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Rado Unveils New Captain Cook Over-Pole Limited Edition

If you’ve remained on the fence about the Captain Cook collection of Rado watches, or indeed, aren’t sure whether the complicated look of a worldtimer watch is for you, the new Rado Captain Cook Over-Pole watch may just be the model to twist your wrist. For a start, it presents a pragmatic way to track global timezones, plus it comes in a neat and tidy 37mm case.


How the new Rado Captain Cook Over-Pole watch works


The Captain Cook Over-Pole watch by Rado reinvents a former design first released during the 1960s. Instead of having a 24-hour hand and, therefore, the need to adjust it with the bezel - the new Rado worldtimer watch features all 24 timezones on the bezel itself. This is combined with an added 24-hour scale around the edge of the dial so that you can align the bezel with the city of your choice, and this entire concept works independently of the hour and minute hand so there’s no need to interfere with current timekeeping whilst doing so. To keep the watch legible and clean, the 24 timezones have been laser-etched into the surface of the ceramic insert of the bezel. All these elements are enhanced by a beautiful gradient dial that elevates this timepiece as a companion that can be worn to special evening events, work meetings and social events. Likewise, however, the classic look and feel of the new Rado Captain Cook watch, specially intended to echo its popular ancestor, can also be enjoyed alongside a casual ensemble at the weekend.



The Captain Cook watch collection by Rado chartered new territory when it entered the watch scene back in 2021 as a reimagined design based on an earlier 1962 model - this time crafted from Rado’s high-tech ceramic. Its vintage-inspired styling and unique mix of robust materials make it a natural choice for explorers. The high-tech ceramic used to forge its tough case is the result of many years of research and development at Rado’s watchmaking facilities. There was, however, a stunning bronze-crafted Rado Captain Cook watch, which entered the family, offering a unique interpretation of this vintage-inspired wristwatch and boasting striking dive watch credentials alongside a case material that would develop its own patina over time. Now, the new Over-Pole version of the Captain Cook watch is Rado’s extension of this vintage watch design and is limited to 1962 pieces worldwide to reflect the year of the original watch’s launch. This iconic model from the ’60s is now equipped with a high-tech spec as a result of Rado’s ever-evolving technological expertise, both in horology and in material development.


The new Rado Captain Cook Over-Pole Limited Edition Worldtimer watch


There are some impressive modifications to appreciate in the design of the new Rado Captain Cook Over-Pole watch. Firstly (and as mentioned earlier) the high-tech ceramic of the model’s bezel has been laser engraved with the 24 world cities upon its surface. Secondly, the watch features a box-shaped sapphire crystal glass front with anti-reflective and scratch-resistant properties that help achieve the watch’s distinct retro-inspired feel. In addition to this, the Over-Pole watch is equipped with a movement that offers an impressive 80-hour power reserve once fully wound. Despite these features, some true vintage elements from the original Over-Pole Worldtimer watch remain intact. These include the overall style of the watch and its compact 37mm diameter. Other recognizable features of the new Rado Captain Cook Over-Pole Limited Edition watch include a polished stainless steel case with an inward-sloping bezel and red numerals depicting the date function located at 3 o’clock.



A black polished high-tech ceramic is now inlaid into the bezel of the new model so that the 24 city names can easily be read. The sapphire glass front is also treated on both sides with anti-reflective technology to assist with improved legibility when referencing the watch under direct sunlight or artificial lighting. The watch’s screw-down caseback, engraved with the watch’s unique limited edition number, is now fitted with a sapphire crystal glass exhibition feature that grants a clear view into the arrangement and performance of a manually-wound movement. Equipped with a Nivachron antimagnetic hairspring, the Rado calibre R862 has 17 jewels and is resistant to the damaging effects of magnetic fields. Aside from its 80-hour power reserve, it exceeds standard test requirements from 3 to 5 positions for higher accuracy and has been adorned with Cotes de Geneve decoration. Additional features of the new Rado Captain Cook Over-Pole Limited Edition worldtimer watch include a polished stainless steel crown and a 100-meter water resistance.



The silver and black gradient dial of the new Captain Cook Over-Pole watch from Rado is equipped with rhodium-coated applied indexes and city dots that have been treated with Super-LumiNova material. Above the crisp black Rado lettering and positioned just below the 12 o’clock location is a silver-coloured “Worldtimer” Rhodium-coated moving anchor symbol with a beautiful ruby backplate. The Over-Pole logo in black stylized font is seen above the 6 o’clock position. To assist with timekeeping in the dark, the hour and minute hands glow in a rich green hue, thanks to their generous coating of Super-LumiNova.


To finish the vintage-inspired look of the new Rado Captain Cook Over-Pole Limited Edition watch, two straps are provided. One is a brown vintage leather strap that secures around the wrist with a stainless steel pin buckle. The other is a stainless steel beads-of-rice bracelet with a matching stainless steel triple folding clasp.



For more information on the new Rado Captain Cook Over-Pole watch, you can check the spec details out on the watch’s product page here, or call and speak to a member of our Jura Watches sales team on 01335 453453

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