Mido Multi-Centerchrono (c. 1940's)


$7,745 CAD

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Watchable is proud to offer this 1940’s Mido Multi-Centerchrino - a historically significant, and extremely collectible piece, with the highly coveted “Tasti” Tondi” FB case.

Perhaps the first unique detail that you will notice is the Centerchrono complication. By placing both the second and minute hand counters in the center of the watch, the designers bypassed the need to crowd the dial's valuable real-estate with busy sub-dials. Instead, this special chrono configuration results in a clean and spacious dial, complimented by the pop of blue and red centrally appointed chrono hands.

While the chronograph is what piqued your curiosity, it may be the case that holds your attention, as it is something truly unique in the history of tool watchmaking. Let's dig a little deeper. Before even Rolex came to market with their now iconic Oyster case in 1926, there was one casemaker with an early patent on their own groundbreaking waterproof case design. That watchmaker was Francois Borgel, and their impact on the trajectory of modern-day watchmaking is immeasurable.

In fact, it was these early waterproof case designs that ultimately influenced Rolex's own first Oyster cases. Read more about it in this excellent writeup by Tony Traina from A Collected Man.

This advertisement from 1894, reveals the new and innovative screwdown case technology. 

As collectors will tell you, this particular FB waterproof case, and oversized sunburst tipped pushers are identical to the 

Patek Philippe reference 1463, otherwise referred to as the “Tasti Tondi”.

There is a marvellous writeup on the striking similarities between the two watches here in Revolution, which I also highly recommend checking out. 


This watch is in exceptional condition. It is clear that this watch was cared for on a level rarely seen with sport watches from this vintage, making this a unique discovery.

The case is unpolished with minimal wear. The original brushed finish is still pronounced, and the beveled edges on the lugs are sharp and clean.

The dial and hands are original and untouched, and have developed an absolutely gorgeous patina. There are minor flea bites on the case-back and the radium-filled hands and markers are seeing some dark spots as you can see in the pictures below. 


As a bonus treat, this special watch comes with a beautiful period Mido branded leather watch case. On the inside satin lining is printed "Mido Multifort Superautomatic". This is a truly collectible add-on to an already very special package. 

The watch was serviced by our own personal watchmaker, and is running very well. The chrono is working as it should.

Brand: Mido
Year: c. 1940s
Case Size: 35mm Diameter
Case Type: Waterproof Francois Borgel case
Crown: Signed Mido
Pushers: sunburst tipped
Dial: Original radium dial with three scales
Movement:Mido caliber 1300 (modified Valjoux VZ)

*NOTE: While these cases were initially designed to be waterproof, due to its age, we highly recommend keeping this watch away from water and humidity. out of an abundance of caution, this is our recommendation for any vintage watches.    

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