The thin, classic case is relatively small for a diving watch and is just large enough to be readable without getting snagged on your cuffs. Another interesting feature to note is the cyclops lens over the date complication. Its more expensive kin would have the typical convex bulge of a cyclops lens on its mineral crystal, but the Pilot has a clever workaround with its more easily scratched acrylic case by having the magnifying lens on the inside of the case. This also gives the watch a more flattering silhouette, smoothing out the crystal in profile. The movement runs perfectly, and you’ll notice that the original lume shines as brightly as if it were a fresh coat of paint.
Mirexal was established in 1968 by the Swiss retail company ‘Migros-Genossenschafts-Bund’ (MGB) Zurich, which held the title of largest supermarket chain in Switzerland. Migros wanted to offer high-quality watches for relatively low prices. Mondaine, the famous railway clock manufacturer, and Rotary Watch Co. used to produce the watches under the brand name. These watches were only sold in Switzerland. Since 1983 Mirexal watches are not sold by Migros anymore.
Case and Strap
- Stainless steel case body with minor scratches.
- Stainless steel screw-down caseback.
- Steel-bakelite rotating bezel.
- Acrylic crystal with cyclops over date window.
- Width w/o crown: 35mm
- Width w/crown: 40mm
- Height: 42mm
- Thickness: 9.5mm
- Strap width: 20mm
Dial and Hands
- Matte black dial.
- 24 hr Arabic numeral track in the centre.
- Tritium lume blocks for 12 hr.
- Broad arrow-style hands with tritium lume.
- Signed ‘Mirexal’ below 12 position.
- Date indicator at 3 position.
- Swiss-made movement.
- FHF 96-4 caliber.
- 17 jewels.
- Manual wind.
- Date wheel.
- Shock resistant.
- Testing duration: 2 weeks cyclic test.
- Average timekeeping range: 15-30 sec/day.
Servicing and Guarantee
- Fully serviced with disassembly in our Bristol shop.
- Mechanics in full working order.
- 12-month warranty.
- Guarantee Terms and Conditions.