Since last 140 years Muhle has been making watches and involved closely into watch making in the Glashutte region. Residing in the region for more than 700 years Muhle has been making marine equipment and chronograph equipment. Living with family motto even now, "Neither through hope, nor through fear”, the company has survived fears of the World Wars and continued to be down-to-earth realists who focus on tackling problems resolutely. The world today recognises the name "Mühle” and associates it for precision and precision measuring for five generations already. Our story started with the manufacture of measuring instruments, and nowadays we develop time measuring instruments.
How did this come about?
The inclusion of this story was important to us. After all, it is the foundation of what Mühle stands for today: elementary time measurement. Muhle Glashutte collaboration is a story that spans over 5 generations.
First Generation: Robert Mühle
Robert Mühle, born in 1841 in Lauenstein, only a few kilometres away from Glashütte. Worked with watch manufacturer Moritz Großmann. In 1869 he founded a company in Glashütte which manufactured precision measuring instruments for the local watch industry With the complete focus being on precision measuring with leading edge technology. From 1869 on, "Rob. Mühle & Sohn” built the measuring devices and instruments required for the new watch.
Second Generation: Paul, Max and Alfred Mühle
In the decades after 1920, Robert Mühle’s sons Paul, Alfred and Max Mühle supplied famous car manufacturers such as Horch, Maybach and DKW with car clocks, speedometers and rev counters. Gears and drives as well as clock mechanisms and counters for technical and scientific purposes.
Third Generation: Hans Mühle
Hans Muhle was son of Paul Muhle. After the expropriation of the company, after successfully running for more than 75 years,it was broken up. Parts of it were affiliated under the name "Messtechnik Glashütte” with the Zeiss-Werke in Jena. Early in December 1945, Hans Mühle founded a new company which would later become the sole manufacturer of dial trains for pressure and temperature measuring instruments in East Germany and Muhle survived in precision instruments domain.
Fourth Generation: Hans-Jürgen Mühle
Hans-Jürgen Mühle studied precision mechanics and optics before working for a supplier to his father’s company. In 1994, he set up the company "Mühle-Glashütte GmbH nautische Instrumente und Feinmechanik" where he wanted to devote all this attention again to precision measuring. He applied to the manufacture of marine chronometers and wristwatches the knowledge that our family had acquired in this field. Since then the family has been manufacturing high-precision marine chronometers, marine time systems and other nautical instruments, two years later, they produced their first mechanical wristwatch.
Fifth Generation: Thilo Mühle
Thilo Mühle also followed in his father’s footsteps, joining the family business in the year 2000. Keeping with our down-to-earth nature at Mühle-Glashütte his career path is prime example of what Mühle-Glashütte understand by continuity, tradition and the passing on of knowledge.
This understanding means we can ensure that none of the know-how put into the manufacture of our wristwatches, marine chronometers and nautical instruments is lost. The SA.R rescue timer and SAR Fleiger chronograph are perfect examples of precision instrimentation from Muhle Glashutte family
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