Mido is one of Swatch Group’s smaller brands that you rarely hear about. If you do, you know that like Tissot or (not available in the US) Certina, Mido replica watches UK offers some decent looking pieces at pretty reasonable prices (for a Swiss mechanical watch). As one of the underdog brands, sources say that the Swatch Group just isn’t quite sure what to do with them. Sounds like Mido just needs the right type of person in charge. If you look at the pieces they’ve offered over the last few years, there are some real keepers. One of the most iconic collections from Mido has always been the dressy Commander. It sort of fits in the same vein as a Rolex – not in price necessarily, but more what it was trying to be for a man.
For 2013 Mido returns the Commander with the “Mido Commander II series fake watches,” as well as the similar sibling watch the “Great Wall.” Now, according to Mido, the Commander’s design – that is the new Commander for 2013 – was influenced by the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France. Something about how the sunray finished anthracite dial and hour indicators are reminiscent of lattice work on the Eiffel Tower. Yea, I know… a ‘big’ stretch of the imagination – even for Swiss marketers. Oh and the Commander II’s case is meant to remind you of the “curves and iron of the Eiffel Tower.” Major eye roll going on right now.
For comparison’s sake I included some images of older Commander watches in addition to the Commander II models. They have been offered in a range of styles with different bracelets and even some with diamond hour markers. Though, the rank and file Commander has squared hour marker and easy-to-read hands.
Many came on “Milanese” mesh metal bracelets. They are sort of a hip find today for vintage watch lovers. I would probably even wear one once in a while myself. How much does the most modern incarnation of the Commander resemble the original? Thematically some of the same stuff is there. You have the thin bezel and hands that look much like those on the originals. There is also a diminutive lug structure which sort of makes the bracelet look as though it is sticking out of the case. Of course there is the day/date complication. Otherwise Mido’s interpretation of the Commander is rather new.
Aside from the slightly disorientating outer dial on one version, the Commander II is a fine looking and legible watch. I would have liked to see a few more elements of the original if it were up to me (which sadly it rarely is). Those elements include the more squared hour markers as well as the classic Mido stainless steel case replica watches, which has a lot more soul than the industrial looking modern interpretation of Mido-ness. I can easily live without the mesh metal bracelet. The 1960s can keep those.
One of the surprise hits for me at Baselworld 2016 was the new Mido Ocean Star Captain V series replica watches UK in titanium (reference M026.430.44.061.00). Mido is one of the less well-known Swatch Group brands, at least in the United States, but it has some cool watches such as the Commander and Multifort. I understand that Mido watches do particularly well in South America, actually… Anyhow, the brand’s flagship dive watch collection has always been the Ocean Star, and this is the Ocean Star Captain V (which came after the Captain IV). Mido produces the Ocean Star Captain V in steel models as well, in addition to the titanium model. Those aren’t bad either, but there is something quite special in the titanium model, particularly when you take cost into consideration.
Just for comparison purposes, I’ll also include some images of a steel (with gold-toned parts) Mido Ocean Star Captain V diver watch so that you can see the difference. With the Mido Captain V titanium bezel fake watch over the Captain IV version of the Ocean Star, Mido more or less redesigned the watch to be a lot more mature, but also timeless. Sure the Mido Ocean Star Captain is a conservative watch, but in the right ways. The overarching theme of the timepiece seems to be function, and so much of the watch is trying to not be showy that you get an excellent tool watch feel, with a real Swiss level of refinement, from an unexpected place.
One of the first things you’ll notice when you pick up the mostly satin-brushed titanium case is the polished beveled edges. This is a minor, yet very important decorative feature of the watch and bracelet which is done so nicely. It is also totally unexpected at the price. Staying on topic with the bracelet, have a look at the deployant clasp that offers a nice little micro-adjust mechanism. It might not be a Rolex GlideLock system, but it works well and certainly gets the job done. Honestly, once you get a watch bracelet with a micro-adjust feature like this it can be hard to go back to not having one.
The cheesiest part of the Mido waterproof cheap fake watch is the deep relief image of the sea star on the rear of the case. Its like amateur oceanographic art, but then again, I’ve seen much (much) worse watch caseback art. The case is water resistant to 200 meters with an AR-coated sapphire crystal over the dial. What’s actually quite nice about the case is how thin it is for a dive watch. Mido isn’t going to beat any records with the Mido Ocean Star Captain V’s case dimensions, but it wears slim on the wrist with a profile that can easily slip under shirts at probably under 11mm thick.