Sunday, October 29, 2017

S.A.R. Rescue-Timer BRONZE

From Mühle-Glashütte -

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This is a new, very limited, take on the Rescue-Timer.  There are only 150 pieces in this version.

While there is a "standard" Rescue Timer made of stainless steel.  This one has a case made of bronze.
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The bronze case measures 42.5 mm in diameter.  The case back is PVD stainless steel.  Like the standard version, this limited edition is water resistant to 100 ATMs.  So despite the snazzy bronze case, this one is made to stand up to the same tests and challenges as the standard stainless steel version.

The movement is Sellita's SW 200-1.  And what makes this special?  Well, for most any other watch company it wouldn't.  But Mühle-Glashütte has something the other kids in Glashütte don't have, patented "woodpecker neck" regulation -
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Sort of a different name, not dissimilar to the Grasshopper Escapement in terms of its down to earth nature.  
We derived the name “woodpecker neck” regulation from the characteristic shape of the spring, which resembles the neck and head of a woodpecker. By analogy, we call the improved index hand “woodpecker neck hand“.

Here is a bit more detail, straight from Mühle-Glashütte:

With traditional fine regulation systems, more violent shocks may cause the index hand between the regulation screw and the counter-pressure spring to jump upwards. This may in turn change the position of the balance shaft or the watch’s regulation.
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By engaging in a semicircular shaped hollow in the index, our specially shaped woodpecker neck spring prevents the index hand from moving upwards. The index hand thus not only presses sideways against the fine regulation screw, but at the same time downwards on the balance cock.

As mentioned before, the S.A.R. Rescue-Timer is a real watch made for real people, doing real work.  The bronze case does make it special, but this is no show-pony.  And it is actually pretty appealing that Mühle-Glashütte flies somewhat under the radar, essentially letting the watches do the talking.  

So if you're looking for something special, and you don't need a million dollar marketing campaign to tell you why it is special?  This might be the watch for you.



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