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MIDO Ocean Star 600 Chronometer BLACK EDITION [if you could scratch beneath the surface]

Mido’s Ocean Star 600 gets a stealthy upgrade for 2022! 

The Mido Ocean Star family has garnered a fair amount attention of late with the release exciting new models like this Black Edition which is based on their consummate diver, the Ocean Star 600.

Water-resistant up to 60 bar (600 m / 1,968 ft) the new timepiece is characterized by its sleek black DLC finish; however there is so much more to it when you delve beneath its DLC surface treatment. Speaking of which, DLC (Diamond-Like Carbon) has been around for such a while now, that we seldom give any thought to what this specialist treatment pioneered for use for on military helicopter’s rotor blade tips, entails. Employing plasma-based vacuum deposition techniques, an inert gas is used to deposit very thin layers – about 1 nanometer thick – of graphite (carbon) and diamond particles.

It offers so far unmatched physical properties that defy the toll of time: exceptional resistance to wear and tear thanks to its hardness and flexibility, and extraordinary stability. 

In addition, DLC offers an anthracite or deep black finish that enhances the aesthetics of the watch.

As well as its 600m of water-resistance and said DLC coating, another feature of Black Edition is its diver’s bezel, with a ceramic inlay with a dive-time scale filled with Super-Luminova® Grade X. And there at 9 o’clock on its lateral side is another feature that you wouldn’t expect to find on a Mido diver is a helium valve flanked on either side by engraved “HELIUM VALVE” text for the uninitiated of us. And finally the watch is powered by a COSC-certified chronometer movement with a Silicon balance spring, and offers an autonomy of up to 80 hours. The new Ocean Start Black Edition from Mido has a Swiss MSRP of CHF 1,720 / 1,590 (rubber) and is available from authorized dealers, worldwide.

Thoughts? If you could actually scratch beneath its DLC surface, Mido’s Ocean Star 600 offers so much more watch than you’d expect coming from Mido. 

So do we think that now Mido has seemed to move up a tier or two that we should reevaluate our opinion the brand, I mean for the better or have you always been a fan? What do you think?


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