We’ve never shied away from covering Mido here, especially since they’re a brand that brings some compelling, value-focused offerings. But as much as I’ve admired them from afar, the brand always seems to elude my collection. They came close with the Ocean Star Decompression Worldtimer GMT but that design might be … a little much for me. Now, to celebrate the 80th anniversary of the Ocean Star collection, Mido has announced a simplified yet very capable GMT watch—the Mido Ocean Star GMT Special Edition. While they call it a special edition, it’s not limited, and I think this will be way more appealing to folks than some of the previous Mido GMT models.

Like the Decompression Worldtimer model mentioned above, the Mido Ocean Star GMT Special Edition features a wearable 40.5mm case. It also resembles a limited edition GMT model announced in partnership with Hodinkee in 2022. But if the styling or vibes on that one seem off, this navy blue version might be the one. It’s also worth noting that this Mido Caliber 80 operates like a “flyer’s GMT” with a jumping local hour hand. Honestly, I’m surprised that more people don’t talk about this and I had forgotten entirely that Mido offered this since covering the worldtimer last year.

The dial also features a distinct set of hour markers, which give off a real Seiko-Monster vibe. I’m digging the touch of red at 12 o’clock, the ‘GMT’ text, and the GMT hand itself. Like I’ve heard about other similar Mido bracelets, the multi-link stainless steel bracelet looks very comfortable. But, this set also comes with a matching navy blue nylon strap, which probably turns this into a very comfortable vacation watch. Looking back at the movement, this version of the Powermatic 80 features a Nivachron hairspring and an impressive 80 hours of power reserve.

Mido Ocean Star GMT Special Edition Specifications

Case Size40.5mm (diameter) x 13.4mm (thickness) x 46.9mm (lug-to-lug)
Water Resistance200m
MovementMido Caliber 80
Case MaterialStainless Steel
Bracelet & StrapMulti-link bracelet with satin finish & nylon strap

While I’m not sure this will be the Mido that wins me over, I think it can be for many people. I love recommending Mido to collectors looking to branch out into more expensive pieces, and I’m glad they continue to offer real value in this price bracket. It’s not cheap by any means, but this seems like a whole lot of watch for just under $1,500. You can learn more about the Mido Ocean Star GMT Special Edition on the brand’s official site.


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