Tutima DI 300 Black 629-51

Tutima DI 300 Black 629-51

Founded in Glashütte in 1927 by Dr. Ernst Kurtz, Tutima is a brand strong in tradition and quality.  Deriving from the latin term “tutus”, which means safe or protected, Tutima lives up to the name in making durable and precise timepieces.  Today, we are featuring one of their most popular series, the DI300.  To be more specific, the Tutima DI 300 Black 629-51.

Tutima DI 300 Black 629-51

In 2005, Tutima partnered and became the official timekeeper at the Kieler Woche Regattas, which helped launch the Tutima DI 300.  Made to withstand all the rigors of the water sport, the DI 300 was a tremendous success and proved to be a high quality (and durable) timepiece.  Throughout the years we have seen different variations of this model, but one of the newest releases, is the PVD coated 629-51.

Tutima DI 300 Black 629-51

The Tutima DI 300 Black 629-51 is a PVD coated pure titanium case the is 43.5mm wide and and sits 12.5mm high.  The case design is very nicely done, with a nice rounded feel to it, but still a unique enough shape to make it stand out.  The bezel is what really makes this piece “pop”.  It’s 60 min unidirectional bezel is mostly black with white numerals, but the 60 to 15 is a pure white, which to me gives the piece a different feel than other all black watches.

Tutima DI 300 Black 629-51

The dial is simple and very legible.  The luminescent stick indexes and hands contribute to it’s legibility on the contrasting black dial.  The chapter ring also has arabic numerals that sit right above the index, while you may think this would clutter up the dial, using them on the chapter ring keeps it clean and prevents the cluttered look.  Another great addition to the character of this piece, is it’s bright orange second hand.

Tutima DI 300 Black 629-51

The Tutima DI 300 Black 629-51 is water resistant to 300m and has a screw down crown.  It also has sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating on the inside.  The cut to size rubber strap is also very nice and has a titanium deployment clasp with a security buckle and integrated divers extension.   The movement is an ETA 2836-2 with day/date feature, which Tutima assembles and decorates in Germany.

Tutima DI 300 Black 629-51

The retail on the DI 300 Black is $1,850, which is very reasonable for the quality.  As always, if you have any questions regarding this or any Tutima, please feel free to call us at 1-800-486-3996.

Tutima DI 300 Black 629-51

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Mido Multifort Power Reserve PVD M005.424.36.052.22

Mido Multifort Power Reserve PVD M005.424.36.052.22

After being debuted at the Basel Fair of March 2012,  the new Mido Multifort Power Reserve PVD M005.424.36.052.22 has finally delivered from Switzerland and is another great addition to the Multifort line up.  With the tremendous success of the Mido Multifort Special Edition PVD, Mido decided to introduce a new variation with a new movement, and entirely different look.

Mido Multifort Power Reserve PVD M005.424.36.052.22

This latest rendition of Multifort is a similar dial deign to the M005.430.11.052.00 (which was released last year), yet has a PVD coating, an XL black leather strap with red stitching, and the obvious power reserve indicator at the 7 o’clock.  The PVD case is 42mm wide and 10.6mm thick, making for a nice mid plus sized piece.  The center dial and chapter ring are a matte black while there is a brushed steel (almost gunmetal in color) ring that has recessed index markers.  Under those indexes are Arabic numerals which really contribute to its uncommon design.  Protecting its unique dial is an anti-reflective sapphire crystal.

Mido Multifort Power Reserve PVD M005.424.36.052.22

The black leather croco-calf  strap is really nicely done in a semi-gloss with red stitching that gives it a sporty look.  The strap has a pull apart deployment clasp that is also coated in PVD and bears the Mido logo.  It’s amazing how something as small as the stitching on a band can really effect the character of a watch, and on this piece, it makes for a great compliment to an already impressive piece.

Mido Multifort Power Reserve PVD M005.424.36.052.22

The movement is an ETA 2897, highly decorated and beautifully done with Geneva striping, perlage and blue screws.  The finishing that Mido has for the money is incredible and by far a huge value compared to anything similar.  The ETA 2897 is a workhorse movement that has 21 jewels, 28,800 bph, and shows hours minutes and seconds with date and power reserve display.  I can easily say that any 2890 variation movement is great to have and can be found in a wide variety of watches that are a much higher price point.  Luckily, Mido keeps them very reasonable.

Mido Multifort Power Reserve PVD M005.424.36.052.22

The retail price on the Mido Multifort Power Reserve PVD M005.424.36.052.22 is $1,690.  This is practically unheard of for any 2897.  Mido is a true value brand that is hard to beat and we are proud to have them here at AZ Fine Time.

Mido Multifort Power Reserve PVD M005.424.36.052.22

If you have any questions, please feel free to call us at 1-800-486-3996.

Mido Multifort Power Reserve PVD M005.424.36.052.22

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