Mido was founded by Mr. Georges Schaeren in Switzerland in 1918. His first watches represented car radiators in shape and were advertised as the motorist's watch. One made in Platinum was given to the King of Spain in 1927. In 1934 we saw the launching of the MULTIFORT line that marked a milestone in the history of MIDO watches. It was one of the first antimagnetic watches with a self-winding movement and built-in water- and shock-resistance. The Multifort was the best-selling MIDO watch from the 1930s to the 1950s. In 1954 Mido introduced the Powerwind Automatic which reduced the winding components from 17 to 7 a true feat of engineering.
This rare Mido Multifort Extra-Flat has a 33mm stainless steel round case. The case was designed by Taubert Frères SA, Mido were early adopters of the Taubert Decagonal case, its name is due to the 10 flats on the case-back. Others soon took supply of these cases including West End, Vacheron Constantin, and Patek Philippe. Between the lugs, you can find the case number stamped. Tapering curved lugs with a lug to lug length of 40.5mm and a thickness of just 10mm ensures a comfortable fit on the wrist. On the right side, a signed crown. A striking 18k Gold bezel holds a domed crystal. The dial has even patina. Applied Arabic numeral and arrowhead indexes mark the hours. At 6 o’clock a sub-seconds register. Gold Alpha hands have lume infill. On the reverse a screw-down case back. Inside a Manually Wound Mido 1200D, 15 Jewels, 18,000 beats per hour, based on the Felsa 390. The watch comes fitted on a 16mm leather strap.
Points of Mention
This watch is sold as "Watch Only" and therefore comes with no original Mido box or paperwork. The watch comes paired with a nice fitting brown leather strap. The watch is from Circa. 1950s and is sold in worn, vintage condition, but overall this is in fantastic, original condition for its age as you can see. The watch comes with our 12-Months NON-Waterproof Warranty.
I have made it no secret that I am in love with Mido at this moment and feel they offer some of THE very best value in vintage right now, just look at how stunning this watch is and the price! When you consider the details on the case, the beautifully executed crown, the fact it has an 18k gold bezel, a beautifully patina'd dial... Maybe I'm just super bias, but I adore it!