The Mido Ocean Star Captain Titanium is not the cheapest entry-level diving watch around, but it has some nice characteristics. With 20 bar/200 metre water resistance it’s perfectly at home underwater, and its bracelet with diver’s extension makes it feasible for use on a wet suit; the rather smooth bezel fluting and the date and date windows suggest that it also has a vocation as a so-called “office diver.” The sort of watch that enthusiasts wear to show that they’d rather be underwater than at their desk.
The case is 42.5 mm in diameter. Case and bracelet are in titanium, so total weight is fairly low at 123 grams. The grained anthracite dial provides a backdrop for the hour indices and hands, with SuperLuminova coating. Hour and minute hands are skeletonized. The unidirectional rotating bezel also has a luminous white dot. The caseback is solid, decorated with a relief starfish. The orange details on dial and bezel give the watch a modern, trendy look. The screw-down crown is well protected by the crown protector.
Inside, the self-winding Mido Calibre 80 is built by ETA, C07.621, one of the new-generation ETA movements with Nivaflex mainspring and a 21,600 vibrations per hour (3 Hertz) balance oscillation rate, features that give it a power reserve of 80 hours.
Price of the Mido Ocean Star Captain Titanium
This model, reference M026.430.44.061.00, costs €1,060. It is also available in steel at €940, and with a gold bezel at €1,100.