The new Muehle-Glashutte Teutonia III Handaufzug is the first hand-wound watch from the German watchmaker that comes powered by their own Caliber MU 9411 automatic movement that was designed and manufactured solely in-house.
When ETA S.A. first announced its plans to gradually stop selling its ebauches to third-party brands out of the monstrous Swatch Group conglomerate, it was like a nuclear blast that put almost the whole industry in a state of a deep shock.
While some brands protested, the other simply turned their attention to independent ebauche makers like Sellita. However, there was also a third group that began investing money into designing their own calibers and thus becoming real Manufactures.
The German Mühle Glashütte is one of them.
After the self-winding MU 9408 that was presented early last year and powered their Antaria Chronograph model, the German brand has released the hand-wound MU 9411: also their first. Adjusted in 6 positions, the highly accurate movement is equipped with their own woodpecker neck regulation mechanism that was designed in 2003.
The movement features discreet, Nordic approach to decoration with its three-quarter plate and the bridge brushed and its transmission and ratchet wheels featuring the trademark Glashuette solarization.
Although the caliber is built on “only” 18 jewels, they all seem to be completely functional, so there is nothing wrong with it. The only serious problem that you risk encounter is that, being an “in-house” movement, it may be difficult to service and repair if you happen to live far from Germany. In some cases, you will probably have to send the watch back to manufacturer for repair or replacement, which is always a bummer.
The movement was first presented in Basel, Switzerland during the famous Baselworld 2011 industry event. Later, the Germans presented the first watch that is going to be powered by the MU 9411: the classic-shaped Muehle-Glashutte Teutonia III Handaufzug watch.
Like many other “historic” models, the new watch is equipped with the signature grooved (coin edge-style) bezel and comes in an alternately polished and brushed stainless steel case. Sporting nice, slender proportions, the case is 42 millimeters in diameter and is slightly more than 11 millimeters thick.
With its clean, bold Arabic numerals, crisp railway minute track and three blackened hands, the dial is perfectly legible and easy to read: an essential feature of most watches that come from Germany.
Well, the date window at 3 o’clock could have been a little larger, but I can live with that.
At a starting price of just €1590, this is a very interesting offer, if you are into this kind of style.
See also: Archimede Deck Watch R (Ref. UA7952)
Photos: Mühle Glashütte
Muehle-Glashutte Teutonia III Handaufzug specification
Price: From €1590 (MSRP)
Movement: Hand-wound, Caliber MU 9411, in-house, Made in Germany
Number of jewels: 18
Movement frequency: 28,800 vph
Movement decoration: Brushed bridge and three-quarter plate. Solarized transmission wheel and ratchet wheel
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, date
Power reserve: 42 hours
Case material: Stainless steel, polished and brushed
Case size: 42.00 mm
Case height: 11.20 mm
Hour markers: Black
Water resistance: 100 meters
Strap: Black leather strap with stainless steel pin buckle (a stainless steel strap with stainless steel butterfly clasp is available as an option.) Screwed strap attachment bridges.
Crystal: Sapphire, domed, antireflective