There have been a lot of vintage-inspired, overtly retro pieces over the past few years. Some might say too many. Still, every now and then there’s a glimmer of light among the endless tide of throwbacks that stands apart from the rest. This time, that glimmer is the Mido Multifort Patrimony.
The Multifort dates back to 1934, which is precisely where most of the design elements here come from. That includes a vintage logo, fume sunray dials and a restrained, 40mm steel case. Perhaps more unusually it has a pulsometer around the edge of the dial, an odd little scale used to take a pulse. It makes a nice change from all of the tachymeter scales out there, that’s for sure.
The new watch comes in three distinct variations, each with their own charms. The blue-dialled steel is lovely, even if there are plenty of similar watches out there just like it. The grey-dialled steel however is a little more interesting, showing that gradient off nicely as it gets lighter in the middle.
The standout however is the rose gold PVD-coated version with a black dial. It’s glamorous without being excessive and the pulsometer scale stands out all the better against the darker colouring. It also comes on a lovely chocolate brown strap as opposed to the tan or black the others are equipped with.
Regardless of which you go for, you’re getting a seriously solid movement in the form of the Powermatic 80 automatic, named after it’s 80-hour power reserve. You can see if through the exhibition case back and, even though it’s not the most mesmerising movement in the world, it’s still a nice view.
This isn’t the only re-issue around at the moment; it’s not even Mido’s first. It is however one of the nicer ones and, at under £800 for the rose gold PVD version, it’s seriously good value, too.
Price & Specs:
Model Name: Mido Multifort Patrimony
Ref: M040.407.16.040.00 (blue), M040.407.16.060.00 (monochrome), M040.407.36.060.00 (black/PVD coated steel)
Case: 40mm diameter x 11.95mm height, 316L stainless steel or rose gold PVD-coated stainless steel
Movement: Mido Caliber 80 (base ETA C07.621), automatic, manual winding
Power Reserve: 80h
Frequency: 21,600 vph (3 Hz)
Water Resistance: 5 bar (50 m / 165 ft)
Strap: Brown, dark brown or black patina leather
Price: £620 for the steel versions / £650 for the PVD-coated steel model, available June 2019
For more information visit www.midowatches.com