The Mühle Glashutte SeeBataillon & The Rasmus 2000
Side-by-side comparison of the Rasmus 2000 (left) and the SeeBataillon (right)
Since Topper Fine Jewelers appeared on the Mühle Glashutte dealer list last summer, the Nautical Wristwatches have been the most requested part of the Mühle line, and the Seebatallion has been our best selling Mühle. Stylistically, the SeeBatallion is an extension of the S.A.R. Rescue-Timer, While the S.A.R. is associated specifically with the German Maritime Search and Rescue Service, the SeeBattallion is more generally associated with the German Navy at large. The watch features a titanium case, GMT function, external bezel with a 15 minute countdown, and black and white hands that are similar to what one would find on a more traditional pilot watch. As is the case with most titanium watches, it is lighter than it looks. Even though it features a large 44mm diameter, it only weighs around 130 grams with the rubber strap and clasp. It features 300m of water resistance and a case that is around 13mm thick. The watch is inspired by and designed for a naval officer who wants to check the time back home no matter their current port of call or mission.
Compared to the SeeBatallion, The Rasmus 2000 is a purer dive watch and boasts 2000m of water resistance. This puts the Rasmus on the short list of the most robust dive watches that we sell at Topper. Though it features the same 44mm case as the Seebatallion, the steel case and greater thickness (17.5mm) make it a much heavier piece. With the rubber strap and clasp, it weighs around 180 grams. While also available in black and blue, the orange dial is an usual golden rust color and the one we wanted to photograph alongside the SeeBatallion.
Both watches feature ETA or Selita movements that Muhle has modified. The modifications that are the most interesting are the inclusion of their Woodpecker regulator which allows for more sensitive adjustment by the watchmaker, and the use of blued screws. These details are visible through the sapphire display back of the SeeBatallion, and concealed by the Rasmus's caseback.
The SeeBataillon features a split indices at the 12 O'clock (pictured), and hands that you might find on a traditional pilot watch such as a Bremont Solo, or BALL Aviator.
The SeeBataillon's arrowhead shaped second hand
The Chapter Ring features a 24 hour scale for GMT time. The GMT hand features a yellow outlined triangle.
The SeeBataillon features a 15 minute count-down timer
The clean blue-and-white bezel and a photo of the crown which is placed at four O'clock. The crown placement is also found on the S.A.R. watches and is designed for optimal comfort.
The inner workings of the SeeBataillon
A more panned out view of the case back
Traditional German elements such as the heated blue screws can be seen through the SeeBataillon's sapphire caseback
The woodpecker regulator is Mühle's Glashutte's innovation that allows for greater adjustment. The bottom portion of the regulator can be seen above, though it is slightly blocked by the movement's rotor.
The Orange dialed Rasmus 2000
The uni-directional bezel features an unusual black and orange color combination. The dial features an attractive sunburst.
The Black 50 Minute marker on the bezel
Another view of the the sunburst pattern of the Rasmus 2000
A look at the bezel profile and the hinged end piece of the rubber strap
The Rasmus 2000 features a unique color break on the bezel at the twenty minute mark. On this dial watch, it transitions from orange to black.
The steel Clasp of the Rasmus 2000. The Seebataillon features an identical clasp.
The Rasmus (left) is considerably thicker than the SeeBataillon (right). This thickness can be attributed to a thicker bezel and case back. Though different materials, the case shape and lug dimensions of the two watches look identical.The Topper Blog consists mainly of original writing by Rob & Russ Caplan with occasional special contributions and interviews. All photography in the blog is taken at Topper Fine Jewelers , or on location unless otherwise indicated in the photo captions.