Globally recognized for its innovative designs and for creating some of the world’s most durable watches, Rado now unveils the new Captain Cook MKIII. The MKIII draws inspiration from the brand’s original 1962 Captain Cook divers timepiece. The Captain Cook collection is named after the 18th century British explorer Captain James Cook who charted thousands of miles of the unexplored Pacific Coastline. Captain Cook was a man with a vast knowledge of cartography, anthropology and astronomy – worldly pioneering studies that have inspired generations. Following last year’s success with the revamped 1960’s classic, Rado decided to return once again to the Captain Cook Collection and develop the line further.
While channeling the vintage look of the original design, the MKIII features updated modern flairs including an XXL case size and a black textile strap. The MKIII further emboldens the brand’s pioneering spirit featuring state of the art elements and a durable, scratch resistant design.
The 46 mm lug-less case design creates smooth edges and a sleek fit – reworking the bold function look of the original Captain Cook to suit today’s modern standards. The case made from sand-blasted hardened grade 5 titanium, features 2 polished PVD coated titanium screw-down crowns. The matching screw-down titanium case back features 3 stamped seahorses.
Beneath the box-shaped sapphire crystal glass sits a striking black sunray dial. White and yellow Super-LumiNova applied indexes and hands pop against the dark dial. A yellow circle stands out a six o’clock on the MKIII dial. Nestled within this bright circle sits a large moving anchor symbol – inspiration drawn from Captain Cook’s nautical legacy. The vibrant dial features an hour, minute, and second hand and a day date function at 3 o’clock. While the hour hand is a bright white, the minutes and seconds hands bring forth the shocking yellow Super-LumiNova coloring once again. This sporty, sailor-inspired timepiece is fastened upon a black textile strap with grey stitching and a stainless steel extendable folding strap.
Powering the MKIII timepiece is the ETA C07.621 automatic movement. A convex rotating turning bezel measures elapsed minute intervals to ensure the user precise and accurate timing. The timepiece features a power reserve of 80 hours and is water resistant to 220 meters. Known for its lightness and comfort, the MKIII is a watch ready for adventurers. The Captain Cook MKIII retails for $2,550 and will be available for purchase beginning October 2018. With the bold yellow accents, this watch is not only functional and durable, but also pretty impressive to look at.
Technical Specs: Rado Captain Cook MKIII Automatic
Movement ETA C07.621, automatic, 25 jewels, 3 hands, day/date at 3 o’clock, up to 80 hours power reserve
Case: sandblasted hardened grade 5 titanium, screw-down titanium case back with 3 stamped seahorses, 2 polished PVD coated grade 5 titanium screw-down crowns, box shaped sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating on both sides thin black metallised anchor in the middle of the sapphire water-resistant to 22 bar (220m)
Dial: black sunray, applied indexes with white and yellow Super-LumiNova® black inner turning bezel with white and yellow Super-LumiNova® large white moving anchor symbol with yellow background, white printed Captain Cook and Automatic logos, rhodium coloured applied Rado logo yellow printed water resistance
Hands: rhodium coloured with white Super-LumiNova®, rhodium coloured minute and second hand with yellow Super-LumiNova®
Strap: black textile with grey stitching stainless steel extendable folding clasp, satin brushed PVD coated stainless steel cover
Dimensions: 46.8 x 48.3 x 13.9 (WxLxH in mm)