We’ve got a few months until the 2022 year-end quarterbacking begins in earnest, but in the world of watches, there’s a good chance it’ll go down as the year of the GMT. A quirky complication designed to help pilots track multiple time zones at once, it was introduced in the 1950s, and widely adopted in the decades since. In 2022, however, anyone in the market for a new GMT will have more options than ever before, from budget quartzes to five-figure grails. So while you can spend a lot of money on a GMT, you don’t have to shell out thousands to get a handsome and well-made watch from a reputable Swiss brand. The new special-edition Mido Ocean Star GMT is exactly that kind of watch.
The first GMTs were tool watches, made to be used in specific work environments, often by military personnel, and as such were built to withstand everything from hard impacts to underwater pressure. As a GMT-diver the new Mido Ocean Star GMT is similarly built for action, with a sturdy 316L stainless steel case measuring a substantial 44mm, and a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal. With its punchy red, white, and blue colour scheme, the Ocean Star GMT stands out at a glance, but look a little closer and you’ll find plenty of details that make the watch’s $1,675 retail price seem like an even better bargain.
For one thing, the Mido Ocean Star GMT comes with a scratch-resistant ceramic bezel insert, a feature common on watches that sell for thousands more. For another, it’s powered by the Mido Caliber 80, a Swiss-made automatic movement with an impressive “weekend-proof” 80-hours of power reserve. And that’s to say nothing of the watch’s capability as a diver. Like the other members of the Ocean Star family, a screw-down crown, a stainless steel bracelet, and 200m of water resistance give it all the right specs for recreational diving.
The GMT function, aided by a 24-city time zone chart engraved on the case back, comes in handy on whichever side of the cockpit door you’re on. When you touch down in a new time zone, simply reset your watch to local time and set the red and white GMT hand to indicate home time using the 24-hour markings on the inside of the bezel. Arranged in a classic two-colour style, this design element makes it easy to tell day (red) from night (blue) at a glance. While Mido makes the Ocean Star GMT in three other distinctive variations (blue-on-blue, two-tone rose gold and classic stainless steel with a black bezel and dial) this special edition achieves maximum visual impact thanks to its bold colour scheme, plus a bonus woven strap in red, white, and blue nylon. Whichever version floats your boat, you’ll have a hard time finding a better deal on a high-quality Swiss GMT in any time zone.