A limited edition for travellers
The explorer Captain James Cook first became the inspiration for a watch by Rado back in 1962. A 35mm stainless steel diver, its classic looks meant it is still sought-after by collectors today. Or they could look to the first reissue, unveiled in 2017, upgraded to 37mm, given a unique bezel and made from the brand’s signature Hyperchrome.
Better yet, try this new Captain Cook Automatic Limited Edition, with just 1,962 being released to honour the year the first model made its debut. It comes in a hard-wearing leather travel pouch, with a selection of additional straps – brown vintage-look leather, a fine knit stainless steel Milanese bracelet, or the durable green NATO strap.
The stainless steel case remains 37mm, with three seahorses stamped on the caseback, just as the original 1960s models had. It also has the turning bezel, the date in red and the distinctive sword- and arrow-shaped hands.
There is a high-tech ceramic insert for the bezel for added scratch resistance, and the sapphire crystal offers optimum dial protection. A modern automatic movement features up to 80 hours of power reserve.
The price is a little more than in Captain Cook’s day – around AED8,376.