Back at the start of the year, we talked to you about Mido celebrating itâ€™s 60 year mark in existence, and that was marked with an anniversary watch. Well, itâ€™s still the anniversary year, and thereâ€™s another watch that has been released to mark the occasion – the Mido Commander Big Date 60 year.
Now, just to be clear – this is not a 60-year movement. That would be quite the feat, but weâ€™re simply not there. That is marking the anniversary, which means itâ€™s a special take on the regular Mido Commander Big Date. And by regular, we mean a watch that still packs in a movement that gives you an 80-hour power reserve. Not 60 years, of course, but still a pretty impressive bit of work with storing energy in springs.
The Mido Commander Big Date 60 year is a limited edition, being produced in just 1,959 pieces (to mark the brand coming to life in 1959), and features something Iâ€™ve not seen in the Commander lineup before – a large, applied â€™60â€™ up a the 12 oâ€™clock mark. This is a nice bit of duality, since it marks the 60 minute mark, as well as calling out the 60-year anniversary. The remainder of the indices are what weâ€™ve seen before, and the handset nicely mirrors the look and feel of those indices. This all spins over a sunburst grey dial. At the lower portion of that, weâ€™ve got the big date display – something I do like – which does balance out the 60 up at the top.
This looks like another interesting – if minor – variant to the Mido Commander Big Date line, and is cleverly subtle way to celebrate the brandâ€™s 60th anniversary. If you want to pick one up yourself, youâ€™ll need to bring $1,090 to the sales counter. Quite a nice-looking piece, with a solid movement, in limited numbers. Thinking this one will do quite nicely, no? MidoWatches.com
- Brand & Model: Mido Commander Big Date 60 year
- Price: $1,090
- Who we think it might be for: You like Midoâ€™s designs, and youâ€™re keen on the idea of a subtle nod to the brandâ€™s history
- Would I buy one for myself based on what Iâ€™ve seen? It is a lovely pieceâ€¦
- If I could make one design suggestion, it would be: Can we bump the WR to 100m without increasing case depth?
- What spoke to me the most about this watch: The dual-purpose 60 just tickles my fancy
Tech Specs from Mido
- Mido Caliber 80 automatic movement (ETA C07.651 base), 11Â½â€™â€™â€™, Ã˜29.40 mm, thickness: 5.77 mm, 25 jewels, 21,600 vph.
- Finely decorated ElaborÃ©-grade movement, oscillating weight decorated with Geneva stripes and the Mido logo.
- Functions: HMS and instant large aperture date.
- Adjusted on 3 different positions for high accuracy.
- Up to 80 hours of power reserve.
- Satin-finished 316L stainless steel, polished bezel, Ã˜42 mm, 3 pieces, faceted and domed sapphire crystal, screwed case back, finely decorated ElaborÃ©-grade movement visible through the transparent case back, Limited Edition xxxx/1959, engraved serial number, water-resistant up to a pressure of 5 bars (50 m/165 ft).
- Strap: Genuine black semi-matt crocodile-look cow leather with red stitching, folding clasp in polished 316L stainless steel.
- Dial: Grey, sunray satin-finished, polished applied indexes with white Super-LumiNovaÂ®, large polished and sandblasted date aperture at 6 oâ€™clock.
- Hands: Flat diamond-cut, hour and minute hands with white Super-LumiNovaÂ® for enhanced legibility at night.