Vintage Women’s MIDO

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  1. Igor Tufnel

    Igor Tufnel New Member

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    Hello! I have googled my brains away trying to identify this apparently rare MIDO women’s watch.

    My wife’s aunt brought this to the US from Norway years ago.

    There are no markings inside the case, but the outer case and the apparently permanently attached gold watch band sections are stamped ‘14kt gold’. The serial number is 3364753. Any help with identification much appreciated. And certainly a serial number chart also much appreciated.
    I received no reply from MIDO when I inquired.
    Thanks very much in advance!

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  2. JTD

    JTD Registered User

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    Welcome to the board.

    Please remove the back and post a photo of the movement. Then it may be possible to give you the information you request.

    I don't think there will be a serial number chart for this watch. I think this watch is not very old, perhaps from 1970s but others will know more.

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  3. roughbarked

    roughbarked Registered User

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    Being 14 carat, the glass or crystal should feel cold to the touch on your lips. ie: it should be sapphire.
    I suppose it depends on the year the watch was purchased or even the year it was brought out from Norway may help. I'm not sure if Ranfft has all the watches made or used by Mido but I am sure that the watch doesn't contain an AS 976. It could use a Mido 600 which is an AS 969 but somehow the look of the whole thing suggests the use of an AS 1012 or one of the later versions such as AS 1677. However, Ranfft doesn't list these as used by Mido.
     
  4. Igor Tufnel

    Igor Tufnel New Member

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    Upon further examination, there is a number on the clasp, near the ‘MIDO FRANCE 14kt gold’ declaration: 0585

    New pic attached of enclosed movement. I am hesitant to enter the movement further due to lack of experience. Too bad my wartime Nikkor and Leica skills don’t apply here!!

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    roughbarked Registered User

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    585 is 14 carat or 14K
     
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    It can be risky as these movements are often tight fit inside the back. Grasping by the winding crown and levering from that point may well snap the winding stem. Going by your photo, it isn't a Mido 500 or a Mido 600 because both of those have the balance opposite the stem rather than the escape wheel. Careful use of a razor blade or thin bladed knife may assist in removing the movement from the back. There should be a slight lip on the movement under which an instrument can be placed to lift the movement out. However, if you don't feel comfortable, then don't. As can be seen, the escape wheel may be damaged if slips occur and also there is a delicate balance wheel at risk.
     
  7. Igor Tufnel

    Igor Tufnel New Member

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    Try as I have, I just can’t safely get into the mechanism to further identify the watch. I’m fearless with Leica and Nikkor disassembly, lenses as well, but I can find no tutorials for MIDO disassembly.

    With even more online query, I still am no closer to identifying this watch.

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