Mühle-Glashütte have extended their range with some sports-inspired watches such as this Teutonia Sport II, directly derived from automotive sports. There is some company history behind this: in the 1920s, Mühle & Sohn were making speedometers, rev counters and dashboard clocks for car brands. The automotive spirit is expressed above all by the colour scheme, with touches of orange on the dial and bezel matching the strap lining.
Hybrid dial design
The dial shows the same quest for an automotive feel. It is quite complex, with a subdial for seconds at 9 o’clock, a vertical date window reminiscent of IWC’s pilot’s watches, and two rings at the edge of the dial, one for the applied hour markers, and one for the minutes. The outer scale is nicely-designed, with the minutes divided into quarters by orange subdivisions. But this is just for appearance and not for function: it would have been more logical with a central seconds hand, but as it is, with the minutes hand not reaching the external ring of the scale, it just adds a touch of colour.
The watch has a stainless steel case, 41.6 mm in diameter and 12.8 mm thick, with screw-in crown and a screw-down caseback. As a result, it achieves a water resistance of 10 bars, making it an excellent all-weather watch – typical of the ever-popular sports watch genre. The strap, leather outside and orange rubber inside, also stands up to the rain. The watchglass has a double anti-glare coating which is very effective, maximizing legibility in any light conditions. The contrast between the polished bezel and vertically-brushed caseband is very nice.
Modified Sellita movement
The watch is powered by the self-winding Sellita SW 290-1, a Swiss-made movement that has been modified with a Mühle oscillating weight, and the company’s woodpecker neck regulation system on the balance that makes precision adjustment easier and more effective. The brand’w watches reach the level of the German chronometer standard. In addition, Mühle-Glashütte always regulate their watches slightly fast, so with a maximum deviation of between 0 and +8 seconds per day (as opposed to the usual COSC precision standards of -4/+6 seconds deviation). The movement provides the stop-second function and rapid date adjustment. Power reserve is 38 hours. The polished case provides an attractive caseback view, even though the sapphire crystal is relatively small in comparison with the case diameter.
Price and reference
Mühle-Glashütte offers a lot of added value. It’s a company with a lot of tradition, founded by Robert Mühle in 1869, and a lot of contemporary energy, now with their own in-house movement. They like to say that you get a lot of watch for your money: in this case, reference M1-29-73-NB, the price is €2,190. Read more on the Mühle-Glashütte website.