Muhle Glashutte Rasmus 2000 Dive Watch
According to Muhle Glashutte, the Rasmus 2000 was developed with research divers (i.e. scientists). They must like diving with a mechanical watch in addition to their computerized gear. The watch was designed for use in really cold or really warm water, and the various dial options add a stylistic touch you don’t often find in German professional dive watches (that offer a single dial choice much of the time).
Before discussing elements of the watch itself, it is important to point out some unique things that Muhle Glashutte does. Actually Muhle Glashutte isn’t alone among small German watch brands in that they don’t merely use stock ETA or Sellita movements. Instead, they use these movements and build on them, adding a lot of their own, arguably improved parts. The best part is that they don’t BS the buyer in dressing up the name of the movement. They could easily do that as there is a lot of their own features in many of their movements, but instead they make it clear that inside the Rasmus 2000 is a base Sellita SW200 automatic movement, but that it includes some of their own features. In this instance the SW200 has three things that make it unique for Muhle Glashutte.
First, and most simply, is the unique Muhle Glashutte finishing. They claim that their own surface finishing techniques help reduce friction while increasing the longevity of the metal. Perhaps just a bit, but finishing the parts of a movement and then reassembling it is a big chore. So that does add value. Next is using a custom automatic rotor made by Muhle Glashutte. The claim it offers optimal weight and weight distribution to move as effectively as possible. Last is the patented “woodpecker neck regulation.” Ever heard of a watch with a swan neck regulation? Well Muhle Glashutte has a woodpecker neck. They aren’t the same thing. With this comes an entirely custom balance cock over the balance wheel. The special system is designed to prevent shock from deviating the adjustment of the balance wheel, and thereby reducing the accuracy of the watch.
The Rasmus 2000 case is in steel, and given a lovely tool-like sandblasted finishing. At 44mm wide and 17.5mm thick, it isn’t a small watch, but it certainly could be larger. The case back of the watch tapers in a bit which gives the illusion it isn’t as thick. It makes good use of all that metal though. The case is highly anti-magnetic and has a 3.5mm thick domed and AR coated sapphire crystal. All that gives the watch… you guess it… 2000 meters of water resistance (200 bars). If you are clever you’ll notice that the dials of these watches all say “300 ATM.” Yea, that is a typo on these pre-production models. It should say “200 ATM” (which it does on the retail versions).
For many, the best part of the Rasmus 2000 is the dial. Offered in three version, the metallic dials are sharp looking and easy to read. The hands and hour markers have a lot of lume, and are attractively designed as well. Each with sunburst polish, the dials come in black (M1-28-83-KB), blue (M1-28-82-KB), and orange/yellow (M1-28-87-MB).
Attached to the Rasmus 2000 is either a custom fitted rubber strap or a steel bracelet. Each has a deployant with a diver’s extension. It is pretty nice on each - but very rugged looking and also masculine. There are really only so many ways you can make a dive watch, and it is a story you’ve all heard many times. Muhle Glashutte ups the ante with a few features and this is a nice example of something you’ll enjoy if you get one. Price is $3,499 on the strap and $3,599 on the bracelet.
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