keep everything together, the new Captain Cook Chronograph comes in a special case inspired by the built-to-last, two-strapped treasure chests of ancient explorers and navigators. Protected by a tough, black diver-nylon outer covering, the wooden (FSC) box is equipped with metal hardware, around a soft ivory- colored interior where spare straps can be safely stored, along with the watch. Thoughts? It’s about time they gave the Captain Cook a chronograph; the bronze variant looks exceptional but the steel is also a looker. I would imagine there’ll be a ceramic variant coming soon which is to be expected seeing as Rado has been in ceramics for decades. But what do you think?

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