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Rado reveals Captain Cook Over-Pole with world time

Watch keeps characteristic design aspects from the original “Over-Pole Worldtimer” with a modern twist

An iconic model from the Sixties inspired Rado’s latest, the new Captain Cook Over-Pole. It goes without saying that the Legnau-based brand updated it with its latest technological features, while preserving the vintage look. Characteristic design aspects from the original “Over-Pole Worldtimer” have been modernized, with a high-tech ceramic insert added to the bezel, laser engraving and a box-shaped sapphire crystal, while true vintage essentials have been kept, such as the original 37mm case size.

Introduced in the 1960’s when international travel picked up pace, the vintage Captain Cook Over-Pole was designed to cater to enthusiasts eager to explore the world. The new “Worldtimer” sported a rotating bezel with the key cities for quick estimation of the time in those locations. The first Over-Pole was a huge success, as it hinted at reliable timekeeping at the planet’s polar limits, under an evocative name.

The contemporary version is housed in a polished stainless-steel case, around which the key elements of the original design are clearly recognizable, such as the inward-sloping bezel with city names, the classic red date-numeral at 3 o’clock and the box-shaped glass. In the reissue, the bezel carries a black, polished high-tech-ceramic insert with laser engraving, for the city names, and the new glass is sapphire crystal, treated on both sides with anti-reflective coating.

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The manually-wound movement based on ETA C07.711 sports a Nivachron antimagnetic hairspring and amasses a power reserve of 80 hours. Limited to 1,962 pieces, Rado’s latest bravura piece is delivered with a leather strap and a metal bracelet that can be easily exchanged thank to the EasyClip system. The Captain Cook Over-Pole comes with a price tag of about $2,500.