Editor’s note: Size is one of the prevailing issues in watchland. Too big? Too small? It’s one of those ongoing debates that rages on (and on and on and on). A watch that clocks in at 37mm would typically be seen on the smaller size of this spectrum — so much so that many would discount it on dimensions alone. The Rado Heritage Captain Cook Tradition Mark II proves that you’d be a fool to judge a watch too small on specs alone …
Last year, Rado had a breakthrough, heritage-inspired hit with their Captain Cook, a slightly quirky 37mm diver. This year they’ve doubled down on the Captain, with the Mark II, a curvy, funky ’60s-inspired diver. The heritage look is really strong, from the super-polished cushion case, through to the super high crystal and the era-appropriate dial details, like the broad hour markers and internal bezel. Though I think what I like most about this Rado is, funnily enough, the bracelet. So often the bracelet is an afterthought, tacked on at the end. But Rado have clearly thought this one through. It’s a solid-feeling ‘beads-of-rice’ style bracelet, on a single fold clasp with a lovely vintage look. It looks the part and wears well on the wrist. The other major surprise about this watch was just how well it wore for a 37mm piece. I’ve got a fairly large wrist and 37mm is a size I typically wouldn’t go for, but in this case it works. So I’d say, if you like the look but aren’t sure about the case width, I’d strongly suggest trying it on for size. I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised.
Rado Heritage Captain Cook Tradition Mark II Australian pricing and availability
Rado Heritage Captain Cook Tradition Mark II, limited to 1962 pieces, $2900