Monday, November 11, 2019

Mido on Monday - The Multifort

This is a bit of a blast from the "early days" of Tempus Fugit.  At the time I had not yet cottoned on to the notion that better pictures might make for a better reader experience.

Now, owing to the less-than-amazing images you will come to understand that longtime Tempus Fugit followers (unlike readers of Playboy) actually DO read it for the articles ; )

I have scoured the world-wide info web for better images of this model, which was (if memory serves) from 2005 or so (again, I could be way off on this, so apologies for the less-than stellar memory on my part).

Now a few easy things that can be discerned through this shaky image:

Nice basic round case (which I believe was 40, but again am ready to be corrected), display back.  Non-COSC, ETA 2824.  The curious part (and again, apologies as there are no other blurry photos from me to document this, but the rotor was labeled "Seastar".  Now none of that is the end of the world, but it was a little "janky" to see at the time.

The dial was a nice "aged" cream color, black, white and just a touch of blue (in the outer scale ring).  The strap was a nice, basic brown leather, simple and tasteful, without undue flourish or faux croc/gator embossing.  Mido had put out an all black dial version of this model, as well as a chronograph version.

In the end?  For whatever reason, I wasn't quite at the right point in my life to fully appreciate it.  I had it and wore it somewhat sparingly.  And as was often the case back then, I got the itch and sold it on to the next owner.

Mido has come out with some pieces that are somewhat reminiscent of this version of the Multifort -
Courtesy of Mido
And I am of two minds.  Do I appreciate the aesthetics?  For sure.  Again, it's back to the little, nit-picky things.  The date is a bit jarring, and a bit out of place with the format.  I also realize that is the spacial needs driven by the size of the movement in relation to the size of the case.  This is the tricky reality of the world that we now live in.  Many of us watch hounds love vintage inspired design in a modern watch.  Perhaps the same reason many people have love/hate relationships with vintage cars, motorcycles and bicycles - you not only have a relationship with the object, but also the person you must now employ to maintain it ; )

But the Multifort along with the Commander was often referred to as the "Watchmakers Watch".  It wasn't expensive, you could hammer the hell out of it, and it would still run, and run well.  And it is reassuring to see the folks at Mido putting in the time and effort to offer something that stirs nostalgia, while offering a robust and reliable modern time keeper.


  1. A couple of better photos...

  2. Mido Multifort M8830.4.7.48 a.k.a. the "Mido Pulsemeter"

    50m RW / aquadura / automatic / 39mm x 13mm / sapphire front & mineral crystal back / modified ETA 2824-2 quickset date / adjusted in three positions / decorated winding rotor / hacking