August 30, 2013

Mido Multifort Two Crowns Review

Mido Multifort Two Crowns
Mido Multifort Two Crowns Review
  Mido, you gotta love Mido. Seriously, an affordable Swiss brand and movement. Virtually unheard of in the over priced watch market that we all love so much. Straight to the point, this beauty will set you back $1,220 at list price! Mido is one of most underrated watch brands in the industry.
  The Mulitfort Two Crowns is a stunner right out of the gate. The hour and minute hands are perfectly proportioned for this watch. Speaking of proportions, the Two Crowns case is 42mm. With no external bezel the watch will wear smaller than other divers at this size. The dial has 3D like vertical Geneva stripes, giving the watch nice visual depth. The Mido Two Crowns earns it's name for just that, two crowns. The second crown operates an internal dive bezel. Both are screw down crowns for added water resistance. The two o'clock bezel moves and locks into place the internal bezel. The 4 o'clock bezel is used for standard time and date functions. 
  Mido is using an ETA 2836-2 under the hood, with a power reserve of 36 hours. The sapphire crystal is applied on both sides with anti-reflective coating for superior viewing. This Mido Multifort Two Crowns is water resistant to 200m. That is deep enough for must of you "desk" divers out there! All this for 1.2K?! Good luck finding anything at this price point, with these features, that is not a microbrand.

Pros - quality vs. price, nice design, internal bezel
Considerations - hard to try on prior to purchase due to distribution

Case: Stainless Steel
Case Diameter: 42mm
Bezel: Unidirectional 
Crystal: Double AR Sapphire
Dial: Gray
Bracelet: Stainless Steel
Movement: ETA 2836-2
Power Reserve: 36 hours
Water Resistant: 600m
Lug Width: N/A  

Alpina Extreme Diver 300 Chronograph Review

Alpina Extreme Diver 300 Chronograph
Alpina Extreme Diver 300 Chronograph
  The new Alpina Extreme Diver is a good example of a clean divers chronograph watch. To many times W&R sees extremely busy dials in the chronograph market. The red outlined minute hand adds just a dash of color that watch needs to keep it from looking to mundane. 
  Cushion cases are very popular currently and the Alpina Extreme Diver 300 is ready for the masses. The bezel is coated with PVC with easy to read markers. As all dive bezels should be it is unidirectional, with countdown to the 20 mark. Would of liked to see larger indices used for the hour markers, more lume the better. Who does not like a ton of lume on a dive watch? The Extreme does actually have a good amount of lume, including on the bezel. Alpina calls the movement AL-725 and has an impressive (for a chronograph) 46 hour power reserve. The movement is visible through the skeletonized caseback. Some purist feel this should never be done a "true" dive watch. Why should it matter? Water resistance is water resistance. Might as well get to see what you paid for ever now and again! At list price the Extreme Diver 300 will set you back $2,895 USD. 

~ courtesy of Alpina Watches:

When you’re serious about diving
The all-new alpina Extreme Diver Chronograph is a professional diving watch. Everything about this model is designed to cope with the most extreme conditions any professional diver could ever encounter, starting with water resistance to no less than 300 metres. That’s almost 1,000 feet below sea level, which means the watch can go to depths no human ever could, without the aid of a submarine.

Designed see what you need to see, when you need to see it
The Extreme Diver 300 has been designed with all necessary features that allow owners to get the information they need, when they need it, for a safe dive.

The black, polished, PVD coated, unidirectional, turning bezel, turns in just one direction: anti-clockwise. With this “fail-safe” feature the number of elapsed minutes can never be accidentally decreased, only increased. In addition, the 1 to 60 minutes markers on the bezel are luminous, as are the circular indexes which perfectly contrast against the black dial. The watch’s hands are also flared and luminous for maximum readability in low visibility conditions.

Divers also appreciate the sapphire crystal, see-through case back, which allows a glimpse of the inner workings of this automatic chronograph, a feature normally not found on professional diving watches with a 300 metres water resistance.

Built-in features that are relevant to the professional diver
The extra-wide 44 mm stainless steel case, the screw-in crown and case-back, the robust rubber strap with a secure folding buckle, the 46-hour power reserve, as well as the additional nylon diving suit strap, complete the professional features package.

The AL-725 alpina Automatic Chronograph movement
The extremely reliable AL-725 automatic chronograph movement features a 12H-6H-chronograph counter layout with the 30-minutes counter at the 12 o’clock position and the 12 hours counter at the 6 o’clock position, in order to maximize the readability of the minute’s hand with respect to the 60 minutes diving bezel.

For the professional diver who prefers metal bracelets, the Extreme 300 Chronograph can also be fitted with classy “Milanese” metal mesh bracelet or the traditional alpina 3 link sport metal bracelet.

The special gift box
Each watch is presented in a uniquely designed gift box, which includes a model diving bottle and the additional nylon swimsuit strap.