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Mido Multifort Super Automatic - Help please...

I have a watch that was left to me by my father several years ago. I wear it every few years when my other watch batteries die and I can't stand to go without a watch. Lately I've become curious as to what I have in my possession.
Not knowing anything about watches I will try to describe it to you and post a picture this evening.
The back states "MIDO MULTIFORT SUPER AUTOMATIC SWITZERLAND RUSTLESS STEEL". This is written around the perimeter of the watch all in caps. In the middle of the back towards the top the number "220" is stamped. Also stamped on the watch is the number "1772". This number is on the side below the 6 on the outside where the strap meets the watch. The face is a faded gold color and states "Mido Multifort" and "Super Automatic" in the center around the second hand. The numbers are normal numbers and the second hand is full size. It also states "Made in Switzerland" below the 6 on the face. It seems to keep excellent time.
I'll do my best to post a photo this evening but any assistance is appreciated.
Thanks!
Beth
Answer:
Without a picture it's difficult to comment much but the watch probably dates to the 1945-1950 period.
Answer:
Here are the pics... www.geocities.com/betsy2816/watch.html
Beth
Answer:
but certainly in the 1945-1955 ballpark. A watchmaker could likely open it and tell you a little more.
The Mido's were a little bit of a combination value/sport brand. In the mid 1930's they developed a system of bushing the crown tube with cork, and usually marketed their models as being impervious to world climates, suitbale for boating, travel, etc.
If it hasn't been serviced in a while, you may wish to consider getting it done at a cost of around $100. Oils dry up, mechaincal parts wear out, and it might be worth it to save you Father's watch for future generations.
Mido is still in business today as part of the Swatch Group. I'm not aware of any online reference for those case numbers, but you could try writing to them perhaps.
Hope this helps,
-r www.mido.ch/
"Mechanical watches are so brilliantly unnecessary. Any Swatch or Casio keeps better time, and high-end contemporary Swiss watches are priced like small cars. But mechanical watches partake of what my friend John Clute calls the Tamagotchi Gesture. They're pointless in a peculiarly needful way; they're comforting precisely because they require tending." - William Gibson
How old is my vintage Omega? - Omega Serial Numbers by Year
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Forgot... Mido Ad, circa late 40's.
"Mechanical watches are so brilliantly unnecessary. Any Swatch or Casio keeps better time, and high-end contemporary Swiss watches are priced like small cars. But mechanical watches partake of what my friend John Clute calls the Tamagotchi Gesture. They're pointless in a peculiarly needful way; they're comforting precisely because they require tending." - William Gibson
How old is my vintage Omega? - Omega Serial Numbers by Year
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So what you have there is a pretty early example of an automatic wristwatch. The first reliable automatics were introduced in the mid 1930's, and even by the mid 40's a lot of the manufacturer's had not yet introduced their own automatics.
Definitely a neat little watch, and of good quality. It should clean up well if you decide to have some restoration work done on it.
It's small size tends to reduce it's value in the current vintage watch market; I'd guess it to be worth about $100 as it is now. They seem relatively undervalued in the market today, so you may see prices on watches like that rise over the next few years.
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Thank you so much. I believe I'll check around for a reputable watch repair for some restoration. It is pretty much the only piece left to me and I would definately like to pass it on to my children one day.
I thought the size was small for a mans watch. I wear it and it's no bigger than my Bulova. I love the retro style and I get compliments all the time.
Thanks so much for taking the time to respond.
Have a great weekend!
Beth