Not wanting to be left out of the retro-heritage craze, Rado men’s replica watches have jumped into the fray by reaching back into their archives to present a reinterpretation of a scarce and lesser known 1960s diver–the Captain Cook. This watch was named after the 18th Century British explorer Captain James Cook, famous for his exploits in the South Pacific. While the original dive watch is rare today—and nowhere near a household name like the Seamaster or Submariner are—it is still well-known and highly regarded by the vintage watch collector community.
It’s refreshing to see this model re-emerge today as the Rado HyperChrome Captain Cook collection, which consists of three distinct versions. There are two 37mm models (you read that correctly, a 37mm diver!)—one for men and the other styled for women—and a (much) larger 45mm option.
The 37mm men’s Rado Captain Cook fake watches are the most vintage-faithful iteration, and it is definitely my favorite of the three. Let’s take a minute to talk about the size. Now, 37mm for a diver back in the day was quite common, but today it’s almost unheard of. The size definitely gives this watch a vintage feel and a wearability missing from so many of today’s behemoths. The stainless steel case has clean straight lugs and a polished finish, with an engraved three-seahorse logo on the back. The crown does not screw down, so the watch features a water resistance of only 100m.
Smaller sizing aside, the watch really is a stunner. It features a warm gray dial with a sunburst finish and painted luminous hour markers. These are very much like the original, as is the distinctive handset with the broad-arrow hour hand. Rounding out the dial is the trademark Rado anchor logo which is inset into the dial below the twelve, with the anchor rotating freely depending on which way the watch is oriented. It comes with a box-shaped sapphire crystal and a really sharp black ceramic bezel insert. I cannot overstate how nice the insert is, and it even features a font that is extremely close to the original.
This one comes supplied on a vintage style brown leather strap Rado replica watches with a simple pin buckle. This model will be limited to 1962 pieces to commemorate the year the original Captain Cook was launched.