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The HANHART watch factory was founded in 1882 in Diessenhofen, Switzerland, and later moved to the German town Schwenningen, the center of German clock manufacturing. Chronographs, wrist watches, pocket- and sport watches were among the products made by HANHART. Also the high quality pilot's chronograph is produced, which is increasingly becoming an indispensable tool for the pilots. The chronograph, at this time, is becoming one of HANHART's main products. After the end of the war, production came to a complete stop and in 1948 HANHART did begin to produce again chronographs and stopwatches. Until 1962 wrist watches have been produced - after that time, production was concentrated on mechanical and electronic hand-held stopwatches as well as on quartz watches and alarm clocks. In 1997, administration and production were combined in Gütenbach in the Black Forest, where the famous HANHART stopwatches have been produced since 1924. Today, Gütenbach has become a high-tech center for research, development and production for a wide range of sophisticated mechanical and electronic time measurement devices. Hence, it seems appropriate to produce again the legendary pilot´s chronograph as a replica in limited edition and also new Chronographs and watches, according old HANHART designs, are now in the delivery program..

In 1938, the first model of the Hanhart chronograph series was produced - this was the single button CAL. 40. Hanhart was the only manufacturer of these single button watches in Germany, which were mainly used from the "Kriegsmarine" (German Navy). On this, so-called B-watch, only the chronograph functions "start/stop/reset" handled by the single button were required. Now Hanhart has restarted production of a replica of this single-button-chronograph, as the latest reintroduction of the old Hanhart models. The one version has a modified 7760 Valjoux manual wind movement and the other has a modified 7750 Valjoux automatic movement. The case and the dial have been perfectly reproduced, with a small second and thirty minute counter. The case on the automatic version has a sapphire crystal back and is equipped with red button and red chronograph hands.

The reputation of HANHART rests on a 115-years' old tradition in the manufacture of high-precision mechanical watches. 1924 HANHART started with the production of mechanical stopwatchs, and in 1939, a pilot´s chronograph was produced. The watch became famous for its precision and was eagerly sought after in professional circles. Its characteristic features were the revolving bezel, a lifesaver for pilots, the asymetric button distances and the leather strap with safety rivets. The greatest number of purchasers were professional pilots. After the 2nd World War even HANHART could not avoid the Allies dismantling measures. However production of the pilot chronograph restarted in 1948, in the first instance just for the French army and then later for the newly formed German army forces. Unfortunately production continued only until 1962, when the decision was made to cease production of pilot's chronograph. In 1997 the legendary pilot´s chronograph was again being manufactured. However, this time in limited edition of only 2.500.

Beside the legendary Chronographs for professional pilots as well as for marines, HANHART produced chronographs for officers and doctors. These watches had a polished case with a fluted rotating bezel marked in red and a white dial. In the fifties these watches were used by medical services, doctors, and officers of the "Bundeswehr", as well as for time measurements in all fields of sports in connection with the Hanhart stopwatches. Due to its polished case and the white dial this chronograph was popular with sports people as well as with elegant users. It was a multifunctional watch for all purposes. The new replicas of this famous watch are produced in manual wind and automatic.


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