Mido Commander Icône Watch Hands-On

Mido Commander Icône Watch Hands-On

The regularly neglected Swatch Group brand Mido  has been creating Swiss mechanical watches since 1918, and their Commander line has been around since 1959. It’s been something of a test for Mido to truly stake a strong brand personality (in the United States, particularly) however the Commander has been their most effortlessly perceived line. It notices back to a more exemplary time that can be better depicted as “traditional” which likewise risks being unjustifiably named excessively antiquated. The new Mido Commander Icône watch is certainly a retro-styled dress watch yet one that has substance to it at a truly appealing cost under $1,500. Of note is the silicon balance spring-prepared, COSC affirmed development that accomplishes a 80-hour power hold for the Commander Icône.

All pictures by Ariel Adams

I need to get going by perceiving that however Mido have been delivering quality watches for barely short of 100 years now, that no measure of history can compensate for absence of a genuine advertising system that gives a brand some picture to work with in locales where it’s not well known (specifically China, Mexico, and a few pieces of South America). This demonstrates itself to be genuine when perusing Mido’s materials with respect to the Commander Icône, however I accept the Eiffel tower representation has been around for quite a while. At the point when one of the principal sentences I read says “Its thin, round case in glossy silk completed steel supplies the Commander assortment with an incomparable and promptly conspicuous outline, much the same as the Eiffel Tower,” it’s very evident when a clearly unreasonable reason is being forced.


Fortunately, being somebody who is in watch media, I realize what to take with a grain (or fistful) of salt. What’s deplorable for Mido is that an easygoing consumer might simply feign exacerbation and proceed onward. Only something for the brand and the Swatch Group to consider. I comprehend the brand does very well in China (to such an extent that another past watch was named the Great Wall) yet I truly accept that a more successful and contemporary patch up of Mido can expand the allure. The Commander Icône packs a solid visual personality (regardless) alongside a noteworthy adjusted Swatch development at an all around sensible value that I’m sure you can get a decent arrangement on. Let’s investigate the substance of what I’m talking about.

The Mido Commander Icône is the brand’s accolade for the longstanding Commander dress watch. Estimating 42mm wide in that completely round and conspicuous case, it has a spotless and retro-smooth dial that effectively coordinates an exemplary tasteful with a cutting edge measured watch. Accessible in either a dim or white sunray glossy silk brushed dial, the moderate Commander Icône comes in a silk completed hardened steel case.

The lumed hour and moment hands are very neat and luckily, the dial doesn’t succumb to glare. The dial is really moderate however, obviously, the day/date window at 3 o’clock may inspire some polarizing conclusions. I really think it looks very great here however I need to let it out loans a good old stylish to the watch. This is especially obvious on the white dial form with the gold outlined day/date window yet the dim dial model works really hard in keeping the entire thing somewhat more smooth. Then again, the white gap coordinating the white dial works in that version’s favor. You’ll additionally notice the applied cleaned hour records coordinate the hour and moment hands, looking truly overall quite well done.


The round case is generally undisturbed by an inconspicuous crown and the incorporated Milanese wristband truly is an incredible decision in that it brings a masculinely refined demeanor. The arm band uses a sliding catch for simple change, too. I truly like how the Milanese lattice wristband looks on this watch and the smooth coordinated drags look so characteristic that it truly is one of the parts of this watch that drives its unobtrusive allure. The completions of the hands, files, the arm band, and the development all go into what makes this a particularly special incentive while thinking about what else is out there. There are essentials, however, in that the round case and day/date window are the main things you’ll notice.

When turning the watch over, you see the show caseback which uncovers the programmed Mido Caliber 80 Si, which is a changed ETA C07.821 development. This is an adjusted rendition of the “Powermatic 80” development utilized by Tissot, Rado, and different brands. Using a silicon balance spring and low erosion materials, this development (which works at 21,600 vph) manages the cost of the Commander Icône a 80-hour power hold which is clearly beautiful impressive.

The COSC guaranteed development isn’t going to overwhelm you with its looks yet the Geneva stripes, blued screws, and by and large quality completion of the Mido Caliber 80 Si is appealing particularly while considering the value point here.

Much like their Ocean Star Captain V watch,  the Commander Icône depends on the combination of unmistakable feel, smart and all around done completions, and a strong, even noteworthy, development at an extremely alluring cost. Finding a crowd of people in China, Mexico, and parts of South America (the word “Mido” implies “measure” in Spanish), I am hesitant to say that Mido will catch a comparative portion of the market here in the States. Nonetheless, on the off chance that the exemplary plan combined with an imaginative development advances to you, at that point it’s intense to contend with the cost of $1,360. midowatches.com