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INTRODUCING: Mido Ocean Star 200C Carbon Limited Edition

Mido Ocean Star 200C Carbon Limited Edition

The popular diver gets an upgrade with a high-end, high-performance material.

Although Mido has been refocusing its efforts on design-centric models of late, with vintage revivals like the Multifort TV Big Date, it hasn’t forgotten that it’s a pioneer of water-resistant watches since 1930, when its innovative Aquadura cork-crown sealing system was invented. This legacy is exemplified by its Ocean Star line spanning GMT, Decompression Worldtimer, and Tribute models, which we’ve recently reviewed. As it stands, this best-selling collection of diving watches remains one of the brand’s pillars, thanks to their sturdy built and wallet-friendly price tags. Therefore, our interest was inevitably piqued when Mido announced the release of its new Ocean Star 200C with a carbon fibre composite case and dial as well as a chronometer-grade calibre. 

Mido Ocean Star 200C Carbon Limited Edition
The Mido Ocean Star 200C Carbon Limited Edition in carbon fibre composite with ceramic bezel.

Despite being often overlooked for its more prominent brethren in the Swatch Group, Mido has some serious watchmaking chops. Besides the aforementioned waterproofing system, its Multifort was one of the first antimagnetic watches with a self-winding movement and built-in water- and shock-resistance when it was launched in 1934. All of its technical prowess up to that point would culminate in the release of the first Ocean Star in 1959 (though the name ‘Oceanstar’ was trademarked as far back as 1944), which also eliminated any water-resistance problems from the caseback with a revolutionary single-shell case. Initially introduced under the brand’s Commander banner, and styled accordingly, it has since evolved into a full collection with all the trappings that one would expect of contemporary dive watches, and then some.

Mido Ocean Star 200C Carbon Limited Edition
The carbon fibre composite imbues the Mido Ocean Star 200C Carbon Limited Edition with a high-tech look.

Like its forbears in the range, the new reference lives up to the ‘200C’ suffix with a 200m water resistance and a ceramic insert on its unidirectional rotating bezel. Also maintaining the 42.5mm diameter, it sets itself apart with a high-tech carbon fibre composite case middle enveloping a stainless steel core, which is a first for the brand. The robust yet lightweight material essentially shaves the watch’s weight down to a mere 122g, and its mottled effect, alternating between shades of grey and anthracite, confers a technical outlook that has never been seen before on this model. The black PVD-treated stainless steel caseback bears the engraving of the collection’s starfish emblem that was trademarked in 1942.

Mido Ocean Star 200C Carbon Limited Edition
The carbon fibre composite dial remains highly legible with bold Super-LumiNova-coated hands and indexes.

The high-performance material also graces the dial of the watch, further boosting its high-tech appearance. As a dive watch, legibility is, of course, optimised; in this case, via hands and individually applied indexes generously coated with white Super-LumiNova. We especially like the vibrant orange accents on the minute hand and the markings on the bezel for the first 15 minutes, breaking the otherwise monochromatic colour palette. Underneath the dial is a COSC-certified version of the much-vaunted Calibre 80 with an 80-hour power reserve and shock-resistant, non-magnetic silicon balance spring.

Mido Ocean Star 200C Carbon Limited Edition
The Mido Ocean Star 200C Carbon Limited Edition comes with two easily interchangeable straps in rubber and synthetic fabric.

Limited to 888 pieces worldwide, the Mido Ocean Star 200C Carbon is shipped with two easily interchangeable straps, one in rubber and the other in synthetic fabric on a silicone base. While the former features a diver’s extension and folding clasp in black PVD-treated stainless steel, the latter is fitted with a black PVD-treated stainless steel pin buckle. At S$3,100, the watch is priced higher than all-steel or titanium 200C models. However, taking the high-tech materials and chronometer-grade movement into account, the Mido Ocean Star 200C Carbon is still a value proposition in our books.

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