Rado has announced the release of the new Captain Cook High-Tech Ceramic Diver. The brand’s newest additions to the Captain Cook line fit perfectly with the already established philosophy of the line. The watches are the product of meticulous engineering and years of planning and experimentation. Rado has created a watch that can withstand any challenge thrown at it. Designed to be functional in any environment and never let down its wearer, the watch can adapt to any terrain or setting, be it underwater, on land or just in everyday life. The long-awaited models prove the brand’s dedication to Swiss excellence through their reliability and precision.
High-Tech Ceramics and the Captain Cook
Rado is unsurpassed in its utilisation and knowledge of materials. Having earned the nickname “Master of Materials” for a reason, the brand continues to surprise us with its innovative designs and techniques. The new line of Captain Cook Divers is made of high-tech ceramics. The material was first used by the brand 36 years ago in the Rado Integral launched in 1986. At the time, high-tech ceramic was mostly used in aeronautics and medicine.
Following the success of the Integral, Rado continued working with the material and released the Rado Ceramica, perhaps the first watch in the world to have a case, bracelet and crown made of high-tech ceramic. High-tech ceramic then became the brand’s signature material and has helped Rado solidify its reputation as expert watchmakers. The popularity of ceramic is hidden not only behind its outstanding durability and scratch resistance, but in the fact, it’s hypoallergenic, incredibly lightweight and comfortable.
The Captain Cook watch was Rado’s first diving watch. It was released in 1962 and made a big splash cementing the brand’s popularity. The watch would go on to become one of the brand’s flagship timepieces. The Captain Cook watch was intended for deep-sea divers, engineers, doctors and athletes, but has since found fans in many additional walks of life. To this day, the design of the watch is reminiscent of the original Captain Cook model. Though the movement and technology have been modernized over time, at the heart of the timepiece remains the brand’s desire to create a watch that would be a faithful companion to its wearer for years to come.
Design and Movement
This same drive is what has led to the creation of the new Captain Cook Diver watches. There are 6 new additions to the line. Though the models have minor differences in their design, they are all fitted with a Rado R763 movement and have a power reserve of up to 80 hours. In addition, the models have a Nivachron anti-magnetic hairspring increasing the durability of the watches. Even more impressively, the timepieces are ISO 6425 certified, which is a first for Rado, with a water resistance of up to 300 meters or 30 bars.
Known for its incredible technical know-how, Rado has given these watches a 43 mm monobloc case, which adds to the structural stability of the design. The watches also benefit from a box-shaped anti-reflective crystal, large Superluminova hands and indices and a date aperture at the 3 o’clock position, in addition to the easy-grip bezel. Lastly, all models feature a titanium case back stamped with Rado’s two seahorse design.
The first of the watches is a monochrome black watch with silver-coloured detailing. The watch’s monobloc case and the bracelet are made of black high-tech ceramics. To add interest to the design the outer links of the bracelet are matt, while the inner links are polished. The bezel and crown are made of strengthened stainless steel. The bezel has a black ceramic insert. The titanium case back is PVD plated in black. This watch is also available as a black rubber strap version as well.
Very similar to the previous models, this version’s 43 mm case and bracelet are also made of high-tech ceramics, however, in olive green. The dial of this watch is also olive green and is contrasted by the large luminescent hands and indices. The stainless steel bezel and crown are steel-coloured. The bezel features an olive green ceramic insert with white minute markings. This watch is also available as an olive green rubber strap version.
RADO Captain Cook High-Tech Ceramic Diver Sunray Grey Dial R32144102 and Captain Cook High-Tech Ceramic Diver Sunray Blue Dial R32144202
The last two of the newly released models are made of plasma high-tech ceramics. Though the material remains just as durable and lightweight, its composition is changed to give it its distinct metallic sheen. This way anyone can enjoy the look of a metal watch without any unwanted side effects. The bracelets of the watches feature polished middle links and brushed outer links, similarly to the other models from the line. The difference between the R32144102 watch and the R32144202 watch is the dial. The R32144102 has a grey sunray dial with a dark grey flange, while the R32144202 model has a blue sunray dial with a blue flange.
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