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REVIEW: The Mühle-Glashütte Teutonia II Chronograph

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Published on 02-28-2010 06:08 AM

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Review of the Mühle-Glashütte Teutonia II Chronograph
By: John B. Holbrook, II

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If you've been following my Mühle-Glashütte reviews, you'll recall that I reviewed the non-chronograph version of the Teutonia II last month. The two watches are, of course, very similar in appearance. The Teutonia II Chronograph is 1mm larger in diameter than it's non-chronograph counterpart at 42mm, and the case exhibits a mix of both polished and brushed surfaces. And much like the Teutonia II Kleine Sekunde, The Teutonia II Chronograph is designed to be a very traditional and classical Saxon timepiece, and very indicative of the sort of timepiece one would recognize as hailing from Glashütte Germany.

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The dial of the Teutonia II Chronograph is an absolutely stunning silvery-white, with applied polished silver markers and black hands. A tasteful circular pattern guilloche is applied to the central region of the dial which really sets it off and draws in the eyes. The black-on-white background design of the hands and printing on this watch is not only aesthetically pleasing, but near-optimal in contrast and legibility. The dial features both a day of the week, and day of the month display, in a uniquely offset position at four o'clock. The offset date position really appealed to me as it gave a note of distinction to the typical dial layout so often seen in watches which use the Valjoux 7750 movement. The dial is protected by a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal which has an anti-reflective coating applied to the underside.

The case back of the Teutonia II reveals a sapphire crystal observation back and the wonderfully modified and decorated Mühle-Glashütte version of the Valjoux 7750 inside:

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The Valjoux 7750 is a self-winding (unidirectional rotor) mechanical movement with 25 jewels, and a balance wheel which vibrates at a beat speed of 28,800 BPH. Mühle-Glashütte's does install some custom components on this movement which they manufacture, including blued screws, a custom "woodpecker" style regulator, and of course, the custom signature winding rotor. Accuracy testing of this example of the Teutonia II Chronograph showed the watch to be very typical of the Mühle-Glashütte watches I've reviewed - impressively accurate at +3 seconds per day.

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Between the case lugs of the Teutonia II Kleine Sekunde, you'll find a black crocodile strap with black stitching, well padded for comfort. Attached to the strap you'll find a very nice brushed stainless steel two-button tri-fold deployant clasp, which I found both secure and comfortable. The type of clasp one prefers comes down to personal preference, but I tend to prefer a deployant clasp as a traditional tang and buckle style clasp can make a strap wear faster.

The Mühle-Glashütte Teutonia II Chronograph has a retail price of $3599.00 - near the top of this manufacturers offerings, and placing this watch in the luxury watch category, and in competition with some very well know luxury brand names like Tag Heuer, Oris, and Breitling to name just a few. And while all of these brands have Valjoux 7750 based chronographs in their respective catalogs, none offer the same level of customization and modification to the Valjoux 7750 which Mühle-Glashütte performs - the real value and draw for their timepieces in my opinion.

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