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    Mido Multifort Automatic Chronograph - By Docrwm

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    Mido Multifort Automatic Chronograph
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    On one of my cruises around the internet looking at watch sales sites I happened across an interesting looking watch by a maker I had not previously encountered – Mido.



    My interests are generally toward Seiko as a maker but I have always had an abiding interest in tool watches. Here were two watches that hit my favorite tool watch categories (Chronographs and Pulsemeter watches) and both by the same maker – Mido. I was intrigued and looked into the watches further. The smaller watch is a Pulsemeter with a Modified ETA 2824-2 and the larger is the Mido Multifort Automatic Chronograph. Here were two beautiful old fashioned style watches that combined traditional 1940’s era looks with modern materials and specifications. I liked their looks and the specifications but at the time I did not buy the Mido Multifort Automatic Chronograph. because it lists for between $1695 and $1795 with a street price typically in the $1100 range.

    A couple of weeks ago I was looking for a watch as a present for myself for achieving a rather large goal at work and recalling the Mido Multifort Automatic Chronograph. I did a Google search. I found two listings on sales forums and went looking. Listed as nearly never worn, perfect condition, and by a WIS that I had chatted with a couple of times. It only took me 30 minutes to decide and I paid for it immediately via PayPal. The watch arrived 5 days later (MLK Holiday delayed it some) and was exactly as described!



    Now for the technical specifications of the Mido Multifort Automatic Chronograph:

    ·Champagne Dial with shadowed Arabic numerals
    ·Black hands with Superluminova fill on main timekeeping hands
    ·Tachometer scale in blue (Speedometer for distance of 1000m, scale from 50 to 250km/h) and seconds scale in black
    ·316L surgical grade solid stainless steel case 43mm
    ·Scratch-resistant anti-reflecting sapphire crystal
    ·Transparent mineral caseback
    ·Screwed back and crown
    ·'Conical' chronograph buttons
    ·100 meters (330 feet) water resistance & quipped with the Aquadura crown sealing system – “it's swimming, shower and sauna resistant”
    ·Fine padded Leather strap with steel butterfly deployant clasp engraved with Mido
    ·Super-LumiNova® on hands and numerals
    ·Decorated and fine elaborate Swiss Made Mido® 1320 calibre (based on the ETA Valjoux 7750) automatic movement:
    ·Adjusted in 5 different positions
    ·25 rubies
    ·28,800 A/H
    ·165 components
    ·INCABLOC and NIVA-COURBE shock-absorber
    ·GLUCYDUR balance wheel
    ·ANACHRON and NIVAFLEX hair and mainspring with power reserve in excess of 45 hours
    ·Blue screws, pearled bridges, and oscillating weight with Côtes de Genève and engraved Mido® logo
    ·Hacking and hand winding
    ·Time: hour and minute hands, small second at '9', date and day window at '3'
    ·Chrono: central 60-second-counter, 30-minute-counter at '12', and 12-hour-counter at '6'
    ·Quickset day and date with day indication in English




    Now that I had this beautiful watch I needed to learn more about it. Upon inspection the movement appeared different in several respects to other 7750 movements I have inspected. I opened my Swiss Army 9G-600 (a truly exceptional value and one of my long-term favorites) to look at its Valjoux 7750 side-by-side with the Mido. The first thing that was obvious is that the Mido has Blue screws, pearled bridges, and an oscillating weight with Côtes de Genève and engraved Mido® logo. That was not all that I saw that seemed different between the two watches. The balance seemed different on the Mido. While not technically accurate it looked like the wheel was rounded instead of straight up-and-down. Additionally, many of the parts seemed better finished. This got me intrigued and I recalled several posts over the years about different “Grades” of Eta movements – particularly 2824 movements. I posted to several WIS forums. Oddly on one of the forums that has the highest “tone” I got no helpful posts and many that were…..well frankly derisive. Then Mike Stuffler posted to my request on the Public Forum of WUS with some interesting information, he said “if you know the difference between an Etachron shock protection and an Incabloc shock protection, if you know the different look of a Glucydur balance in regards to a Ni balance you should tell.” I had read about some of these in various articles and went in search of more information – and hoping for pictures!

    The Mido technical specifications on their website included the following:
    "Technical characteristics Mido® 1320 calibre (based on the ETA Valjoux 7750) Ø 131/4’’’ or 30.00 mm, thickness: 7.90 mm, 25 rubies, 28 800 A/H, 165 components, power reserve in excess of 42 hours, INCABLOC and NIVACOURBE shock absorbers, GLUCYDUR balance-wheel, NIVAROX I balance spring, NIVAFLEX NO barrel spring, burnished screws, circular-grained bars, oscillating weight with Côtes de Genève and engraved Mido® logo."

    Here was some information that helped. So, the movement reportedly has INCABLOC and NIVACOURBE shock absorbers, GLUCYDUR balance-wheel, NIVAROX I balance spring, and NIVAFLEX NO barrel spring. This seemed to fit with what Mike had said about how to tell, but were these improvements or the standard components? Well, why not ask Mike? He responded with:
    “The "ingredients" you mentioned for sure are what I’d call the "key components" of a "high grade" movement. I sum it up:
    Balance wheel: Glucydur vs Ni
    Hairspring: Nivarox 1 versus Nivarox 2 or Anachron (ETA)
    Mainspring and barrel material: Nivaflex NO vs NivaflexNM
    Shock protection: Etachron vs Incabloc vs KIF.
    Incabloc is more expensive than the Etachron shock protection and belongs to the "top" and "chronometre" grades of ETA. NIVACOURBE is a patented spring treatment by ETA. The open spring end is treated with heat in order to prevent deformation of the spring in case of a shock. This treatment is named: ETA SA: "ETASTABLE"
    NIVAROX-FAR: 'NIVACOURBE"
    Most of the mechanical-ETA-movements can be ordered with ETASTABLE if you are willing to add some $$. Certainly a "high end module". Nivarox 1 is the best quality of Nivarox (1-5 is available). 0...0,5 sec deviation within 24 h on a change of temperature of 1º. I’ve to admit: very technical thing. The movement you described imho must be a "Top" or "Chronometre" movement.”

    This sounded GREAT! As much as I like the watch aesthetically this information was only making me enjoy the watch more. At this point it sounded good. Then I got a response to my query on the TZ-UK Forum. I had lots of compliments on the watch but had one or two technical inquiries. When I responded Lysanderxiii said again that it sounded like a “Top Grade” Eta movement. I asked if he had any specifics on the various grades and he kindly responded with:

    “The material differences are listed below.

    Standard and Elabore:
    Mainspring - Nivaflex NO
    Shock protection - Etachocs
    Pallet stones - Polyrubies, Epilame-coated
    Balance - Nickel gilt
    Balance staff - Epilame coated
    Collet - Nivatronic
    Hairspring - Nivarox 2
    Hairspring heat treatment - Etastable

    Top and Chronometre:
    Mainspring - NivaflexNM
    Shock protection - Incabloc
    Pallet stones - Red rubies, Epilame-coated
    Balance - Glucydur gilt
    Balance staff - Epilame coated
    Collet - Nivatronic
    Hairspring - Anachron
    Hairspring heat treatment - Etastable

    The performance differences are the big differences between the various grades: ("The limit values are subject to interpretation: 95% of the pieces delivered in a lot must be within the specified limits.")

    Standard:
    2 positions (CH, 6H)
    daily rate: +/-12 sec/day
    Maximum positional variation: 30 sec
    Isochronism (between 0 and 24 hours): +/- 20 sec

    Elabore:
    3 positions (CH, 6H, 9H)
    daily rate: +/-7 sec/day
    Maximum positional variation: 20 sec
    Isochronism (between 0 and 24 hours): +/- 15 sec

    Top:
    5 positions (CH, FH, 6H, 9H, 3H)
    daily rate: +/-4 sec/day
    Maximum positional variation: 15 sec
    Isochronism (between 0 and 24 hours): +/- 10 sec

    Chronometre:
    As per COSC specifications, which as far as most owners will notice, isn't much different from Top grade.

    There are variations in the finish that will come with the movement, the Top and Chronometre come with snailed rotors, and elabore is a little better decorated that standard. But, even standard grades can be gold plated or even decorated.”

    This all fit the Technical Specification from Mido and the fact that the movement was listed as "5 Positions". So, my odyssey through WISdom in search of information and explanation about the technical aspects of my new Mido Multifort Automatic Chronograph led me to the firm opinion that it is both beautiful and one of the best mechanical 7750s available!

    My Mido Multifort Automatic Chronograph has kept superb time in the week that I have owned it at ±2 seconds per day. The pushers are smooth and operate with crisp let off. The crown turns and threads easily. The deployant, my first butterfly, is firm and locks with authority. The strap is well padded near the watch head, which gives the strap some firmness, and tapers rapidly to an unpadded strap on the underside of the wrist. It is comfortable and best of all for me is the first and only factory strap that was long enough to wear out of the box! The mirror finish on the upper surfaces is perfect and the fit and finish is better than any watch I have ever owned (including my only long-gone Rolex). The lume lasts throughout the night and while dimmer than some of my Seikos is readable in a darkened room after sitting on the bedstand for ~8 hours. The hands are easier to read on the Champaign dial than many because they are outlined in black. The display back is one of the best features as the movement is a wonderful and mesmerizing combination of beauty and function that captivates and fascinates at the same time.

    The Mido Multifort Automatic Chronograph is one of the least well-known watches on the WIS fora and is certainly well-worth your time and effort to track down. Thanks for reading the review and a special thanks to Lysanderxiii and Mike Stuffler for all their time and effort in answering my often uninformed and naïve questions. The watches are a great part of our passion but the wonderful people who share their knowledge and passion for watches make it even more enjoyable. Thanks go Mike and Lysanderxiii and all the WIS who have helped educate me over the past couple of years!
    Last edited by Docrwm; January 1st, 2009 at 02:34.
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    Re: Mido Multifort Automatic Chronograph - By Docrwm

    Well, its been more than a year since I bought my Mido Multifort Chronograph from a fellow WIS. Do I still like it as much as when I got it? I've since trimmed the herd and stopped buying watches so I did some serious reviewing of the watches in my cases.

    The answer is - yes, I still like it just as much as when I first put it on my wrist. It is clearly the best bargain among my Swiss watches and is my second most frequently worn Chrono after my much more solid Swiss Army 9G-600.

    If you weren't moved to look into the Multifort Chrono by my original review then I guess there is little chance you'll do so after this update, but you should - really
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    Re: Mido Multifort Automatic Chronograph - By Docrwm

    Hello, I am new in these forums. I really enjoyed the review on the multifort. (I have one on its way very soon) Just my curiosity, before I wear my new multifort, I would like to get one of those waterproof leatherstraps and would like to know what the lug size is of the multifort chrono you own Docrwm, can you provide me some info?
    Now I am in desperate need to acquire a multifort chrono rectangular! anyone has any lead will be appreciated.
    thanks,
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    Re: Mido Multifort Automatic Chronograph - By Docrwm

    Thanks to your review I was confident in my impulse-buy of a Black face/Leather strap Multifort chrono that I bumped into yesterday.

    Good thing I saw your review *before* i saw the watch or I might have let a good deal pass through my fingers as it was on a special 30% mark down for the weekend only.











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    Re: Mido Multifort Automatic Chronograph - By Docrwm

    Simply awesome!!!
    "Chance favors the prepared mind."

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    Re: Mido Multifort Automatic Chronograph - By Docrwm

    Quote Originally Posted by StanSuarez View Post
    Thanks to your review I was confident in my impulse-buy of a Black face/Leather strap Multifort chrono that I bumped into yesterday.

    Good thing I saw your review *before* i saw the watch or I might have let a good deal pass through my fingers as it was on a special 30% mark down for the weekend only.












    Congratulations. I find Mido's to be the best bang for the buck when it comes to movements and such of all the "Swiss" watches. Wear it in good health
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    Re: Mido Multifort Automatic Chronograph - By Docrwm

    Quote Originally Posted by DeNZeL View Post
    Simply awesome!!!
    Thanks. Its a beauty - and its little brother is terrific too!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Docrwm View Post
    Congratulations. I find Mido's to be the best bang for the buck when it comes to movements and such of all the "Swiss" watches. Wear it in good health
    Sooo true! Its a good thing they aren't appreciated as much as they should or else we wouldn't have these special discounts on them.

    By the way, what kind of accuracy do you get on your MIDOs now? Mine is starting out at +5 per day but I'm confident this should improve in time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by StanSuarez View Post
    Sooo true! Its a good thing they aren't appreciated as much as they should or else we wouldn't have these special discounts on them.

    By the way, what kind of accuracy do you get on your MIDOs now? Mine is starting out at +5 per day but I'm confident this should improve in time.
    Stan,

    I stopped measuring it a long time ago. It was usually +-3. Mido is also usually the best at telling you what is under the hood. My journey to understand all the terms led me to appreciate that I had a very highly modified 7750 that was also much more beautiful at the same time. Its worth checking out what Mido says about your movement.
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    Re: Mido Multifort Automatic Chronograph - By Docrwm

    She's now down to +4 per day as tested in real-time and on my ADs digital thingamajiggy. Nice straight line on the graph too with no errant spikes.

    I'm confident she'll soon hit +3 secs within a few more weeks/months.
    Last edited by StanSuarez; January 12th, 2009 at 14:49.

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