Rado scored big with the retro revival of its vintage Cape Horn collection, resurrected last year as the virile HyperChrome 1616 series. In keeping with the zeitgeist, the Swiss brand has recreated a classic diver’s watch from the Sixties.
The new HyperChrome Captain Cook family offers a trio of diver’s watches for men and women with vintage design codes and some modern updates like the use of high-tech ceramic on the bezel and updated movements.
Named after the 18th century British explorer Captain James Cook, the watch is available in two case sizes – the 37 mm models are available both in men’s and women’s styles while a bigger, more masculine 45 mm option in grade 5 titanium is available for those with bigger wrists. While the 37 mm watches are water resistant up to 100 meters, the 45 mm is good for 200.
The 37 mm models are cased in polished stainless steel and feature high-tech ceramic bezels fitted with a box-shaped sapphire crystal, a nod to its vintage roots. The HyperChrome Captain Cook’s feminine version features a silvery, slightly raised dial studded with eight Top Wesselton diamonds and a date window at 3. It uses rhodium-colored applied indices with white Super-LumiNova and is fitted with a white ceramic bezel and paired with a fine-knit metal Milanese band.
The 37 mm gent's version is a faithful reiteration of the original watch from 1962 and is a limited edition of 1962 pieces. It has a greyish sunburst dial with printed indices and a vintage color Super-LumiNova. It has a silver coloured printed Captain Cook, Rado and Automatic logos and a date window at 3. The watch is fitted with a black ceramic bezel and is paired with a brown vintage leather strap. The polished stainless steel case back with three sea horses stamped on it and the engraving “Limited Edition One out of 1962”.
The 45 mm model uses a grade 5 titanium case with hardening treatment and a blue high-tech ceramic bezel insert. The sunburst blue dial has applied indices with white Super-LumiNova and Rado’s large white moving anchor symbol with red background. This watch is fitted with a blue textile strap.
All three models are powered by the ETA C07.611 movement which has a power reserve of 80 hours. The limited edition Rado HyperChrome Captain Cook will be available this spring with an expected price of around $1,800. The price of the other two models have not been revealed yet.