The Captain Cook is perhaps one of the most popular models in Rado’s portfolio. First introduced in 1962, the Captain Cook was named after the British navigator and cartographer James Cook and served the emerging trend of divers’ watches. The explorer became famous for three voyages to the Pacific Ocean, which he mapped more accurately than anyone before him. The new Captain Cook, which has now been presented, is – with the exception of the case back – made entirely of ceramic for the first time. This timepiece draws inspiration not only from its history in its visual design, but also from the year in which it was created. Thus, the new Captain Cook High-Tech Ceramic Limited Edition is available in an edition of 1962 pieces.


The case

Chronologically speaking, high-tech ceramics were first introduced by Rado in 1986. High-tech ceramics is related to regular ceramics in many ways, but is – as the name suggests – a product of science. To produce this material, different powders with an equal grain size are brought into a specific shape and then fired at a high temperature. This process results in the material’s highly valued scratch resistance and surface texture.


As already mentioned, the case of the Captain Cook High-Tech Ceramic Limited Edition is made with a monobloc construction from the matt black high-tech ceramic. The rotating bezel made of the same material has a black, laser-engraved ceramic insert with bold, gold-coloured numbers and markings. The lightly tinted sapphire crystal gives the watch its special character. The look of the sapphire crystal is continued on the titanium case back, which reveals the Côtes de Genève engraving and the bridge with a yellow finish. There is also an engraving on the case back that reveals the model number of each special model. The case has a diameter of 43.00 mm and a water resistance of 300 metres.


The dial of the Captain Cook High-Tech Ceramic Limited Edition

The dial is the clear eye-catcher of the watch, revealing the open-worked movement. The visual composition that begins with the bezel and its striking numerals is continued by the dial with its black and gold indices. With their broad, striking shape, the hour and minute hands cleverly complete the visual picture. Thanks to the Super-LumiNova coating, they are easy to read even in poor lighting conditions.


The movement

Inside the Captain Cook High-Tech Ceramic Limited Edition, the three-hand movement R808 is at work. The movement’s skeletonised plate offers an impressive view of the movement’s mechanics. The staging of the open-worked plate creates a lively interplay of colours with the black high-tech ceramic of the case and bezel. It also has a solid power reserve of 80 hours. With an oscillating weight inspired by the shape of the Rado anchor, the movement is also visible on the back.


Price & Availability

The look of the Captain Cook High-Tech Ceramic Limited Edition is completed with a strap made of matt black high-tech ceramic and a titanium triple clasp equipped with ceramic pushers. This special edition is available in an edition of 1962 pieces and costs an interested party 4,890.00 euros.




MODELCaptain Cook High-Tech Ceramic Limited Edition


CASE MATERIALHigh-Tech Ceramic

DIMENSIONSDiameter: 43.0 mm

Height: 14.6 mm

WATER RESISTANCE30 m (~ 300 m)

DIALSkelletonised dial, yellow gold coloured applied indexes with black Super-LumiNova

STRAP/BRACELETMatt black high-tech ceramic triple clasp in titanium with pushers in black high-tech ceramic

MOVEMENTKaliber R808



FREQUENCY21,600 vph (3 Hz)

FUNCTIONSHours, Minutes and Seconds

PRICEEUR 4.890,00