A COSC Certified Saturation Diver From... Mido? The New Ocean Star Diver 600
With the introduction of the Mido Ocean Star Diver 600, the brand is diving to depths rarely seen in watchmaking. Even better? The price.
What I’m about to say may seem strange to many dive watch purists. Let’s start with the premise, and Swiss brand Mido has released the Ocean Star Diver 600, a 600-meter diver with a helium escape valve. In my opinion, the entry-level brand in Swatch Group’s portfolio has done something peculiar yet-extraordinary with their new timepiece.
The Ocean Star collection has long been a stalwart in Mido’s portfolio. With prices mostly falling under $1,000, the Ocean Star lineup has long offered stylish, yet durable, versatility coupled with a wide range of style choices with a bevy of different metals and materials to choose from.
While the traditional Ocean Star lineup is truly capable of diving to depths up to 200m or 600ft, the collection certainly appeals to the most average pool or snorkel dwellers. However, that wasn’t deep enough for Mido, they’ve chosen to enter uncharted territories with their latest release.
About the Ocean Star Diver 600
Mido knew that to truly cause waves in the dive watch market, it would need to up its game. Enter the Ocean Star Diver 600, a 43.5mm stainless steel diver with ceramic bezel. This ultra-deep diver is water-resistance to 600m or 1,968ft. Of course, diving to those depths could cause helium atoms to enter the watch, in which case, the added helium escape valve has been fitted.
While the helium valve is not officially certified, it's certainly a welcome addition. While we’ve seen this feature added to some of the best divers coming from Rolex and Omega, to see it on a Mido watch is quite remarkable. In keeping with the competition, Mido has outfitted the entire piece (bezel, hands, and indices) with Super Luminova Grade X, which provides optimal visibility under extraordinary low light situations.
Powered by the Mido Caliber 80 Si, the Ocean Star Diver 600 features up to 80 hours of power reserve. What’s more, the Caliber 80 Si movement features a silicon balance spring. Another innovative touch to a rather impressive piece.
The best part? The price
There are two iterations of the Ocean Star Diver 600. A stainless steel with bracelet model, and a black DLC coated piece with a rubber strap. Both pieces feature the same technical specifications and movement. The price for these three-hand with date saturation divers? Just $1,700 USD for either model.