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Mini-Watch or Accessory Review Mido Commander custom bead-blasted

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Anonymous User
April 04, 2011 02:25PM
Ideally a WIS should do research before buying a watch, but sometimes you just have to buy when it's the time to buy. This Mido 8269 originally belonged to local forumer Ed Brandwein who had it custom beadblasted by Duarte of North East Watch Works. Duarte is known for his excellent beadblasts. Ed passed it along to another local forumer Wen who wore it for a week then stashed it away for years. Wen passed it along to me this Saturday at the NYC Bill Yao GTG for an excellent price because I'm a watch buddy & also because he knows I'm a cheap bast*rd! Thank you! guys. Smile

Ed or Wen's pic.

Midos were quite popular on the forum several years ago. It represents excellent value for Swiss Made Eta automatics. There are quite a few models but the Commander line seems to be the most popular. Here's an example from Reto's personal collection on integrated mesh.


This Mido from PMWC has the original polished finished & additional bling. My example uses the same applied markers with a different finish without bling.


I measure 37mm across excluding the recessed singed crown. The original acrylic crystal is 34mm across which means the watch wears more like a 39-40mm watch. The crown does not screw down but it has 100m WR thanks to a patented cork crown seal system. Water resistance is not mentioned anywhere on the dial & one piece case, but Mido was famous for decent water resistance in Asia during the 70's & 80's. The movt is ETA-2836 with a day wheel in English & slanted Roman numerials. I was very pleased when the day wheel jumped instantaneously last night because I'm used to wearing Seiko & Orient autos where the day wheel slooowly changes over from midnight to 3am. The bracelet tapers to 11mm at the nicely signed clasp w/ milled deployant giving the watch an additional vintage look. yeoman has an excellent comparison between 2 Mido Commanders here:


Thanks for viewing,
Adam. Smile

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 04/20/2011 02:38AM by Reto.

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Anonymous User10988April 04, 2011 02:25PM

Looks like a Rado model (60s model) Thumbs up! (n/t)

Mark Eleven594April 05, 2011 02:05PM

Happened to me many times smile The best thing about >>>

Reto265April 05, 2011 08:18AM

Doh! Before! (n/t)

ncmoto252April 05, 2011 04:55AM

Got it from Wen so it's all good. Smile (n/t)

Anonymous User322April 05, 2011 05:45AM

Really like the classic look it has, thanks for the review! Thumbs up! (n/t)

Need_Omega374April 04, 2011 08:27PM

Thks Alex. Midos are great value for Eta autos. You get vintage looks w/ out vintage problems. Smile (n/t)

Anonymous User292April 04, 2011 08:43PM

Now you've got me looking at Midos again smile (n/t)

Ed Brandwein269April 04, 2011 07:41PM

Trade it back to you if you want! Laughing (n/t)

Anonymous User299April 04, 2011 08:27PM

Rolling on the floor laughing my a.. offRolling on the floor laughing my a.. off (n/t)

Ed Brandwein279April 04, 2011 08:32PM

Great looking little watch! (n/t)

PN247April 04, 2011 07:36PM

The Dude abides! it's not that little cause it's all dial! Laughing (n/t)

Anonymous User303April 04, 2011 08:26PM

Oh, I´m just trying to convince myself NOT to start trawling the ´bay for a black dial one Wink (n/t)

PN448April 07, 2011 07:13PM

Some info on Mido naming conventions

obsidian412April 04, 2011 06:21PM

Thks for the great info Dan. The one above is a Commander Ocean Star Datoday Smile (n/t)

Anonymous User269April 04, 2011 08:25PM

Beautiful, Adam. Congratulations.Thumbs up!Drooling (n/t)

Mark C.315April 04, 2011 05:35PM

Thks Mark Smile (n/t)

Anonymous User274April 04, 2011 08:22PM

Thumbs Up Great watch Adam. Timeless classic. (n/t)

JP306April 04, 2011 04:53PM

Thks Jean-Paul Smile (n/t)

Anonymous User359April 04, 2011 08:21PM

NICE Mido Adam! Thumbs Up Cool (n/t)

cmoy311April 04, 2011 04:36PM

Thks Chirs. It stayed within our local group all these yrs. Smile (n/t)

Anonymous User298April 04, 2011 04:50PM

That's the way to do it Adam! laughing (n/t)

cmoy289April 04, 2011 05:23PM

A lovely classic ! SmileThumbs up! (n/t)

IF339April 04, 2011 03:22PM

Thks Ioannis. Any Midos in Greece? TIA Smile >

Anonymous User280April 04, 2011 03:36PM

Usually in private collections !Smile (n/t)

IF306April 04, 2011 04:06PM

Laughing Smile (n/t)

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