Based on the slim COSC-certified ETA 2836-2 movement, the new Mido Baroncelli Chronometer Jubilee watch is just another proof that classic is always cool. And that you don’t need to be a millionaire to afford a dressy watch.
Although the Baroncelli family exists for about 32 years, the Jubilee Chronometer watch is the first member of the clan, which is equipped with an automatic movement officially certified by COSC (Controle Officiel Suisse des Chronometres, the Official Swiss Chronometer Testing Institute).
The movement, which is known for its high quality and decent reliability, is widely used by a great number of watchmakers (both Swiss and German,) including Fortis, Oris, Hamilton, TAG Heuer and others.
The certificate from the Swiss watch authority doesn’t really mean that your particular timepiece will be more accurate than any given mechanical watch from a serious brand and it will certainly be inferior to any normal Quartz watch, but it is still really nice to possess a certified watch.
I guess it’s like buying a pet of the highest breed: nobody really cares, but you feel somewhat proud of yourself.
The chronometer is placed within a 42mm stainless steel case that features an anti-reflecting sapphire crystal treated on both sides and an Aquadura cork crown sealing system.
The Mido Aquadura Crown Sealing system was introduced almost 40 years ago uses not usual rubber, but natural cork.
Known to wine-connoisseurs as an almost perfect wine-stopper, the material possesses a unique cellular structure that lets it to be easily compressed upon insertion and then to expand to form a tight seal.
Since natural cork has its own, err, natural flaws, the material is activated and molded in order to ensure the needed water resistant characteristics.
The caseback is also transparent so as to provide a nice view of the 25 jewels movement decorated with Geneva stripes.
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Mido Baroncelli Chronometer Jubilee chronometer watch specification :
Price range: $1200 for the strap version and $1285 for the bracelet model
Movement: Automatic, ETA 2836-2, COSC-certified, Swiss Made
Power reserve: 40 hours
Case material: Stainless steel
Case diameter: 42 mm
Case height: No data
Dial: White with Arabic numerals
Water resistance: 50 meters
Strap: Genuine calf leather strap with crocodile look and stainless steel folding clasp or a stainless steel bracelet
Crystal: Sapphire crystal