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INTRODUCING: Mido Ocean Star GMT Special Edition (Ref. M026.829.18.041.00)

Mido Ocean Star GMT Special Edition (Ref. M026.829.18.041.00)

The Swiss watch brand celebrates the 80th anniversary of its distinctive sports collection with a retro-style dual-timer.

As much as we admire the excellent value propositions from Mido’s Ocean Star GMT collection, we cannot help but baulk at the rather generous 44mm case size presented thus far. Therefore, when we learnt that the watchmaker is releasing a vintage-inspired special edition in honour of the 80th anniversary of the Ocean Star, we were cautiously optimistic that the watch would somewhat return to the modest proportions of the era, and we’re pleasantly surprised, to say the least. Not merely content with slapping on a new colourway and calling it a day, Mido has, in essence, redesigned the Ocean Star GMT by merging retro elements with modern watchmaking, creating an all-round winner in our books.

Mido Ocean Star GMT Special Edition (Ref. M026.829.18.041.00)
The Mido Ocean Star GMT Special Edition with a 40.5mm stainless steel case and matching multi-link bracelet.

For starters, the stainless steel case of the Ocean Star GMT Special Edition has been significantly trimmed to 40.5mm, certainly a welcomed change for the slender-wristed, but still large enough to assert an assured presence. Despite the downsizing, the watch maintains the collection’s 200m water resistance, which is denoted, as ever, by the starfish symbol engraved on the solid caseback of the watch. This also hearkens back to Mido’s legacy as one of the pioneers of water-resistant watches, inventing the Aquadura cork-crown sealing system in the 1930s and releasing the Ocean Star in 1944, which has remained an enduring pillar for the company since, thanks to its unwavering reliability and robust built.

Mido Ocean Star GMT Special Edition (Ref. M026.829.18.041.00)
The Mido Ocean Star GMT Special Edition features brand-new triangular polished applied indexes evoking shark teeth.

Besides the distinctive navy blue dial and a matching insert on the bidirectional rotating bezel, the Ocean Star GMT Special Edition sets itself apart from its predecessors with brand-new triangular polished applied indexes that the brand playfully dubs “shark teeth”. A silver-coloured 24-hour flange indicating the odd-numbered hours is a nice touch, while dashes of red accents on the GMT hand, dial, and flange bolster the watch’s sporty vibe. Enhancing the legibility of the timepiece are white Super-LumiNova coatings on the bezel, indexes, flange, and hands, and the watch is fitted with a retro-style ‘glassbox’ sapphire crystal that we’ve also spotted on the Ocean Star Decompression Worldtimer Special Edition and Ocean Star Tribute Special Edition.

Mido Ocean Star GMT Special Edition (Ref. M026.829.18.041.00)
A solid stainless steel caseback conceals the self-winding Mido Calibre 80 and ensures the watch's 200m water resistance.

The more eagle-eyed among us may also notice that the Ocean Star GMT Special Edition’s case shape is slightly reworked with sleeker lines, and the crown guards have been completely ditched for a cleaner silhouette. Thankfully, the engine driving the watch remains unchanged – the self-winding Mido Calibre 80. A dual-time version of the lauded Powermatic 80 movement with an anti-magnetic Nivachron balance spring and 80-hour power reserve, the calibre is finely decorated with Geneva Stripes and the Mido logo even though it’s concealed by the aforementioned screw-down caseback.

Mido Ocean Star GMT Special Edition (Ref. M026.829.18.041.00)
The Mido Ocean Star GMT Special Edition comes with an additional NATO-style navy blue strap with a grey centre line.

Further enhancing the vintage charm of the Ocean Star GMT Special Edition is an easily interchangeable multi-link stainless steel bracelet featuring a folding clasp with a diving extension. Completing the package is an additional NATO-style navy blue strap with a grey centre line. Retailing at S$1,880, one would be hard-pressed to find a better-value Swiss-made GMT timepiece than this.

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