Rado named their Ď60s-era Captain Cook diver after the 18th century British explorer, Captain James Cook, who is best known for his exploits in the South Pacific. That original timepiece is a rare bird indeed, and perhaps that rarity helps explain why before Rado brought the watch back in the form of the 2017 reissue, few (but for a small group of dive watch enthusiasts) had heard of the reference, let alone seen one in the metal. Nevertheless, that reissue was a big win for Radoóthe watch was a huge hit with both watch enthusiasts and journalists alike, and it remains a core part of Radoís catalog.
Last year, Rado came out with Captain Cook MKIII, which we covered here. Curiously, the MKIII made its debut before the MKII, which was just officially unveiled by Rado and is the focus of todayís article.*

The MKII is based on yet another historical reference from Radoís back catalog. That watch was the followup to the first Captain Cook, but as you can see here, aesthetically speaking, itís quite a departure from that first watch. Very much of its time, the second generation Captain Cook features a hooded case with dual crowns, a colorful internal rotating bezel, and a proud acrylic crystal. The current reissue is faithful in capturing the essence of this watch.
To get the details just right, Rado scanned the case of a vintage second generation Captain Cook, so what we have here is a damn good homage to the historical piece. It measures just 37 millimeters across and 40.6 millimeters long, which is almost unheard of for a modern diver. The case is 14.3 millimeters tall, with a large chunk of that height coming from the awesome box sapphire crystal. Seriously, I have never seen a sapphire crystal quite like this, and, in my opinion, it really helps make the watch.

On the wrist, the MKII wears a bit bigger because of the case design (shrouded cases always look a touch larger to my eye), and the watch has a healthy dose of wrist presenceómore so, Iíd say, than its predecessor. Still, it really does feel like youíre wearing a vintage watch on the wrist, except that this piece is built to modern expectations. The stainless steel case is rated to 22 bar, which is about 220 meters, so have fun exploring the deep with this one strapped to the wrist. Both of the crowns screw down, with the one at two operating the internal bezel and the one at three in charge of time setting.

Then thereís the bracelet. The 7-link beads-of-rice bracelet has the look and comfort of its vintage counterpart, but itís not chintzy feeling the way many of those bracelet are; it has the exacting build quality youíd want from a modern bracelet.
The dial is black with applied markers, and the internal rotating ring is adorned with red and white accents. The blocky hands match the markers, and thereís generous use of Super-LumiNova throughout. One of my favorite little details is the free swinging anchor logo, which, according to Rado, once had a really unique, utilitarian purpose. The anchor was a sort of horological canary in the coal mine. Back in the day, Rado would mount these anchors to a lubricated ruby, and if the anchor stopped spinning, then that was indication that the oils had dried out and it was time for the watch to go in for a service. Today, this feature is simply decorative.
The heart of the watch is Swatch Groupís C07.611 workhorse, a derivative of the ETA 2824-2 with an 80-hour power reserve. Itís a solid caliber, and one thatís getting ample use across Swatch Groupís expansive portfolio. To learn more about the ETA 2824, click here.
The Rado Tradition Captain Cook MKII is a limited edition of 1,962 pieces. The price is $2,150 on bracelet (the package comes with an additional nylon strap). Rado

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