In 1869 Mühle Glashütte was to be found by Robert Mühle. As the name suggests the company was set up in Glashütte which is a small twee town in Saxony. Back then the company was to supply other watch making workshops with precision means of measurement for calibration and measuring purposes as well as devices to draw upon in watch maker education. In the 1920s the sons and successors Max, Alfred and Paul Mühle were to add display and measuring instruments for vehicles to the company’s portfolio. During the Soviet occupation of the former GDR the company came close to divestiture but still survived due to the exceptional efforts a grandson of Robert Mühle. After quite some turbulent times in the following decades, by 1996 the production was eventually extended by automatic wrist watches. To this day these watches account for the company’s core business and are considered a clear highlight among all high class works originating from Glashütte that have long ago obtained worldwide renown and recognition. Like no other watch-establishments Mühle Glashütte actually stands for a style of watch making arts that watch enthusiasts have already learned to love and appreciate quite enough.
Mühle Glashütte History
In former days the only region to compare to the small Saxon town of Glashütte in terms of watch and measuring instrument industries might have been that of the Black Forest. While the significance of watch making as a business was to clearly decrease in the south of Germany, Glashütte was to experience a regular revival of watch tradition. Many former factory owners as well as their successors took up on manufacturing and were soon to turn their products into brands of high profile. One of these old-established companies was and still is the manufacture of Mühle Glashütte.
In 1869 Robert Mühle as an instrument mechanic from Lauenstein (which is not far from Glashütte) was to found a manufacture of precision measuring instruments that foreign watch factories were to draw upon for the mere measuring and calibration proceedings but also their watch maker education. As Mühle instruments already had been based on the barely practical metric system back then, they clearly were ahead of times.
In the 1920s Robert Mühle’s sons and successors Max, Alfred and Paul were to expand the production to display and measuring instruments for vehicles. Consequently Mühle-tachometer as well as car watches were soon to be found in vehicles of famous brands as Maybach, Horch, DKW as well as BMW.
By the end of World War II the Soviet occupation had successfully stripped down this as well as other Glashütte businesses. However Robert Mühle’s grandson managed to set up a business of measuring device manufacturing at the exact same place as in the former GDR. The nationalization of the previously private corporation in 1972 eventually entailed the transfer to the VEB watch industries of Glashütte. Not until four years after the fall of Berlin Wall, then-owner Hans-Jürgen Mühle, a great-grandson of the founder, was to quit his position as sales manager and finally leave the business behind. Yet not to retire but to reestablish the „Mühle-Glashütte GmbH nautische Instrumente und Feinmechanik“ which would for the time being focus on the fabrication of nautical instruments. In 1996 the production was extended to automatic wrist watches.
In the first decades of the following century a lawsuit with a business rival almost brought about the company’s definite downfall. But after all the business by then known as „Nautical Instruments Mühle-Glashütte/SA“ was to bear it safely. Thus by now Mühle automatic watches account for the company’s core business and are mutually considered another highlight among all Glashütte manufactures that have long ago obtained worldwide renown and recognition.
The brand Mühle Glashütte
By a brand as well-established in the scope of nautical devices, which do indeed need to meet a multitude of claims, the manufacturing of simple watches can no longer be considered an actual challenge. Therefore Mühle Glashütte proudly relies on a patent from the nautical division for their watch production: the so called Woodpecker Neck Regulation which counts as a specific means of fine regulations.
Especially in terms of manufacturing the company is distinguished by a good deal of manual work. Thereby the producer is indeed limited to a certain amount of items, but also justified to be labeled a manufacturer.
Mühle Glashütte is mutually considered an inherent member of the collective watch manufacturers committed to these masterworks.
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