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considering a mido as next purchase - opinions and recommendations on either the multifort or all dial - models you especially like and dealers you have had good service and price from.

anything else you can tell me about mido as a watchmaker, brand and history?

i really like the all dial M8340.8.D8.1 but $1000 might be too rich for my budget right now.

i also like the classic design of the multifortM8830.4.74.8 ay about half the price.

and i like the
M8330.4.11.1 however i think at 38mm the case is a tad too small for me - prefer 42mm+

thoughts?

thanks in advance.

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anything else you can tell me about mido as a watchmaker, brand and history?

i really like the all dial M8340.8.D8.1 but $1000 might be too rich for my budget right now.

i also like the classic design of the multifortM8830.4.74.8 ay about half the price.

and i like the
M8330.4.11.1 however i think at 38mm the case is a tad too small for me - prefer 42mm+

thoughts?

thanks in advance.

rawlus
Here's the Mido website link:
http://www.mido.ch/en/home

You will find it has the information you need including the history of the marque.

I do not know where you live, so I can't help with AD. There are some reputable on-line dealers who sell Mido. Have a look with Google.
 

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I bought a vintage Mido Multifort date for my wife (32mm case) and she loves it. Mido seems to me to be a good value brand, alot of quality for a reasonable price. Another brand like this is Oris. Lots of bang for the buck.
 
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Anything else you can tell me about mido as a watchmaker, brand and history?
Well, MIDO surprised the world with some milestones of watchmaking:

1918
Mido G. Schaeren & Co AF founded in Solothurn.

1934
Mido Multifort (absolutely water resistant, antimagnetic and shockproof watch) was launched.
One of the most important milestones in the brand`s history.To prove that the watch functioned perfectly under very extreme conditions, Mido had this model tested very thoroughly by the NY "Electrical Testing Laboratories Inc.". Underwater tests were conducted in fresh water as well as in saltwater for over a thousand hours.

1935
Mido Multifort Automatic, the first watch available on the market combining automatic winding
+ water resistance
+ antimagnetic
+ shock protection.

1936
First indestructible springs for watches
1939
Mido Datometer (additional hand for date indication)

1946
New production plant opened at Biel.

1954
The "Powerwind" winding system comes into existance.

1957
Mido´s main supplier, "Ebauches A. Schild S.A." (short term AS), certified that Mido has ordered 1.000.000 automatic ebauches.

1959
The "Mido Ocean Star" is presented to the public.
Still a well respected monocoque case (one piece case) which still can be obtained by the current models of the Mido Ocean Star Commander.
Today the Mido Commander is one of the most recognized watches which design didn´t change a lot over the decades.


My Mido Commander

1968
Mido watches are sold in 111 countries which is another milestone in the late 60ties.

1977
During 1977 Mido produced 29074 COSC-certified movements (good old times:-! )

1998
80th anniversary of MIDO.

In our days Mido is part of the Swatch Group. Mido watches are known as reasonable priced quality timepieces. The Mido Commader looks a bit old fashioned. For those who don´t like the vintage look Mido created the All-Dial-series which is................impressive at least.
 

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I would say go for the Mido. They put a lot of goodies onto their movments such as Inabloc shock protection, Glucydur balance wheel, etc etc. They do use the upgraded ETA movments. Also they make affordable chronometer watches.

Unfortunately, Mido gets overlooked because of Tissot and Hamilton, but I think Mido is a little higher on the food chain than both of them. If you were to get a Mido you wouldn't see yourself coming and going.
 

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I would say go for the Mido. They put a lot of goodies onto their movments such as Inabloc shock protection, Glucydur balance wheel, etc etc. They do use the upgraded ETA movments. Also they make affordable chronometer watches.

Unfortunately, Mido gets overlooked because of Tissot and Hamilton, but I think Mido is a little higher on the food chain than both of them. If you were to get a Mido you wouldn't see yourself coming and going.
Amen to that - I've never even seen another Mido Multifort Auto Chrono posted about on the lists - let alone seen one in person!
 

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Re: Mido multifort and All dial

This is my Mido All Dial Ti. The first photo was taken in low light:



This was in near darkness - unusual lume different color hands and indices.

 
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Hi Stevie,

Thanks a lot for sharing :-! Appreciated.
 

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Re: Mido multifort and All dial

very cool pics stevie. now i'm looking at the chronograph version of stevie's dial as a possibility.

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Re: Mido multifort and All dial

Here's my vintage multifort:

 

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Thanks Stevie! It was a basket case off of Ebay that I had restored and the hands relumed. They did an awesome job on it. Farfo watches did the restoration and estimated it to be from the late 40's. I don't wear it very often as it is pretty small at 32mm and the numbers still glow faintly so it's fairly radioactive. Just beautiful though!
 
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