The Topper Blog consists mainly of original writing by Rob & Russ Caplan with occasional special contributions and interviews. All photography in the blog is taken at Topper Fine Jewelers , or on location unless otherwise indicated in the photo captions.

Baselworld 2018 Rado Captain Cook MKII & MKIII Pre-order is Now Open!

At Baselworld 2018, Rado very quietly showed off a pair of releases designed to follow 2017's breakout hit: the Captain Cook re-issue. Dubbed "MKII" and "MKIII," these variants use a classic tonneau (barrel) shaped case and feature an inner rotating bezel – details which more closely evoke the 1962 source material upon which the modern Captain Cook is based. In fact, to get the modern proportions as closely in line with the original, Rado worked off of sophisticated three-dimensional scans of the original – a process very similar to what Omega used to re-produce the highly limited 1957 Trilogy editions from 2017.

Like the 2017 edition, the new Captain Cook will be available in two size configurations, but this time around, each variant is an expressly more capable dive watch, with 220 meters of water resistance (compared to 100 meters). And while there hasn't been much chatter on these two releases following the show, Topper has just received the full details on both the limited vintage-inspired stainless steel variant, and its more modern titanium brother, and is now accepting pre-orders through our new Pre-Order Central page. To save you a click, here's the full rundown on both models:

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Rado Captain Cook MKII ref. R33-522-15-3 (Vintage-sized, cased in stainless steel, highly limited)

  • Size: 37mm x 40mm x 14mm
  • Polished, lugless stainless steel case with engraved, screwdown crown & caseback
  • Movement: ETA C07.611 (automatic, 25 jewel w/ date, 80 hour power reserve)
  • Box-shaped sapphire crystal with double-sided AR coating
  • Matte black dial with applied luminous hour markers and red accents
  • Rotating anchor logo at 12:00
  • Inner uni-directional rotating bezel (via screwdown crown at 4:00)
  • Beads-of-rice bracelet with triple folding clasp, and additional black NATO strap
  • Water-resistant to 22 bar (220 meters)
  • Limited to 1962 pieces (engraving on caseback: "Limited Edition One Out of 1962")
Pre-order yours here 

Expected delivery: October, 2018



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Rado Captain Cook MKIII ref. R33-030-17-6 (Modern-sized, cased in titanium with black sunray dial)

  • Size: 46mm x 48mm x 14mm
  • Sandblasted, lugless hardened Grade 5 titanium case with engraved, screwdown crown & caseback
  • Movement: ETA C07.621 (automatic, 25 jewel w/ day & date, 80 hour power reserve)
  • Box-shaped sapphire crystal with double-sided AR coating
  • Black sunray dial with applied bi-color luminous hour markers and yellow accents
  • Rotating anchor logo at 12:00
  • Inner uni-directional rotating bezel (via screwdown crown at 2:00)
  • Black textile strap with folding clasp
  • Water-resistant to 22 bar (220 meters)
Pre-order yours here 

Expected delivery: October 2018



And here are a few shots of the MKIII model in the booth at the show:

 

The 'MKIII' variant on a 6.5" wrist. Even with its 46mm case dimensions, the lugless design and titanium case ensures it still wears comfortably

Both of the new Captain Cook models are built with a dramatically curved sapphire crystal which yields some amazing distortion at extreme angles

The 37mm MKII in stainless steel wears as beautifully as any classic vintage diver, and is sure to be a hit in this configuration

As always, if you have any questions about the new Rado models, or are interested in pre-ordering one, email us at info@topperjewelers.com or call the shop at 888-730-2221, and we'll be happy to assist you. You can also just visit our new Pre-Order Central page to reserve yours online.

The Topper Blog consists mainly of original writing by Rob & Russ Caplan with occasional special contributions and interviews. All photography in the blog is taken at Topper Fine Jewelers , or on location unless otherwise indicated in the photo captions.