26 Oct A Quick Look At… The Mido Multifort Datometer
Welcome to the first piece of a new series I’m trying called “A Quick Look At…” As you might have guessed from the title, the aim is to have a look at watches and companies that offer something awesome, but not for a full review. Basically this is because there are loads of great watches out there that I’d like to share, but I simply don’t have time to get my hands on personally!
So what you won’t find on here is a forum favourite like the Seiko Turtle, but you will get a neat new Kickstarter or a niche model from a more mainstream brand.
Speaking of which, let’s move on to our first watch of the series, which is the Mido Multifort Datometer. Mido released the Datometer earlier this year to celebrate the company’s 100th anniversary, and produced 1,918 pieces. I must admit it’s nice to see such a small limited run from a fairly large brand. Too often they give into the temptation to capitalise on a new release (looking at you Omega and your 10,000 piece Bond “limited editions”!).
The horological world is awash with vintage inspired pieces and heritage reissues right now, and some might even say the watch industry is drowning under their weight. Therefore it’s always nice to see a vintage inspired piece that is a little different from the norm. This Mido is definitely one such piece- it’s not every day you see a pointer date function.
Mido have captured the character of the original brilliantly. I’m a big fan of the scalloped lugs, and the dial is perfection incarnate. So often when a brand dips into their archives, they feel compelled to change little details, but I’m pleased to see that the Datometer is very similar to its original model. The dial text is exactly as found on the vintage version, and the recessed golden hour markers add a nice little detail that must catch the light beautifully. The dauphine hands are a very striking to the eye as well, and I appreciate the small teardrop counterbalance on the seconds hand.
Mido offer the Datometer with either a silver or black dial. Personally I find the silver dial the better looking of the two, as the black contrasts too strongly with the warm rose gold of the case for my eye. Topping all this it off is a double domed sapphire crystal, which mirrors the acrylic crystal of the old model, but with the benefit of extreme scratch resistance. It’s the right choice on a watch at this price point. Whilst I see the logic in putting an acrylic crystal on a modern heritage based watch, I can’t help but feel that it’s a bit of a cop out, given that you can get sapphire crystals that look identical.
Looking at the specifications, the Datometer ticks all the right boxes on paper. The case is 40mm wide and 11.85mm thick, which makes it a good fit for the average wrist, and thin enough to fit under a cuff. The lug width is 19mm, which is a bit frustrating, but the leather strap it comes on matches the watch brilliantly, so I’m not fussed!
As you expect on a dress piece, the watch has only 50m of water resistance, but who’s gonna be taking a dip in the pool with this on?
Through the transparent case back you can see the Mido Caliber 80, which is basically a modified Powermatic 80, which itself is based on the ETA 2824-2. As the name suggests it has a whopping 80 hours power reserve and the pointer date feature. It’s always neat to see the mechanical movement of a watch, even if it isn’t highly decorated. As movement choices go it’s a solid one, that offers good reliability and the hefty power reserve is very useful.
Overall this is perhaps a perfect example of a vintage reissue. The proportions are perfect for modern tastes, the specifications match the price-point and the overall design is as beautiful as it was nearly 80 years ago. However, as I mentioned at the start, this piece is a limited edition of 1,918 pieces in honour of the brand’s founding. That means that pieces are now rather hard to come by, though a quick google of the model number reveals a few jewellers in Europe still have stock. With this in mind I’d snap one up now if the Datometer piques your interest. I can’t see these coming up for sale often!