From nautical instruments to wristwatches
It was a relatively long way from precision instruments to the first wristwatch. It was not until the 4th generation that the company began designing the same. Here the inquiry of a shipyard was decisive, which turned to the family enterprise, in order to ask it whether it was not interested in manufacturing wristwatches. A development that would be of particular importance for the further development of Mühle Glashütte. In 1980 it was integrated into the Glashütte watch operations. These began to focus on the development and production of the new generation of ship clocks and, for the first time, on the construction of marine chronometers. However, it was not until 1996 that the first wristwatch left the domestic factory. As a result of a request from a friendly company, the production of high-precision naval pilot watches and diving watches began to be more and more important. In the course of this, also the Rescue Timer 2002, which was developed and manufactured for the Gesellschaft zur Rettung Schiffbrüchiger.
Mühle Glashütte arrived in the new millennium
2002, the in-house development, the so-called Spechthals-Regulierung, was patented. A further development of the gooseneck regulation. This proved to be particularly robust and is used for this reason and the fact that from then on fine regulation took on a new significance. Six years later, the company developed the three-quarter plate, which is a typical characteristic of Glashütte watches. The classic Glashütte locking mechanism and the removable escape wheel bridge were used for the first time in the chronographs that followed. Modifications are expressed in calibre M 9408. Design, robustness and precision From 2011 onwards, Mühle Glashütte designed the first movement developed in-house. This movement, equipped with the MK 9411 calibre, still represents the ultimate in modern Prussian watchmaking art today. Which found its temporary climax in the Teutonia III. A further development of the same was dedicated to the founder Robert Mühle, with the in-house caliber RMK 02.
The special characteristics of the Glashütte Mühlen watches are the old Prussian virtues, precision, continuity and simplicity. Paired with the ability of simplicity, precision and a first-class understanding of the material. This as well as the craftsmanship matured to perfection distinguish all classic and modern innovations of the chronograph line. Technical gimmicks still play no role in this long-established company. People prefer to concentrate on the essential things such as functionality, precision and robustness. Characteristics which are reflected in the watches of Glashütte Mühle down to the last screw set by hand.