If you’re on a rescue boat in the middle of a freezing North Sea storm in February, you will not be worrying about your watch. With foam-topped waves of around 30 meters high breaking over your boat, remaining afloat and staying alive is a bit more pressing. If your mission is to be part of the German Maritime Search and Rescue Service’s (DGzRS) team of 800 volunteers, you’ll be even more concerned with making sure your crewmates and the people you’re rescuing do too.
This is the environment that the Nautische Instrumente Mühle-Glashütte S.A.R Rescue Timer was designed to thrive in. Back in the early 2000s, Mühle-Glashütte began talking to the people who crewed and coxed the DGzRS’s rescue boats, asking them what they wanted from a watch. In February 2002, the firm delivered the first watches and they took to sea almost immediately. Winter is a busy time in the North Sea rescue business, after all.