Muhle Glashutte Rasmus 2000 Dive Watch Hands-On

Muhle Glashutte Rasmus 2000 Dive Watch Hands-On

Muhle Glashutte Rasmus 2000 Dive Watch Hands On   hands on

Are you like me and love top-quality German dive watches with a no-nonsense attitude? Brands like Sinn, UTS, and of course Muhle Glashutte? If you do then I have a feeling you are going to enjoy the Rasmus 2000 collection of uber divers from our friends up in Glashutte. Pay no mind to the fact that the guys who designed this watch live in the cold mountains of Saxony, pretty far from any oceans. Further, a term you see on many of their watches is "Nautische Instrumente," which obviously is "nautical instrument." The Rasmus 2000 is just one of many ocean-worthy watches from the brand, and in my opinion is one of their best looking pieces at that.

According to Muhle Glashutte, the Rasmus 2000 was developed with research divers (i.e. scientists). I suppose that they 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).

Muhle Glashutte Rasmus 2000 Dive Watch Hands On   hands on

Muhle Glashutte Rasmus 2000 Dive Watch Hands On   hands on

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.

Muhle Glashutte Rasmus 2000 Dive Watch Hands On   hands on

9 comments
Grinnie Jax
Grinnie Jax

Finally falled in love with orange one... Must see it in live!

Grinnie Jax
Grinnie Jax

I have never seen something like this, especially orange one. Its quite hard to bring some fresh air to the diver segment (1001 sub clones), but Muhle have really succeeded.

mcv1973a
mcv1973a

Sorry... I could not hear you over the sound of how awesome this watch is.

SuperStrapper
SuperStrapper

That beadblasting... some of the best I've seen (keeping in check that that I'm making this assessment on a photograph). But it just looks so deliciously satinized. At first, the 'pepsi' version left me a little cold. Other than the metal work it smack of some 'lesser' (although worthy) dive watches. But that metallic orange dial and insert version is an eye catcher, in a great way - wow. The dial looks a little flat though, the 3, 6, 9 and markings could have used a little depth. For an extra $100, why would anyone take the rubber over the bracelet, even if you wanted the rubber. Add it on after - I bet if you want to buy just the bracelet later down the road, it'll run a few shades darker than $100. 


Why are we reviewing a diver, describing it as having lots of lume, and not showing photographic evidence? Ariel, you should know better. Diver review = lume shot. No exceptions. 

Ulysses31
Ulysses31

A gorgeous and unique looking diver.  The bracelet is cool.  Bead blasting is immaculate and smooth.  I want to lick it.

MarkCarson
MarkCarson

The photos of the orange dialed watch can't do it justice. While the Pepsi and  red & black pieces are nice, the orange one knocked my socks off at BaselWord. This is a great looking watch that does not follow the mold in a world that too often can only emulate a Rolex Submariner. These are serious watches that also happen to look fantastic. This is definitely on my top 10 list from BaselWorld 2013.  And while not cheap, the price seem reasonable for what you get. Especially compared to some better known brand's dive watches.

aBlogtoWatch
aBlogtoWatch moderator

@Kris C If we actually had it in for review we would have done a lume shot for sure. This was caught "out in the field."

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