Hardcore divers at lightweight prices: Great dive watches over 300m water resistance

Let’s face it: most of us will never put on a scuba suit and head down to the darkest depths of the ocean in order to do a spot of sub-aquatic treasure hunting. But watch purchases kindle a sense of emotional connection, a form of expression that conveys our dreams and aspirations. The same way John Mayer becomes Mr. John C. Mayer when he straps on his Patek Philippe, or we all feel a bit more like James Bond when…

OK, we’re calling it: the Mido Ocean Star GMT is the best value Swiss GMT around

Value, presence and durability. These three factors are pretty important in the $1500 – $2000 price segment, and with the tough 44mm Mido Ocean Star GMT, I’m struggling to find any unticked boxes. I could happily live with this comfortable 44mm case, even if its diameter is on the beefy side, because it fits the personality of this Mido diver’s watch so well. Plus, with a 13mm thickness and a 50mm lug-to-lug length, its downturned lugs make it a smooth…

VIDEO: The Mido Ocean Star Tribute is a rugged diver that punches well above its pay grade

Mido are an oddity in the watch world. They’re not a mega-brand, being a subsidiary of Swatch Group towards the affordable end of the ladder, yet they still manage to be one of the few brands whose limited-edition releases can sell for well over their original retail price, as seen with the Ocean Star Decompression Timer 1961. With the new collection of Ocean Star Tribute watches, honouring 75 years of the dive watch line, Mido have created a faithful reproduction…

5 Mido watches to buy in the T+T Shop right now

Founded more than a century ago, Mido is a brand that has some serious history behind it. From producing watches for the founder of Bugatti, to making some of the earliest functional dive watches, Mido still remains under the radar of some enthusiasts. In recent years, the Le Locle-founded watchmaker has carved out a niche within the affordable tool watch space, offering a range of dive watches and chronographs at a price that won’t break the bank. These robustly built,…

VIDEO: The Mido Ocean Star Chronograph provides twice the functionality at half the cost

Editor’s note: Mido is yet another brand that is not widely accessible to Aussies. The brand may be familiar to many, but finding it in store or from a reputable online seller isn’t always easy. We are really happy to let all Australian readers know that we are now offering over 70 models in our online shop. There’s a lot to explore, and we’ll be endeavouring to cover more of the coming weeks – starting with this stealthy, stainless steel…