Swiss watchmaker Rado is largely known for two things: their decades-long pioneering use of ceramics, and their blockbuster vintage-style diver, the Captain Cook. Now, Rado is combining their two main claims to fame in the all-new Captain Cook High-Tech Ceramic.
The new watch takes the vintage styling of the Captain Cook and transforms it into a thoroughly modern dive watch. Both the case and bracelet are now fully crafted in Rado’s high-tech ceramic, offering extremely high scratch resistance along with a luxe look and feel. The iconic hands and indices are now infilled with crisp white Super-LumiNova, forgoing the fauxtina of its predecessors, while the dial has been swapped out for a smoked sapphire one that offers a hazy view of the Calibre R734 movement with its 80-hour power reserve and Nivachron hairspring. The watch has also been sized up to a beefy 43mm, a necessity to craft a ceramic case that is still water-resistant to 300m. The Rado Captain Cook is available in three variants: all black, black with rose gold accents, or the most impressive, a gray plasma high-tech ceramic, blue-bezel version that looks almost like a steel watch. The watches are priced from $3,300 for all-black on a rubber strap to $3,800 for the plasma version.
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