To celebrate the centenary of the Swatch Group’s brand, elegant timepieces are scheduled for release all through the year. The Commander Big Date gets the party started.

Founded on Armistice Day at the end of World War One by Georges Schaeren, Mido will be celebrating its 100th anniversary on 11 November. To take the full measure of the event, new watches will be released all through 2018. The first watch to be unveiled is a Commander Big Date. What sets it apart? It combines the brand’s general charms and advantages, but also those of this particular model, which has been made without interruption since 1959! So, its elegant 42mm-wide case is made of brushed steel with a polished bezel, and houses delicate dials with a sunburst finish. The case is anthracite or silver in colour, depending on the version. The slim hour and minute hands and the indices are coated with white Super-LumiNova®, guaranteeing excellent readability, even in darkness. Last but not least, as its name implies, the watch has a large, polished and sanded date counter at 6 o’clock, providing additional time information.

mido commander big date closeup

This timepiece is driven by a powerful automatic mechanical movement, supplying up to 80 hours of power reserve. The calibre 80 and its rotor adorned with the traditional Geneva Wave design is revealed beneath the sapphire case back.

All the models come with a steel strap including a folding clasp. The overall effect gives the Commander Big Date a highly contemporary sports-watch feel. Mido has also made available two-colour pieces with fine touches of pink PVD to provide a more refined personality.

Price: 960 EUR

By Dan Diaconu


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