I have owned at one time or another in my lifetime some of the most popular Swiss made wrist watches. Rolex, Omega and Breitling and Oris. With the exception of Rolex, all of these manufacturers produce models made from titanium alloy. Some people like Titanium watches, others won’t go near them and stick to SS. I personally like a watch made from Ti because it suits my needs. It is light in weight, very strong and corrosion free and comfortable to wear over long periods. For more information about Titanium, see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Titanium
A Titanium watch had caught my eye earlier this year. I saw it again as a centerpiece in a group of models in an authorised Mido dealer. This one looked quite different for several reasons. It was a large dial watch, 42mm with no bezel which made it look bigger. The non-reflecting coated crystal extended right to the edge of the rim case which had a metal rim of only 1mm. The dial was black with prominent luminova yellow 6 12 and 9 numerals. Further yellow luminova markers were on the outer seconds marker rim at 3, 6 9 and 12 o’clock. The sweep seconds hand was orange and is not luminous. The hour and minute hands are polished metal with centre strips of green luminova. The watch case and magnificently integrated and uniquely designed bracelet didn’t gleam like polished stainless steel but was a low reflective gun metal gray, typical of Ti alloy. The case and the bracelet were made as one and did not have lugs.
After doing the usual research on the manufacturers website www.mido.ch/ and on some watch forums around the net, I paid a second visit to this shop to examine the watch further and after arriving at an agreeable price, I bought the watch.
Here are it’s specs:
COUNTRY OF MANUFACTURE: Switzerland
MAKE/MODEL: All Dial Chronometer - M8340.8.D8.1
MOVEMENT: Automatic 25 jewels A/H 28,800, adjusted to 5 positions and temperature. COSC.
FUNCTIONS: Analogue hours minutes and seconds from centre axis; day and date in window at 3 o’clock
WATER RESISTANT: 100m (10ATM)
CASE: Titanium with screw case back and movement display window.
CASE DIAMETER: 42mm
CASE THICKNESS: 10mm
BRACELET: Titanium with two side locking buttons
WEIGHT WITH BRACELET 80gms
This model is not really an aqua sports watch and I would not recommend it be worn during scuba diving, but being 10ATM water resistant, one could safely swim without having to take it off.
For some months, I had been wearing a SS Breitling Aeromarine Colt Chrono II which weighs in at 163gms with the Professional II bracelet. The Mido is less than half the weight and feels to me as though I am not wearing anything on my wrist. The bracelet is not a hair snagger or a skin pincher and it rates an easy 10/10 on a comfort level in any temperature.
The Mido All Dial Chronometer is a uniquely clean cut looking watch. My wife thought it was designed in Denmark as it has that modernistic B & O look about it. It can be worn for most occasions and is slim enough not to catch on shirt cuffs.
I am not a horologist, but I believe the engineering standards on this model are exemplary. I read somewhere that the ETA movement has been specially modified by Mido. I am optimistic that I will have many years of trouble free use from mine. I believe that the Mido All Dial Ti chronometer with a full 24 month factory warranty, is an excellent value for money selfwinding Swiss made chronometer.
Enjoy these pictures:
I don't know why I got the double image in this lumi shot. It's not like that in real life!