Although officially positioned as a timekeeper for adventures, the new Muehle Glashuette Terranaut III Trail may be a nice choice for people searching for a reliable tool that looks like a pilot’s watch, is powered by a good Swiss-made movement, and wouldn’t break a bank even if you are a student majoring in Liberal Arts.
At this time, the new Muehle Glashuette Terranaut III Trail automatic watch is presented in four variations that consist of two finishes for its round 40 mm case and two variations of the matte black dial.
To my shame, it took me some time to grasp the difference between the faces.
If at this time of day you are as slow as yours truly, here is the hint: one of them lacks the minute track, which is printed in light grey on the outer part of the dial closer to the bezel flange.
As to the cases, it is much easier here: both are offered in stainless steel, but one of them wears plain brushed steel livery and the other comes in a nice matte black PVD treatment that looks almost as gorgeous as recently introduced ceramic timekeepers from Panerai, a maker of luxury “aviators” Bell&Ross and others.
With its laconic, military-style dial layout, the watch not only offers superb, almost unrivaled legibility both at day and night but can also be worn both in expeditions as well as on a daily basis with casual dress.
Like many other German watchmakers, Mühle Glashütte doesn’t make its own calibers, but imports high-quality Swiss movements to animate its timekeepers.
In this particular case, the movement of choice was a customized Sellita SW 220-1 self-winding ebauche.
Equipped with M-G’s patented woodpecker neck regulation that protects the index hand (and hence the balance shaft) from severe shocks, the modified movement offers even more reliability and robustness than the original job.
To make the caliber even more exclusive (for a mass-produced movement, of course,) its winding rotor is further equipped with a branded oscillating weight that features Glashuette solar grinding decoration. The latter is perfectly visible through a sapphire crystal that covers its display back.
At a recommended price of €890, the new Muehle Glashuette Terranaut III Trail looks like a watch of choice for the price-conscious crowd that searches for a high-quality military-style timepiece.
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Photos: Mühle Glashütte
Muehle Glashuette Terranaut III Trail specification
Price: Starts at €890
Movement: Automatic, Sellita caliber SW 220-1, modified for Muehle Glashuette (woodpecker neck regulation,) 26 jewels, 28,800 vph, Swiss Made
Movement decoration: Branded rotor finished with Glashuette solar grinding
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, date
Power reserve: 38 hours
Case: Brushed stainless steel / Steel with black PVD treatment
Size: 40.00 mm
Case height: 10.00 mm
Numerals: Arabic, luminous (beige Superluminova)
Hour markers: Baton-shaped, luminous (beige Superluminova)
Water resistance: 100 meters
Strap: Black “Russia” smooth dyed calfskin leather with stainless steel pin buckle
Crystal: Sapphire, antireflective