Hanhart 417 ES 1954 - The original returns
Hanhart is going back to the roots of its most famous chronograph by launching the new 417 ES 1954 in the original case size of 39 mm.
THE LEGENDARY 417
Sturdiness, reliability, and readability. It is according to these three principles that Hanhart manufactures the 417 as the first pilot’s chronograph for the newly founded German armed forces. Hanhart supplied the Bundeswehr with the original model for almost ten years, until the brand shifted its focus to the production of handheld stopwatches from 1963 onwards. The few surviving examples of the historic 417 have since become sought-after vintage chronographs for collectors.
39 MM DIAMETER
After the successful debut of the 417 ES with a 42 mm case almost two years ago, the long-established brand from Gütenbach, situated in the Black Forest, is now focused upon capturing the essence of the watch. The new 417 ES 1954 – with ‘ES’ standing for ‘Edelstahl’ (German for stainless steel) and ‘1954’ noting the model’s very first year of production – marks the return of Hanhart’s most legendary chronograph in its historically correct size of 39 mm as part of the official, non-limited collection.
In a way, the watch also acts as a time machine, as it combines the style-defining details of the past with contemporary state-of-the-art materials. Particularly refined are the sharp, highly polished chamfers, that mark the transition from the satin-finished lugs to the sides. As a typical Hanhart design element, the fluted bezel rotates smoothly in both directions. Its red position marker is just as reminiscent of the historical model as the details on the dial of the watch. The bi-compax layout and the lettering seem to be the spitting image of the early 417. The numbers, fonts and the logo from the old days have all been revived.
To ensure precision and reliability, the chronograph is equipped with the trusty hand-wound calibre SW510 with ‘Swiss Made’ quality. In addition to stop-seconds, it offers a 58-hour power reserve when fully wound. The historic 417 was likewise manually wound, although its range of action outside the cockpit was severely limited due to its low water resistance. The new 417 ES 1954 is water-resistant up to 10 bar.
CASE BACK WITH HISTORICAL LOGO
The deliberately simple screw-down case back is decorated with the historical Hanhart logo and the serial number engraved on the side.
PERFECT WEARING COMFORT
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.
The contemporary re-interpretation
The aim was never a copy of the vintage variant, but a contemporary re-interpretation based on the current state of the art.
The hands and numerals of the Hanhart 417 ES 1954 are coated with Super-LumiNova® to ensure optimum readability by day and night.
Diameter 39 mm
Height with glass 13.5 mm (11,55 mm without glass)
Stainless steel, satined/polished
Antimagnetic up to 16.000 A/m according to DIN 8309
Fluted rotating bezel, continuously rotatable, with red marking
Anti-reflective convex sapphire glass
High-domed sapphire glass
Screwed-down stainless steel case back
Continuous serial number
Engraving of the historical logo on the case back
WATER RESISTANT / SHOCKPROOF
Water resistant to 10 bar/10 ATM according to DIN 8310
Shockproof with Hanhart movement protection
Historical logo and bicompax layout
Super-LumiNova® Light Old Radium coated numerals
Minute and Second hand bent at tip to prevent parallax errors
Manual wound chronograph
Sellita SW 510 M
Symmetrical button arrangement
28.800 A/h, 4 Hz, 23 jewels
58 hours after full winding
Bicompax Chronograph with central stop-second
Black calfskin strap with white stitching and leather underlay
Alcantara on the inside
Lug width 20 mm
Black calfskin strap with leather underlay
Brown with optional underlay
Pin-buckle with historical logo