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Mühle Glashütte

Mühle Glashütte, which has been based in Glashütte for almost 150 years, specializes in functional wristwatches and nautical measuring instruments. From the diver's watch to the racing watch with tachymeter bezel to the classic three-hand watch, there is something for every taste.

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Nautical instruments Mühle Glashütte can look back on almost 150 years of company history and is deeply rooted in Glashütte Germany. From the manufacturer of measuring instrument for watchmaking to vehicle speed gauges, the brand's portfolio has expanded and changed over and over again. Over several generations, the knowledge has been passed on the production of highly specialized watch components, today it serves as the basis for the production of wristwatches and nautical measuring instruments.

The history of Mühle Glashütte

Robert Mühle´s interest in the production of timepieces was awakened early: In the 1860s, he completed an apprenticeship as a precision mechanic at the watch manufacturer Moritz Großmann and produced precision measuring devices, which he needed for his watches. Founded in 1869, Robert Mühle & Sohn (engl.: and son) soon became the sole manufacturer of measuring instruments in Glashütte. His main customers were the local watch companies and the German watchmaking school, for which he produced, among other micrometer, emery tools and blur raking machines.

In the 1920s, the takeover by Robert Mühles sons Paul, Alfred and Max brought a fresh wind into the company: Robert Mühle & Sohn's repertoire expanded to include measuring and indicating instruments for vehicles, for example in Maybach and Horch cars or in motorcycles fo BMW were installed. In addition, they joined with two other manufacturers to the “Vereinigte Glashütte Rechenmachinenfabriken”. The other companies had been the “Tachometer- und Feinmechanische Werke Arthur Burkhardt & Cie” (short Saxonia) and the Schumann & Cie.- Robert Mühle & Sohn. They founded a trading company, which, dissolved again after some time.

During the Second World War, the company was able to be saved by their specialization from the economic bankruptcy, which overtook many watch manufacturers in this time. Their speedometers and car watches were installed in tanks of the german Wehrmacht. After the end of the war, a large part of the production machinery was seized and transported away by the Soviets as part of the dismantling of technically sophisticated corporations.

The remainder of the company was affiliated as “Messtechnik Glashütte” to the Zeiss-Werke Jena, a heavy blow for the family Mühle. At the end of 1945, the reconstruction of the Glashütte watch industry began - Hans Mühle took this opportunity to found a new company: “Ing. Hans Mühle” which had now specialized in pressure and temperature measuring equipment and quickly grew from an initial three employees up to sixty. But a short time later, another stroke of fate befell the company, during the German division, it was forcibly nationalized in 1972 and incorporated in 1980 in the VEB Glashütter Uhrenbetriebe (GUB). Hans Mühle became Sales Director of the GUB, 10 years later he became one of five managing directors. His responsibilities were the distribution of wristwatches in Eastern Europe and the worldwide business with marine watches and marine chronometers, which should play a crucial role in the current direction of Mühle Glashütte. After the reunification of Germany he left the “Glashütter Uhrenbetriebe GmbH”, which now also no longer manufactures timepieces for naval operation. In order to close the resulting gap, he founded in 1994 the “Mühle Glashütte GmbH nautische Instrumente und Feinmechanik” (engl. Mühle Glashütte GmbH nautical instruments and precision mechanics).

Thanks to his previous work, he was already able to establish contacts all over the world, and the worldwide demand is tremendously. When asked whether the company also produces watches for sailors, Hans Mühle says yes - and lays the foundation for a new success story. The wristwatches from Mühle Glashütte were initially intended as part of the ship's accessories, design follows function. The company's first watch is nameless, followed by two more models with a nautical cover: a men's scuba diving watch and the naval aviator's watch. Since then, the watches have been constantly evolving and expanding the range: 2003, the patented woodpecker neck regulation was introduced as an evolution of the Glashütte gooseneck. Technically, it is modeled on the suspension of a woodpeckers head and so very shockproof. After the takeover by Thilo Mühle in 2007, the newly developed “Mühle-Dreiviertelplatine” was launched the following year, followed three years later by

The cost of a Mühle Glashütte watch

Mühle Glashütte S.A.R. Anniversary timer M1-41-43
1,250 € (2003)
Material: stainless steel
Main features: 43 mm diameter, rubber strap, automatic, stick indexes

Mühle Glashütte Teutonia Sport I M1-29-63-NB
2,950 € (2017)
Material: stainless steel
Main features: 43 mm diameter, tachymeter bezel, automatic

Mühle Glassworks Rasmus 2000 M1-28-83-KB
1,870 € (2017)
Material: stainless steel
Main features: 45 mm diameter striking rippled bezel, the first 20 minutes stand out in red

Mühle Glashütte Robert Mill UP / DOWN M1-11-15-100LB
5,490 € (2016)
Material: stainless steel
Main features: 44 mm diameter, manual winding, Roman numerals, two totalizers

Mühle Glashütte Unotime M1-29
1,640 € (2003)
Material: stainless steel
Main features: 37 mm diameter, automatic, Arabic numerals

The philosophy of Mühle Glashütte

Mühle Glashütte is a family business with almost 150 years of proud history of its tradition and independence. One of the most important things about timepieces is their functionality. The first watches were used on ships and thus had to fulfill certain criteria that still influence the formal idiom of the company: the simple and uncomplicated readability of the wristwatches is the most important criterion. At the same time, the company can look back on a century and a half of experience in the manufacture of measuring tools, which is reflected in the precision of its wristwatches and marine gauges.

The most popular Mühle Glashütte watches


  • The Robert Mühle Rasmus 2000 is a divers series that has been tested in cooperation with the University of Rostock in Germany. Aspiring underwater archaeologists and marine biologists regularly wear it on their arms and reported their experiences. It is easy to read under water even under poor visibility and very resistant to pressure.
  • The Robert Mühle S.A.R. Rescue Timer was developed in cooperation with the captains of the rescue fleet of the German Society for the Rescue of Shipwrecked (S.A.R.). It is extremely robust and proved its functionality again and again in practice.
  • The Robert Mühle Teutonia Sport I is dedicated to racing. Like all Mühle Glashütte watches, it is robust and easy to read, but at the same time, with its sporty coloring, it pays homage to the historical connection between Mühle Glashütte and the automotive industry. It is equipped with a tachymeter bezel and is waterproof up to 10 bar, so it also withstands the strongest rain showers.
  • The Robert Mühle Auf / Ab is a special edition, which was issued on the 145th anniversary of the company in homage to the founder. In addition to being equipped with the RMK 01, it has an up / down indicator at 12 o'clock that indicates the time remaining before the manual wind must be done. Freshly wound, it has a 56-hour power reserve.

Buy used and vintage Mühle Glashütte watches

Although Mühle Glashütte has been closely associated with watchmaking for more than a century, it has only been making its own wristwatches for a few decades. Above all, special editions or limited editions are often worthwhile as an investment and are experiencing a constant price increase due to their limited quantity. Their timepieces are in the mid-price segment, but it pays off to keep your eyes open for well-preserved used models.

Best reasons to buy a Mühle Glashütte


  • Traditional German company in family ownership
  • Precise timepiece with good readability
  • Ideal for use on ships and in water sports
  • Timeless design without unnecessary decorative extras

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