High Time For Summer: Rado Captain Cook Bronze Automatic

A wonderful juxtaposition of the oldest man-made material with the most modern of materials.
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Rado has built a reputation as a master of materials by revolutionising traditional watchmaking with the use of hightech ceramic, ultra-light high-tech ceramic, colourful hightech ceramic and Ceramos in its design-centric collections. 

So, it caught the industry by surprise in 2017 with the redux of Captain Cook — a 1960s vintage dive watch that pays tribute to the 18th-century explorer Captain James Cook — which received much acclaim, despite veering from Rado’s high-tech, scratch-resistant trajectory. In 2018, Rado launched its first watch using bronze, an age-old alloy that transforms over time to give a unique patina depending on the wearer’s habits and environments.

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In 2020, the Swiss watchmaker, once again, reconnects the past with the future by riffing on the Rado Captain Cook collection in starkly contrasting bronze and high-tech ceramic — a wonderful juxtaposition of the oldest man-made material with the most modern of materials.

The latest iteration replicates the colours from nature to give the sturdy-looking model a wash of lush green and earthy bronze tones. Deftly combining a bronze case and bezel, and a box-shaped sapphire crystal with high-tech ceramic insert and a titanium case back with sapphire crystal, replete with a dark green leather strap, the watch will be irresistible for those with a strong predilection for modern-vintage dive watches.


A high-quality Swiss-made ETA C07 movement, offering up to 80 hours of precision power, rounds things up for the Captain Cook watch — a triumphant showcase of elements that champion the ancient and modern, vintage and contemporary, traditional and innovative, enduring and evolving.


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