Mido’s New Commander Gradient Offers a View of its Movement From Both Sides

The Commander collection by Mido is something of a forgotten line within the catalog of a brand that unfortunately gets little attention here in the US. Mido, part of the Swatch Group, has a ton of history and frequently releases watches with tons of bang per buck in the Multifort, Ocean Star, and Baroncelli lines. These collections all have a very obvious purpose (everyday wear, diving, dress) and communicate in language that watch lovers understand. The Commander, like other Mido collections, takes its inspiration from historic (and very specific) art and architecture. What does the Commander really have to do with the Eiffel Tower, though? I’m not exactly sure. But the newly announced Commander Gradient has a distinct and modern look, and will serve as a reintroduction to the collection for many.

Mido Commander Gradient

  • Case Material: PVD coated stainless steel
  • Dial: Transparent with black gradient effect
  • Dimensions: 40mm
  • Crystal: Sapphire       
  • Water Resistance: 50 meters   
  • Crown: Push/pull                  
  • Movement: Mido Caliber 80
  • Strap/bracelet: Black fabric with orange stitching     
  • Price: $960
  • Reference Number: M021.407.37.411.00
  • Expected Release: Available now 


The new Commander Gradient is a refined sports watch with a tech-forward aesthetic that is anything but vintage inspired. While the case lines are slim and the watch has somewhat classic proportions, the black PVD coated case gives the watch an immediate modern style. The real draw here, though, is the dial, which is transparent, but becomes increasingly darker toward its outer edges. The result here is that you’re able to see the movement, including the entire date wheel, from the dial side. The edges, though, are dark enough to provide easy contrast to the hour markers and minutes scale, ensuring the watch is easily read. 

The black and gray tones of the case and outer reaches of the dial are complemented by orange accents on the hands and each hour marker. The color combination looks great, and further aids in legibility, while giving the watch a sporty and contemporary look. The case measures 40mm in diameter, but with relatively short lugs and a sleek PVD coating, I’d bet that it wears a bit smaller.

Powering the watch is the Mido Caliber 80 movement, based on the ETA C07.611. This automatic movement has an impressive and convenient 80 hour power reserve, and can be seen not just through the dial, but also through the exhibition caseback. The Commander Gradient is available on a black fabric strap with orange stitching, or a matching black PVD bracelet. The watch can also be had in a version with rose gold accents on a leather strap. Mido

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Zach is a native of New Hampshire, and he has been interested in watches since the age of 13, when he walked into Macy’s and bought a gaudy, quartz, two-tone Citizen chronograph with his hard earned Bar Mitzvah money. It was lost in a move years ago, but he continues to hunt for a similar piece on eBay. Zach loves a wide variety of watches, but leans toward classic designs and proportions that have stood the test of time. He is currently obsessed with Grand Seiko.