The Multifort, Mido‘s best-selling automatic, anti-magnetic, water-and shock-resistant watch from the mid-1930s, was upgraded in 1954 with an innovative automatic movement and renamed the Powerwind. Developed in collaboration with partner A. Schild SA, the automatic part of the movement reduced the components from the standard 16 to just seven, making it easier to build and service while enhancing durability and reliability. Joining the brand’s Multifort collection is this new limited-edition Powerwind model with a persuasive retro vibe, detailed design cues, a contemporary COSC-certified automatic movement and, best of all, an accessible price tag.
Mido’s Multifort family has provided inspiration for several models in its Patrimony sub-collection, including this Patrimony with a pulsometer scale and this elegant vintage-inspired chronograph. Although the new Powerwind Chronometer does not bear the Patrimony appellation, it adopts design features of the early Powerwind model like the triangular indices, the sharp alpha-shaped hands and even the period-correct embossed inscriptions (cursive Mido logo and original lower cap ‘p’ in the powerwind name). Set against an intense midnight blue domed dial with a sunray, satin-finished surface, the applied and faceted indices are a rose gold colour matching the diamond-cut hands, the peripheral printed minute track and the inscriptions. Legibility is enhanced with a discriminating yet effective application of white Super-LumiNova on the hour and minute hands, the peripheral dots marking every hour, and on the tips of the applied indices at 12, 3, 6 and 9 o’clock. A rectangular aperture at 3 o’clock with a golden frame displays the day of the week and date in white with black markings.
In keeping with the times, the new Powerwind comes in a larger, more contemporary 40mm case (height 11.95mm) with alternating satin-finished and polished surfaces. The screwed caseback, engraved with the watch’s limited-edition number (XXXX/1954), ensures the relatively modest water-resistance of 50m. The three-piece case construction features a box sapphire crystal to recreate the look of the mineral or acrylic glass used on yesteryear Powerwinds. Another attractive element that underscores the vintage vibe of the Powerwind is the seven-row beads-of-rice steel bracelet with polished central links and satin-brushed external links, fitted with a folding clasp with push buttons.
Beneath the sealed caseback is a classic ETA 2836-2 day-date automatic movement with COSC chronometer certification. Although it is hidden, the rotor is decorated with Geneva stripes, and the screws are blued. Beating at 28,800vph, the power reserve is 38 hours. A classic movement that’s both reliable and certified precise.
Availability & Price
The Mido Multifort Powerwind Chronometer is a limited edition of 1,954 watches and retails for CHF 1,200 or EUR 1,160. For more information, please visit Midowatches.com.