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Vintage-inspired watches have been all the rage over the last few years. Many of today’s timepiece designs boast both classic details—think: burnished leather straps, curved dials, and wedge-shaped indexes—and modern materials and sizing, such as ceramic inlays and 42mm bezels.
Because of this current trend, people have been swapping their heirloom watches for re-issue pieces that seamlessly blend the best of both worlds. Case in point: the Rado Captain Cook Automatic.
Tapping elements of the original 1962 Captain Cook, this sleek watch is the ideal choice for wearers who like their timepieces lightweight, durable, and everlasting. Here’s why the Rado Captain Cook Automatic should be the next watch to add to your collection.
It features a unique pop of green.
The new and improved Rado Captain Cook Automatic features a polished green ceramic bezel insert with a black and green gradient dial, making it a striking accessory on your wrist. The watch’s distinctive green hue certainly stands out among its understated old-world details, but never comes across as too flashy. If you aren’t sure how to incorporate color into your outfit, this watch is an easy way to do so.
It’s a stylish mix of vintage and modern design.
The updated Rado Captain Cook retains many of the style cues of its 1962 original version, such as the sword and arrow hands, curved dial, and wedge-shaped indexes. It also has the famous moving anchor, which has long been a feature of Rado’s automatic watches.
In addition to these throwback elements, there are a number of modern upgrades that bring the watch into the 21st century. The concave bezel now has a ceramic inlay that comes in polished green, and the automatic movement has been upgraded to the C07 with an extended 80-hour power reserve. Plus, at 42mm, its new sizing better suits modern proportions.
It’s incredibly durable.
Thanks to the polished ceramic inlay of the bezel, which is more durable and lighter than traditional steel, the updated version of the Rado Captain Cook is much more hardwearing than its predecessor.
The watch also replaces the original acrylic glass with sapphire crystal, adding scratch resistance while maintaining the same bubble shape. The case is also made of polished stainless steel with a screw down back and is now water-resistant up to 200 meters. It’s an attractive watch that’ll stand up to whatever you or Mother Nature decide to throw at it.
Photography by Gregory Reid