For a watch brand as storied as Rado, history has allowed the manufacture to lay claim to a few achievements, with making rock-hard ceramic watches among them. The Captain Cook collection is undeniably one that has become the manufacturer’s more iconic line ups, having preserved much of its aesthetics since the original model.
The watch tributes its inspiration to British navigator and explorer James Cook, who was famed for sailing and mapping much of the South Pacific. Yet it may be a surprise to some that the release of the new Captain Cook Ceramic Diver is only now fit with ISO-6425 certified specifications, a first for Rado.
Typically, a 300m-water resistant watch wouldn’t mean much without the coveted diver’s ISO standard. A diver's 100m is suitable for scuba diving, whereas a 100m-water resistant watch would put you in the more tame waters of surfing, swimming, snorkeling, and the like.
Getting ISO-6425 certification would indicate that the watch has been rigorously tried and tested, from shock resistance to magnetic field impact, and even tests for different strap materials. Passing them all would officially qualify the watch to be called a "diver", even if one wouldn’t exactly go diving with it, yet it’s comforting to know that you can if you will.
The new Diver is designed in a 43mm case made from high-tech monobloc ceramic. It comes in six colorways — matte plasma (grey shade) with grey or blue sunray dials, matte black, and matte olive, the latter two issued in bracelet options of matching colours in matte-finished ceramic links or a rubber strap.
The dial configuration is preserved, namely the date window at 3 o'clock with red numbers, along with other features such as the box-shaped sapphire crystal. Large hour, minute and second hands are treated with Super-LumiNova, as well as on the main markers and bezel numerals.
Lastly, the watch runs on 80 hours of power reserve, making it all the more a fuss-free tool watch that still has you running through Monday after a wildin’ weekend — in the waters or not.
Explore the complete line-up of the Captain Cook High-Tech Ceramic Diver here.