An iconic model from the Sixties inspired Rado’s latest, the new Captain Cook Over-Pole. It goes without saying that the Legnau-based brand updated it with its latest technological features, while preserving the vintage look. Characteristic design aspects from the original “Over-Pole Worldtimer” have been modernized, with a high-tech ceramic insert added to the bezel, laser engraving and a box-shaped sapphire crystal, while true vintage essentials have been kept, such as the original 37mm case size.

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Introduced in the 1960’s when international travel picked up pace, the vintage Captain Cook Over-Pole was designed to cater to enthusiasts eager to explore the world. The new “Worldtimer” sported a rotating bezel with the key cities for quick estimation of the time in those locations. The first Over-Pole was a huge success, as it hinted at reliable timekeeping at the planet’s polar limits, under an evocative name.

The contemporary version is housed in a polished stainless-steel case, around which the key elements of the original design are clearly recognizable, such as the inward-sloping bezel with city names, the classic red date-numeral at 3 o’clock and the box-shaped glass. In the reissue, the bezel carries a black, polished high-tech-ceramic insert with laser engraving, for the city names, and the new glass is sapphire crystal, treated on both sides with anti-reflective coating.

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The manually-wound movement based on ETA C07.711 sports a Nivachron antimagnetic hairspring and amasses a power reserve of 80 hours. Limited to 1,962 pieces, Rado’s latest bravura piece is delivered with a leather strap and a metal bracelet that can be easily exchanged thank to the EasyClip system. The Captain Cook Over-Pole comes with a price tag of about $2,500.