We love classic Omega watches, most likely you do too. But there is that high ticket entry cost, with the Seamaster Aqua Terra automatics now starting at £5000 and a Prestige retro model retailing at £4900 all the way to £12,000.
But what if you love that classic beads of rice bracelet, dress watch look and still want a genuinely Swiss made watch? Well we think the latest Mido Multifort, with its COSC level ETA movement and elegant lines fits the bill and the price is just £1040. Much more accessible and that is about the same as you might pay for a classic Omega Seamaster from the 60s or 70s, but you get a 2 year warranty with the new Mido.
It’s a 40mm case, sits 12mm high on the wrist and we love the old school steel bracelet. Sapphire crystal and the ETA 2836 movement, with some decoration like blue screws and work on the rotor, is inside the Powerwind model. It has a beautiful sunray blue dial, with elegant hour markers and hands, plus a decent sized day/date window.
It’s all you need in a Swiss dress watch and stacks up nicely against rivals like the Tissot Gentleman auto – cheaper but no COSC grade movement there – or entry level Raymond Weil watches like the Freelancer GMT, which looks stunning but costs nearly twice as much at £1995. Then there’s the retro Longines Flagship Heritage auto, which is slim, just 38.5mm across but again lacks a COSC grade movement.
The Longines also costs £1470, which when you consider that a Heritage model was selling at about £850 just two years ago is some price-walking.
So that’s why we say this Mido Powerwind is worth checking out. Just a decent spec for the money and a Swiss watch that will never go out of style either.