Especially with mechanical watches, it are the little things that count. Like the regulating mechanism of a watch. Mühle-Glashütte has significant experience with watches that are not afraid to get in harm’s way. The best examples of this are the Mühle-Glashütte S.A.R. Flieger-Chronograph for navy rescue pilots, as well as the S.A.R. Rescue-Timer, which is on active duty with the rescue workers of the German Maritime Search and Rescue Service. Watches that have to navigate rough seas, and get knocked around plenty by doing so.
To maintain superior accuracy during all this Mühle-Glashütte developed the patented woodpecker neck regulation. Of course you guessed it correctly, its name comes from a part of the regulating organ that indeed looks a lot like the neck and head of a woodpecker. This so-called « Woodpecker spring » is shaped in such a way that it fits perfectly into a small cutout in the regulator arm that was made especially for this. Combined with the pressure of the regulation screw on the other side, the regulator arm is extra secured.
This is also the main difference with the more traditional swan neck regulator. The woodpecker regulator not only secures the regulator arm horizontally, but also pushes it down on the balance cock. This greatly increases the ability of the movement to handle severe shocks and still continue to work accurately. Fine-tuning the movement can still be done as with a swan neck regulator, simply by turning the fine regulation screw.
This is also what sets Mühle-Glashütte apart from the majority of the watch brands; they take a great movement, that they not necessary make themselves, but replace certain components with improved parts that they have developed and made themselves. This allows this family owned brand to focus on creating better performing watches, while keeping the prices for consumers friendly. And that is actually also innovating by regulating!