Muhle Glashutte Seebataillon GMT Watch Hands-On

Muhle Glashutte Seebataillon GMT Watch Hands-On

Muhle Glashutte Seebataillon GMT Watch Hands On   hands on

There is a lot to like about the German-made Muhle Glashutte Seebataillon GMT dive watch. If ever I were a sucker for one specific type of watch, it’s more than likely the GMT diver. The practicality and go-anywhere charm of a dive watch bolstered by the addition of the ultra-handy GMT complication makes for a very appealing package. Thanks to icons like the Rolex GMT Master, the GMT diver platform is one of great popularity that has since spawned countless iterations. Unlike a chronograph, a GMT hand does not clutter the dial nor change the overall balance and aesthetic of a watch, just one additional hand and a few subtle changes to the bezel are all that is generally required.

Muhle Glashutte Seebataillon GMT Watch Hands On   hands on

Yet another interesting piece that we saw at Baselworld this past April was the new Muhle Glashutte Seebataillon GMT. As you might have surmised from the name, Muhle Glashutte is a small watch brand that hails from the German town of Glashutte. Likely the most famous of non-Swiss pockets of horology, Glashutte is also home to brands like A. Lange and Sohne, Nomos and Glashutte Original. Muhle-Glashutte is likely best known for their line of nautical watches like the S.A.R Rescue Timer or the S.A.R Flieger Chrono, and in much the same vein we find the new Seebataillon GMT. “Seebataillon” is loosely translated as “marine battalion” and is a direct reference to a branch of the German Navy with the same name, for whom this watch was designed.

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The Seebataillon is a 44 x 12.7mm titanium cased diver with a domed sapphire crystal that boasts 300m of water resistance. The styling is quite distinctive and is a welcome departure from the more common Sub-a-like diver trope. To put it simply, I think the look and feel of the Seebataillon is fantastic. For a large watch it has a subtle wrist presence and a definitively military vibe with sparse dial text, excellent legibility and real feeling of quality. It’s hard not to love the warmer tones of the titanium case, deep blue bezel and dial and the use of a warm rich yellow for the GMT hand, rehaut scale and dial text. The date display at 4 o’clock is nicely aligned with the crown and features a circular aperture that does a good job of maintaining the balance of the dial while still being legible.

Muhle Glashutte Seebataillon GMT Watch Hands On   hands on

17 comments
randy505
randy505

Wow. great review. As promised, I love beautiful blue bezel and dial of a matching hue The yellow GMT accents and rugged case design makes the watch very interesting. 

arthurdavis
arthurdavis

If you go to the website This watch has a different date wheel. It is reversed out of black not black on a white disk? which one is correct? I prefer the reversed out of black on the site.

qudths
qudths

wow.  this is a SEXY piece.  i really really want one, but i only have 2 wrists and too many watches already.

Ulysses31
Ulysses31

I think it's a great looking watch.  Clear and uncluttered with lovely finishes and subtle colours.  I like the matte blue shades and the cream elements suit it well - they could've used yellow like on many other watches but chose to do something different.

jmfloresa
jmfloresa

For one moment James, you were there... up where the eagles soar, but then... like icarus, you strapped your wings to your back with an awful choice of NATO strap.  

arthurdavis
arthurdavis

Question for James, I'm looking at the bezel and it appears to be backwards. It is the exact opposite of the IWC Aquatimer I am wearing. IE the 45min  is aligned with 3 o’clock position with the triangles aligned at the top, bezel triangle and 12 symbol. My seamaster is also the same way as the IWC,What gives?

SuperStrapper
SuperStrapper

This is far from MG's finest hour, this one is a little bland I think. Best part might be the bezel - really enjoy the texture there.

As far as I'm concerned, nothing says "I want to know about watches when I grow up" like putting a nato strap on a nice watch. Its a fallacy, and should be a ticket-able offence.

arthurdavis
arthurdavis

I think i found my blue diver. Very Nice, reasonable price also. I assume it has AR coating?

TimelyOne
TimelyOne

I do not like the reversed order of the numerals on the bezel. I prefer to count up, not down...

That plus the white date window are spoilers for me. Otherwise, an attractive piece.

MarkCarson
MarkCarson

@arthurdavis A lot of the pieces seen at BaselWorld are prototypes or pre-production. So likely James was wearing one of those and the ones on the website are the real production items. James, care to clarify?

MarkCarson
MarkCarson

@arthurdavis It is a count down scale. What you usually see are elapsed time scales on bezels. Say your scuba dive will be 20 minutes on the bottom, you set that scale to 20 and over the side you go. When the minute hand reaches the index (triangle) you start to ascend. Useful for timing parking meters too, ha ha.

This was a requirement of the German Navy/Marines who had a hand in the specs for this watch. Cheers.

Oelholm
Oelholm

@arthurdavis On the homepage it is stated that is has an anti-glare sapphire. Also has a transparent case back, which isn't mentioned in this review.

jstacey
jstacey

@MarkCarson @arthurdavis Yeah, I believe that the one we saw at Baselworld was a prototype of sorts. The production model does appear to have a black date wheel. 

jstacey
jstacey

@MarkCarson @arthurdavis Nicely said, Mark. The count down scale is indeed helpful for following a strict dive plan without a dive computer. Depending on your timing needs, a count down bezel can be quite handy.


MarkCarson
MarkCarson

@jstacey  @arthurdavis - What timing: today I get a press release for this very watch and in the 3 attached photos the date indicator has a black background.

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