Mido Commander Big Date 60th Anniversary

Hot Take: Mido Commander Big Date 60th Anniversary

A Limited Edition Mido Commander Big Date 60th Anniversary Debuts
Michael Stockton
July 01, 2019
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Hot Take: Mido Commander Big Date 60th Anniversary

We take a look at the Mido Commander Big Date 60th Anniversary Limited Edition.

Mido has been on a roll this year regarding new releases.  We last took a look at the Multifort Patrimony, but now we have more news.   In celebration of the watch’s debut in 1959, the Mido Commander Big Date 60th Anniversary is here and in a nod to its birth year, only 1,959 pieces will be available.  As one of the most well-known names in the Mido lineup, it’s fitting that the brand has come up with a model to mark its 6th decade of existence.  Mido tells us that the Commander was originally created with the Eiffel Tower as its primary source of inspiration.  Perhaps it’s the clean lines, slim case bezel and linear indices and hands that are meant to remind us of the structural icon.  But enough of the back story, let’s look at the watch in detail.

Mido Commander Big Date 60th Anniversary

Limited Edition of 1,959 Pieces

The new Mido Commander Big Date 60th Anniversary comes in at 42mm and the case is in brushed stainless steel.  It features an anthracite dial (viewed via a faceted and domed sapphire crystal) with a large “big date” window at 6:00 and an applied “60” index at top to mark the watch’s anniversary.

Mido Commander Big Date 60th Anniversary

Red highlights come into play on the sweep seconds hand and the 60-minute outer track.  Sharp applied indices with black inner coloring match similarly styled hands; each containing Super-LumiNova highlights.  A black 22mm leather strap comes with the watch and has red stitching along with a stainless folding clasp.

Mido Commander Big Date 60th Anniversary

Mido Caliber 80 Automatic

Inside the Mido Commander Big Date 60th Anniversary, we have the ubiquitous Mido Caliber 80 (the same as the Powermatic 80 in other Swatch Group products) automatic with 80 hours of power reserve.  It’s proudly on display via the screw-down case back and has Geneva striping on the signed rotor.

Mido Commander Big Date 60th Anniversary

As you can see, each model is individually numbered.  The screw-down case back helps ensure a water resistance of 50 meters.

Mido Commander Big Date 60th Anniversary

Pricing and Thoughts

The Mido Commander Big Date 60th Anniversary will retail for $1,090, which is $100 more than the normal Commander Big Date on leather.  For a striking limited edition piece (it will come with a special box and numbered certificate as well), that’s not a large premium to pay.  Personally, I like Mido’s style of what I’d call mid-century modern and I’ve long thought of adding a vintage Commander to my collection.  They’re seriously cool watches that are still affordable.  For this modern anniversary piece, the colors are attractive and my only minor gripe is the inclusion of “Limited Edition” on the dial; it’s simply not necessary.  In the end, though, it’s a striking watch at an approachable price.

You can pre-order the Mido Commander Big Date 60th Anniversary here and watches will begin shipping on July 2, 2019.

 

Watch specifications

Brand
Model
Commander Big Date 60th Anniversary Limited Edition
Reference
M021.626.16.081.00
Dial
Anthracite grey with Applied, Polished Indexes
Case Material
316L Stainless Steel
Case Dimensions
42mm Diameter, 22mm Lug Wdith
Crystal
Faceted, Domed Sapphire
Case Back
Screw-down display back
Movement
Mido Caliber 80 (ETA C07.651 base) automatic, 80 hours power reserve, 21,600 bph, adjusted to 3 positions, quickset date
Water Resistance
50 Meters (165 Feet)
Strap
Black Leather with Stainless Steel Folding Clasp
Functions
Time (HH:MM:SS), Large Aperture Date
Price
$1,090
Special Note(s)
Limited Edition of 1,959 pieces. Available July 2, 2019.
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Michael Stockton

Michael was born in South Florida in the USA. As a full-time role, he works in the Automotive Industry. He's lived and worked in many locations and when he's not cruising at 30,000 feet, he calls Germany home. Michael became... read more

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