Mido Ocean Star

This Handsome New Dive Watch Is a Solid Vintage Tribute

October 5, 2019 Watches By

Mido has a catalog of cool vintage watches going back around 100 years. It’s about time they got with the vintage reissue craze, and brought more of them back as the modern remakes so many people love. The new Mido Ocean Star Tribute Special Edition looks like a solid step in that direction, and it offers the typical strong value the brand is known for.

The Ocean Star is the brand’s modern dive watch collection, and the new retro-styled Tribute version is meant to celebrate 75 years since it was first introduced, in 1944. Rather than the original 1940s models, however, Mido chose to recreate the look of its 1960s divers — the ’60s and ’70s watch designs being hugely popular at the moment.

In a 40.5mm steel case water-resistant to 200m, the Mido Ocean Tribute is powered by the Swatch group’s ETA C07.621 movement with an 80-hour power reserve, automatic winding, and day/date display (at 3 o’clock). With Super-LumiNova-painted indices and hands, it comes in two dial variants: one with a black dial and one in “Mediterranean blue,” both with orange seconds hands. Notable is the box-shaped crystal made to look like acrylic ones of past decades, but here in modern, scratch-proof sapphire.

Both versions come on steel bracelets, also in a very period style, and each includes a textile (blue) or leather (black) to match the dial color. Both versions are currently available for the same price of $1,150 (European VAT inclusive).

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