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Mühle Glashütte

Precise timekeeping since 1868
The Pilot Watch Magazine
Mühle Glashütte
14 March 2024

Robust and reliable timepieces with tradition from Saxony

Mühle Glashütte is a German manufacturer of nautical instruments, gauges, marine watches and wristwatches based in Glashütte, Saxony, and is already in its sixth generation as a traditional family business. Toolmaker and entrepreneur Robert Mühle founded the watchmaking company, located in the center of East German watchmaking, in 1868. Under the leadership of his sons Paul, Alfred and Max Mühle, the company successively expands its product range and, in addition to high-precision timepieces, has also been manufacturing measuring and display instruments for vehicles since the 1920s – for example, car clocks, speedometers and tachometers.

As a result of the Second World War, Mühles machines are dismantled on the orders of the Soviet occupying forces and taken to the Soviet Union with tools and design documents. However, under the management of Hans Mühle, a grandson of the company’s founder, the company succeeds in restarting at the end of 1945. Soon, pressure and temperature measuring instruments as well as barrel and escapement movements are produced for the Glashütte watch industry, which is in the process of reconstruction. In 1972, the family business, which had in the meantime flourished again, was forcibly nationalized and in 1980 transferred to the national ownership of the GDR as VEB Glashütter Uhrenbetriebe.

Today, Nautische Instrumente Mühle-Glashütte is the only Glashütte watch manufacturer still owned by a family with roots in Glashütte.

Glashütte Mill

The exact time at any moment

After the fall of the Berlin Wall, Mühle Glashütte resumes as a privately owned family business. Initially, Mühle only manufactures professional marine chronometers, ship’s clocks and other nautical instruments. From 1996, however, production is expanded to include handmade automatic wristwatches with Swiss movements – still Mühle-Glashütte’s core business today. Here, the Saxons always focus on the one fundamental task of every watch, especially in its design and construction: to measure time accurately at every moment and display it at first glance. Mühle-Glashütte wristwatches – including, of course, professional timepieces for pilots – are therefore always characterized by the greatest possible precision, robustness and reliability.

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