Despite the astronomical summer ending on September 22, 2023 — Mido has just unveiled a new dive watch.
The Ocean Star Diver 600 Chronometer, which is already available in a number of variants, is now in the same 43.5 mm diameter 316L stainless steel case, with a black dial and a new green ceramic bezel insert, giving it the ever-popular Rolex Submariner “Kermit”/”Starbucks” aesthetic.
Unlike the Rolex Submariner, which is depth rated to 300 meters, as its name suggests, the Oceanstar Diver 600 is actually rated to twice that at 600 meters (or 1,968 feet). Plus, it has an automatic helium escape valve system flush with the case flank at 9 o’clock, for serious saturation diving.
The dial features large luminous skeletonized hour and minute hands, an orange-painted luminous lollipop center seconds hand (which matches the printed “CHRONOMETER” text), applied indices, and a discreet date display at 3 o’clock.
Featuring the Oceanstar motif embossed on the screw-in caseback, a sapphire crystal protecting the dial, a locking crown, crown guards, and numerous water-tight gaskets, this is made for almost any wet situation you throw at it.
An additional detail that sets it apart from other divers, such as the Submariner, is that to rotate the steel bezel, which has a green scratch-proof insert and count up gradations, you have to push the bezel down first, like a pill bottle.
Weight is 219 grams on the included bracelet, which has an integrated diving extension. For a lighter on wrist experience, and a different look, Mido includes an additional green rubber strap that matches the ceramic bezel insert color.
Powering the Ocean Star Diver 600 Chronometer is Mido’s caliber 80 which is based on the ETA 2824, and that has a non-magnetic silicon hairspring, an 80-hour power reserve, and has been chronometer tested by the COSC.
Retail is $1,780.
Photo by Mido.