Welcome to episode 76 of Tenn & Two! Today we’re bringing you another watch review, this time from our new friends at RADO who were kind enough to send us one of their new Captain Cook watches.
*Please note that this is a press review piece that has done quite a bit of traveling, so some photos may show a few scratches here and there.
The modern Captain Cook is a bigger and bolder reinterpretation from the original version introduced in 1962. The brand is well known for their us of materials, especially regarding innovations with ceramics. The watch is designed for explorers, named after the 18th century explorer Captain James Cook .
If you haven’t listened to one of our watch reviews before, we breeze through the specs of a watch pretty quickly. Let’s be honest, this is all information that we can find online and isn’t what we are most interested in. But, they are always an important factor. The Captain Hook that we had in for review was the 42mm version, but with a huge screw down crown, it was really more of 45mm. The measurement that had us most surprised was the lug to lug at 48.5mm. One of the first things that the two of us had discussed when trying it on was hoe large it seemed to wear, and we were most definitely expecting a larger lug to lug ratio. At 12mm thick, and 20mm lugs, the Captain Cook uses a three had automatic ETA base C07.611 calibre with 80 hour power reserve. With various size, dial, and bracelet options, RADO has created a collection that you can find a bit of anything.
The vintage inspired watch has 300m of water resistance with Super Luminova on the indexes (which are not applied). On the front you’ll see a domed, bubble-shaped sapphire crystal with a screw down caseback. One of the incredibly unique characteristics that RAD has implemented comes with their bracelets. The designs are incredibly comfortable and the Captain Cooks are offered with either a beads of rice or an “oyster styled” bracelet. But the feature that is incredibly unique is that they have quick release for the bracelets. Kat does mention a concern in using this practically as a dive watch as something could easily get caught in in and pull the bracelet off.
All that being said, let’s get into our favorite part of the review…here we embrace our “watch enthusiast” roots and answer the questions that we as hobbyists and collectors would ask before purchasing a new watch.
What are our favorite and least favorite features about the Captain Cook?
Kat starts us off talking about her favorite feature which is the dial, and Katlen agrees. The gradient blue is completely stunning and catches the light absolutely perfectly in every angle. It goes from the darkest to the lightest of blues, depending on the light source and angle. It is for these same reasons that Katlen picks the bezel as being her favorite feature of the watch. ON top of the great coloration, the click action is that of what you would expect in a higher quality dive watch. As far as our least favorite features, we have some disagreements but you’re going to have to tune in to the episode to hear those out!
How versatile did we find the watch to be?
For possibly the first time since we’ve done these review episodes, we are in complete agreement on what we think the versatility is. On a scale of 1-10, we rate the Captain Cook at a 6. It’s a great sports watch, but isn’t one of those watches that you can convert and make more dressy very easily. The design of the lugs makes putting it on a nato strap a bit more difficult as well. If you’re looking for a true sports watch, then this is it! And of course it is offered in a variety of dial colors so you can find something that matches your day to day a bit more.
Does the Captain Cook suit it’s designated purpose?
This could be the most difficult watch that we have ever had to answer this question for. The Captain Cook is advertised as a watch for explorers, yet seems to be more specifically designed as a dive watch, but doesn’t quite fit those standards either. While there are certain criteria that make the Captain Cook an effective dive watch like the rotating bezel, screw down crown, and 300m of water resistance, it’s lack of a “dot” at the 12 o’clock on the bezel and insufficient lume make it a harder sale as being a true dive watch.
Does the watch provide a fair value for its cost?
Anything in the $2,000 price bracket offers incredibly difficult competition. There is honestly just so much out there, but not saying the Captain Cook is any less deserving. A modern dive watch that the two of us definitely endorse at this price point comes is the Monta Oceanking offering similar specs and phenomenal finishing. And arguably possibly as much awareness as RADO has. The Oris Divers Sixty-Five gives you a more truly vintage inspired diver but has a completely different look than the RADO does. Kat brings up the Seiko Prospex SPB143 as a more modern comparison, and if you’re looking for that more vintage inspired watch, the Longines Skin Diver. But overall, at $2,100 the Captain Cook offers owners a ton in terms of quality and design.
Would the Captain Cook get regular wear in your collection?
Both of us ladies agree that it is a phenomenal watch and would definitely be worn if we owned it. For Kat, it’s a little tougher because of the fact that she already has so many blue dive watches (#allthewatches is a real struggle sometimes). That being said we both agree on the size being a bit too large. As we discussed when going over the specs, the lug design made the watch take up our entire wrist which could get a bit uncomfortable with all day wear. There is a 37.5mm size that might be a bit better suited for those with wrists smaller than 6.5 inches.
All in all this was a tough one. Honestly we didn’t expect it to be so difficult to answer these questions because we genuinely both really liked the Captain Cook. This is exactly why we have formatted our reviews this way. It’s easy to read off specs and discuss our favorite things about it. By asking ourselves these questions, we get a better idea of how the watch fits into what we are looking for.
Thank you again to RADO for sending this and a few other pieces over for us to check out and get familiar with. If you’d like to learn more about the brand and their watches, visit their website by clicking here.Follow Us: