Just Arrived: 1950s Mido Multifort Powerwind
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    Just Arrived: 1950s Mido Multifort Powerwind

    The watch from Busmatt's giveaway is already here!

    So just today I've jumped on my bicycle, got to the post office, an picked up a parcel with this beauty inside:

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    Always wanted one of these vintage Midos- never ran into one at a flea market, though. Well, actually I did - it was a nice bumper automatic, only the dunce selling it tried to dupe people into believing that "Mido Limited" on the movement means "limited edition", and the price based on that false claim made me laugh hard.

    At 28mm it is rather small, but the chunky case gives it more presence than the diameter and lug to lug length would suggest. Since my wrist isn't big - 6.5" to 6.8" on a hot day - it looks great, and wears great:

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    And here's the case back:

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    Most people here will immediately recognize the case back design- yes, the case is a full stainless steel one by Taubert.

    It even has the original, signed crown:
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    And here, you can see just how thick this little watch is! Without the crystal, it's only something like 1mm thinner than my Eterna...crystal included.

    The movement inside is a rotor automatic- I guess the most likely candidate is the Mido 0916P, built on an A. Schild baseplate, introduced in 1954 (as was the Powerwind system) and discontinued in 1960. Concerning the exact date of manufacture, I've heard that Mido has decent records for post-1938 watches, so I have already contacted them, asking for info. Fortunately, the serial is between the lugs, so I didn't need to open the case (well, I wouldn't do that anyway- I have no tool for Taubert case backs).
    Returning to the movement- it's great. The rotor turns very quietly, neither do I feel it turning while it's on the wrist- completely unlike my two ETA automatics, 2788 and 2824. Some like their rotors noisy - I don't.

    That said- thanks, Matt! Looks like I have a new "wrist sucker problem!"
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    Re: Just Arrived: 1950s Mido Multifort Powerwind

    You can hope it's a 917P.
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    Re: Just Arrived: 1950s Mido Multifort Powerwind

    Quote Originally Posted by pithy View Post
    You can hope it's a 917P.
    Sarcasm intended?

    917P wouldn't fit- at 12 lignes, it measures as much as this case, which is 28mm.
    Besides, all the 917s- 00917, 0917 and 917, bumper and rotor alike, have a sweep second. The only two possibilities here are 00916P (10.5''') and 0916P (11''').
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    Re: Just Arrived: 1950s Mido Multifort Powerwind

    Quote Originally Posted by mkws View Post
    Sarcasm intended? 917P wouldn't fit- at 12 lignes, it measures as much as this case, which is 28mm. Besides, all the 917s- 00917, 0917 and 917, bumper and rotor alike, have a sweep second. The only two possibilities here are 00916P (10.5''') and 0916P (11''').


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    Re: Just Arrived: 1950s Mido Multifort Powerwind

    Hello from this one.



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    Re: Just Arrived: 1950s Mido Multifort Powerwind

    Got a reply from Mido today - the watch was made in 1959.
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    Re: Just Arrived: 1950s Mido Multifort Powerwind

    Quote Originally Posted by mkws View Post
    Got a reply from Mido today - the watch was made in 1959.
    That's all fine and dandy but does it have the Portescape regulator?

    That's the juicy part.

    Mido must have really been something in its day.

    I've had several junkers that would keep COSC time with almost no effort.

    Talk about a company jumping the rails and ending up in a steaming mess at the bottom of a crevass.
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    Re: Just Arrived: 1950s Mido Multifort Powerwind

    Dunno if it has the Portescape. As I've said, I have no tool for Taubert case backs, so at the moment I can't check that.
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    Re: Just Arrived: 1950s Mido Multifort Powerwind

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    Hi, found the thread and just want to share same type of Mido Multifort Superautomatic. My grandpa obtain it perhaps in earlier year of the model available (1950 or 1940 ??) as my father can not recalled it. And yes the rotor and second sweep is very quietly.
    @mkws or other friends, I wonder if this MIDO models can be wound only by movement (i.e shake it or put on the wrist movement), as I tried to turn the crown up and down but seem it didn't wind the spring. But only by small shake the the second hand began to sweep.

    Thank you so much and what a nice watch you got, I like the second dial face...
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