The Mühle-Glashütte brand has existed since 1869 when it was set up by watchmaker Robert Mühle as a manufacturer of precision measuring instruments for the then-thriving horological industry in the Saxon town of Glashütte – but the firm almost disappeared after it was expropriated in 1972 under the socialist East German regime and absorbed in to the state-owned Glashütte Uhrenbetriebe (better known as GUB).
GUB produced relatively nondescript watches in huge numbers, but following reunification in 1994 Robert Mühle’s grandson, Hans-Jürgen Mühle, decided to relaunch the company as a maker of marine chronometers, marine timing systems and, from 1996, wristwatches.
It has since established a reputation for its tough, reliable tool watches, which have become popular with the military and other organisations for which extreme conditions are routine, notably the German Maritime Search and Rescue Service (DGzRS) to which the company has supplied specially developed watches for the crews of its 56 rescue cruisers since 2002.
Mühle-Glashütte’s latest creation, however, is aimed at those involved in less critical activities, because the new Teutonia Sport 1 is intended for sporting types who simply need a rugged and accurate chronograph.
Designed with people such as rally drivers, competitive cyclists, skiers and runners in mind, the watch has a 42.6mm steel case containing the MU9413 self-winding movement with the brand’s signature double-shockproofing and patented ‘woodpecker neck’ regulation, which makes for impressive accuracy.
A bi-directional rotating bezel features a tachymeter bezel for speed and distance calculations, while the bold, black dial with triple chronograph counters gets some urgent orange detailing to emphasise the sporting nature of the watch. A resilient, waterproofed leather strap with orange rubber backing completes the picture – and, like all Mühle-Glashütte watches, the Teutonia Sport 1 represents surprising value for money at £3,080.
Simon de Burton writes for the Financial Times and Esquire