The new version of the Mido Commander Chronometer Limited Edition is similar to last year’s piece, but with different dial colours, and now with chronometer certification. Below the day and date, the lettering “Commander Automatic” has been replaced by “Chronometer Automatic.” The watch is Mido’s only piece with chronometer certification.
The dial has distinctive looks with an ivory lacquer finish, against which the black subdials and orange details provide a pleasant contrast. The small seconds subdial at 9 o’clock has been reduced to the minimum to create space, and the vertically-arranged chronograph minutes and hours subdials are very legible. Hour and minute hands, and the hour markers, are coated with SuperLuminova. The case is 42.5 mm in diameter, water-resistant to 50 metres, with a stainless steel bracelet.
Not only is the movement tested by COSC, the watch is a limited edition of 999 pieces. Mido is about accessible luxury, and so its price is attractive for a chronograph. The Commander has been part of the Mido collection since 1959.
Calibre 60 movement
The Mido Commander Chronometer Limited Edition has a display caseback, revealing the chronometer-certified movement, with blued screws and oscillating weight decorated with Côtes de Genève and the Mido logo. The movement is presumably the same as last year’s Commander Chronograph, the Mido Caliber 60, made by Swatch Group company ETA with the reference ETA A05H21. It runs at 28,800 vibrations per hour (4 Hertz) and provides about 60 hours power reserve. All adjustments to time and date are made using the crown: first position for winding, second position for changing day (anticlockwise) and date (clockwise), third position for setting time with stop-time function – the balance stops running when the crown is pulled out to the time-setting position.
Price and reference
The Mido Commander Chronometer Limited Edition, reference M016.415.11.261.00, is a limited edition of 999 pieces. It is supplied in a special case. Price is about €2,350, US$2,640.