One of the surprise hits for me at Baselworld 2016 was the new Mido Ocean Star Captain V in titanium (reference M026.430.44.061.00). Mido replica watch is one of the less well-known Swatch Group brands, at least in the United States, but it has some cool watches such as the Commander and Multifort. I understand that Mido watches do particularly well in South America, actually… Anyhow, the brand’s flagship dive watch collection has always been the Ocean Star, and this is the Ocean Star Captain V (which came after the Captain IV). Mido produces the Ocean Star Captain V in steel models as well, in addition to the titanium model. Those aren’t bad either, but there is something quite special in the titanium model, particularly when you take cost into consideration.
Just for comparison purposes, I’ll also include some images of a steel (with gold-toned parts) Mido Ocean Star Captain V diver watch so that you can see the difference. With the Captain V over the Captain IV version of the Ocean Star, Mido more or less redesigned the watch to be a lot more mature, but also timeless. Sure the Mido Ocean Star Captain is a conservative watch, but in the right ways. The overarching theme of the timepiece seems to be function, and so much of the watch is trying to not be showy that you get an excellent tool watch feel, with a real Swiss level of refinement, from an unexpected place.
One of the first things you’ll notice when you pick up the mostly satin-brushed titanium case is the polished beveled edges. This is a minor, yet very important decorative feature of the watch and bracelet which is done so nicely. It is also totally unexpected at the price. Staying on topic with the bracelet, have a look at the deployant clasp that offers a nice little micro-adjust mechanism. It might not be a Rolex GlideLock system, but it works well and certainly gets the job done. Honestly, once you get a watch bracelet with a micro-adjust feature like this it can be hard to go back to not having one.
The cheesiest part of the Mido Ocean Star Captain V cheap fake watch is the deep relief image of the sea star on the rear of the case. Its like amateur oceanographic art, but then again, I’ve seen much (much) worse watch caseback art. The case is water resistant to 200 meters with an AR-coated sapphire crystal over the dial. What’s actually quite nice about the case is how thin it is for a dive watch. Mido isn’t going to beat any records with the Mido Ocean Star Captain V’s case dimensions, but it wears slim on the wrist with a profile that can easily slip under shirts at probably under 11mm thick.