One of Rado’s most surprising hits in recent years was the Captain Cook, a relatively faithful reissue of a dive watch the brand put out in the ‘60s. Rado is extending the Captain Cook line in 2018, but this time around the storied Swiss brand is taking a slightly different approach. The MKIII Automatic takes inspiration from another variant of the Captain Cook, but rather than the near one-for-one approach of the first Captain Cook re-issue, Rado has instead chosen to go for a more contemporary take on the concept.
The Captain Cook MKIII measures 46.8 millimeters wide, 13.9 millimeters thick, and 48.3 lug-to-lug. It’s no doubt a big watch, and to offset that bigger dimensions Rado has gone with a case made of hardened grade 5 titanium—bead-blasted here for a tactical look. So while larger, it doesn’t feel like a brick on the wrist.
Up top, there’s a prominent box sapphire with an anti-reflective coating on both sides and a small metallic anchor in the middle of the crystal. On the other end, there’s a screw down titanium case back with three stamped seahorses. The case is rated to 22 bar, or around 220 meters.