With the new Hanhart 417 ES German manufacturer HANHART is celebrating the return of a legend among chronographs. More than 60 years ago, its predecessor served as the Bundeswehr’s first aviator’s chronograph.
Today it combines the best design from the good old times with the most modern production techniques of the present. The result: a robust chronograph with an exciting story for everyday life and adventure.
Robustness, reliability and readability. From the mid-1950s onwards, Hanhart built the Bundeswehr’s first pilot‘s chronograph according to these three criteria. it was named „417“ and its job was an uncompromising use on the wrist of the pilot. Hanhart has been supplying chronographs to the German Military for almost ten years.
Hanhart built chronos until they decided to concentrate on the production of mechanical stop watches in 1963. The few surviving examples of the original 417 have since developed into the most sought-after vintage chronographs from Germany.
With the new 417 ES Hanhart are celebrating the return of their legendary chronograph. Its stainless steel case features a somehow „contemporary“ diameter: 42 mm (The original chrono was 39 mm).
despite its domed sapphire crystal, the overall height did not exceed 13.3 mm. Hanhart’s goal was to design the 417 ES as slim as possible so that it is present on the wrist but not over-proportioned.
A sharp bevel, polished to a high gloss, marks the transition from the satin horns to the flanks. As a typical Hanhart style feature, the fluted bezel rotates continuously in both directions.
The red position marking is just as reminiscent of the historical model from the 1950s as are the details on the watch face. The bicompax layout and the lettering seem to be cut out of the face of the early 417. In order to convince even die-hard vintage fans, Hanhart also adopted the numerals and fonts from back then.
Of course, there’s something new, Hanhart made use of modern Super-LumiNova® luminous material in a subtle cream tone. Together with the white lettering and the pointers, they create a pleasant contrast to the matt, deep black background. In addition, the new 417 ES is the only watch in the current Hanhart collection, with the exception of special editions, which is supplied with the historical brand lettering on the dial and the corresponding logo on the crown.
The 427 ES is fitted with the reliable hand-wound SW 510 M caliber with a power reserve of app. 58 hours when fully wound. The historic 417 was also wound by hand, although its radius of action outside the cockpit was severely restricted due to its manageable water resistance. That is why the new 417 ES is now water resistsnt up,to 10 bar.
A Bund strap trap made of black calfskin ensures that it is comfortable to wear from day one on. The black calfskin strap has been fitted with Alcantara on the inside for extra comfort on the skin. A pin buckle features the historical Hanhart logo.
For further design options, Hanhart also offer other straps in warm color combinations.
The new Hanhart 417 ES is now available for €1,744.87 including 16% VAT. In 2021, after the re-introduction to 19% VAT, the price will be €1,790.00.