Following a popular trend in watchmaking design, the vintage look gets a makeover in the presentation of the new Mido Commander Shade. At first glance, it’s reminiscent of the 1950s with a hint of the 1970s styles for a nostalgic combination that melds elements from each era to set the stage. It’s a collaboration of the simplicity of the ’50s with a touch of flair.
Inspiration for the Mido Commander Shade
The 1950s is looked back on as a simpler time. Neat lines, simplicity with a hint of formal and classic style were the hallmarks of the period that are easily identifiable. As Mido celebrates their 100th year in the watchmaking business, they do so with the presentation of a timeless classic in re-imagined form. The Mido Commander Shade takes its inspiration from the Commander watches released in 1979. Here are the elements that make this simple vintage a find for watch collectors and enthusiasts today.
Nostalgic aesthetics of the Mido Commander Shade
Old school is the name of the game. We begin with the dial that features a grey color in a finish that is faded and expertly graduated in a vintage expression of casual style. Two tones and a smoky approach to the face add a touch of flair to what would otherwise be a simple presentation. The styling gives this watch a high degree of legibility for easy reading at a glance. These elements bring the practicality of the 1950s comfort and simplicity in harmony with the two tone flair of the 1970s for the perfect marriage of vintage styling.
A closer look at the Commander Shade
This magnificent timepiece comes in a 37mm case that is available in either steel or gold material. The thickness is 10.45 mm for a comfortable fit and ease of wear. The case is crafted as a single piece and it is made with a fully integrated steel mesh bracelet that is fastened with an old fashioned sliding clasp. This feature makes it easy to adjust for a perfect fit for any size wrist. Lightweight materials make it more comfortable for all day wear.
The Mido Commander Shade is powered by the ETA 2836-2 automatic movement. Additional features include day and date functions presented on the fight side of the dial beside the three o’ clock indication. The crown is designed with a neatly tucked near flush fit against the case to perpetuate the one piece aesthetic.
Available in gold finish
The PVD gold Commander Shade is a unique and somewhat novel approach to stylishness. The gold contrasts nicely with the smoky gray dial. The variant was an unexpected treat that gives fans of the watch another option. The Commander Shade is a celebratory piece that is more for the enthusiast that is looking for something vintage, yet an escape from the more common elements that are often used to reflect ages gone by. Perhaps the most appealing elements of the Commander Shade are the combined features from two by-gone eras into one remarkably different wrist watch.
The effort that has gone into the design and engineering of the Mido Commander Shade would suggest a high retail price. The anniversary watch comes with an appealing price tag in the range of $870 to $1,175, if you prefer to purchase the gold variant. The watch is destined to become a highly collectible piece for anyone who prefers to include a bit of diversity into the fold. It stands apart when it comes to uniqueness. Half of the fun of collecting is in finding pieces with elements that are worth discussing. At an affordable price, the Commander Shade fits this description completely.
Mido has gone out of its way to develop the Commander Shade has an anniversary edition watch that is a conversation starter. Whether you’re a watch enthusiast or are simply able to recognize the novel elements of a time piece, the Commander Shade is an example that will become a one of a kind line with regard to aesthetics and the emotions that it conjures. It’s vintage with a brilliant take on yesteryear and we think a piece that is well worth adding to any watch collection. It may not appeal to everyone but it’s certainly worth taking a second glance.