Friday, January 27, 2023

The Mido Ocean Star GMT Limited Edition for Hodinkee

Now before you even say it - YES, I know! This was released some time ago and covered in a few different outlets, so how on earth could this be "breaking" news worthy of the title: Bulldog Edition?
Courtesy of Hodinkee and Mido
Well, as is my relationship with Mido writ large - It's complicated...

Former readers of my outhouse journal will be reminded that Mido and Henki have a long history dating all the way back to when I "dropped" back in 1968 - in fact one day prior. My father was given a gold-filled Mido Ocean Star -

Courtesy of Yours' Truly

This was back in the days where a guy didn't probably have a "collection", he had a watch. And because he didn't have a cell phone with a clock, or a computer, etc., he depended on that watch to ensure he got everywhere on time. Needless to say, things have changed. But one thing that hasn't is the sense of longing many of us feel as time moves relentlessly forward. If we are lucky, we long for those happy memories that helped frame a simpler (for us, if not our parents) time. Obviously not every moment of every childhood is treasured, or even remembered. And even those that are remembered are often blurred with age. 
Courtesy of Hodinkee and Mido
Although it was certainly no "show-pony", my family Mido was not something terribly robust, particularly as it approached the half-century mark. So I have always had my eye half-peeled for a heartier time machine. But my criteria was clearly a bit skewed - I wanted it to have a vintage vibe including the original script font Mido logo, but I wanted it to be modern size and spec. And although I have plumped for a Mido Commander Shade, I didn't really want a reedition. While Mido did come out with another Ocean Star not so long ago, I have to be honest that the dial was a wee bit busy for me. But patience is sometimes rewarded. And this appeals to me because while it has design cues dating back to earlier days, it is not an homage in the purest sense. To the best of my knowledge Mido never made a GMT dive watch.
Courtesy of Hodinkee and Mido
So while this is a limited edition, and while it may well be sold out before I pull the trigger, it is something that I wanted to share. I realize that it will not be for everyone, and that is a good thing. There is something to be said for picking for yourself, rather than following the crowd.
Courtesy of Hodinkee and Mido
The Mido Ocean Star GMT Limited Edition for Hodinkee comes in a very nice bit of packaging, and includes 2 additional straps all sporting quick spring bars. It is available through Hodinkee's online store.

Here are the pertinents -

  • Model: The Mido Ocean Star GMT Limited Edition For Hodinkee
  • Reference: M026.829.11.051.00
  • Function: Time, GMT, Date
  • Material: Stainless steel
  • Dimensions: 40.5mm diameter; 13.43mm thickness
  • Crystal: Sapphire
  • Caseback: Stainless steel with Hodinkee Limited Edition and xxx/999 engraved
  • Dial: Black
  • Lume: SuperLuminova
  • Caliber: Caliber 80 C07.661
  • Power Reserve: 80 Hours
  • Water Resistance: 200 M
  • Bracelet/Strap: Steel mesh, Brown Leather, Two-piece Nylon
  • Lug Width: 21mm

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