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Published on 01-04-2010 05:59 AM

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Review of the Mühle-Glashütte Marinus III
By: John B. Holbrook, II

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The Mühle-Glashütte Marinus is the second watch from German watch manufacturer Mühle-Glashütte which I've had the pleasure to evaluate. As the name suggests, the Marinus is a diver style watch - my favorite category of watch, so this one's right up my alley.

The Marinus comes in several different variations of bezel color, dial color, and strap or bracelet choices. The model I was provided for review is the Marinus III - stainless steel with black bezel. The case of the Marinus is 42.2mm in diameter, with a height of and a water resistance rating of 30 ATM, which equates to roughly 300m or 1000ft - a fairly standard depth rating for most "professional" caliber diving watches.

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This is a watch which screams "tool watch" - the brushed stainless steel case combined with the rubber diver strap very much give the impression that the Marinus means business. This is no "desk diver" - the Marinus is a serious tool with every design feature well thought out for actual use. The scalloped unidirectional bezel was both easy to grip and turn, as was the oversized and offset screw down crown. Generally speaking, I'm not a huge fan of rubber straps - a metal bracelet is just a personal preference for me. That said, I have to admit the rubber diver style strap on the Marinus is über-cool. The color coordinates perfectly with the bezel and dial elements, and lends an air of authenticity to the diving tool image of this watch. From a functional standpoint, a rubber strap takes abuse much more easily, and many find rubber straps to be eminently comfortable.

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You couldn't ask for a much more legible dial than what's offered on the Marinus. The black hands and markers against the silver-white dial of the Marinus can be seen from a mile away. The dial appears to use a combination of pure SuperLuminova painted hands and pigmented SuperLuminova blended into the black markers to create a two-tiered luminescent effect which helps to distinguish the hands from the markers in low light viewing. You also don't see the SuperLuminva on the black markers in the daylight - pretty slick. The dial is protected by an extra-thick, dome shaped sapphire crystal.

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The clasp on the diver strap isn't quite as substantial or robust as the rest of the watch - something you notice perhaps only because the rest of the watch seems so bullet proof in design and execution.

While the clasp itself is stamped, the single fold deployant opens into a very solid piece of stainless steel.

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The clasp also features a dive suit extension - a detail which a surprising number of supposed "dive watches" offered in the market fail to offer. The clasp also has some fine adjustment capabilities to ensure a proper, comfortable fit.

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Turning to the case back of the Marinus, we see the sapphire observation back which provides an excellent view of the well decorated ETA 2824/A2 movement which powers the Marinus. The ETA 2824 is a 25 jewel self-winding mechanical movement with a balance wheel which oscillates at a speed of 28,800 beats per hour and has a power reserve of about 40 hours - it's well known and respected throughout the watch enthusiast community and an excellent choice for the movement in the Marinus. In addition to blued screws, the movement features the distinctive Mühle-Glashütte custom rotor design.

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Here's a close up of the balance wheel where you can see that Mühle-Glashütte has modified the regulation system on the ETA 2824/A2 with their "woodpecker" style design. The modified regulator should provide a more stable, accurate oscilation rate of the balance wheel than the stock ETA design. The modified regulator also gives the movement a very German quality, reminiscent of the swan neck regulators used on the movements of some of the other German watch manufacturers in the town of Glashütte. It's certainly impressive to see this level of refinement and decoration on a watch priced below $2000.00.

The Mühle-Glashütte Marinus is a watch which is a product of pure German stereotypical practicality and functionality - I've seen few dive watches at any price point with any greater utility and functional design than what the Marinus has to offer. Fortunately, this functionality does not come at the expense of form - the Marinus is also a great, sporty looking watch. I'm also greatly impressed by the fact that Mühle-Glashütte actually does some significant modification of the base ETA 2824/A2 which serves as the engine for the Marinus.

The retail price of the Mühle-Glashütte Marinus III is $1999.00 - an excellent value given the specifications of the piece and modification and refinement to the watch movement. If you're a fan of dive watches, the Marinus really stands out from the crowd and deserves consideration.

**Photos & Text Copyright 2010 WATCH TALK FORUMS. No part of this report can be reproduced outside of WATCH TALK FORUMS without the expressed permission of John B. Holbrook, II.

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