The New Mido Multifort M With Gradient Dials
Mido’s robust all-rounder gets an attractive gradient dial with vertical stripes.
The Multifort, Mido’s best-selling automatic, anti-magnetic, water- and shock-resistant watch from the mid-1930s, continues its trajectory with the release of the Multifort M with gradient dial colours. Similar in looks to the recently released Multifort M Chronometer, the main difference is that these models are not chronometer certified, a fact that is reflected in the price. Offering increased versatility, the grey dial version of the Multifort M with day and date functions can be ordered with a bracelet or a strap. Well-equipped and well-designed with an accessible price, the Multifort is a competitive candidate for a daily beater.
Gradient dials are all the rage these days, and Mido has come up with its interpretation of a fumé dial. Offered in blue or grey, the attractive gradient dials of the new Multifort M models are enhanced with a vertically brushed design, transiting from a lighter tone in the centre to a more saturated, almost black tone at the periphery. Although the brand pushes the idea that the vertical stripes are reminiscent of Côtes de Genève, they give the dial a distinctive texture and personality.
Legibility is excellent thanks to the highly visible round and trapezium-shaped indices applied to the dial generously coated in white Super-LumiNova that emits a blue-green glow in the dark. Designed as a daily beater, the large aperture truncating the index at 3 o’clock displays the day of the week and date against a white background. The hour and minute hands are also treated with Super-LumiNova, and the flat central seconds hand alights precisely on the sloping minute flange. A sapphire crystal with anti-reflective treatment on both sides covers the dial.
The resilient 42mm stainless steel case has a screwed caseback and crown to ensure the 100m water-resistance. In contrast to the matte dial, the top surfaces of the 3-part case are polished, while those on the reverse side are brushed.
A sapphire crystal on the caseback reveals the precise and reliable automatic calibre 80. A next-generation automatic movement used by Swatch Group brands, calibre 80 (aka Powermatic), is based on an ETA C07.621 with a reduced frequency of 21,600vph, a Nivachron balance spring and an improved mainspring capacity. The rotor is decorated with Geneva stripes and the Mido logo.
Availability & Price
The blue dial version is available on a blue textile strap with a rubber base and retails for EUR 850. On the other hand, the grey dial comes with either a stainless steel bracelet, retailing for EUR 880 or a textile strap for EUR 850. Compared to EUR 1,340 for the similar-looking Multifort with COSC certification, it represents a saving of EUR 460.
For more information, please consult midowatches.com.
Would look and wear so much better at 38mm.
38mm and I’d consider it.
Pretty good value, but 42mm is too large for anything but a dive watch these days. Those indices are also way too small, makes the dial look empty.