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Mido Multifort Escape Watch Hands-On

Mido Multifort Escape Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Mido calls this newer entrant into their Multifort watch collection the Mido Multifort Escape. Escape from what? I'm not sure. Perhaps Mido is trying to use this "artistically pre-aged" collection to suggest that its theme is an escape from the norm, or this is meant to be some manner of adventure or vacation watch... or better yet, we can simply ignore the name and focus on what is an increasingly positive trend for watches like this coming from the Swatch Group.

Mido Multifort Escape Watch Hands-On Hands-On

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Perhaps no company is better suited to reeling in watch retail prices than the Swatch Group. With so much vertical integration at their disposal, and given the fact that they make their own movements (ETA), Swatch Group brands like Mido are doing the right thing when it comes to both pricing and design. Between brands like Mido, Hamilton, Certina, Rado, Tissot, and Longines, the Swatch Group has been able to make relatively exciting mechanical men's watches for under $1,000. It once used to be that the sub $1,000 price was the "street price" (a discount from retail), but as brands work to narrow retail and street price discrepancies, we are seeing a lot more realistic (for our market) retail pricing.

Mido Multifort Escape Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Mido Multifort Escape Watch Hands-On Hands-On

With an automatic Swiss movement, competent dial design and detailing, and a PVD-coated steel case meant to look a bit "nostalgic" and weather-beaten, the Mido Multifort Escape isn't just priced decently, but it is also properly targeted toward a younger audience. I'm not ready to say that the brand as a whole has turned itself around, but there are an increasing number of promising things coming from Mido.

Mido Multifort Escape Watch Hands-On Hands-On

We see a lot of this from Swatch Group brands, where individual products here and there start to make a lot of sense in both design, technicality, and pricing. It is as though the right product team got their hands on it, and the brand uses something like the Multifort Escape as an experiment. What is still missing however, is any real attempt at creating a storytelling narrative around the watch. Mido (like many of its colleague brands), still banks on watch retail staff to tell these stories, which simply doesn't happen very often these days. So, for now, you and I can guess together what sentiments and themes Mido is ultimately trying to suggest with the four current versions of the Multifort Escape watch.

Mido Multifort Escape Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Mido Multifort Escape Watch Hands-On Hands-On

On that note, the four current versions of the Mido Multifort Escape are the reference M032.607.36.050.09 with the black dial (with orange and green accents), the M032.607.36.050.00 with the dark blue dial, and the M032.607.36.090.00 with the olive green dial. The reference M032.607.36.050.99 with the black and orange dial is a bit different because it has an American-made Horween leather strap. The reason for this particular Horween connection is related to Mido's newer relationship to football the in United States as Horween makes American football leather. The Multifort Escape Horween costs about $200 more (because of the strap, actually two straps) and is known as the Mido Multifort Escape Horween. Given the black and orange colors and the fact that I am writing this article near October 31st, I more or less "read" this in my mind as the Multifort Escape Halloween. Each of these four models will appeal to its own specific wearers, but aside from the dial and straps, the watches in the Multifort Escape collection are the same.

Mido Multifort Escape Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Mido Multifort Escape Watch Hands-On Hands-On

At 44mm wide, this is among the larger Multifort three-hand watches out there, but with its mostly vintage looks, the large case size is more fun and stylish than it is "too large." The case finishing is similar to gun-metal, but a bit different. Mido was clearly going for an aged look, trying to play on the notion that certain classic watch designs also look cool when they're presented in an "aged style." Yes, this is pure fashion, but the watches do offer the appeal of a classic watch, with a very real emphasis on modern fashion considerations.

Mido Multifort Escape Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Mido Multifort Escape Watch Hands-On Hands-On

The 44mm wide case is 11.88mm thick and the lugs are 23mm wide. That means the straps are 23mm wide, which makes them a bit of an odd size as most strap widths are 22mm or 24mm wide. I am just saying this for the people who like swapping out straps on their watches regularly. The case is water resistant to 100m and is fitted with a domed sapphire crystal that has AR-coating on both sides. Yes, there is still some glare due to the dome of the crystal.

Mido Multifort Escape Watch Hands-On Hands-On

One of the appealing design elements shared in many of the Multifort watches is the Côtes de Genève-style (polished stripes) decoration on the dial in the form of the vertical stripes. Geneva stripes are a common form of decoration on mechanical movement surfaces. It is much less common to see this on watch dials. Mido decided a while back to use vertical Geneva-style stripes on the dial of Multifort watches, and I think it continues to work well. That mixed with the very easy to see lume-painted Arabic hour numerals and hands make the dial attractive and very legible. I also like how the hour hand is slightly different from the minute hand, so that legibility is further emphasized.

Mido Multifort Escape Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Mido Multifort Escape Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Inside the watch is the Swiss ETA caliber C07.611 4Hz automatic with about two days of power reserve. Many people still think of the 28XX series of movements, but the C series of ETA movements came out a few years ago despite limited use in watches. These newer era movements are larger, and thus intended to go in watches for today's size tastes. One good thing about using the C07.611 movement is that when you see it through the sapphire crystal caseback window, it doesn't look as much like a petite movement in an oversized case.

Mido Multifort Escape Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Mido Multifort Escape Watch Hands-On Hands-On

As a mostly classic watch with "modern" and "youthful" design elements, the Mido Multifort Escape collection isn't a bad choice for those compelled by the design. It's got all the traits of a decent Swiss watch when it comes to ergonomics and a decent movement but the design doesn't feel stuffy or stuck solidly in "yesterday." Retail price for the Mido Multifort Escape watch is $890 USD, and the retail price for the Multifort Escape Horween is $1,090 USDmidowatches.com

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  • Sheez Gagoo

    Not bad. Nice movement. The watches are not my cup of tea, but you get quite a lot of good watch for your money.

    • I know the post says about 2 days of power reserve, but isn’t this some form of the “Power 80” movement (80 hours, 3 Hz, plastic escapement parts, etc.)? I figure you’d know 🙂

      • Sheez Gagoo

        It is plastic free! The C07.611 has a proper ruby and berilliumbronzre ( think it still is bb) escapment. And excellent reulation via screws on the balance! The C07.111 has a plastic escapment. This movement could be a Seikokiller. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/61795a4b0ae1d85134f08f6697fe9dbf9b49794bf13023ec8eadd4ce443d18e3.png

        • Sigmund

          Hey.
          I thought only Rolex used KIF… Isn’t it their in-house shock absorber ?

          • DanW94

            Rolex’s in-house shock absorber is called the Paraflex shock protection system. They have used KIF and might still in some models, I’m not sure. The KIF system is used by many brands as far as I know.

          • Sheez Gagoo

            Probably not. Some Swatches had KIF as well.

      • Sheez Gagoo

        Strange to see that it has KIF shock protection instead of incabloc.

  • I can easily see myself adding one these Mido’s to the rotation — at the appropriate 400$ grey price of course.

    At first I thought the date didn’t work but they’ve done everything they can to integrate it (correct color disks, rounding off the bottom of the date window).

  • Jonathan Smith

    I like this aged finish, though I suspect someone who sees the watch may just think it is poorly finished

  • Mikita

    Reduce the size, switch to the normal non-skeletonized hands and you get a half-descent watch.

  • Terance Hill

    It’s just not very nice or a name brand l see. Or know well. Turns out it’s part of the Swatch group they own Hamilton I’ll save to three hundred bucks and buy one of those instead .

  • Pete Pete

    pre-messed-up-pvd-coating. matching the pre-torn jeans I suppose?

    I’m too old for that kind of fashion nonsense.

    • Mikita

      Now imagine it on a genuine rubber b strap

      • Pete Pete

        rubber b – the world’s finest rubber straps which are so fine indeed, that any criticism is simply unthinkable (check out the comment section of our sponsored posts on abtw if you don’t believe it)™

  • “Between brands like Mido, Hamilton, Certina, Rado, Tissot, and Longines, the Swatch Group has been able to make relatively exciting mechanical men’s watches for under $1,000.”

    Name one *exciting* watch under a grand from any of those marques.

    • Framlucasse
      • Mikita

        Powermatic 80 has plastic inside as far as I know.

        • Framlucasse

          Probably, but for 1K$…

        • SuperStrapper

          I’ve heard that a few times but Cantu seem to reconcile again t an actual teardown or a credible reaource: have you seen it? Am interested in knowing moar.

          • Mikita

            Personally, haven’t performed a teardown. Maybe Sheez Gagoo can bring some light as he has dissassembled some of the SG’s movements. I base only on what I heard including the guy who serviced my 2892-2 two times. But it seems they have even more severe issues: http://forums.watchuseek.com/#/topics/4285194
            Laser adjustment at the factory sounds cool, but it eliminates the possibility to adjust the watch yourself or in a local workshop. Shame, in my opinion.

          • SuperStrapper

            More 2nd hand info. And even if true id like to know the nature of the material. Im not a fan of the mouthbreather notion that plastic is a static material and perfectly synonymous with garbage. There are plastics out there that vastly outperform many cheaper metals. Suggesting that a cheap pot metal is preferable to an advanced composite is exposing your ignorance, so I’d really just like to know the facts.

          • Mikita

            UPD: I see that many guys seem to wrongly judge the P80 based on the System51..

          • SuperStrapper

            Ive seen that a few times, and it only heightens my suspicion.

          • Mikita
          • SuperStrapper

            And the recounting seems suspect. “Hey guys, it’s plastic trust me, and no good plastic either trust me”. Well where are the macros and material trials to back it up?

    • Ranchracer

      Well first of all, “exciting” is completely subjective, but why don’t you visit the Hamilton website and find out for yourself? Hamilton has some killer pieces for under a grand that, IMHO, are WAY more “exciting” than this fashion piece from Mido. If you personally aren’t exited, oh well, sorry.

      • I have a collection of Hamiltons, from the Ventura to the Jazzmaster to Khaki Navies in every color. I even have a Mount Vernon chrono. (Did anyone besides me actually buy that model?) Pretty sure they cost more than a grand apiece, though. And you’re right, even the perennial classic Khaki Field coming in under $1K is far more exciting than a “Mido”.

      • RanchFaggot

        Why would he be ‘exited’? Is there an exit?

    • Mikita

      Disposable calibers with plastic details inside are kinda exciting: you count days before it goes to the trash bin.

  • spiceballs

    Quite nicely done although this field of watch type is very competetive, and at lower priced, but (as noted) the inevitable “grey” market prices will help.

  • SuperStrapper

    I dont see whybthis wouldnt make a nice entry level watch asa gift for someone just gettingi to them. Im a fan of the burnished metal look, it wear well in casial settings. The rest of the watch is far from spectacular but has enough thoughtful details to be xonsidered: colour matched date wheels, appropriate sized handsets, high amounts of legibility.

    No reason why all the straps can’t be Horween leather though. Horween offerings make up probably 80% of the non-exotic leathers in my shop and there is a spectrum of price That his wider than the spectrum of quality (it’s all really nice stuff). Looks like they have a dark strap of football leather, which is nice stiff. Horween supplies the leather to Wilson who supplies the NFL with football’s. I had a bunch of it a while back and couldn’t keep it on the shelf. Should order more…

  • Framlucasse

    IMO, the biggest drawback of Mido is its name. The brand do some nice watches, good value for the price, but… MIDO.

  • Mikita

    I have a feeling that oh so many MIDO watches are so so close, but missing to be a nice watch. Like Swatch Group intentionally makes some mistakes not to interfere with Longines. What I don’t like in any MIDO watch are the fonts of both the logo and the “Automatic”.. First one looks like the Arial, while the second looks like the Times New Roman; and together they don’t rock, really.

    • Joel Schumann

      My feeling, on the other hand, is they are all nice and faultless but lacking just that something to make them distinctive. And no, sticking with the default font choice is not distinctive.

  • Mikita
    • SuperStrapper

      I hope not. Likey a refraction from the edges of the crystal which are not polished, but instead frosted.

      • Mikita

        This may be the haze indeed. Better 🙂

        • SuperStrapper

          The caseback specifically says sapphire top, so the rear crystal is likely a mineral. Further supports the raw edges of it.

    • Sheez Gagoo

      Nylon, I guess. But I don’t mind. Just a gasket.

  • Beefalope

    I like some Mido watches, but this is pretty uninspired.

  • Beefalope

    Is it pronounced Mido as in Fido or Mido as in Speedo?

    • SuperStrapper

      I did say mido like Speedo. But now that you have made that connection in my mind that will forever remain, i now dont say the brand at all and have no regard for them whatsoever.

      • Beefalope

        Which brand?

        • SuperStrapper

          Yes

      • Berndt Norten

        Let me replace that with a better ear worm: Lido. Whoah -oh-oh-oh-oh oh oh o

        • SuperStrapper

          Doesn’t CW have a model called Lido? Just trying to maintain the watch connection…

    • Mikita

      Dildo

      • Beefalope

        That sounds about right.

    • Joel Schumann

      More Fido than Speedo. It is from … “yo mido”, spanish for I measure, according their “About”.

      • Beefalope

        Maybe they should go with “Chupa,” from the Mexican slang, “chupa mi verga.”

        • Tempvs Mortvvs

          That’s classy….

    • DaddyFlip

      The correct pronunciation is MEE-da, more like pita. Don’t stress the O.

  • larry

    It would be nice to have a lume shot!!

  • I don’t like all of their watches. But I’ve always felt Mido has presented a good value proposition across the product line. I do kind of like these. Simple and straightforward design for a basic three hand watch. Orange accents would be neat on the tan strap.

  • Bert Kanne

    This watch should not be larger than 42mm, imo.

  • Nathan Likes Watches

    Like the case, dial, and strap, nice price as well. Very nice looking watch to wear with some boots and a sweater!

    • Yan Fin

      Hold the pants.

  • Larry Holmack

    They are okay looking, and not too expensive. But I just don’t see anything new they are bringing to the table. Now they have another new watch I really like….the Multifort Touchdown…that is the Official watch of the University of Texas Athletics. It’s really nice looking.

  • BNABOD

    Not for me no thanks

  • Berndt Norten

    I have no desire for a watch made by a Japanese firm best known for building lots of strong forts.

  • HectorAsuipe

    You said: ‘At 44mm wide, this is among the larger Multifort three-hand watches out there, but with its mostly vintage looks, the large case size is more fun and stylish than it is “too large.”‘
    You could have saved a few words and just said: ‘At 44mm wide, it is “too large.”‘
    I like the style of the black with red and white accents. Shrink the case to 42mm with 22mm strap and put a big onion crown and call it a Mido Zenith Pilot Junior.

  • HectorAsuipe

    Did anybody sale “value proposition” yet? Yes? Just once? Well, “value proposition.” And again for the next watch to come down the pipe, “value proposition.”
    We really need a paradigm shift in our watch review catch-phrases. C’mon people, think outside the box!

  • Mark1884

    They look ok to me. Just get rid of the dirty looking case!!

  • Ulysses31

    Legible, clear and attractive, but without much Mido DNA to distinguish them from many other similar-looking watches.