We have been manufacturing wristwatches since 1996. Two years earlier, Hans-Jürgen Mühle, the fourth generation of our family business, had already started manufacturing marine chronometers and ship’s watches. Before we started manufacturing the first wristwatches, we thought about what distinguishes our marine chronometers and ship’s watches. At sea, precision, reliability and best readability count most – the so-called three nautical virtues. We have transferred these requirements to our timepieces for the wrist.
Nautical instruments and precision mechanics
The roots of our family company
In 1994, Hans-Jürgen Mühle began manufacturing marine chronometers and ship clocks. Even today, we equip cruise ships with clock systems that can include more than 130 subsidiary clocks.
A year after we started production, a shipyard asked if we could supply some robust, water-resistant wristwatches to equip ships. We had learned from our history that there is nothing in precision engineering that a Mühle cannot do. So Hans-Jürgen Mühle said without further ado: Yes! This was the beginning of our wristwatch production.
We have transferred the requirements of professional seafaring to our wristwatches. And that is why our timepieces appear under the name “Nautical Instruments Mühle-Glashütte”. The nautical reference is something that they were born with.
Nautical instruments and precision mechanics
Recently, we not only celebrated 25 years of “Nautical Instruments Mühle-Glashütte”, but also the 150th anniversary of the company's founding by Robert Mühle. This is how long we have dedicated ourselves to precision measurement and manufacture precise mechanical measuring instruments. This is the central theme of the history of our family company.
Precision. Robustness. Readability
The three nautical virtues
To ensure that our watches are ready for any adventure, we give them very specific characteristics: the nautical virtues – precision, robustness and good readability.
The elaborate regulation of our movements ensures the best precision. Each watch is adjusted in such a way that its rate values lie between 0 and a maximum of 8 seconds per day and are thus slightly in the plus range. The regulation is based on the chronometer standard and on an internal guideline:
The wearer of a Mühle watch should not be late because of his watch.
High robustness is made possible by our shock-resistant woodpecker neck fine adjustment. Added to this are high-quality cases that are waterproof to at least 10 bar.
Like our nautical instruments, our wristwatches are also instruments for measuring time. That is why we pay strict attention to good readability when developing the dials. The time must be recognizable at first glance. This is the elementary task of a watch, behind which all other functions take a back seat.
Nautical instruments and precision engineering
The complete story
For over 150 years, the name “Mühle” has stood for precision and accurate measurement.
Robert Mühle laid the foundation for this. In 1869, he founded a company in Glashütte that provided watch manufacturers with precise measuring instruments. We are still dedicated to precise measuring today – but since 1994 in the form of nautical instruments and mechanical wristwatches. These time-measuring instruments are not only committed to the family tradition, but also to the nautical virtues of precision, robustness and good readability.
Where can I find technical details for my Mühle wristwatch?
The most important technical information on watches in our current collection can be found on our website by visiting the “Wristwatches” page and selecting your collection and model. Technical details for your model can also be found in the instruction manual for your watch. If you have any further questions, especially regarding older models, please feel free to contact us.
What precision can I expect from my Mühle wristwatch?
It is normal for mechanical watches to display a certain amount of tolerance because fluctuating temperatures, the tension of the winder springs or the position in which a watch is stored or worn can all affect its operation and accuracy. As we do not know how a watch will be worn, we always regulate our watches so that they are slightly fast, with a precision of between 0 and max. +8 seconds per day. Why? Because we want to ensure that Mühle watch wearers are never too late because of their time measuring instruments.
How often does my mechanical Mühle wristwatch need to be serviced?
Mechanical watches should be serviced from time to time. Over the years, the processes taking place inside the movement cause a certain amount of abrasion due to parts wearing. This abrasion contaminates the oil and sometimes forms deposits, which may cause the precision of the watch to deteriorate. We therefore recommend that our watches be fully serviced every four to five years. We advise wearers to get the watertightness of their watches checked every two years.