The reissue of the Hanhart 417 ES marks the return of a legend among wristwatches. More than 60 years ago, its historic model served as the first pilot’s chronograph for the German armed forces. Today it combines the best design of the history with modern production techniques. The result a robust chronograph with an exciting history for everyday life and adventure.
We have requested for a review sample, and Hanhart has approved the loaner, awaiting availability and shipment. We will report back with a detailed hands-on review once we received and have spent some time with it.
Hanhart 417 ES
The new Hanhart 417 ES is available immediately for 1,744.87 Euro including 16% German VAT.
Robustness, reliability and readability. Hanhart built the first pilot’s chronograph for the German armed forces based on these three criteria from the mid 1950s. The purpose of the 417 was uncompromising use on pilots’ wrists. Hanhart supplied the German armed forces with the chronograph for almost ten years, until the brand concentrated on building hand stopwatches in 1963. The few remaining pieces of the original 417 have become some of the most sought after vintage chronographs from Germany.
Hanhart used caliber 42 on the 417, which was a successor of caliber 41. Instead of the asymmetrical distance between the pushers, the further development had a symmetrical distance between crown and pushers.
Historically, there were two different versions:
- TYPE 417: In this model, the case was made of matt chrome plated brass and a pressed stainless steel case back.
TYPE 417 ES: This model had the same movement and the same dial structure but a stainless steel case. ES after the variant name also stands for stainless steel
With the new Hanhart 417 ES we are celebrating the return of this legendary chronograph ES stands for the German word “EdelSthal” which is the translation for stainless steel. You may not be able to travel back in time with it, but we have combined the most exciting details of the past with the most modern materials of our time. Its stainless steel case now measures a contemporary 42 mm in diameter, instead of the original 39 m m. Despite the heavily domed sapphire crystal, the thickness of the case does not exceed 13.3 mm. Our goal was to design the 417 ES as slim as possible so that it is present on the wrist but not over proportional.
A sharply drawn and polished marks the transition from the satin finished horns to the flanks. As a typical stylistic feature of a Hanhart, the fluted bezel rotates smoothly in both directions. Its red position markings are as reminiscent of the historical model of the 1950s as the details on the watch’s dial. The bicompax layout and the lettering seem to have been cut from the face of the early 417. In order to convince even die hard vintage fans, we have also adopted the numbers and fonts from back then.
New, however, is the use of modern Super LumiNova® luminous material in a discreet cream shade. Together with the white lettering and the hands, they form a pleasing contrast to the matte, deep black background. In addition, the new 417 ES is the only watch in the current Hanhart collection with the exception of special editions to be delivered with the historical logo on the dial and the corresponding logo on the crown.
To ensure that our latest chronograph not only looks good but also runs precisely, the reliable hand wound caliber SW 510 works behind the screwed stainless steel back in best Swiss Made quality. In addition to a stop second function, it offers a power reserve of up to 58 hours when fully wound. The historic 417 was also hand wound, although its radius of action outside t he cockpit was severely limited due to its small water resistance. Therefore, our new 417 ES can withstand the pressure of the depth up to 10 bar.
A black calfskin wrist strap with a leather underlay makes it comfortable to wear from day one. For extra comfort on the skin, the black calfskin strap has Alcantara on the inside. A pin buckle with the historic Hanhart logo ensures a good grip. For further design options, we also offer straps in warm tone color combinations.
The new Hanhart 417 ES is available immediately for 1,744.87 Euro including 16% German VAT. In the coming year, after the adjustment to 19% value added tax, the price will be 1,790 .00 Euro.
TECHNICAL DATA – Hanhart 417 ES
Stainless steel, satined/polished Diameter 42 mm, Height with glass 13.3 mm (11.55mm without glass) Crown with the historic Hanhart “h” Fluted rotating bezel, continuously rotatable, with red marking Anti-reflective convex sapphire glass High-domed sapphire glass Screwed-down stainless steel case back Water resistant to 10 bar/10 ATM Continuous serial number Shockproof Engraving of the historical logo on the case back
DIAL AND HANDS
Historical Logo Super-LumiNova® C3 GL coated numerals and hands
Black calfskin strap with white stitching and leather underlay Alcantara on the inside Pin-buckle with historical logo, Lug width 21mm
Manual wound chronograph Sellita SW 510 M Symmetrical button arrangement 28.800 A/h, 4 Hz, 23 jewels Power reserve minimum 58 hours
Small second 30-minute counter Bicompax Chronograph with central stop-second
1,744.87 Euro incl. 16% German VAT No limitation of the number of pieces