The Mido Commander collection is the more classical side of the brand, as opposed to the aquatic-inspired Ocean Star range. The brand, operating under the Swatch Group’s umbrella, generally offers well-built, honest and accessible watches. Represented by models like the Commander Big Date and Commander Gradient, a new and rather handsome iteration is welcomed to the collection. This is the new and elegant Mido Commander Chronograph Special Edition.
The Mido Commander Chronograph measures a pretty sizeable 42.50mm across, which is mainly the result of the choice of movement (more on that later). It is finished with a mix of brushed and polished surfaces and coated with gold-coloured PVD. The crown is flanked by simple yet effective pushers. On top, a faceted sapphire crystal and a very slim bezel give way to quite a nice dial.
Finished in anthracite grey, it has a sunray brushing and darkens towards the edge. Surrounding the dial is a sloped minute ring, with faceted applied rose gold-coloured indices nestled against it. The central hour and minute hands have a stripe of Super-LumiNova down the spine. The chronograph and small seconds subdials are done in black, with white markings and gold-coloured hands. On the right-hand side of the dial, we see a framed day-date window.
Inside the Commander Chronograph, we find the Mido Caliber 60, an automatic chronograph movement based on the ETA A05.H21. This upgraded version of the tried-and-tested Valjoux 7750 architecture comes with improved power reserve (now 60 hours, versus 48h for a classic 7750) and elaboré grade levels of finishing. This includes blued screws, perlage and a custom rotor. It indicates central hours and minutes, small seconds, chronograph minutes, chronograph seconds, date and day of the week.
The Mido Commander Chronograph Special Edition comes on a dark brown cowhide leather strap with a crocodile-like embossed pattern. An additional grey textile strap comes with it, and both feature an interchangeability system and a rose gold PVD coated folding clasp. The watch retails for EUR 2,030 and is not limited, being listed as a special edition.
For more information, please visit MidoWatches.com.