INTRODUCING: The Mühle-Glashütte S.A.R. Mission-Timer TITANFergus Nash
Mühle-Glashütte aren’t a brand that most people are very familiar with, but the German brand is always full of surprises at every turn. The S.A.R. Rescue-Timer is a staple of their tool watch collection, boasting seafaring capability alongside a sophisticated, retro-futuristic case shape. Now, after 20 years of its use by the German Maritime Search and Rescue Service (DGzRS), Mühle-Glashütte have released a new cousin model called the S.A.R. Mission-Timer TITAN.
While it would be easy to just release a limited-edition version of the Rescue-Timer, the Mission-Timer TITAN is really a different beast. The case, made from the lightweight and hypoallergenic titanium after which it is named, smooths out some of the more jarring angles that the original watch carries. It transitions the look from sci-fi companion to a modern, sleek design with much more nuance and detail. It’s definitely on the larger side of things but still wearable with a diameter of 43mm, lug-to-lug of around 51mm, and a thickness of 13mm. The curvature of the lugs and their integration with the rubber strap helps it conform to the wrist too.
The dial of the Mühle-Glashütte S.A.R. Mission-Timer TITAN has a lot of refinement to it, especially considering how few elements there really are. The Super-LumiNova is generously applied to the markers with precision, not only including the larger hour markers but also the individual batons on the minute track. Printed numerals at the five-minute intervals help you quickly read the time, as fast legibility is paramount when used in rescue scenarios. The scratch-resistant ceramic bezel gives the sapphire crystal some extra protection against glancing knocks or scrapes, as well as some glossy contrast to the brushed titanium case.
Overall, this watch while designed for the DGzRS is well suited to any form of daily outdoors activity. The water resistance is five times higher than the Rescue-Timer at 50 atm, so it can be taken far below the water’s surface as well as across it on rescue missions. It uses the calibre SW400-1 from Sellita, except this Mühle edition has been specifically modified to allow a 30% larger date window as well as a patented “woodpecker neck” regulator. The movement otherwise retains the regular features such as a 41-hour power reserve and 28,800vph beat rate. Each individual caseback shows the name and silhouette of a sea rescue boat — one for each of the 63 currently used by the DGzRS.
The Mühle-Glashütte S.A.R. Mission-Timer TITAN
Limited to 63 pieces, the Mühle-Glashütte S.A.R. Mission-Timer TITAN is now available to order from Mühle-Glashütte’s website. Price: €2,900
|S.A.R. Mission-Timer TITAN
|43mm x 13mm x 51mm
|50 atm / 500 metres
|Limited edition of 63 pieces