Inspired by the success of the first reissue of the 1961 Ocean Star Skin Diver in 2020, Swiss watch brand Mido is now presenting a new edition of its iconic diving watch.
Limited to 1,961 pieces, this retro-styled modern diving watch features a 40.5mm diameter steel case mounted with a turquoise bezel and a ‘glassbox’- style sapphire crystal glass. Its dial features a multicoloured scale of decompression stops. Powering this timepiece is the automatic Caliber 80 with a power reserve of up to 80 hours.
Admired by vintage watch collectors, the original 1961 Ocean Star Skin Diver Watch features a decompression scale useful for professional divers. To facilitate calculations before and during a dive, it indicates the decompression times 6 metres below the surface.
These times could be read off very easily as they were displayed on contrasting coloured circles: yellow for a diving depth of 25 to 29 metres, green for 30 to 34 metres, pink for 35 to 39 metres and blue for 40 to 44 metres. By simply placing the minute hand at 12 o’clock before a dive, the wearer could read off the information on the table during immersion. The rotating bezel allowed diving time or decompression stops to be calculated.
In tribute to the original model, Mido reproduces the bright colours of the original table on the silvered white dial of the new Ocean Star Decompression Timer 1961. The depths are indicated at 12 o’clock in metres and feet.
For visibility underwater, Super-LumiNova® adorns the diamond-cut hour and minute hands, as well as the polished indexes. The original Mido logo also features as a polished applied adornment on the silvered white dial, and as an engraving on the case back, crown and strap clasps.
The ‘glassbox’- style sapphire crystal reinforces the vintage feel of the Ocean Star Decompression Timer 1961. For added radiance, the round 40.5 mm case is crafted from polished durable stainless steel.
At 12 o’clock, a large, neutral Super-LumiNova® dot provides a point of reference on the fluted turquoise unidirectional rotating bezel.
The emblematic Mido starfish is engraved on the stainless steel case back next to the serial number of each piece. The screwed crown and case back further enhance the durability of the watch, which is water-resistant up to 200 metres (20 bar/660 ft).
Presented in a special box with a limited edition certificate, each of the 1,961 timepieces comes with three elegant straps: a versatile braided steel bracelet, a more classic patinated leather strap, and a sporty turquoise fabric strap adorned with stitching in the colours of the table. A spur system allows for quick and easy strap changes.
The Mido Ocean Star Decompression Timer 1961 will be available from 1st November 2021. Its recommended retail price is CHF 1,130.00.
Model: Mido Ocean Star Decompression Timer 1961
Automatic Mido Caliber 80 (ETA C07.621 base), 11½’’’, Ø25.60 mm
Height: 5.22 mm
Finely decorated Elaboré-grade movement
Oscillating weight decorated with Geneva stripes and the Mido logo
Functions: HMSD + day
Adjusted in 3 different positions for high accuracy
Up to 80 hours of power reserve
Polished stainless steel case, Ø40.5 mm, 2 pieces
Unidirectional rotating bezel with turquoise aluminium ring, large dot in neutral Super-LumiNova® at 12 o’clock
Box sapphire crystal glass
Polished screwed crown with original Mido logo
Screwed case back with polished starfish in relief
Engraved serial number + limited edition number
Water-resistant up to a pressure of 20 bar (200 m/660 ft)
Silvered white with polished applied indexes adorned with neutral Super-LumiNova®
Date at 3 o’clock
Polished applied original Mido logo
Decompression scale represented by 4 coloured circles (yellow, green, pink and blue)
Flat diamond-cut hour and minute hands with neutral Super-LumiNova®, flat diamond-cut seconds hand.
Braided polished stainless steel, brushed clasp with original Mido logo and safety catch. Bar with spur system for quick changes.
Additional strap 1: Turquoise fabric with leather appliqué and loops. 4 stitches on the case side recalling the 4 coloured circles on the decompression scale on the dial. Polished pin buckle stamped with the original Mido logo. Bar with spur system for quick changes.
Additional strap 2: Light brown leather with a ‘patinated finish’ and 4 beige stitches on the case side. Polished pin buckle stamped with the original Mido logo. Bar with spur system for quick changes.