Last year Rado released modern versions of a vintage piece, called the Hyperchrome Captain Cook. Its success has lead to two more variant reissues, the Captain Cook MkII and MkIII. The latter of these, inspired by a 1962 piece, is a good looking ‘retro modern’ piece and my pick of this year’s Rado releases.
An homage to the historical Captain Cook variants, those who have come across a certain breed of sports watches of the 1960s and early 1970s will also feel a sense of familiarity with the tonneau case shape, inner rotating bezel, proportions, and aesthetics. Both of the new variants reflect the originals closely, but one important thing to note is that unlike the 2017 Captain Cooks, 2018’s models have 220m of water resistance, compared to 100m last year. Also worth mentioning is that the crowns are screw-down, which is different to the original on which this is based.
Beneath the box-shaped sapphire crystal, the black and yellow colour theme of the sunray dial and anchor logo, extends to the hands, which are coated with Super-LumiNova. On the case back is a commemorative engraving decoration, beneath which is the automatic ETA C07.621 with 80 hours of power reserve.
The MkIII is a large 46.8mm x 48mm (thickness of 13.9mm) of modern sandblasted hardened Grade 5 titanium, the hardening to improve scratch resistance capacity. It is large, but because of the tonneau shape, absence of lugs, and metal, very wearable on its fabric strap.
All in all, even fans of the original seem to be pretty happy with this close re-issue. With an RRP of AUD 3,450, it will be available from October 2018.