Introduced in 1962, the “Over-Pole Worldtimer” watch by Rado was dedicated to globetrotters. This iconic timepiece featured a turning bezel with the key cities of the world, for quick estimation of the time in those locations.
To mark the anniversary of this popular timepiece of the 60s, Rado has launched a new Captain Cook Over-Pole Limited Edition, updated with the brand’s latest technological features, while preserving the “vintage” look.
The totally-modern workings are 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, always a conversation piece.
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 faces with anti-reflective coating. Real watch-lovers will marvel at the tactile, hands-on quality of the new model, thanks to its action-ready, explorer-centred, manually-wound movement.
The screw-down case back now also includes its own sapphire crystal, showing the mention “Limited Edition” and the timepiece’s edition unit number.
Successful reissues of any iconic object typically retain key features, while updating those which technology has found smart ways of improving. As the “Master of Materials”, Rado has solid experience in evolving its product line in keeping with innovations in materials, design and production techniques.
The new Over-Pole model is a perfect example. The edition will be produced as an exclusive series of 1962 units, with a manual-winding movement that provides an impressive 80 hours of power reserve. The movement, equipped with a NivachronTM antimagnetic hairspring, was chosen for its distinctive reliability and accuracy, and allows the new Over-Pole to exceed test requirements by five full points.
The new Rado Captain Cook Over-Pole Limited Edition is delivered in a stylish brown pouch with a second bracelet, in rice-grain-style stainless steel, quickly interchangeable for a different look, thanks to the EasyClip system.
Model: Rado Captain Cook Over-Pole
Rado calibre R862, manual winding, 17 jewels, 3 hands, 80-hour power reserve
Date (with red numerals) at 3 o’clock, antimagnetic Nivachron™ hairspring, exceeds standard test requirements from 3 to 5 positions for higher accuracy, Côtes de Genève
Polished stainless-steel case
Dimensions: 37.0 x 43.1 x 10.3 (WxLxH, mm)
Polished stainless-steel bi-directional turning bezel with polished black high-tech ceramic insert with laser engraved/lacquered cities in silver colour
Polished stainless-steel crown
Box-shaped sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating on both faces
Water resistant to 10 bar (100m)
Polished stainless-steel screw-down case back with sapphire crystal
Special engraving on case back: LIMITED EDITION XXXX/1962
Silver to black gradient, curved, rhodium coloured applied indexes
White Super-LumiNova® dots on 24-hour scale, silver-coloured “Worldtimer”
Rhodium-coloured moving anchor symbol with ruby backplate
Black printed Rado and Over-Pole logos
Polished rhodium-coloured, curved
White Super-LumiNova® with light green luminescence, on minute and hour hand
Brown vintage leather, stainless-steel pin buckle
Additional stainless-steel rice grain bracelet, stainless-steel triple-fold clasp
Limited Edition of 1,962 pieces (consecutive numbers)