It wasn’t long ago that we fell in love with Mido’s re-release of their very special, even more colourful, rainbow-dialled retro diver, the Decompression Timer 1961. But we also get that it’s not for everyone. If you want something a bit more pared back and, dare I say it, wearable, then look no further than their newest release, the Ocean Star GMT.
It doesn’t take much of a rocket scientist to guess what this watch is. Simply put, it’s the classic Ocean Star diver, with added GMT functionality. Then again, it doesn’t need to be complicated to be a great watch and this version feels long overdue. Better yet, the Ocean Star GMT does so without sacrificing its diving credentials.
The signature unidirectional rotating bezel remains in place, a necessity for keeping an eye how long you’ve been under. The 24-hour day / night GMT scale has instead been placed on the outer edge of the dial. It’s a nice, simple solution and works perfectly with the proportions of the Ocean Star. At 44mm of stainless steel, there’s enough room to work with.
The new watch comes in three distinct colour variations. The first and the one we’re sure is going to be most popular, uses a blue bezel, black dial and blue / black GMT scale. The second is a bit sportier, all black but with bright orange 24-hour numerals and GMT hand while the last is an accessible two-tone, painting a black and PVD rose gold bezel with matching indexes, crown and alternate bracelet links.
Protected by 200m water resistance is the Mido calibre 80, a variation on a Powermatic movement a few smaller brands like to use, mainly thanks to the 80-hour power reserve that gives it its name. It’s a great movement for the price – which, incidentally can be said of the Ocean Star GMT as a whole.
The final touch is the solid caseback, which bears an engraving of the various timezones of the world. It’s more a point of interest rather than anything useful but personally I find it more interesting than a logo or engraving of a ship / plane / associated classic vehicle of choice.
Priced at £890 for the blue version and going up from there, we’re quickly becoming massive fans of Mido. I’m sure you can see why.
Price & Specs:
Model Name: Mido Ocean Star GMT
Ref: M026.629.17.051.00 (steel and blue bezel); M026.629.11.051.01 (steel and black bezel); M026.629.22.051.00 (two-tone steel and rose gold PVD bezel)
Case/Dial: 44mm diameter x 13.28mm thickness, stainless steel or two-tone stainless steel and rose gold PVD
Water Resistance: 200m (20 bar)
Movement: Mido Calibre 80 (base ETA C07.661), automatic
Frequency: 21,600 vph (3 Hz)
Power Reserve: 80h
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, date, GMT
Strap: Metallic bracelet or textile strap (steel and blue bezel)
Price: £890 (steel and blue), £920 (steel and black bezel) and £1,030 (two-tone steel and rose gold PVD bezel)
More details at Mido Watches.