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Published on 03-31-2010 04:08 PM

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Review of the Robert Mühle Special Edition Series From Mühle-Glashütte
By: John B. Holbrook, II

Mühle-Glashütte recently sent me their limited edition Robert Mühle series of watches to review - three watches each limited to just 300 examples (the production number is listed on the case back). Each of the watches can be purchased individually, and like every Mühle-Glashütte watch, comes in it's own display case. However, there is a special case available when purchasing the set - complete with an an engraved plate showing the series production number. Here they are together in the display case:

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The beautiful wood case is a fantastic way to both store and collect the watches:

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From left to right, we have the the stainless steel Robert Mühle Tag Datum, the two-tone Robert Mühle Datum, and finally, the Robert Mühle Medium, also in two-tone.

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Let's take a look at the watches individually - first up we have the 42mm polished stainless steel Robert Mühle Tag Datum. Like all the Robert Mühle watches in this limited series, it is powered by the a movement from Sellita - in this case the SW 220. Selita produces "clones" of ETA calibers which due to the age of the design, have fallen into the public domain and can therefore be manufactured by any company capable of doing so legally. The Selllita manufactured SW 220 is a clone of the ETA 2836.

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Much like they do with the ETA movements seen in past non-limited edition models I've reviewed, Mühle-Glashütte extensively modifies the SW movements in the Robert Mühle series and performs considerable performance tuning and calibration on the watches prior to leaving the factory. In a typical ETA 2836/SW 220, you find the day of the week and day of the month indicators both located at the 3 o'clock dial location. However, Mühle-Glashütte has modified the movement and moved the day of the week display (which has both an English and German display) to the 9 o'clock location. In the below photo their signature custom manufactured winding rotor and "woodpecker" style regulator are visible. The SW220 is a self-winding mechanical movement with 25 jewels and and a balance wheel which oscillates at 28,800 BPH and has a 40 hour power reserve.

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The case of the Tag Datum has a blend of brushed and polished finishes, and classic dress watch proportions. A sapphire crystal with an anti-reflective coating applied to dial side of the crystal protects the beautiful white dial, and a sapphire case back provides and excellent view of the movement.

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Between the case lugs of the Tag Datum we find a crocodile leather strap, and the same high quality two-button deployant claps which Mühle-Glashütte uses on nearly all their watches which use a leather strap.

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The other two watches in the collection - the Robert Mühle Datum and the Robert Mühle Medium are nearly identical in specifications, and only differ by case size.

The Robert Mühle Datum (38mm diameter):

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Robert Mühle Medium (33.5mm):

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Both the Robert Mühle Datum and Medium feature a stainless steel case with a 14 ct. red gold bezel and are powered by a Selita SW 200 movement (ETA 2824 clone). The SW 200 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. Mühle-Glashütte's does install some custom components on this movement which they manufacture, including a custom "woodpecker" style regulator, and of course, the custom signature winding rotor - very similar to the SW 220 on the Tag Datum.

The Robert Mühle Special Edition Series of watches offers the exclusivity of a limited production run in a very attractive and practical set of watches. The Robert Mühle Tag Datum makes a great daily driver with it's extremely legible dial, contemporary size, and useful complications. The Robert Mühle Datum and the Medium make a nice "his & hers" pair of dress watches for a night on the town. The retail prices on the three watches are as follows:

  • Robert Mühle Tag Datum - $2699.00
  • Robert Mühle Datum - $2899.00
  • Robert Mühle Medium - $2799.00

The set runs a bit over 8k, which is certainly substantial - but not at all unreasonable for a limited edition production run (only 300 examples of each watch). And you get two watches for yourself, and one for that special lady in your life...which should make the task of getting "clearance from the tower" to make the purchase much easier.

**Photos & Text Copyright 2010 WATCH TALK FORUMS INC.. 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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