Skip to content

Language

Currency

Journal

Owning a (time)piece of history…my history

by The Horology Club 16 Jun 2022
Searching for a watch made in one's birth year is probably something all vintage watch geeks will do at some point during their lifelong addiction. As a classic car lover as well, it would be ideal if I could find both a motorcar and a watch from my year of birth at the same time!

The best excuse to start the search is when you are about to hit a new milestone in your life, reaching 30, 40, 50, 60 etc. I started my search some years back when I was a few years shy of reaching 50.




In 2009, Mido re-issued their 1959 Commander to mark its 50th anniversary, it felt like this was a perfect watch to celebrate such an important milestone for me. It had all the charm of the 50s, including a 37mm case, a steel Milanese mesh bracelet, an ultra thin crown that gave the watch a perfect round shape and a totally retro-looking dial with the word “Commander” in the same font used half a century ago.



But acquiring this 500-piece limited edition watch was just a first step for me, it still wasn't a birth year watch. I then started looking for the original piece manufactured in 1959. It wasn’t difficult because the watch was produced in substantial quantities at the time, and it took me just a few weeks to procure a piece online. These two watches mean a lot to me as one reminds me of my roots and the other draws parallels to the modern day me.


A few years later in 2018, Mido issued a new variation which had a fume grey dial, a charming iteration! What's better than wearing this gold smokey version on the wrist while enjoying a cigar accompanied by a glass of martini, shaken not stirred as a birthday gift for myself?

As for the car to complete the birth year collection? That's a story for another day...


Credit: Mido Watches (https://www.midowatches.com/us/commander-shade-m842932311.html)
930 x 520px

SPRING SUMMER LOOKBOOK

Sample Block Quote

Praesent vestibulum congue tellus at fringilla. Curabitur vitae semper sem, eu convallis est. Cras felis nunc commodo eu convallis vitae interdum non nisl. Maecenas ac est sit amet augue pharetra convallis.

Sample Paragraph Text

Praesent vestibulum congue tellus at fringilla. Curabitur vitae semper sem, eu convallis est. Cras felis nunc commodo eu convallis vitae interdum non nisl. Maecenas ac est sit amet augue pharetra convallis nec danos dui. Cras suscipit quam et turpis eleifend vitae malesuada magna congue. Damus id ullamcorper neque. Sed vitae mi a mi pretium aliquet ac sed elitos. Pellentesque nulla eros accumsan quis justo at tincidunt lobortis deli denimes, suspendisse vestibulum lectus in lectus volutpate.
Prev Post
Next Post

Thanks for subscribing!

This email has been registered!

Shop the look

Choose Options

Edit Option
Back In Stock Notification
this is just a warning
Login