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Mido jumps into the water with the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series

Jonathan Paredes of Mexico dives 27 metres from the cliff face during the first competition day of the third stop of the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series, Islet Vila Franca do Campo, Azores, Portugal on June 28th 2013. // Dean Treml/Red Bull Content Pool // 1372433948076-1780794065 // Usage for editorial use only // Please go to www.redbullcontentpool.com for further information. //

Hey, so remember back when we told you about Mido’s new diver, the Mido Ocean Star Diver 600? Well, because the watch world is (seemingly) chock-a-block full of anniversary dates, we’ve hit a special one for the Ocean Star line. It’s the 75-year mark, and to commemorate it, they’ve found a new way to test the water-fastness of the watch. Mido is partnering up with the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series.

Jonathan Paredes of Mexico dives from 27 metres off the cliff face of Islet Vila Franca do Campo during the fifth stop of the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series, Azores, Portugal, on July 26th 2014. // Dean Treml/Red Bull Content Pool

Frankly, this sort of cliff diving – from heights of 27m (88’ 7”) and approaching speeds of 85km/h (52.82 MPH) is going to be a super sure test of the watch surviving the forces and not having water enter the case. Then again the divers probably won’t wear the watch as they dive (and if not, page the Marketing team, because this sounds like a solid stunt).

This 11th season of the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series actually kicks off tomorrow – April 13th – in El Nido, Palawan, which is in the Philippines. After that, it goes on to:

  • 12 May: Dublin, Ireland
  • 2 June: Polignano a Mare, Italy
  • 22 June: São Miguel, Azores, Portugal
  • 14 July: Beirut, Lebanon
  • 24 August: Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • 14 September: Bilbao, Spain
Overview of the venue for the first stop of the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series in El Nido, Palawan, Philippines, on January 16, 2019. // Andreas Sacherer / Red Bull Content Pool

As things kick off, Mido is partnering with two of the divers, Jonathan Paredes from Mexico and Alessandro De Rose from Italy. Undoubtedly, if you take in the events, you’ll see them at some point sporting the Mido Ocean Star Diver 600. We also hope to be doing the same. Not jumping off of cliffs, but getting some wrist time with the watch to give you a hands-on impression. shopmido.com

Jonathan Paredes of Mexico dives 27 metres from the cliff face during the first competition day of the third stop of the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series, Islet Vila Franca do Campo, Azores, Portugal on June 28th 2013. // Dean Treml/Red Bull Content Pool

Watch Overview

  • Brand & Model: Mido Ocean Star Diver 600
  • Price: $1,700
  • Who we think it might be for: You want a super-accurate Swiss dive watch
  • Would I buy one for myself based on what I’ve seen?Certainly – the blue and steel one is right up my alley
  • If I could make one design suggestion, it would be: If thickness becomes an issue for the watch, creating a less-pro version with, say, 200m WR on it should allow for a more compact case
  • What spoke to me the most about this watch: The classic looks with the Mido twist

Tech Specs from Mido

  • Movement
    • Automatic Mido Caliber 80 Si (ETA C07.821 base), COSC-certified chronometer, 111⁄2’’’, Ø25.60 mm, height: 5.22 mm, 25 jewels, 21,600 vph, ELINFLEX mainspring, silicone balance-spring, decorative disc with transferred Si logo on the balance bridge.
    • Finely decorated chronometer movement with blued screws, oscillating weight decorated with Geneva stripes and Mido logo.
    • Functions: HMSD. Adjusted on 5 different positions for high accuracy.
    • Up to 80 hours of power reserve.
  • Case
    • Satin-finished and polished 316L stainless steel, polished and satin-finished bezel with ceramic ring featuring engraved numerals filled with Super-Luminova Grade X® and a unidirectional blocking function.
    •  Ø43.5 mm, 2 pieces, sapphire crystal with anti-reflective treatment on both sides, screwed crown and case back.
    • Starfish engraved and polished on the case back, helium valve, finely decorated Si chronometer movement, water-resistant up to a pressure of 60 bar (600 m/1968 ft).
  • Bracelet:  Satin-finished and polished 316L stainless steel integrated into the case, folding clasp.
  • Dial:  Lacquered blue, polished applied indexes with white Super-Luminova ®, date at 3 o’clock.
  • Hands:  Diamond-cut and satin-finished, skeletonised and filled with white Super-Luminova Grade X® for easy readability at night.
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