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Rado Captain Cook Automatic 2019

HighLifeChannel March 15, 2019
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Today, we have news of the Rado Captain Cook Automatic 2019, a subtle update to a favorite that first debuted at Baselworld 2017.

Rado Captain Cook

The 2017 model brought things into this millennium – but just barely – by upsizing the case to a still modest 37mm and by adding some Rado flair with the same unique bezel, but made out of the brand’s signature Hyperchrome.  For 2019, we get a slight update to the 2017 model with the Rado Captain Cook Automatic 2019.

Rado Captain Cook 2017

Said to be inspired by a watch within the brand’s own archives that developed a patinated dial, the new Rado Captain Cook Automatic 2019 receives a brown sun-brushed dial.  Whereas the 2017 model contained a dark gray, it should be known that most Cooks one finds for sale actually contain a serious level of aging consistent with what you’ll get with this new model.

The Rado Captain Cook Automatic 2019 keeps the same 37mm case, 100M water resistance, and box-shaped sapphire crystal.  That same lovely case back with the three seahorses also returns.

Unlike the prior model, though, this one will come with a leather carrying case, strap changing tool, mesh bracelet, and NATO-style strap.  Inside, the 25-jewel automatic ETA C07.611 sees duty and has a date function.  1,962 pieces will be available just like the original and the retail price will be $2,100.

Normally, the release of what basically amounts to a dial color change wouldn’t garner a whole lot of attention (or our use of stock images), but when a watch is this good, it deserves mention.  The Rado Captain Cook Automatic 2019 uses a wonderful case and has such a perfectly simple design, that I was a bit saddened that the 2017 release was here and gone.  Yes, I know that one can still find a few 2017 pieces on places like eBay (and they’re such a good deal), but it’s nice to see this overall composition return and with a dial that’s actually in keeping with the original aesthetic.

I’d go as far to say that along with the Doxa SUB 300 “no T” case that the brand released a few years back – and continued to come out with variations until last year – this Rado ranks as one of the top recent vintage style divers.  Plus, with its well-played blend of modern materials, it’s an easy everyday wear.

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