After being totally mesmerized by the S.A.R. Rescue-Timer in my last review, it’s time to move from the odd but beautiful tool to the sleek and pretty sports companion, the ever so blue ProMare Go. With this watch, Mühle has gone all in, using different tones of blue at the dial, the date-wheel, the bezel-insert and at the tip of the second-hand. It might sound a bit overkill, but with the different material structures, these tones of blue behave very differently, depending on the surroundings. Right now, while I’m sitting in a fairly dark room, writing this review, the dial and bezel look almost black, only the light-blue quarter of the bezel tells me that this is a watch packed with a vast amount of blue details. Bring it into some proper lights and you’ll discover how it bursts into the colors of the ocean and the sky.
As the ProMare Go is built as a watch for all activities, it differs a bit from many of its competitors. Spec-wise you’ll find many similar pieces, often fitted with a rugged bezel for maximum grip, robust looks and colors forcing that summer-vibe upon you. What I think Mühle has done with this watch is to combine the features needed to be recognized as a watch belonging in this category, with a seriously beautiful design. The shape of the case, the mix of polished and brushed details, the shiny, applied indexes and the simplicity of the dial are details that are just as striking as all the tones of blue. From lug to lug, the soft curves and sharp lines are nothing but delicious.
To prevent myself from going all soft again, as with the S.A.R., I’ll turn my focus to the measurements and specs, the “dry” parts of the watch and the section of the review where I get my feet back to the ground for a little while.
The case is 42mm across and from lug to lug it clocks in just under 51mm. The thickness is just 12,2mm, making the ProMare Go a bit thinner than many other sport watches. With these numbers and the striking looks, this watch is a good option if you want to suit up for a late-night dinner and wonder what watch to wear.
Through the window at the caseback you’ll see the modified SW 200-1 movement with the woodpecker neck regulation, blued screws, a Mühle-Glashütte rotor and the characteristic surface finishes. The power reserve is 38 hours when fully wound. The rest of the caseback is filled with the traditional information about water resistance, model name, ref numbers etc., placed between the six holes for the opener-tool.
At three o’clock you’ll find the screw-down crown with the Mühle logo, protected by the beautiful extended case. The curvy lines with brushed and polished sections that goes from lug to lug, ending up surrounding the crown, are just stunning. However, the crown on the ProMare Go can bit slippery to operate, especially if your hands are wet or sweaty. I would appreciate a crown with some more structure, offering a better grip.
It’s time to focus on the face, the blue-on-blue design that makes me think of summer every time I lend my eyes to it. If my vision doesn’t play tricks on me, there’s “only” three tones of blue that makes up the face of the ProMare Go, but as I mention earlier, the different structures and materials make the colors burst into a whole new scale, from the soft and subtle, dark blue to the shiny and bright, light blue. Speaking of bright, the applied indexes, hour- and minute-hand, filled with Super Luminova, offering another tone of blue, are all highly polished and brings even more sparkle to the table.
The 60-clicks, bidirectional bezel, with the two-tone insert and a lumed-up pip at twelve, is very easy to operate and can be used to set time to different activities. Being a watch with this type of bezel, even if it’s rated with a water resistance of 30 atmospheres, it’s not recommended to be used as a professional diver’s watch. The possibility of miscalculation concerning the remaining time before you run out of air is not an issue you want to appear when diving.
You’ll also notice a difference in how the bezel feels when operating it, compared to the unidirectional ones, fitted with different types of springs to stop it from turning the wrong way. I don’t want to pop off the ProMare’s bezel to check the functionality, but by the feel of it I think the setup is with a spring allowing the bezel to go both ways and small slots that stops it from moving freely. I might be wrong, and if so, I’m sure that someone will arrest me and make me look like a fool. It’s not the coolest way to gain wisdom, but definitely one that’ll make you remember the details.
The simplicity of the dark, blue dial is another beautiful feature. Apart from the date window, logo, 30 ATM sign and Made in Germany, there’s not much disturbance going on. No numerals, just sharp and clear indexes and hands. The date is easy to read with white numbers upon a blue background. The slightly domed sapphire crystal has been treated with a layer of anti-glare coating to increase the readability. To be able to withstand the pressure at depths, the thickness of the crystal is 2,5mm.
The 22mm, tapered rubber strap is soft and wraps around the wrist very nicely. When Mühle describes this strap, they list it as a leather/rubber strap, but I’m not sure where to find the leather-parts. The upper surface has a rubbery, canvas’ish feel to it, but if I put some goodwill to it, I can see how they want the strap to appear like one made of leather. At the underside there’s no doubt about this being a rubber strap, perforated and grooved, letting air flow gently underneath it to prevent the sweaty and sticky sensation on a hot and sunny day. The structure also adds a lot of softness and comfort, allowing you to wear the watch all day long. Eight holes and a solid, brushed stainless steel buckle keeps the watch firmly in place.
So, to sum it up, I think Mühle has created one of the most good-looking sport watches I have seen for a long time, from the shapes to the colors. Even if it doesn’t have the S.A.R. Rescue-Timer’s x-factor, the ProMare Go is a proof that Mühle knows how to make stunning timepieces. If I were asked to add a few changes, it would be adding some more structure to the crown to make it a bit more grippy, maybe switch the bezel to a unidirectional one and add a bracelet as an option. This is my personal preferences and no big issues at all, but the small things that keeps me from giving it a 10 on the scorecard. This time, a solid 9,1 must do.