In an attempt to keep my friend @MinuteWalt’s head from imploding, I am moving my wristwatch musings and photos here. Are you a watch nut too? Great! Then brush off your smoking jacket, pour yourself some Madeira from the decanter, fire up a Romeo y Julietta, and settle into one of those overstuffed, fireside easy chairs. Wearing a fez with your slippers, as I am sometimes known to do, is entirely optional.
As I posted this morning, my watch of choice today was a Mido All-Dial chronometer chronograph. This is a massive watch, tied with the Hamilton Regatta chrono I wore over the weekend as my largest timepiece, that has a huge 46mm case housing its beating heart: the extremely popular Valjoux 7750 movement. This is a very common, purely mechanical, self-winding chronograph movement (a chronograph is a watch that also incorporates a stopwatch complication) that operates at a fairly standard 28,800 beats per hour (4 Hz). While durable and reliable, watches built on this movement tend to be rather thick due to the additional self-winding gear train, clutches, and eccentric rotor. Nevertheless, I’m a fan of the Mido for a few reasons:
It’s a COSC certified chronometer, which means it has been lab tested at different angles and temperatures for accuracy. Less than 3% of Swiss watch production annually receives COSC certification.
It has a rotating sub-second register. In other words, the running seconds dial rotates around a fixed pointer rather than having a dial with sweeping hand. This is very unusual and very cool too. It’s mesmerizing.
It is very uncommon in North America to come across a Mido watch of any vintage despite the brand having been founded in 1918. This will soon change as they are now part of the gigantic Swatch Group (who also own Omega, Rado, Hamilton, and others) and have begun a concerted effort to expand into the US market, but one is much more likely to run into one in Europe or Asia. Especially Asia, where they’re quite popular.
The All-Dial chrono has been discontinued, so depreciation has stabilized and prices may even start to climb in the near future.
It just looks neat. I love it.
I have a large watch collection and rotate them almost daily. As I do, I’ll post pictures here along with any interesting facts dealing with horological matters. If you too have a watch rotation, or just have a single piece, post a photo. Whether you own a hand-wind mechanical, automatic, tuning fork, or quartz; it doesn’t matter. I’d love to see it / them.
Well, it’s time for me to sign off for now. I’ll check back later. And remember, Tempus fugit.