Fun fact that many might not know, but back in the 1930s Mido was nicknamed the “King of Waterproof” due to the brand expertise in the field of water-resistant watches – which were not that common back in the days. This tradition continued with the brand’s early dive watches made in the 1960s. Part of the Ocean Star collection are some modernly-shaped models as well as several cool, retro-styled watches just like the Decompression Timer or, for today’s topic, the Ocean Star Tribute. For 2021, the brand is adding 3 new references, including a very trendy khaki green model.
While the brand’s dive watch collection comprises more classic and contemporary watches, such as the recently-introduced GMT models here or the very robust Diver 600, today it’s all about vintage-inspired watches that pay tribute to the 1960s, with classic diver’s watch elements and styling. And, in the usual strategy of the brand, this cool design is mixed with modern mechanics.
The Mido Ocean Star Tribute is a nicely designed, accessible and fully equipped dive watch with retro style. It is housed in a relatively compact 40.5mm case with a shape that recalls glorious early aquatic watches, including pointy crow guards and robust lugs. The watch is water-resistant to 200m, equipped with a screwed crown and caseback as well as a domed sapphire crystal and finally, the all-necessary unidirectional bezel with a diving scale printed on an aluminium insert with luminous pearl. All in all, everything you need for a stylish dive-inspired watch.
For the dial, the Mido Ocean Star Tribute also plays on a traditional yet pleasantly clean design, with painted luminous hour markers, straight hands and a lollipop seconds hand – giving a utilitarian, sleek look to this watch. It also features a day-date complication that actually works quite well in this context.
What’s new for this year is the addition of 3 versions, including one with a very trendy khaki green dial and bezel, highlighted by an orange-coloured seconds hand. In this model, the case is polished steel and the strap is khaki green too, and made in fabric. There are two other variations presented. First is a classic black model on stainless steel, yet with PVD gold elements on the bezel and the hands. Second is a matte blue version, with a gold PVD case and blue textile strap.
All the watches from the Mido Ocean Star Tribute are equipped with the powerful Calibre 80, an upgraded ETA movement with a reduced frequency of 3Hz, strong work on the kinetic chain and a power reserve of 80 hours. The movement is hidden under a solid steel back with a starfish in relief, the historical symbol of the Ocean Star collection.
Availability & Price
The new Mido Ocean Star Tribute watches will soon be available at retailers and online. The Khaki green model will retail for EUR 850, the blue/PVD model for EUR 940 and the black/steel-PVD version on bracelet for EUR 990.
For more details, please visit www.midowatches.com.