Mühle-Glashütte S.A.R Rescue Timer

A Tough Cookie

The Mühle-Glashütte S.A.R Rescue Timer proffers a simple to read display, impressive water resistance and a high quotient of toughness.

Muhle-Glashutte S.A.R Rescue Timer

There are occasions when a person stands out from the crowd purely because they exhibit a resilient character. Indeed, an individual who displays this trait can sometimes be labelled a ‘Tough Cookie’. Some of these so-called tough cookies can appear unemotional but, with greater familiarity, this often proves not to be the case.

The Mühle-Glashütte S.A.R Rescue Timer is clearly a tough cookie in terms of its robustness. It has been created for use at sea by the German Maritime Search and Rescue Service. However, I was keen to explore whether this watch is devoid of emotion or imbued with a likeable personality.

The dial

Beneath a pane of tough 4mm thick sapphire crystal, the black dial can be observed. Contemporary hour and minute hands, lined with luminescent treatment, emit a green glow in dim light.

Muhle-Glashutte S.A.R Rescue Timer

The hours are marked with rectangular batons, save for 3, 6, 9 and 12 o’clock where triangular indexes feature. Luminescent treatment has also been applied to the hour markers, facilitating read-off in restricted light conditions. Adjacent several of the hour markers, Arabic numerals also grace the dial. 

A slender central sweep seconds hand with a white, luminescent tip kisses the subtle, but highly legible, strokes positioned in between each hour marker. A date display is presented at 4 o’clock and is magnified via an ‘internally ground loupe’ integrated into the sapphire crystal.

The number of functions is restricted to the essential and, as result, the dial proves simple to read.

The case

The scale of the 42mm stainless steel case proffers universal appeal, proving neither too large nor too small. A rubber bezel is affixed to the case, conferring visual contrast and mitigating the effects of minor impacts.

Muhle-Glashutte S.A.R Rescue Timer

Owing to the potential role of the watch, the case is deliberately rounded without any sharp edges that could gouge a seaman when being ‘pulled out of the water’. Likewise, the screw-in crown is positioned at 4 o’clock, reducing the probability that it will catch on items. Indeed, running an inquisitive finger over the exterior surfaces of the case revealed no sharp or rough edges which could mar the ownership experience.

Muhle-Glashutte S.A.R Rescue Timer

This is a true seaman’s tool with an impressive water resistance of 1000 metres. Typical of watches with this degree of water resistance, the timepiece features a solid case-back.

Muhle-Glashutte S.A.R Rescue Timer

Mühle-Glashütte offers the watch with a rubber strap and a stainless steel bracelet. Personally, I favour the latter option, appreciating the central row of black links. This detail echoes the bezel and case treatment, augmenting the visual appeal of the watch.

The movement

The Mühle-Glashütte S.A.R Rescue Timer contains the Sellita SW 200-1 automatic movement. However, the German watch brand has taken the unusual step of modifying the movement. The rate of the movement has been adjusted using the brand’s own ‘woodpecker neck regulation’. The company has also fitted its own personalised oscillating mass.

Another area where Mühle-Glashütte has expended effort relates to the finishing. The movement features blued screws, ‘Glashütte solarization’ and perlage. While the wearer will ordinarily never see these details, owing to the solid case-back, it is pleasing to know that the movement has been enhanced.

The frequency of the balance is 28,800 VpH (4Hz) and the movement contains 26 jewels. The movement features a hacking seconds, ideal for synchronisation with a reference clock. The spring barrel harnesses sufficient energy to deliver 38 hours of autonomy.

Closing remarks

Mühle-Glashütte has created a watch which is eminently simple to read whether in daylight or in restricted light. The limited number of functions helps legibility and the judicious use of luminescent treatment augments ease of read-off.

The case is perfectly sized, suiting a broad array of different wrists. Moreover, the case is of sturdy construction and, courtesy of its rubber clad surfaces, it is capable of shrugging off minor impacts without fear of damage. Despite its modest asking price of £1,685 (RRP as at 15.3.2017), the S.A.R Rescue Timer exudes a sense of quality.

Glashütte is a town, approximately 30 kilometres south of Dresden. The town plays host to a number of watch brands from the accessible to the most prestigious. A key benefit of making watches in Glashütte is that wage costs are significantly lower than in Switzerland, a fact which is often reflected with keen pricing.

I particularly admire how Mühle-Glashütte has expended time enhancing the Sellita SW 200-1 with its modifications. While these refinements are hidden from view, they do indicate a desire on the part of the German watch company to deliver an impressive product.

The Mühle-Glashütte S.A.R Rescue Timer feels like a German watch with a specification which brims with Teutonic common sense. The watch has many attributes with a distinct character all of its own. Indeed, this may be a ‘tough cookie’ but it is certainly is not lacking in personality.

Technical specification

  • Model: Mühle-Glashütte S.A.R Rescue Timer
  • Reference: M1-41-03-MB
  • Case: Stainless-steel; diameter 42mm; height 13.5mm; water resistant to 100 bar (1000 metres); sapphire crystal to front and solid caseback
  • Functions: Hours; minutes; central sweep seconds; date
  • Movement: SW 200-1 ; self-winding movement; frequency 28,800 vph (4Hz); 26 jewels; power reserve 38 hours
  • Strap: Stainless Steel bracelet with stainless steel safety clasp
  • Price: £1,685 (RRP as at 15.3.2017)

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I would like to thank CW Sellors Jura, for kindly providing access to this timepiece.

Angus Davies

Angus is a self-confessed watch addict and is frequently asked to contribute to various printed magazines and websites around the globe. He also writes for individual watch companies on matters of horology and has appeared on television and radio as an industry expert.