All of us secretly know that most individuals who personal dive watches seldom use them for diving. What most individuals love about dive watches are their sporty instrumental appears to be like and strong, all-terrain traits. In case you had been to mix these traits with a cool multi-coloured decompression desk on the dial, you’ll be Mido’s extremely unique and collectable Ocean Star Decompression Timer 1961 reintroduced final 12 months. All 1,961 items of the inaugural “Rainbow” had been offered out earlier than they even reached retailers, which is hardly shocking given the enticing price ticket. Following in its wake, Mido introduces a second model of its classic diver with a fair funkier color scheme that’s nearer to the 1961 unique. With its enticing mixture of Sixties styling and Swatch Group’s latest-generation calibre 80, the newest “Rainbow” goes to fly off the cabinets.
Again in 1961…
To offer the watch some context, in 1961, Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin turned the primary particular person in house and development on the Berlin Wall to separate East and West Germany commenced. In the meantime, again in Switzerland, Mido was manufacturing the Powerwind Diver 1000, a licensed dive watch with 300m water-resistance, a bidirectional rotating bezel and a vibrant dial with concentric scales to mark diving decompression instances at totally different depths. Thought of one of many rarest watches produced by Mido, some collectors are keen to pay as much as USD 10,000 for a classic “Rainbow” in good nick.
A classic instance of the Mido Powerwind Diver 1000 “Rainbow” with Decompression Timer dial
Pioneer in waterproof watches
Based in 1918, Mido would turn into a pioneer within the improvement of waterproof watches within the early Nineteen Thirties. Its Aquadura crown sealing system of 1930, with a cork gasket on the crown to stop water and mud from getting into the motion, paved the way in which for extra strong dive watches. In 1934, the Multifort appeared, a sturdy, computerized, anti-magnetic watch with built-in water and shock-resistance that might turn into a best-seller via to the Nineteen Fifties. The Ocean Star household, with its starfish emblem, was born within the early Forties and developed through the years to include a single-shell (monocoque) case and the model’s Aquadura cork crown-sealing mechanism to extend the water-resistance of the watch. The 1959 Powerwind 1000 dive watch, often known as reference 5907, would turn into a star product with its multi-colour scales (in ft) representing decompression instances on the dial. An unimaginable innovation on the time, the watch was the results of analysis undertaken with skilled divers.
Groovy Dial & bezel
As Brice mentions in his protection of the 2020 Mido Ocean Star Decompression Timer 1961 with a black bezel, the bottom for the watch is the Ocean Star 200 Tribute. The stainless-steel case measures 40.5mm, somewhat compact however nonetheless bigger than the 1961 unique. The case is polished all through, giving the watch a vibrant shiny presence and options two triangular crown guards and a knurled, unidirectional rotating bezel. This newest iteration comes with a turquoise anodised aluminium insert within the bezel with its 60-minute countdown scale in white and the dot of lume at midday. Consolidating its classic attraction is the trendy sapphire model of a glassbox-style crystal over the dial, which is much less susceptible to scratches. To make sure the 200m water-resistance (lower than the unique mannequin’s 300m score), the crown and the caseback, engraved with the Mido starfish, are screwed down.
The cool turquoise color of the bezel is picked up on the primary concentric decompression ring on the dial. In case you examine this mannequin to the 1961 Rainbow Diver, you’ll see that the color scheme is nearer right here than on the black dial mannequin of 2020. Actually, the silvery-white background of the dial makes the dial appear bigger and, for my part, even simpler to seek the advice of than the black dial mannequin. The depth is indicated at midday in metres and ft, and the decompression scale graduates from blue to pink and from inexperienced to yellow. Every scale represents a diving depth: yellow from 25 to 29 metres, inexperienced for 30 to 34 metres, pink for 35 to 39 meters and blue for 40 to 44 metres. By inserting the minute hand at 12 o’clock earlier than a dive, a diver might/can see whether or not a decompression interval needed to be noticed when reascending and the length of every stage. The silvery-white dial has utilized rectangular indices with impartial Tremendous-LumiNova, a date window at 3 o’clock and luminescent diamond-cut hour and minute arms.
Though the motion is hidden beneath the stable metal caseback, the Ocean Star 200C is powered by the Mido calibre 80 based mostly on the ETA C07.621. Shared by among the most accessible manufacturers in Swatch Group, the Powermatic 80 is an evolution of the ETA 2824 structure improved with a revised kinetic chain and lowered frequency. Now beating at 3Hz, it additionally has greater than doubled its energy reserve to 80 hours. It’s offered in an élaboré grade and adjusted in three positions.
In case you are in search of an unique dive watch that evokes the Sixties to a tee and will not be afraid of colors, the Mido Ocean Star Decompression Timer 1961 Turquoise is a stable candidate. Possibly the date window, which was not featured on the unique, might have been overlooked of the package deal, however frankly, it’s not that jarring. Enticing and really totally different out of your run-of-the-mill black dial diver, the Decompression Timer will undoubtedly be a dialog starter. And with its aggressive retail value, it’s the type of watch some collectors might purchase only for the enjoyable of it.
Availability & value
The Mido Ocean Star Decompression Timer 1961 Turquoise shall be accessible in November. Restricted to 1,961 items, the watch comes on a Milanese metal bracelet inside a particular field with two further straps: a conventional brown leather-based strap and a turquoise blue cloth strap with stitching to match the decompression desk. The bracelet and straps might be exchanged simply with the quick-change spring bars. It would retail for EUR 1,150.
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