Not wanting to be left out of the retro-heritage craze, Rado has jumped into the fray by reaching back into their archives to present a reinterpretation of a scarce and lesser known 1960s diver–the Captain Cook. This watch was named after the 18th Century British explorer Captain James Cook, famous for his exploits in the South Pacific. While the original dive watch is rare today—and nowhere near a household name like the Seamaster or Submariner are—it is still well-known and highly regarded by the vintage watch collector community.
It’s refreshing to see this model re-emerge today as the Rado HyperChrome Captain Cook collection, which consists of three distinct versions. There are two 37mm models (you read that correctly, a 37mm diver!)—one for men and the other styled for women—and a (much) larger 45mm option.