Rado has given its Captain Cook auto model a lovely damask red dial, with that fume touch. It actually looks like a fine burgundy which might be served at the Captain’s table on a luxury cruise. Stunning colour, what else has this watch got to tempt you?
With 300m of depth resistance and a 42mm diameter steel case, this is a versatile sports watch rather than a dive special. Date window and bold hour markers add practical touches. Proper sized crown for winding too. Ceramic bezel naturally and it comes on a steel bracelet.
Priced at £1910 this watch stacks up well against other Swiss dive watches with 300m of resistance. A Breitling Superocean is about £2800 for example and a Blancpain Fifty Fathoms is over £13,000 – which is crazy frankly.
However, there are so many Indie brands now who make 300-600m dive watches for under £1000 that you really, really have to be a Rado fanboi to pay nearly 2K for this one. There is always the Seiko Prospex option of course, available with a red dial at £660. We just checked.
True, just 200m of depth, but Seiko quality – and resale value is good on the Prospex as well, you could get about 75% of your money back 2 years down the line. Same on a Rado? Unlikely.