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Rado Unveil Adventure Ready Captain Cook High-Tech Ceramic Diver

Captain Cook High-Tech Ceramic Diver Ref. R32129152

Adventure watches are an interesting breed of tool watch. They have to be masters of all terrain, both on land and in the water, which is a feat of engineering that can be quite difficult to achieve. One of our favourite adventure watches of recent times was 2021’s Rado Captain Cook High-Tech Ceramic and a year later Rado have revisited the piece to create the new Captain Cook High-Tech Ceramic Diver, which in my opinion is a straight upgrade.

The case of the new diver collection is broadly similar to that of last year’s edition. It’s made from the same high-tech ceramic with its properties of lightness, insane durability and scratch resistance. The diver also measures 43mm in diameter with a 300m water resistance and has a thick rotating bezel with easy grip. The major aesthetic difference comes from the fact the new watch is completely closed, by which I mean there’s a solid titanium caseback instead of an exhibition window and the dial is no longer translucent. The updated look feels cleaner and more serious, which is cool.

Captain Cook High-Tech Ceramic Diver Ref. R32129158

Captain Cook High-Tech Ceramic Diver Ref. R32130318

There are a number of colourways available. There’s an awesome looking stealthy black version and an olive green one, both offered on ceramic bracelets or rubber straps. Lastly, there’s a plasma variant that has an intriguing grey tone that’s not quite your classic steel colour.

The plasma one only comes on a ceramic bracelet but you do have the extra choice of a blue or grey dial. All the dials are sunray brushed for some flair. Another hint of flair is the fact the date window at 3 o’clock has red numerals, a reference to heritage models.

Captain Cook High-Tech Ceramic Diver Ref. R32144102

Captain Cook High-Tech Ceramic Diver Ref. R32144202

In addition to the updates to the case, the Captain Cook High-Tech Ceramic Diver has an upgraded movement in the form of the Rado Calibre R763. It introduces the date function to the high-tech ceramic range, bringing the collection in line with the steel models. Plus, it has a stellar 80-hour power reserve and a Nivachron antimagnetic hairspring for superior accuracy in a wide range of environments and positions.

Captain Cook High-Tech Ceramic Diver Caseback

In fact, the improved movement along with the updated case mean that this is Rado’s first ever ISO 6425 certified watch. ISO 6425 is the modern certification for diving watches that reach key standards of water resistance and build durability, in addition to requiring specific levels of mechanical timekeeping ability. All of which means the Rado Captain Cook High-Tech Ceramic Diver has achieved a degree of mastery over the depths that no other Rado has ever achieved and inhabits the concept of an adventure watch better than its predecessors, hence my comment earlier about this watch being a direct upgrade.

Captain Cook High-Tech Ceramic Diver Ref. R32129152
Captain Cook High-Tech Ceramic Diver Ref. R32129158

Despite the improved specs, the Captain Cook High-Tech Ceramic Diver is actually more accessible than its non-diver counterpart. The two versions on rubber straps are £2,730, which increases to £3,065 on ceramic bracelet and lastly the two plasma variants are £3,255. But even the plasmas are less than the £3,345 of the original. If ever there was a no brainer, this is it.

Price & Specs:

  • Model: Captain Cook High-Tech Ceramic Diver
  • Ref: R32129152 (matt black dial with bracelet)
    R32129158 (matt black dial with rubber strap)
    R32144102 (grey dial, plasma high-tech ceramic case)
    R32144202 (blue dial, plasma high-tech ceramic case)
    R32130312 (olive green dial with bracelet)
    R32130318 (olive green dial with rubber strap)
  • Case/dial: 43mm x 49.8mm diameter x 14.6mm height, high-tech ceramic case or plasma high-tech ceramic (grey and blue dial versions), matt black, sunray grey or blue or olive green dial, polished hardened stainless steel turning bezel with a polished high-tech ceramic insert and engraved white lacquered numbers and markers, applied indexes with white Super-LumiNova®, titanium case back with 2 stamped seahorses and engraved: “DIVER’S WATCH 300M”
  • Water resistance: 300m
  • Movement: Rado calibre R763, automatic, 25 jewels, antimagnetic Nivachron™ hairspring, exceeds standard test requirements from 3 to 5 positions for higher accuracy
  • Frequency: 28,800 vph (4 Hz)
  • Power reserve: 80h
  • Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, date
  • Strap: Polished high-tech ceramic (or plasma high-tech ceramic) bracelet with titanium 3-fold clasp or rubber strap with stainless steel extendable folding clasp
  • Price/availability: £2,730 (black / olive green dial with rubber strap), £3,065 (black / olive green dial with bracelet) and £3,255 (polished plasma high-tech ceramic versions)

About the author

Michael Sonsino

As Junior Content Producer for Oracle Time, Michael needs an eye for detail, which makes it a good thing that his twin joys in life are miniatures and watches. While a relative newcomer to the magazine, he's nonetheless a lifelong fan of fine timepieces, especially those of a more historic nature - if it has a twist of Art Deco, all the better.

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