It has been 10 years already that the German Maritime Search and Rescue Service (DGzRS) service started using MG’s Rescue-Timer as its official timekeeper. Celebrating this milestone, the German watchmaker has prepared two limited-edition versions of the device. Renamed as Mühle Glashütte S.A.R. Anniversary-Timer, they now come with a bi-color ceramic bezel and even feature an extremely scratch-resistant DLC coating on one of its two versions.
Typing these words, I can’t help but notice that a reader or two will inevitably send me an email asking why the watch, which is officially claimed to withstand enormous 100 ATM (1000 meters!) of water pressure doesn’t sport a rotating bezel with a diving scale?
The answer, of course, is simple: this is NOT a diver!
The German engineers created a watch that wouldn’t crack even if you forget (or simply don’t have time) to take it off before an especially dangerous rescue operation.
It is supposed, that a professional diver will have a professional dive timer on his wrist and a good old mechanical watch (even such a robust beast like the Rescue-Timer or the outrageous Blancpain X Fathoms 300M diver with depth gauge (Ref. 5018-1230-64) will not stand a chance) against a modern electronic device (like, say, the Liquivision XEN) in terms of accuracy and reliability.
Compared to many “extreme” divers with similar water resistance rating, the watch is not terribly huge. In fact, the Muehle Glashuette S.A.R. Anniversary-Timer measures only 44 mm in diameter and is just over 12 millimeters thick, which makes the watch easy to wear with any type of cuffs.
Another nice thing about this device is, of course, the positioned of its winding/setting crown. Conveniently placed at 4 hours and protected from occasional hits with Rolex-style crown guards, the oversized crown is easy to operate and will not hurt your hand in any event.
Although the DLC version seems more practical and makes a stronger impression, I must confess that I like the stainless steel version the best. Perhaps, the combination of dull, satin-finished steel and a matte ceramic bezel looks the best for a timekeeper of such distinction.
So far, the Germans plan to sell only 250 examples of each version at a price of €1790 and €1890 for the versions in stainless steel and black DLC steel respectively. This makes both watches about two times more expensive than a similarly specced model from a brand like Hamilton or Tissot.
Photos: Mühle Glashütte
Muhle Glashutte S.A.R. Anniversary-Timer specification
Price: €1790 / €1890 (MSRP)
Movement: Automatic, Sellita SW200, customized with Mühle woodpecker neck regulation system, Swiss Made
Number of jewels: 26
Movement frequency: 28,800 vph
Power reserve: 38 hours
Movement decoration: Branded rotor
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, date
Case & Crown: Stainless steel / Steel DLC
Bezel: Steel with red accents
Size: 44.00 mm
Case height: 12.20 mm
Hour markers: Luminous
Hands: Steel, luminous
Water resistance: 1000 meters
Strap: Black rubber strap with a stainless steel folding clasp and an extension
Crystal: Sapphire, antireflective, domed