These classic Mido timepieces now come in shades of blue

by Katherine Arteche
31 May 2020

Blue faces for the Commander Shade and Multifort Chronometer.


Mido Commander Shade

When Mido released the Commander Shade in 1959, the water resistant watch consisted of two essential features for it to work: a single-shell case and an Aquadura crown (a Mido invention that involved using cork as a material).

The brand has since upgraded on the technology front, with the use of the Caliber 80 movement, yet its aesthetics speak volumes of a classic 60s-era timepiece – slim case, a sizable diameter in 37mm, and cursive script.

While the dial is kept minimal, it’s the smoked effect that really stands out. In championing this, Mido creates a dark version of the Commander Shade with a smoked blue dial and for the first time, in full black PVD stainless steel.

The color bounces between teal to sea blue to midnight under different light conditions. Polished indices and white script lend contrast for legibility, and the lightweight mesh bracelet straps on for ultimate comfort. 

Mido Commander Blue Shade
Case: 37mm; stainless steel in black PVD
Dial: Two-tone gradated dial in black and blue 
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds; day and date
Movement: Automatic-winding Caliber 80 
Strap: Stainless steel Milanese mesh in black PVD


Mido Multifort Chronometer

The new Multifort Chronometer also gets the blue treatment that’s accentuated with a Côtes de Genève finish.

It’s not the first time the brand has had beautiful Geneva stripes on the dial front. It has been achieved on black and silver dials in earlier versions in 2018.

The watch then already adopted the Caliber 80 Si movement, which provides 80 hours of power reserve, and is fit with a silicon balance-spring that aids in timekeeping precision, earning it to be COSC-certified.

However, this blue makeover plays on the color’s depth, alternating between light and dark through linear definitions.

The polished appliques provide ample contrast in legibility, with white SuperLuminova applied. The minutes are marked on the inner bezel and a day/date window is positioned at 3 o’clock. 

A second version in steel and rose gold PVD comes with an anthracite dial in the same Geneva stripe finish.

Mido Multifort Chronometer
Case: 42mm; stainless steel
Dial: Blue with Côtes de Genève decoration
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds; day and date
Movement: Automatic-winding Caliber 80 Si
Strap: Stainless steel bracelet