Hanhart 417 ES stands for the German word “Edelstahl” which is the translation for stainless steel.
The German company Hanhart manufactured the first pilot’s chronograph for the German armed forces in the mid-1950s. The purpose of this timepiece was uncompromising use on pilots’ wrists, and Hanhart supplied it to the military for almost ten years. In 1963, when Hanhart began focusing on building hand stopwatches, only a few remaining pieces of the original 417 remained. These became some of the most sought-after vintage chronographs from Germany.
The case of the 417 ES measures 42 mm in diameter, a size that is contemporary for wristwatches. The watch has a 13.3-mm-thick case, which is thinner than its predecessor but still allows for a domed sapphire crystal and for the watch to have an elegant appearance.
At the transition from satin-finished horns to flanks, a sharply drawn and polished marks the watch’s case. As a typical stylistic feature of a Hanhart, the fluted bezel rotates smoothly in both directions. Its red position markings are reminiscent of the historical model of the 1950s as are details on the dial’s face. The bicompax layout and lettering seem to have been cut from the face of an early 417.
New is the use of modern Super-LumiNova® luminous material in a discreet cream shade. Combined with the white lettering and the hands, they form a pleasing contrast to the matt 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 as well as on its crown.
The watch’s reliable hand-wound movement, the caliber SW 510, ensures that this chronograph not only looks good but also runs precisely. It has a stop-second function and a power reserve of up to 58 hours when fully wound. The historic caliber 417 was also hand-wound, although its radius of action outside the cockpit was severely limited due to its small water resistance. Therefore, the new 417 ES can withstand the pressure of a depth of up to 10 bar.
A calfskin wrist strap with an underlay of leather makes it comfortable to wear from the first day. The black calfskin has Alcantara on the inside, which improves comfort when worn on the wrist. A pin-buckle with the historic Hanhart logo provides a good grip.
Hanhart 417 ES Features
- 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
- Engraving of the historical logo on the case back
- 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
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