The new Mido Multifort PVD Special Edition Chronograph watch is one of the most bizarre “ordinary” timepieces I have seen this year.
As you can see on the pictures, the watch features a rather standard data display layout: a tri-compax chronograph with a 30-minute totalizer at 12 o’clock, 12-hour counter at 6 o’clock and a small second display at 9 o’clock. As usual, the central chronograph second hand may be also used to calculate vehicle’s speed with the tachymeter scale on the inner part of the bezel. At 3 o’clock there is also standard “day of week” / “date of month” window.
Mido’s designers tried to make the dial more vivid with a Panerai-style double layered dial (the watch’s face has eight holes in it that are filled with orange SuperLumninova) that is further decorated with two vertical and two horizontal lines (also painted with SuperLumuniva) and crossing right at the center of the dial and (OMG!!!) an elaborate pattern of Geneva stripes.
As a result, we see a stylistic mash-up that makes the Mido Multifort PVD Special Edition Chronograph the most strange “plain” watch that looks like a timepiece for a Batman of Asian origin (sorry, guys.)
Although guys at Professional Watches tell us that the watch’s ETA Valjoux 7750 automatic chronograph movement was “slightly modified,” it is not exactly so. The incabloc shock-absorber system is used in all Chronometre-grade 7750 movements, as does the gilt Glucydur balance, Anacron balance-spring and Nivaflex NM barrel spring. All these devices are listed in the Manufacturing Information leaflet that you can find on the Internet.
The caliber with its blued screws, circular graining and an oscillating weight with Geneva stripes and engraved Mido logo is perfectly seen via the watch’s transparent caseback.
So, while the watch indeed sports a very high-grade movement adjusted in five positions and officially COSC-certified, it is steel a standard job. Bear this fact in mind if you plan to sell the watch in the future: there is nothing particularly “limited” or “special” about this movement.
The Mido Multifort PVD Special Edition Chronograph comes in a rather large 44 mm x 14.5 mm case crafted of PVD-coated 316L stainless steel and is equipped with a black rubber strap. Its chronograph pushpieces are of normal size and standard shape and perfectly match the mid-sized winding crown.
Mido Multifort PVD Special Edition Chronograph watch specification:
Price range: $1830
Movement: ETA Valjoux 7750, automatic, 25 jewels, 30.4 mm in diameter (13,25 lignes), 7.9 mm in height, 28,800 vph
Complications: Chronograph, date
Power reserve: 48 hours
Case material: Black PVD-coated Stainless steel
Bezel material: Black PVD-coated Stainless steel
Bezel shape: Round
Case size: 44 mm
Case height: 14.5 mm
Dial: Black PVD-coated steel
Hands: Black PVD-coated steel
Water resistance: 100 m
Strap: Black rubber
Crystal: Sapphire, AR-treated on both sides
Case back: Transparent