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Published on 01-22-2010 06:04 AM

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

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Earlier this month I had the opportunity to review some of Mühle-Glashütte's offerings in the sport watch category (the Marinus III) and a sporty, aviator style chronograph (the Terranaut I). I was certainly impressed with these offerings, but when I think of watches from the town of Glashütte, I think of dress watches, so I was anxious to sample some of Mühle-Glashütte's dressier models. Mühle-Glashütte USA came through, and sent me the Teutonia II Kleine Sekunde to review.

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The Teutonia II Kleine Sekunde is very much a classic dress watch, done in the Saxony tradition. The dial 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. In addition to the standard hour and minute displays, the dial features a small seconds display at 6 o'clock, and a date complication at 3 o'clock.

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The dial sits inside a 41mm stainless steel case with both polished and brushed finishes applied, and protected by a lovely domed sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating applied to the underside. That diameter may sound large for a dress watch - at 5'7" I generally don't care for over 40mm watches, but the Teutonia II Kleine Sekunde looked absolutely amazing on my wrist. I never felt the watch looked overpowering on my wrist. Again, this watch has a very traditional German watch look and feel which I just love.

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Turning to the back of the Teutonia II Kleine Sekunde case, we find a sapphire exhibition back which provides an excellent view of the modified ETA 2895 used in this watch. The ETA 2895 is a variation of what many (including myself) feel is the best ETA caliber in their catalog, the ETA 2892. Where the ETA 2892 has a central seconds hand, the ETA 2895 has a small seconds complication at the 6 o'clock dial position. A base ETA 2895 is a mechanical, self-winding movement with 27 jewels, a 42 hour power reserve, and a balance wheel which oscillates at a frequency of 28,800 beats per minute (BPM). 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. All Mühle-Glashütte's movements are adjusted for accuracy in 6 positions, and always leave the factory running fast anywhere between 0 to +8 seconds per day. I ran an accuracy check on the Teutonia II Kleine Sekunde using my Orbita Mechanical Watch Tester, and found it ran +4 seconds per day - well within guidelines for COSC Chronometer certification.

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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.

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The Mühle-Glashütte Teutonia II Kleine Sekunde carries a retail price of $2199.00. That places the watch in what I call the entry level luxury category. However, I challenge you to find another watch under $3000.00 US which brings the level of quality and attention to detail this watch offers. For me, it's a perfect union of winning aesthetics, amazing attention to detail, and traditional Saxony watchmaking - all of which at an extremely competitive price point. This is the third Mühle-Glashütte watch I've had the opportunity to review and each time I'm more impressed than the last.

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