Rado Captain Cook Automatic: Malaysia Price And ReviewWritten by Leong Wong
Rado honours a trailblazer of the seas.
It seems that even Rado isn’t immune from the current trend of heavy archival references in new watch designs. The Captain Cook collection is a good case in point. Much like its legendary namesake who bridged the Old and New Worlds in the 18th century, the line’s latest additions fuse signature elements from the brand’s milestone moments with modern advances.
The most obvious example of this would be the colour palette. The green, blue and brown hues of the matching dials and bezels, which are making their debut in the Captain Cook collection, were first seen in 2016’s True collection. The original concave turning bezel has been retained, but now benefits from a durable high-tech ceramic inlay first used by the brand in 1986.
Rado has always played rather deftly with shapes, and this year’s Captain Cook collection is no exception. From the sword and arrow hands to the curved dial and wedge-shaped Super-LumiNova-coated indexes, they give an elegant yet disruptive quality to its overall aesthetic.
Also evident on the dial is the famous moving anchor symbol found just below 12 o’clock. A feature of all Rado automatic watches, it has a new 1960s-inspired ruby backplate.
The dial is covered with sapphire crystal—first introduced on the Diastar 1 in 1962 and now seen in all Rado watches—which replaces the acrylic glass found in the original, adding scratch resistance while retaining its bubble-effect box shape.
Meanwhile, the case size has been increased to 42mm from the original 37mm. Inside lies a specially developed Swiss automatic C07 movement. Best described as a new and improved version of the ‘old faithful’ ETA 2824-2, it comes with an 80-hour power reserve.
|42mm stainless steel|
|Black, blue or green with luminous rhodium hands and printed indexes, date window at three o'clock|
Self-winding ETA C07.611
|Brushed stainless steel bracelet with polished 'rice grain' centre links or brown suede strap|
|Hours, minutes, seconds, date, 15-minute time gauge|
RM8,048 (all versions)
Editor, CROWN Malaysia
A familiar face in Malaysia's horological publishing scene, Leong has been involved in lifestyle journalism since the mid-1990s. Besides watches, he takes a keen interest in cars and men's fashion.
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