29/11/2020 5:00 pm
RADO Captain Cook Bronze BURGUNDY
This is the latest version of Rado’s Captain Cook Bronze which has been decked out with a stunning autumnal-toned dial and ceramic bezel in burgundy;
an ideal color to pair with bronze and the perfect choice for the Red Bar watch collective who were among the first lucky punters to get their hands on one of these lovely new references.
First released in 2017, the CAPTAIN COOK is one of those watches like Oris’s Divers SIXTY-FIVE with a design that harks back to the 1960s, and which has garnered plenty of attention particularly among collectors thus spawning a ton of iterations as well as one or two collab’s such as the one with Revolution. In addition to case materials, the Captain Cook has been released with a few different case sizes – this Bronze ref. gets the larger 42mm diameter with a 12.5mm height which has been executed in an Al (aluminum) Bronze alloy.
Al Bronze is favored in maritime industries for its increased tensile strength over other bronze alloys such as CuSn8.
Unlike the more popular CuSn8 with its reddish tones, Al Bronze has a sandy tone which turning a dusky grey as it slowly patinas.
While Al Bronze is less reactive than some other alloys, it is still not really suitable as a case-back material which is why Rado have opted for hypoallergenic Titanium for the watch’s back.
You can’t see it in any of the pics, but the case-back is also decorated with Rado’s historic seahorses and stars emblems in triplicate. Water-resistance btw is 300 meters.
Meanwhile the bold and the beautiful burgundy dial reveals a final model exclusive feature, a white date wheel with burgundy numerals. In addition to this the dial gets Rado’s hallmark gold-plated moving anchor symbol with a ruby back-plate.
The dial is protected by an old school, domed Sapphire crystal. Wrapping around the crystal like a crimson lifebuoy is the diver’s bezel with its burgundy ceramic inlay.
Powering the Captain Cook Bronze Burgundy is an automatic mechanical movement the ETA Caliber C07 with an autonomy of up to 80 hours.
Finally this handsome looking red devil is presented on a matching burgundy NATO strap with a gold pinstripe running down its center and delivered in a burgundy leather travel pouch along with an additional leather strap.
The Rado Captain Cook Bronze Burgundy ref. 01.763.0504.3.540 has a Swiss MSRP of 2’600CHF.
Thoughts? I’ve been telling people for donkeys that bronze and burgundy are match made in heaven – here’s the proof! What do you think?