Mido watch was launched during 1918, and for its 100th anniversary, it decided to mark the occasion with a release of the Mido Commander Big Date. Most people are not fully aware of the history of Mido, and so the company wants to put itself in the spotlight, and gain a newer, stronger following. To do this, a better, and more handsome Commander was produced. The firm was launched during 1918, on November 11th, and this also happened to be the day WWI came to an end.
As for the first Commander watch, it was released during 1959, and has been chosen to represent the brand during the 100th year in business. This is part of the reason the design included such a big date window. The 6 o’clock position represents the importance of the watch and the company’s anniversary. Therefore such a big year deserved to have such a big date window. In fact the firm says this date window is the largest of any watch in this watch’s price range. This watch is actually quite affordable. The price starts at $1090, and peaks at $1240.
This watch is said to have been inspired by the Eiffel Tower. The classic design of the watch has served to ensure its production without interruption since 1959. Many vintage features, such as the monobloc case, fixed caseback, corked gasket crown, and domed crystal, have been used for this watch with modern interpretation. Due to the watch being a dress watch, the large 42 millimeter case, is only 11.97 millimeters in thickness. This is for ease of slipping under shirt cuffs.
The dial comes in two choices. Silver, or anthracite. The dial has an elegant finish done in a sunray style, and features diamond cut hands and indices treated with SuperLumiNova. This offers better legibility in the dark. The watch is protected by a sapphire crystal, and has edges faceted to create the illusion of magnification of the minutes track. Because the background is so simple and minimalist, the date window stands out in stellar fashion.
As for the watch movement, this timepiece is powered by the ETA C07.651. The movement was customized for the watch into the Mido calibre 80. The movement is automatic, and oscillates 21,600 vph. The watch is water resistant up to 50 meters of depth, but i would simply consider it to be water resistant for rainy days, and momentary accidents. This is a dress watch, and in no way a dive watch, or watch made for swimming. More information can be read about this great watch at Mido’s official website.