Monday, September 16, 2019

The Ocean Star Tribute

This is one of the latest from Mido, and it is something special!

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This is the Ocean Star Tribute.  Per Mido, this is apparently the 75th anniversary of the Ocean Star. Apparently, the folks actually making money off of advertising at some of the other outlets, etc. were too busy eating their Cheerios or simply overslept this Monday AM.  Well not to worry Mido, there's never a charge at Tempus Fugit ; )

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You ever completely go off of something, then find yourself captivated by it again?  Well for me, this is indeed one of those times.  Mido is a family affliction/passion, and I have spent the past four years in a "love-hate" tug of war with my feelings about the brand as a whole.  But credit where credit is due, this is a truly beguiling watch that hits me on a truly visceral level.

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The blue of the dial is a truly welcome departure from the usual dark navy or black, and the orange second hand really ties together the look and feel.  It would have been safe (and typical) to simply go black or navy, but Mido took a chance on this one, and it's a winner.  Having said that, if black is your jam?

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The Ocean Star Tribute is also available in a black dial/bezel version.  

In Switzerland it the suggested retail price is CHF 990 with the VAT.  Here Stateside, bump it up a bit as the MSRP is $1,115.  The Mido website makes mention that this includes VAT which is a bit curious as, well, we don't have that in the US.  We do, however, have state sales tax.  And this means you will be paying above the $1,115 once everything is said and done, presuming you are paying full retail.

Here are the pertinents, straight from the source -


  • Material:
    Stainless steel

  • Diameter:
    40.50 mm

  • Between lugs:
    21.00 mm

  • Water-resistance:
    20 bar (200 m / 660 ft) with screwed crown

  • Crystal:
    Sapphire crystal

  • Case height:
    13.43 mm

  • Movement type:
  • Automatic Mido Caliber 80 (base ETA C07.621)
    • Date

  • Dial colour:

  • Hour Markers:
    Applied indexes
  • Stainless steel bracelet and blue fabric strap (interchangeable)

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