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A Closer Look at Rado's Captain Cook High-Tech Ceramic Diver

Rado's Captain Cook High-Tech Ceramic Diver

Rado watch manufacturers are no strangers to watch enthusiasts when it comes to exceptional timepieces. This Swiss manufacturer has been a proponent of making its watches case using ceramic materials, which cannot be mistaken. The company has also made scratch-resistant timepieces and riffed on all its watch models' new case designs. Therefore, you cannot mistake it anywhere from all the additions in the market. In 2017, Rado surprised the entire world with another forward-thinking design of going back to the archives to bring back the 1960s dive watch Captain Cook with a new look which gave it a new character to represent the future with automatic features. This article is a guide on the new Rado's Captain Cook High-Tech Ceramic Diver.

Cause and Effect of Rado's Captain Cook High-Tech Ceramic Diver

Captain Cook has been Rado's signature watch for a long time. The watch that this brand introduced in 1962 became a cult hit for vintage watch collectors worldwide due to its simplicity. According to Monochrome, the old version was 37mm 200 meters level water resistance. Redo first reintroduced it in 2017, and since then, it has gained popularity to become a hero for Rado's company. The new Rado's Captain Cook High-Tech Ceramic Diver is a culmination of intensive research work by the company to solve the puzzle of merging its old masterpieces in the evolving market with new modern features while maintaining the history and tradition of the old Captain Cook. In life, every action has its consequences. The notable changes that Rado's designers made to the classic Captain Cook was fixing the watch with the company's signature scratch-resistant and high-tech ceramic components, which are hypoallergenic.

The Bezel

Rado's Captain Cook High-Tech Ceramic Diver has three different bezel colorways: blue version in ceramic and steel with a ceramic bracelet, black on steel with a rubber strap, and black on rose gold PVD with a ceramic bracelet. According to A Blog to Watch, each model version of this watch is fitted with the same distinctive ceramic bezel insert that is sloping inwards. The bezel and the watch's unguarded pillbox crown are made using stainless steel.

The Case

While the 2017 Captain Cook appears at 37 mm, the newly introduced model has a bang updated case increase in size to 43 mm proportions and a height of 14.6 mm(49.8 mm lug-to-lug). This gives it a modern, sporty demeanor with an increased water-resistant level to 300meter. Rado has used a monobloc case in this watch, which adds much-needed structural stability while maintaining the watches' outer dimensions and lowering the watch weight to provide the wearer with great comfort. The watch's titanium case back is engraved with twin seahorses and held in place using a stainless steel screw to the watch crown. The sapphire crystal is box-shaped and has anti-reflective coatings.

The Movement

This new version of Captain Cook has an automatic movement that features a Nivachron hairspring. It also contains an 80-hour power reserve to keep the movement operational at 21,600vph and 25 jewels. This 80-hour power reserve can enable you to take this watch off for even an entire weekend without resetting it. Therefore, you don't have to maintain the ritual of waking up daily to reset your watch. The watch also has a hairspring that is created from Nivachron. This titanium extracted component has antimagnetic properties. The Nivachron hairspring is believed to exceed all the tests the company has conducted from three to five different positions to determine accuracy.


The watch dial comes in polish black, sunray blue, and sunray gray or matte olive, which is applied to a white super LumiNova hour hand-fitted with a larger arrowhead. Both hour and minute hands have white Super LumiNova. On the other hand, the second hand is fitted with a lume tip. The date is available at the 3 o'clock hand side with a red print that matches the minute track that reflects a super LumiNove after every five minutes. Additionally, you will spot a free-spinning anchor logo that is contained at 12 o'clock with a synthetic ruby plate, just like it was on the 1960s Captain Cooker. All Four dial variants of the Captain Cook High-Tech Ceramic Diver feature a light degrade effect that is placed on the watch hour's track in imagery form. They account for the sense of visual depth that this watch designer has created on the steeply sloping chapter ring and domed dial surface. The black cased watch models contain straightforward dial options for the group.

The Rado caliber

The best thing about this watch reboot is that Rado has maintained its art on the watch to be noticed on the sleeve. The caliber is skeletonized, enabling you to admire it through the watch's tinted sapphire dial and its display case back. The greyish tinge on the crystal area keeps the watch face from appearing too busy, which has reserved the company signature of making simple-to-use watches.


Rado has designed the Captain Cook High-Tech Ceramic Diver bracelet using high-tech ceramic or plasma ceramic. They are linked on the outer with matter and polished center links. The bracelets have a titanium three-fold clasp, which is color-matching with the rubber strap. The Khaki bracelet type echoes the watch matte finishing with a perfect matte khaki design. You will also get a Milanese textured bracelet with a khaki rubber strap.


The new Rado's Captain Cook High-Tech Ceramic Diver is available in six unique models, which are equally impressive because of the latest high-tech ceramic elements used to design and make them. You can get your favorite model out of the six for $3,000. Please visit the brand website to place your order and enquire more details about the watch.

Lily Wordsmith

Written by Lily Wordsmith

Lily Wordsmith is a freelance writer who has had a love affair with the written word for decades. You can find her writing blog posts and articles while sitting under a tree at the local park watching her kids play, or typing away on her tablet in line at the DMV. In addition to her freelance career, she is pursuing ebook writing with an ever-growing repertoire of witty ebooks to her name. Her diversity is boundless, and she has written about everything from astrobotany to zookeepers. Her real passions are her family, baking desserts and all things luxe.

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