It seems like it was not that long ago that we were talking about MÃ¼hle-GlashÃ¼tte, with their ProMare Go (you can see that review HERE). Funnily enough, while I certainly dug that watch, it was not the first on my list to borrow from the brand. That honor landed with todayâ€™s watch. However, given itâ€™s limited edition nature and oxidization-prone case, a loaner wasnâ€™t in the cards. That is, until a non-functional display unit came up for lending. So, we got to spend some time – sort of – with the MÃ¼hle-GlashÃ¼tte Yacht-Timer Bronze.
Normally, if a brand was offering up to send over a non-functional sample to look at, weâ€™d give it a hard pass (and we have before). These sorts of samples are meant more for the show circuit, and really donâ€™t work for our approach to seeing how a watch would work in regular, day-to-day life. For the MÃ¼hle-GlashÃ¼tte Yacht-Timer Bronze, though, we made an exception. The bronze alloy of the case can be volatile (part of itâ€™s charm) so we understood why the brand wouldnâ€™t want to hand over a functional model, and thereby besmirch a watch intended for a paying customer (there are only 500 being made, after all).
Normally, when weâ€™ve got the word â€œyachtâ€ attached to a watch, it means a goofy (to us non-boaters) sort of a split-lap countdown chronograph complication. That is most definitely not the case here. This is a sporty three-hander meant for the water (300m WR). I suppose the yachting pretensions come from the bronze? Though here, itâ€™s more of a brushed finish, so polishing really isnâ€™t something you may want to do. Just accept the oxidization (or patina) for what it is, and roll with it.
Iâ€™ve seen my share of bronze-encased watches, and it seems to me that the cooler colors tend to work well with the cases. Thatâ€™s showing up here – in spades – with the dark blue. Itâ€™s a different tone than we saw on the ProMare Go (LINK), and definitely in a flat finish, but itâ€™s a similar sort of an idea. As a matter of fact, all of the matte surface area is something I really liked about the watch. Perhaps itâ€™s just the way my mind works, but the shinier a watch is, the dressier it feels. Flatten things out, though, and I get the vibe that this is a watch meant for work. In this case, on the deck of a boat, one presumes.
Tucked into the case of the MÃ¼hle-GlashÃ¼tte Yacht-Timer Bronze is a SW 200-1 automatic movement, along with some customizations specific to the brand (see that all below). While this sample was, of course, non-functional, one would presume that the movement would be just as accurate and reliable as any other watch that contains the SW-200. In other words, a capable daily driver, for certain. To keep it dry for that 300m WR rating, youâ€™ve got a steel caseback and crown screwed into place, which also manage to bring a little break from the warm bronze tones.
At 44mm, no one is going to call the MÃ¼hle-GlashÃ¼tte Yacht-Timer Bronze. While itâ€™s larger than Iâ€™d prefer, personally, I thought it fit well to my wrist, helped along by the relatively thin profile (12.5mm) for a watch of this size. Though, given the more casual nature that the finishes lean the watch toward, sizing is not as much of a concern, at least in my book. And of course, with the crown offset as it is, you shouldnâ€™t run into any problems with it digging into your wrist.
At the end of the day, you have to ask the question – who, exactly, is the MÃ¼hle-GlashÃ¼tte Yacht-Timer Bronze for? On one hand, Iâ€™d say boating enthusiasts can find some love for the watch, though itâ€™s not bringing anything sailing- or yachting-specific to the party (really, itâ€™s a dive style watch).. I think those who were fans of the bronze case explosion that overtook the independent brands a few years back, and are looking to go a bit more upmarket now, would also be drawn to it. Then, thereâ€™s folks like me, who may just be enamored of the warm and cool color palette wrapped around a capable, do-anything sort of a watch. Whatever camp youâ€™re in, if youâ€™re interested, bear in mind that only 500 of these are being made, and theyâ€™ll run you $2,950 to join the club. muehle-glashuette.de
- Brand & Model: MÃ¼hle-GlashÃ¼tte Yacht-Timer Bronze
- Price: $2,950
- Whoâ€™s it for? Just check out the paragraph above
- Would I wear it? Absolutely
- What Iâ€™d change: The circular date window. With everything else on the dial being straight edges, the circle feels out of place
- The best thing about it: Just how well the blue and bronze work together
Tech Specs from MÃ¼hle-GlashÃ¼tte
- Movement: SW 200-1 MÃ¼hle Version, automatic, MÃ¼hle version with woodpecker neck regulation, own rotor, characteristic surface finishes, stop-second, fast date correction, 38-hr power reserve
- Bronze with a screwed-down stainless steel back
- Bidirectional bezel, Bronze
- 2.5 mm thick, domed and double anti-glare sapphire crystal
- Transparent case back
- Screw-in crown, stainless steel
- Water-resistant to 30 bars
- Textile strap with stainless steel pin buckle
- Screwed strap attachment bridges
- Dimensions: Ã˜ 44.0 mm; H 12.5 mm
- Dial: Blue, Super LumiNova hands and indices, intensely luminous
- Limited edition: 500 pieces