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:
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:
And here's the case back:
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:
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!"