80 Years of a Military Icon, the Legendary Hanhart TachyTele Pilot’s Chronograph

Hanhart isn’t a name that many watch devotees consider first, or are even acquainted with. The Swiss/German brand flies somewhat under the radar in the US and is regularly eclipsed by more standard names like Tutima, Bremont or Hamilton – at any rate with regards to military/pilots watches. The brand has a long and fascinating history, in any case, it is most popular for its exactness chronographs and mechanical stopwatches. Back in 1939, the company dispatched the TachyTele chronograph for pilots with both a telemeter to decide distance and tachymeter to gauge speed. After eighty years, the brand actually offers a steadfast re-version of the piece and sentimentality comes standard. We should investigate one of the extraordinary wartime chronographs that is as yet preferred by pilots today.


Although producing happens in Germany, Hanhart was at first established in Diessenhofen, Switzerland by watchmaker Johann A. Hanhart in 1882. The brand’s enlisted workplaces are as yet situated there today. The manufactory migrated to Schwenningen in southern Germany in 1902 and Hanhart presented its first stopwatch in 1924. This was the result of Johann’s child, sports lover Wilhelm Julius, who had been baffled by the restrictively evaluated and difficult to get Swiss stopwatches of the time. He committed himself to delivering a reasonable stopwatch and the legend of the company starts here.

By 1962, the brand was Europe’s biggest maker of mechanical stopwatches and the market chief. Indeed, all watch creation halted in the last part of the 1950s and the company zeroed in exclusively on stopwatches. It wasn’t until the mid 1970s that standard watch creation continued all at once with the beginning of the quartz time.

In 1926, in any case, pocket and wristwatch creation started close by stopwatches and Wilhelm zeroed in on creating in-house developments. The company extended with a second manufactory in Gütenbach, Germany in 1934 and the main Hanhart chronograph dispatched in 1938. It was controlled by the company’s in-house, single-pusher Caliber 40.

The model immediately got famous with both German pilots and maritime officials during the war. After a year, the TachyTele pilot’s chronograph dispatched with the new Caliber 41, a twofold pusher flyback development. This bi-compax model included a tachymeter and telemeter on the dial to gauge both speed and distance, and the now-notorious red pusher to forestall coincidental resetting.

Legend has it that a pilot saw his better half had painted the base pusher of his Hanhart chronograph with red nail stain so he’d generally be helped to remember her. Regardless of whether this is actually how the red pusher started, most Hanhart chronographs have highlighted the tone from that point onward. The cutting edge TachyTele chronograph is essential for the brand’s PIONEER assortment that comprises of generally vintage-roused chronographs and a couple three-handers.

The Modern Hanhart Pioneer TachyTele

The reissued model, not a curiosity essentially but rather still a generally excellent looking piece, comes with a 316L treated steel case estimating 40mm in width and 15mm in stature. It’s somewhat on the stout side yet has an intense by and large vibe as did the first. The fluted bezel has an exemplary red imprint at 12 o’clock, like Tutima models like the Grand Flieger Classic Chronograph . It likewise pivots, permitting occasions to be planned for more than 30 minutes, albeit not with demanding precision. The pushers are awry with the top farther from the crown than the base, which is indistinguishable from the 1939 model.

On the Hanhart Pioneer TachyTele, the base pusher has the exemplary red shading through a tough clay/plastic combination, supplanting the vintage red polish. As is needed for a pilot’s watch, clarity is magnificent with huge Arabic numerals and basilica style hands covered with Super-LumiNova. The dial comes in either grayish or matte dark, with the dark giving more difference against the dial components.

Surrounding the peripheral edge is the red telemeter scale (right within the seconds track), estimating distance by following the speed of sound. For instance, the measure between the blaze of a removed blast and discernible burst shows distance. The red tachymeter is an inward ring encompassing the hour and moment hands and is utilized to quantify speed. The chronograph seconds hand is painted in a coordinating red, similar to the 3 o’clock sub-dial hand for the 30-minute counter. The 9 o’clock sub-dial includes the little seconds. Both sub-dials likewise highlight a pleasant snailed design for a touch of extra difference. A sapphire precious stone with against intelligent coatings on the two sides ensures the dial and the screw-down caseback is strong steel. The watch is water-impervious to 100 meters.

The heart of the Hanhart Pioneer TachyTele is type HAN3703 chronograph, in light of the ETA (Valjoux) 7753. Hanhart changed the development to highlight a lopsided format of the pushers that impersonate the first Caliber 41. The development has 27 gems, beats at 28,800vph (4Hz) with a 42-hour power hold. Capacities incorporate focal hours, minutes and chronograph seconds, little seconds at 9 o’clock and a 30-minute counter at 3 o’clock. This contrasts from the hand-wound unique, however I speculate most purchasers will value the accommodation of a programmed type.

There are two lash choices incorporating calfskin cowhide in dark, dim earthy colored or light earthy colored with two steel bolts for a wartime vibe. A treated steel arm band can likewise be fitted. Little, medium and huge tie sizes are a choice when requesting too. The Hanhart Pioneer TachyTele retails for EUR 1,940 for calfskin models and EUR 2,140 for the tempered steel arm band. For more data, visit Hanhart’s site and orders can be put at the company’s online store .