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Mido Multifort PVD Special Edition Chronograph

August 16, 2010

Founded in Switzerland in 1918 by George Schaeren, Mido is now based in Le Locle. 

The Mido Multifort PVD is a special edition version of their most popular collection. It has a 44 mm x 14.5 mm 316L stainless steel treated case that is PVD treated (PVD gives the watch a black finish, as well as protecting it from scratches and corrosion). 

What really sets this watch apart, is the use of Geneva stripes on the black steel dial.  And the use of cut-out holes for the hour indices, instead of the traditional applied or painting hour markers. Inside the cut-out is filled with orange Superluminova for easy nighttime viewing.

This watch features a Valjoux 7750 movement which runs at the standard rate of 28,800 vph (vibrations per hour), but instead of a "base" or "elaborate" grade movement, it features the "top" grade 7750 movement ("top" grade - is the same as a COSC certified, minus the certification).   The "top" grade movements have better finishing and features such as an INCABLOC and NIVACOURBE shock-absorber system that is used for improved protection against shocks.  A gilt GLUCYDUR balance, ANACHRON balance spring and NIVAFLEX NM mainspring are used to improve the movement's performance.

Functions include: hours, minutes, seconds, chrono, day and date. Power reserve is 42 hours. The seconds can be hacked and the movement can be manually wound with the crown. 

The sapphire crystal protecting the dial has anit-reflective treatment on both sides of the crystal. The caseback and crown are screwed-in. The caseback features an open back, for viewing of the decorated movement, that includes blued screws, circular graining and an oscillating weight with Geneva stripes and engraved Mido logo. The watch has been adjusted on 5 different positions for chronometer level accuracy.

The strap is black rubber with a stainless steel folding clasp with 2 push-pieces and end-pieces with a black PVD treatment. Water-resistance is 100 meters.

Retail $1,830 (steel $1,690)

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