Since 2017, perfect fake Rado has made its way through the market for the cool, vintage-oriented dive watch with a successful model, the Captain Cook. Often associated with the use of high-tech ceramics, the brand also benefits from a rich history with multiple notable watches, and thus decided to bring back one of its most emblematic models. Inspired by a 1962 piece with a distinctive case/bezel design, the Captain Cook has been released in multiple iterations, such as compact 37mm limited editions and, more recently, some enlarged yet very appealing bronze versions. In addition to the green, grey/brown and blue models, Rado today launches a new and striking version, the Captain Cook Bronze Burgundy.
As explained in this article on the previous replica Captain Cook Bronze watches, this watch is inspired by a glorious and quite noticeable watch produced by the brand during the golden age of the dive watch. This watch was released in 1962 with a 37mm case and named after the British explorer, Captain Cook. While technically classic (automatic movement, 220m water-resistance, time-and-date display, 60min diving bezel), the design really sets this model apart. It featured an original combination of curved shapes, with a bowl-shaped, concave inward-sloping bezel with a domed crystal and a domed dial. The dial stood out with its brushed grey surface, large painted indexes and arrow-shaped minute hand. Finally, a small detail of importance, there was a rotating anchor logo positioned at 12 o’clock – a sort of pendulum to animate the dial.
All of these elements were brought back to life in 2017, with the first re-edition of the best fake Rado Captain Cook, and in all subsequent watches in the collection. Earlier this year, Rado introduced its retro-styled diver in an appealing and trendy sub-collection, composed of three bronze models with colourful dials and bezel – the latter executed in ceramic, of course. For the end of the year, a new version comes onboard the collection, with a striking combination of colours; a golden bronze case together with burgundy dial and bezel.
The three existing models, in blue, green or grey/brown, were rather subtle in terms of colours. The new burgundy edition is certainly the most remarkable of the 4 editions and adds brightness and warmth, while the other models played mostly on cold and dark colours. Still, the combination of burgundy red with the golden tones of the bronze case and dial is rather cool and original. Note that the case will inevitably gain patina with the time and will turn into a darker colour, thus making this watch a bit more discreet.
To add the final touch to this striking colour scheme, quality replica Rado equips its Captain Cook Bronze Burgundy with a matching textile NATO strap, in burgundy with a gold-coloured centre line. The buckle and loops are executed in brushed bronze.
Other than the new brushed dial and ceramic bezel in red, the Captain Cook Bronze Burgundy retains identical specifications. The case, in CuAl bronze alloy (an alloy more stable than traditional bronze), measures 42mm in diameter and 12.5mm in height. Its surfaces are mostly brushed with sharp edges that contrast with the curved shapes of the dial and bezel. It is equipped with a solid titanium caseback and the watch is water-resistant to 300m.
The dial is, except its colour, the same as all Captain Cook watches, with its sunray brushed finishing, which combined with the domed profile adds a great sense of depth. The hands and applied indexes are gold-coloured, and the date wheel now features red numerals. The rotating ‘pendulum’ anchor symbol with synthetic ruby backplate, which moves according to the wearer’s wrist movements, is still present.
Powering this watch is the calibre ETA C07, also known as Powermatic in other Swatch Group brands. This evolution of the ETA 2824-2 is meant to become the new standard engine of the group and to bring a serious competitive advantage in this highly-challenged price range. This is done by adding more power to the movement, thanks to a reworked kinetic chain and a lower frequency of 3Hz, resulting in 80 hours of energy – over 3 days, when most Swiss made replica watches in this range boast less than 40 hours of power reserve.