Rado’s new take on a 1960s classic has hidden depths
Since 1957, Rado has been producing watches
designed to stand the test of time and, since the launch of the Golden Horse in 1958, to
stand the test of the elements when water-resistant watches were far from the norm.
Building on this base, 1962 saw the introduction of an early diver’s model that now
makes a welcome comeback to the Rado collection in a reimagined version that is true
to the look and feel of the original.
The Captain Cook MKII was first launched with an impressive 22 bar (220m) water
resistance rating and an inner turning bezel capable of measuring up to 80 minutes of
elapsed dive time. The reimagined Captain Cook MKII, retains these impressive
features, whilst incorporating a whole lot more.
At first glance the Captain Cook MKII bears an uncanny resemblance to the 1962
original, with its red and white inner bezel and natural coloured Super-LumiNova® dots.
On closer inspection however, the matt black dial and sleek rhodium coloured dial
elements update the Captain Cook MKII for the twenty-first century.
Ready to dive into any challenge
Durable and versatile, the MKII features an easy-change strap system. This allows the
wearer to change between the seven-row ‘rice grain’, polished stainless steel bracelet
and the black NATO strap. It’s a feature that makes the MKII a timepiece capable of
slipping from on-duty to off-duty in a matter of seconds.
The changes to the new Captain Cook MKII are not only on the surface. Rado could not
resist applying some contemporary touches to the 2018 MKII. The much loved
metallised anchor in the dial now sits within a sapphire crystal. Super-LumiNova®
painted applied indexes ensure optimum readability in even the most challenging
conditions. And, with the quality Swiss automatic movement featuring up to 80 hours of
power reserve, the MKII is ready to dive into any challenge.
With style and substance true to the original and with the readability and wearability of
a twenty-first century timepiece, the Rado Captain Cook MKII has hidden depths.
Rado is known as the Master of Materials for the way it has revolutionised traditional watchmaking, leading the industry by introducing high-tech ceramic, ultra-light high-tech
ceramic, colourful high-tech ceramic and CeramosTM to its design-led collections. An
award-winning designer with numerous prestigious international prizes to its name, and
considered the most forward-thinking design player in the watch industry today, Rado
has always been a pioneer and leader, setting the standard and raising the bar.