Rado: Captain Cook Automatic 2019 Update


Fresh off one of our favourites releases of Baselworld 2017, Rado’s Captain Cook has been revisited, refreshed and reinvigorated with a whole bunch of goodies. Modelled off of the original 35mm stainless-steel diver from 1962, the Captain Cook of 2019 still carries with it a lot of the aesthetics virtues that made the original Captain Cook so damn cool.


We still have the broad hands, the arrow-tipped hour hand, the inward sloping bezel as well as a very consistent look with the original. The Captain Cook 2019 does have its own subtle differences, of course.


The stainless-steel case measures 37mm across, 40.60mm in height and 14.30mm in thickness. Whilst its diameter is quite undersized, on a whole the Captain Cook 2019 still presents itself as being a fairly large, masculine, hefty watch.


The brown sunburst dial is gorgeous and carries over from the 2017 re-issue, and the patinated hands and hour markers remain the same. The date window is neatly placed, the bezel remains a crowd favourite, and the very business-like nature of the lugs means that basically any strap option will be comfortable.


Which brings me to the strap choices that come with the Captain Cook 2019. We have a brown vintage-look leather bracelet, a Milanese stainless-steel bracelet and a green NATO strap. Each strapping option comes on a stainless-steel pin buckle, all of which come in a very handsome leather travelling case, along with a strap changing tool. Nifty.


Rado’s Captain Cook 2019 is powered by the ETA C07.611 automatic calibre. This is a no-frills, workhorse movement that obviously keeps overall costs down. The movement is covered by a closed caseback, reminiscent of the original and of the re-issue.


The Rado Captain Cook Automatic 2019 is limited to 1,962 pieces in total, comes in a leather carrying case with a strap changing tool, along with the extra bracelets, and costs $2,100USD.


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