To rescue people in distress at sea, a strong and reliable team is needed. For this reason, the rescue workers of the German Maritime Search and Rescue Service and rescue pilots from the German Navy regularly work together. The latter come in their Sea King helicopters to the aid of people in distress. What then was more logical than to compliment the S.A.R. Rescue-Timer with a watch for the S.A.R. pilots?
The idea to develop such a watch came from the Sea King crews themselves. Even though their helicopters are equipped with the latest technology, the time shown on a wristwatch continues to form the basis for all time measurements necessary for navigation. The rescue pilots were therefore looking for a chronograph which would enable calculation of flight speeds, and at the same time be able to withstand the harshest of operating conditions. As a result, the S.A.R. Flieger-Chronograph (S.A.R. pilots’ chronograph) was born.
Pilots in particular must be able to read the time, or the elapsed time, reliably and at a glance. For easy differentiation between these two time functions, the chronograph pushers, the stop second hand and the minute and hour hands are marked in orange. This typical S.A.R. signal color is also used to highlight the important 10-second scale between 12 and 2 o’clock, which facilitates short-time measurements to extrapolate speeds.
To further improve the clarity of display, Mühle-Glashütte designed the watch bigger. This also explains why they have positioned the crown and pusher on the left, where they do not restrict the free movement of the wearer’s hand. Equally important in this regard, however, is that they were able to place the start pusher at 8 o’clock. This makes it much easier to operate with the thumb and, thanks to its size, it can even be felt through pilots’ gloves. All of these features make this timepiece the ideal pilots’ watch. And indeed, from the very beginning the rescue pilots have been among its most loyal customers.
Movement: MU 9413, automatic with woodpecker neck regulation and Glashütte three-quarter plate.
Case: stainless steel with unidirectional bezel. 2.5 mm thick, domed and anti-glare sapphire crystal. Transparent case back. Screw-in crown. Ø 44.0 mm; H 16.2 mm. Water-resistant to 10 bars. Rubber strap with extension or stainless steel strap, stainless steel safety clasp. Screwed strap attachment bridges.
Dial: black. Super LumiNova hands and indices.