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  • Ocean Star 20th Anniversary Inspired by Architecture - Ltd Ed 1841pcs Ref. M026.430.17.041.01
  • Ocean Star 20th Anniversary Inspired by Architecture - Ltd Ed 1841pcs Ref. M026.430.17.041.01
  • Ocean Star 20th Anniversary Inspired by Architecture - Ltd Ed 1841pcs Ref. M026.430.17.041.01
  • Ocean Star 20th Anniversary Inspired by Architecture - Ltd Ed 1841pcs Ref. M026.430.17.041.01
  • Ocean Star 20th Anniversary Inspired by Architecture - Ltd Ed 1841pcs Ref. M026.430.17.041.01
  • Ocean Star 20th Anniversary Inspired by Architecture - Ltd Ed 1841pcs Ref. M026.430.17.041.01
  • Ocean Star 20th Anniversary Inspired by Architecture - Ltd Ed 1841pcs Ref. M026.430.17.041.01
  • Ocean Star 20th Anniversary Inspired by Architecture - Ltd Ed 1841pcs Ref. M026.430.17.041.01
  • Ocean Star 20th Anniversary Inspired by Architecture - Ltd Ed 1841pcs Ref. M026.430.17.041.01
  • Ocean Star 20th Anniversary Inspired by Architecture - Ltd Ed 1841pcs Ref. M026.430.17.041.01
  • Ocean Star 20th Anniversary Inspired by Architecture - Ltd Ed 1841pcs Ref. M026.430.17.041.01
  • Ocean Star 20th Anniversary Inspired by Architecture - Ltd Ed 1841pcs Ref. M026.430.17.041.01
  • Ocean Star 20th Anniversary Inspired by Architecture - Ltd Ed 1841pcs Ref. M026.430.17.041.01
  • Ocean Star 20th Anniversary Inspired by Architecture - Ltd Ed 1841pcs Ref. M026.430.17.041.01
  • Ocean Star 20th Anniversary Inspired by Architecture - Ltd Ed 1841pcs Ref. M026.430.17.041.01
  • Ocean Star 20th Anniversary Inspired by Architecture - Ltd Ed 1841pcs Ref. M026.430.17.041.01
  • Ocean Star 20th Anniversary Inspired by Architecture - Ltd Ed 1841pcs Ref. M026.430.17.041.01
  • Ocean Star 20th Anniversary Inspired by Architecture - Ltd Ed 1841pcs Ref. M026.430.17.041.01
  • Ocean Star 20th Anniversary Inspired by Architecture - Ltd Ed 1841pcs Ref. M026.430.17.041.01
  • Ocean Star 20th Anniversary Inspired by Architecture - Ltd Ed 1841pcs Ref. M026.430.17.041.01
  • Ocean Star 20th Anniversary Inspired by Architecture - Ltd Ed 1841pcs Ref. M026.430.17.041.01
  • Ocean Star 20th Anniversary Inspired by Architecture - Ltd Ed 1841pcs Ref. M026.430.17.041.01
  • Ocean Star 20th Anniversary Inspired by Architecture - Ltd Ed 1841pcs Ref. M026.430.17.041.01
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  • Ocean Star 20th Anniversary Inspired by Architecture - Ltd Ed 1841pcs Ref. M026.430.17.041.01
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Ocean Star 20th Anniversary Inspired by Architecture - Ltd Ed 1841pcs Ref. M026.430.17.041.01

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On 11 November 1918, the same day as the armistice that ended World War I, Georges Schaeren founded the Mido Watch Company (then known as Mido G. Scaheren & Co.) Schaeren was a highly competent watchmaker, obtaining his diploma in a watchmaking school in Solothurn and working at various watchmakers until his own company was founded. The word mido translates to “to measure” in Spanish - a fitting name for a famed watchmaker. After all, it is the measurement of time that has fascinated men for centuries.

Mido Ocean Star 20th Anniversary Inspired by Architecture - Ltd Ed 1841pcs Ref. M026.430.17.041.01

Apart from its name, the original Ocean Star launched in 1959 bears little to no resemblance to the current line-up. Instead, today’s watch closely resembles the Mido Powerwind 1000 released in 1961 - the brand’s first decompression timer. Mido also took reference from their SkyDive Diver and Diver Scuba watches, giving you the Mido Ocean Star 200C that you see today. 

2022 is a landmark year for Mido and watches and architecture enthusiasts. It marks 20 years since the brand first drew inspiration from remarkable monuments. To commemorate this special occasion, Mido released 5 limited edition watches. The Mido Ocean Star that we are looking at is the third model in the series of five and takes centre stage today. 


Calibre 80 – Based on the ETA C07.621

The Mido Ocean Star 20th Anniversary has a case diameter of 42.5mm and a thickness of a mere 11.6mm. The watch wears like a contemporary dive watch and has an amazing wrist presence. It is made of high-quality 316L stainless steel and is entirely satin-brushed apart from the chamfer edges of the lugs done in high polish. That touch of polish gives the timepiece a more sophisticated case finishing, elevating its style. The watch features a 60-click unidirectional dive time bezel done in the same shade of blue as the dial. The bezel allows the user to track elapsed time.

Baton indices are used throughout, except for square indices at 3 and 9 and a double square index at 6. However, the focus has to be drawn to the index at 12. An extended rectangular index is used with its middle portion painted red to mimic the Gilbatrar lighthouse’s appearance. Mido made the index look like the Europa Point lighthouse brilliantly, without it feeling gimmicky or tacky. In a further nod to the relevance of the Europa Point Lighthouse, the Ocean Star 20th Anniversary is limited to 1,841 pieces - the year the famous lighthouse was inaugurated. 

Brilliant reference, isn’t it? (Credits: Wikipedia)

A day/date wheel can also be found at 3, adding a helpful complication whilst not destroying the dial's proportions. The day and date change happen instantaneously at midnight, so no worries about a slow date change there. All the applied indices sit atop a matte blue dial whose shade of colour is synonymous with the ocean. Skeletonised hands are used here, with a red-tipped lollipop second hand completing the design. A piece of flat sapphire crystal is affixed to the watch to protect the dial from scratches. The crystal is coated with layers of anti-reflective coating, ensuring that the watch's legibility will not be a problem even in harsh lighting. A signed screw-down crown and caseback combine to give the watch 200m of water resistance, making it a proper dive watch. Of course, a dive watch has to have ample lume. Mido coats the indices and hands with Swiss X1 Superluminova, allowing for a bright green glow in the dark. 

Flipping the watch over, you will find a caseback with a beautiful engraving of the Europa Point lighthouse. As this is a limited edition run, each watch is uniquely engraved with a serial number (No. XXXX/1841). Underneath the gorgeous caseback is the Mido Calibre 80 - the heart of the timepiece. The Calibre 80 is based on the Swiss ETA C07.621 movement. It has 25 jewels, beats at 21,600 BPH, and has a whopping 80 hours of power reserve. It is a tried and tested calibre that is robust and reliable, ensuring that it will tick accurately for years to come. The movement is also fitted with the Nivachron™ balance spring, which has better magnetic resistance than silicone and offers excellent shock resistance. It is also very effective against temperature variations in wearing conditions, ensuring that the movement will work reliably and accurately in changing weather.

SuperLuminova for Superb Glow In Dark

Mido pairs the Ocean Star 20th Anniversary on a 22mm blue fabric strap. The strap has a leather underside and features red stitching that matches the red accents on the dial. It tapers gently to a signed Mido buckle and will conform to the wearer’s wrist well over time. 

Celebrating the 20th anniversary of extraordinary design with inspiration from famous architecture worldwide, the Mido Ocean Star 20th Anniversary will be just like the structure it drew inspiration from - a treasured landmark that will remain a beautiful and well-respected marvel in the decades or even centuries that follow.  

Specifications

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Maker
MIDO
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Movement
Automatic Mido Caliber 80 (base ETA C07.621)
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Dial
Blue
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Luminous
SuperLuminova
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Case
Stainless steel
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Crown type
Screwdown crown at 3 O'clock
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Lug width
22mm
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Crystal material
Sapphire crystal with double sided anti-reflection treatment
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Strap
Blue fabric leather strap
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Water resistance
200m
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Dimensions
42.5mm in diameter, 11.6mm thick