By TLex This is the first of our pre-Basel previews, an internal bezel diver from Mido. Actually we've seen it BEFORE. But at least we know its official name, now. The not too imaginatively but nevertheless aptly named 'Two Crowns' traces its roots back to the 1930s when Mido's Multifort collection was first founded.
It features a 42mm combination satin-finish and polished 316L Stainless steel case - fitted with a Sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating on both sides, an exhibition caseback and of course dual crowns. One at 2 o'clock to control the inner rotational divers bezel and a 2nd at 4 o'clock for time-setting and winding.
The case has a water-resistance of 200 meters (20 bars / 660 ft). It is home to a Swiss made mechanical ETA 2836-2 automatic caliber with 25 jewels, 28,800 vibrations/hour, Incabloc and Nivacourbe anti-shock systems and a custom 'Mido' engraved rotor decorated with Côtes de Genève stripes and fitted with blued screws. It has a power reserve of 38 hours. Functions inc. hours, minutes, seconds, day and date.
Above that an anthracite dial with vertical Côtes de Genève stripes and white and orange Super-LumiNova® applied hands and markers. There's a day and date at aperture at 3 o'clock. The watch comes on a 316L Stainless steel bracelet with a folding clasp and diver wetsuit extension.
There are two other varienats of the Multifort Two Crowns; a steel case with a Rose Gold PVD treatment, brown dial and brown rubber strap (above). And a steel case with a black PVD treatment, black and orange dial and black rubber divers strap.