Over the past few years, we’ve brought you word on a variety of Mido watches, and have reviewed some as well (you can see all of our Mido articles here). In fact, we’ve got another Mido review in the works right now. While the Multifort watches often focus on the dials (rightly so), this time around, it’s actually the movement that is the focus of the Mido Multifort Chronometer.
I’ve been writing about the Mido Ocean Star Diver 600 for close to 6 months now. It started back in November when the watch was launched and then again when the watch got tied into the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series. Well, we’ve finally gotten to spend some time with the watch, and can give you our hands-on impression of the Mido Ocean Star Diver 600.
It was not all that long ago that I brought you my first hands-on impression of a Mido watch. That was a big one, and I dug the Geneva stripes on the dial. Then I wrote about their newly announced GMT (here), and it would be easy to slip into thinking that Mido just makes large, sporty watches. If so, that would be a mistake, because they’ve got some rather lovely, smaller pieces. Today, we’re taking a look at one of those, the Mido Baroncelli III.
I’ve looked at a few different Mido watches over the last couple of years, and while they have been a variety of types and styles, it’s safe to say that none of them were purpose-built dive watches. That’s not something that the brand has really focused on or put to the forefront. Well, that changes with today’s release of the Mido Ocean Star Diver 600.
When it comes to brands touting their heritage, there are more than a few that, shall we say, embellish the links to the past. Then you have brands like Mido who have more concrete claims underscoring a release. Take, for instance, the Mido Commander Icône. When the brand is celebrating 60 years of unbroken production of a watch line, you can take that at face value.
If you read my prior review on the Mido Multifort (here), you’re aware that I was, shall we say, smitten with the Geneva stripe treatment given to the dial. It’s equal parts subtle and dramatic, and I dig the uniqueness of that movement finishing showing up front. So, when a new GMT version was announced, it should surprise no one that I was all ears. So, what does the Mido Multifort GMT have in store for you when it’s released later this year?
There are a few things that should be immediately clear with today’s Mido announcement: I like blue watches, and I am fond of the Baroncelli lineup (you can see my last hands-on here). While normally we might give things a sort of “meh” shoulder shrug when it’s a new dial color coming in, today, there’s nothing meh about the Mido Baroncelli Midnight Blue.
Mido. Titanium. And cheerful? Yes. It’s cheerful! It’s a bright spot of orange amid a sea of gray, with hands that stand up, bold as love. It’s the Mido Ocean Star Caliber 80 in Titanium.
Even though we’re not in the midst of watch show season, there have still been plenty of new watch announcements as of late. The latest to hit the wire – yes, even more recent than yesterday’s Apple Watch hullaballoo – are two new iterations in the Mido Ocean Star Automatic lineup.
When you hear the name “Mido Multifort”, what are you picturing? For me, that calls to mind a watch design with a rather prominent feature on the dial – Geneva stripes. This stands out because it’s a finishing technique that we normally see reserved for the movement, and not the dial. Well, Mido is trying to break me of that mental picture habit, it seems, with the release of the Mido Multifort Patrimony.