2019 Rado Tradition Golden Horse Limited Edition
Rado may have forged its contemporary history with high tech ceramics but watch aficionados will likely recall the swinging 60s, 1957 to be precise, which marked the launch of the very first collection of watches under the Rado brand. Among them, the delightfully retro (to modern eyes) Golden Horse collection.
For 2019, Rado re-issues the Golden Horse in a Limited Edition under the Tradition collection. Hence, the 37mm Rado Tradition Golden Horse follows all the specific detailing of the original, right down to its 37mm steel case with the curved “smoked dial” – a gradation of crimson and black, accented with two gold coloured seahorses and the exact font used in 1957.
The date window at 3 o’clock has red numerals on a white background, unusual for contemporary date indication but otherwise era-authentic for the 50s. True to the original, three seahorses and three stars motifs are showcased proudly on caseback, giving it screw down water resistance of 50 metres.
The 2019 re-issue of the Rado Golden Horse does make contemporary updates – robust materials like sapphire crystal instead of acrylic plexiglass and an all new Swiss made ETA automatic C07 automatic movement offering a power reserve of 80 hours.
Limited Edition Rado Tradition Golden Horse Price SG$ 2,410
Rado Captain Cook Automatic Limited Edition with travel case
The popular Rado Captain Cook Automatic returns for 2019. Originally launched in a 45mm remake which fans found a little too large for wear, Rado has listened to consumers and introduced a new vintage Limited Edition Rado Captain Cook Automatic with its original 37mm proportions.
The original Captain Cook was produced between 1962 and 1968 and was known for its compact design and distinctive features. For 2019, the new Rado Captain Cook comes in 1,962 limited editions and delivered in a hard- wearing leather travel pouch with a selection of additional straps.
Balancing authentic vintage style with the modern preference for personalisation, the 2019 Rado Captain Cook Limited Edition looks amazing in either brown vintage- look leather strap, stainless steel Milanese bracelet or the durable NATO strap – “shoes” (watch collector terminology for straps) for every occasion.
Three seahorses are stamped on the stainless steel caseback, just as on the original 1960s models. While the diver’s style turning bezel, the date in red and the distinctive sword and arrow-shaped hands are all present and correct in 2019 save modern updates like high-tech ceramic insert for the bezel for added scratch resistance and the sapphire crystal that offers optimum dial protection. Like the new Golden Horse, the new Rado Captain Hook Automatic Limited Edition also features an 80 hour run time.
Limited Edition Rado Captain Hook Automatic Price SG$ 2,940