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Hanhart Luftwaffe WW2 Pilots Flyback Chronograph - Caliber 41 - c.1940s

£4,750.00GBP
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A Rare Piece of Historical Significance, Hanhart Luftwaffe WW2 Pilots Chronograph in Well Preserved Condition and in Full Working Order. 

"The sun glows red in the evening sky over the little town of Diessenhofen, located on the River Rhine in northeast Switzerland, as the watchmaker Johann A. Hanhart sits down, takes out a pen and paper and drafts an announcement. He “respectfully informs the worthy residents of Diessenhofen and surroundings” that he has purchased a business and its premises at the town’s Hauptstrasse with the intention of opening a watch shop." Hanhart Website. 

During the Second World War, German Luftwaffe pilots wore Hanhart chronographs which were capable of withstanding the most severe tests. In addition, the company supplied military material.

What’s On Offer 

A beautiful piece of historical significance, this Hanhart double pusher with a caliber 41 is remarkably well preserved. The black military dial is in good shape with crisp Arabic numerals which have aged to a rather pleasing butter colour along with the lume on the cathedral hands which are also in good shape. The recessed sub dials are also in fantastic condition and along with the Hanhart signature and central seconds hand, complete this rather rare package. At 41mm this is a substantial piece of kit, especially when combined with the crown and two pushers -  the red painted button was intended to prevent unintentional resetting of the flyback complication! It does wear large on the wrist giving it a really contemporary fit despite its obvious vintage, but is light enough to be very comfortable also. The fluted bezel in contrasting metal adds another dimension. 

The caseback is engraved with ' BODEN EDELSTAHL' denoting its case back as stainless steel, 'WASSERGESCHUTZT' denoting it as waterproof and 'STOSSFEST' denoting it as shockproof and also the reference 119622 which matches the reference on the movement. The case still looks good, there are signs of the chrome slightly deteriorating, not uncommon and hardly surprising for a watch of this age that could well have seen military action, and the the machine turned bezel in contrasting metal adds another dimension. All in all, a really fantastic watch with so much historical relevance it would be absolute joy to any vintage collector or military enthusiast, as well as being a rather handsome watch on the wrist. 

Additional information

Made from

Case: Stainless Steel and Chrome

Dial: Black

Crystal: Plexiglass

Bracelet: Brown Vintage Leather Pin Buckle Strap

Technical specifications

Winding: Manual

Movement Type: Mechanical

Caliber: 41

Jewels: 17j

Waterproof: When New

Power reserve: 

Purchase details

Condition: Excellent Vintage Condition

Model Reference: Military Flyback

Date of issue: c.1940s

Warranty: 12 Months VWS

Dimensions

Width (without crown): 41mm

Lug width: 20.5mm

Lug height: (lug to lug) 46mm

Wrist size: Adjustable