It would be an understatement to say we were excited after learning about the Mido Ocean Star Decompression Timer 1961 Limited Edition earlier this year. As a modern take on the original Mido Ocean Star Powerwind 1000 from 1961, it nailed all the little details we look for in a vintage-inspired dive watch. We thought it would make the perfect summer addition to the HODINKEE Shop, which is why we partnered with Mido for a period of global exclusivity, allowing us to offer our customers the very first chance to purchase it. Our enthusiasm for the new watch seems to have been matched by yours, as our initial allocation sold out quickly.
We have since delivered nearly all of the original orders from late July (if you haven’t received your watch yet, it is on its way!), and Mido recently informed us of one more batch of watches, available exclusively to HODINKEE Shop customers. We’re thrilled to be able to give those who missed out on the Mido Ocean Star Decompression Timer 1961 Limited Edition the first time around a second chance to purchase this release. Hopefully, we can share what makes this vintage-inspired dive watch so special with a few more people. Today’s batch of watches will be delivered in early September 2020, but they are available to purchase right now in the HODINKEE Shop (while supplies last).
The Mido Ocean Star Decompression Timer 1961 Limited Edition
When Mido was less than two decades old, in the 1930s, it developed a new type of crown gasket made of natural cork that sealed the stem of the movement from the outside world to protect it from the accidental entry of water and other elements. Mido’s sole desire at that point in time was to create the most reliable watch it possibly could, but the decision to focus on water resistance early on led the company down a path that, decades later, resulted in one of the most colorful and uniquely innovative dive watches ever: the Mido Ocean Star Powerwind 1000 ref. 5907.
Released in 1961 and marketed toward early skin divers, the Powerwind 1000 was a tool that could track elapsed time underwater and help its wearer fight off the onset of decompression sickness, known colloquially as the bends. The multi-color scale on the watch’s dial indicated the required length of a decompression stop during dives of varying depths and durations. (You can learn how to use the scale, here.) This function-first dive watch was produced by Mido for a few short years, from approximately 1961 to 1965. If it wasn’t for the cult following it eventually developed among contemporary dive-watch enthusiasts – for its combination of color, rarity, and functionality – the Powerwind 1000 likely would have ended up as a simple footnote in the history of the dive watch.
Limited to 1,961 pieces worldwide, the new Mido Ocean Star Decompression Timer 1961 Limited Edition is the result of the Swiss brand listening directly to the desires of today’s dive watch lovers and collectors. The colorful vintage diver has been recreated with all the sun-baked charm of the original, with the modern upgrades you’d expect of a contemporary sport watch. That means an automatic movement with 80 hours of running autonomy, a color-matched date window at three o’clock, applied hour markers and diamond-cut hands that are filled with Super-LumiNova, and 200 meters of water resistance. The hands are the same design as those on the original Powerwind 1000: a short, dauphine style for the hour hand and a pencil shape for the minute hand. The dial of the Mido Ocean Star Decompression Timer 1961 Limited Edition is protected by a domed, box-style sapphire crystal, and the closed steel caseback features an engraved starfish logo that is characteristic of the Ocean Star line. The signed, screw-down crown is protected by crown guards, and the unidirectional, 60-minute countdown bezel has a black aluminum insert with a luminous pip at the zero marker.
The fully polished case of the Mido Ocean Star Decompression Timer 1961 Limited Edition measures in at 40.5mm in diameter and 13.4mm in height, a slight upgrade from the vintage model’s 38mm sizing but still quite wearable for today. It helps that the triangular lugs are quite short, ensuring a comfortable fit on most wrists. On the topic of fit, each Ocean Star Decompression Timer 1961 Limited Edition comes with three different straps and bracelets. There’s a vintage-style mesh bracelet, a black calfskin leather strap with multi-colored stitching, and a black strap made of synthetic fabric with yellow stitching. All strap and bracelet options come with quick-change, tool-less spring bars. The Mido Ocean Star Decompression Timer 1961 Limited Edition is available for $ 1,250, a very approachable price tag considering vintage examples in good condition can today fetch close to five figures.
Purchase The Mido Ocean Star Decompression Timer Before It’s Gone For Good
Dive watches are a platform built on extreme elements, meant to function in situations that stress the human body to its core, where accurate timekeeping and legibility underwater can save lives. Mido pushed the dive-watch genre further with the original Powerwind 1000 in 1961, by confronting the perils of the bends, a formidable opponent that divers are far more likely to experience than nearly any other underwater obstacle. The Mido Ocean Star Decompression Timer 1961 Limited Edition offers a new generation of dive watch enthusiasts the opportunity to purchase one of the most visually distinctive dive watches ever built.
Each Mido Ocean Star Decompression Timer 1961 Limited Edition purchased from the HODINKEE Shop comes with the HODINKEE Guarantee, which includes an extra year warranty (three years total), expedited delivery, and digital paperwork storage. All watches will be delivered inside a special limited-edition box with the mesh bracelet and the two additional straps pictured in the slideshow above. This is the final batch of Mido Ocean Star Decompression Timer 1961 Limited Edition watches that will be available in the HODINKEE Shop; act quickly and pick up yours today, right here.