VIDEO: Size isn’t everything with the Rado Captain Cook AutomaticJames Robinson
Ever since its shock unveiling at Baselworld 2017, Rado’s exciting range of Captain Cooks has represented a compelling proposition for anyone who’s in the market for a solid, fit-for-purpose dive watch on a budget.
However, most of the collection is on the larger size, measuring in at a fashionable and contemporary 42mm.
Fans fond of the original Captain Cook, which was first unveiled in 1962, shouldn’t fear however, because those who are after a smaller and more faithful reinterpretation of the Captain Cook need look no further than the limited edition ref. R32500315.
Possessing the same exact dimensions as the first Captain Cook, the diminutive limited edition timepiece’s stainless steel case measures a period-correct 37.3mm across.
The vintage aesthetics don’t stop there, though, as this watch also sports a gorgeous sunburst bronze dial that harkens back to the ’60s aesthetic, as does the fauxtina-lumed hour indices and accompanying handset, which comes complete with an exacting oversized arrow head of the hour hand.
The vintage-inspired case is capped with a highly domed sapphire crystal, which is treated with an anti-reflective coating, ensuring legibility no matter the conditions. As a result of the crystal sitting proud of the case itself, and contrasting the inwardly concaved ceramic bezel, the antiquated charm of the crystal is accentuated.
Inside the case you’ll find ETA’s bulletproof Calibre C07 movement, which features automatic winding, 80 hours of power reserve and an admirable level of reliability and robustness.
The limited diver comes equipped with an eclectic brown leather band; however, owners will also receive an additional brown textile strap and stainless steel Milanese bracelet, as well as a characterful leather travel pouch and Rado watch tool.
The Rado Captain Cook Automatic ref. R32500315 pricing:
The Rado Captain Cook Automatic ref. R32500315 is limited to 1962 pieces and has a recommended retail price of $3050
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