Hanhart 417 ES 1954: the return of the original

August 2022

Hanhart 417 ES 1954: the return of the original

Hanhart is going back to the roots of its most famous chronograph by launching the 417 ES 1954 in the original case size of 39 mm.


turdiness, reliability, and readability: it is according to these three principles that Hanhart manufactured 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 stop-watches from 1963 onwards. The few surviving examples of the historic 417 have since become sought-after vintage chronographs for collectors.

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 de-tails 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 histor-ical model as the details on the dial of the watch. The bi-compax layout and the let-tering seem to be the spitting image of the early 417. The numbers, fonts and the logo from the old days have all been revived.

Hanhart 417 ES 1954: the return of the original

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.

A black calfskin ´Bund´-style strap ensures a high level of comfort from the very be-ginning. In addition, Alcantara lining promises a particularly pleasant feeling to the skin. A stainless-steel pin buckle featuring the historic Hanhart logo secures the watch to the wrist. The new Hanhart 417 ES 1954 is priced at 1,980 Euro including VAT.



Stainless steel, satined/polished. Diameter 39 mm. Height with glass 13.5 mm (11,55 mm 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 according to DIN 8310. Continuous serial number. Shockproof with Hanhart movement protection. Antimagnetic up to 16.000 A/m according to DIN 8309. Engraving of the historical logo on the case back.

Dial and Hands

Historical Logo. Super-LumiNova®. Light Old Radium coated numerals and hand- Minute and Second hand bent at tip to prevent parallax errors.


Black calfskin strap with white stitching and leather underlay. Alcantara on the inside. Pin-buckle with historical logo. Lug width 20 mm.


Manual wound chronograph Sellita SW 510 M. Symmetrical button arrangement. 28.800 A/h. 4 Hz. 23 jewels. Power reserve minimum 58 hours after full winding.


Small second 30-minute counter. Bicompax Chronograph with central stop-second.


1,980 Euro incl. 19% German VAT. No limitation of the number of pieces.

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