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The Rado Hyperchrome Captain Cook

An inside look at the diving watch inspired by the South Pacific explorer.

An inside look at the diving watch inspired by the South Pacific explorer.

What does an 18th-century explorer have to do with a retro timepiece from the 1960s? In a departure from its typically formal offerings, Swiss watchmaker Rado channeled the trailblazing spirit of a South Pacific adventurer in the sporty steel Hyperchrome Captain Cook, an update of the brand’s 1962 icon that’s water-resistant to 100 meters and mimics the original down to its modest 37-millimeter case size. Though not billed exclusively as a dive watch, nautical details abound in a trio of seahorses engraved on the caseback and a swiveling anchor symbol placed at 12 o’clock; a fiery red date wheel gleams against the sun-brushed patina of the volcanic-hued dial. A nod to the year of its original release, the limited edition of 1,962 pieces also features a rotating ceramic bezel and Super-LumiNova indexes paired with a vintage-looking leather strap. Unlike its eponym, whose ill-fated return to the Hawaiian islands resulted in his death, the Rado Hyperchrome Captain Cook goes back to its roots with a far more positive outcome.

 

Rado HyperChrome Captain Cook, $1,900; rado.com

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