“Watches, Stories, and Gear” is a weekly roundup of some our favorite watch content from Worn & Wound, great stories from around the web, and cool gear that we’ve got our eye on.
This week’s installment is brought to you by Mido watches. In 2018, Mido is celebrating its 100th anniversary, and to honor that momentous occasion the storied Swiss brand is bringing back numerous iconic watches from its back catalog. One such revival is the new Commander Shade. It’s the latest member to join a family of watches first launched in 1959, but it pulls direct inspiration from a watch Mido released in 1979. The eye is immediately drawn to the ’70s-inspired smoked and sunray satin-finished dial, which features applied indexes (polished and coated with black varnish), Super-LumiNova, and a day-date aperture at three o’clock.
The case measures a classic 37 millimeters across, and an acrylic crystal (hot-stamped with Mido’s logo) really amplifies the vintage vibe of the piece. Powering the watch is an ETA 2836-2 automatic caliber, a reliable Swiss-made workhorse. The watch is paired with a Milanese mesh metal bracelet.
To learn more about the Mido Commander Shade, visit Mido.
The Worn & Wound Podcast Ep.52: Ryan Schmidt, Author of “The Wristwatch Handbook”
If you’re a lover of watches, The Wristwatch Handbook: A Comprehensive Guide to Mechanical Watches is a must-have for your coffee table. On this episode of The Worn & Wound Podcast, we talked the book’s author, Ryan Schmidt.
You can listen to the full episode here, or wherever you get your podcasts.
Tales From a Vintage Collector: the Case of the Mido Powerwind “Rainbow” Diver 1000
“For me, collecting watches isn’t just a hobby. It’s a full-on obsession that, at times, gets close to the kind of single-minded mania that gets people locked up in rooms with soft walls. Even if I walk past a drug store, I’ll peer in the window to see if there’s anything that ticks.
Sometimes, the story behind a watch can be as interesting as the watch itself. In fact, I often say that I collect as many stories as I do watches. Some of these tales can be stranger than fiction, but real life is often far, far stranger than any story you’ll ever read. Here’s one such story about a Mido Powerwind Rainbow Diver.”