Hitler’s Pilot’s Chronograph Watch

The German’s are well-known for his or her precision equipment. Corporations reminiscent of BMW, VW, Porsche and Leica have carved out big reputations for high quality and performance, of their mechanical merchandise.

One other much less well-known producer of precision engineering merchandise, is Hanhart AG of Diessenhofen, in Germany. Like many different producers in Germany, on the time, Hanhart have been contracted to supply watches for the Pilots of Hitler’s Luftwaffe, within the second world struggle.

They produced a chronograph in 1939 with the well-known pink painted button, which prevented unintentional resetting. It was a really good-looking look ahead to its day, with a metal case, material strap and a couple of dials. Easy, correct and fairly beautiful to anybody who appreciates mechanical design. On the finish of the struggle the watch manufacturing unit was looted and a lot of the equipment was shipped in a foreign country. The enterprise was wound up. Willy Hanhart, the founder was dealing with whole spoil. Nevertheless, close to the top of the 40’s he managed to get some new equipment collectively and restart the enterprise.

As we speak, the corporate nonetheless exists and makes watches to German design in Switzerland. The design is similar to these made throughout the struggle years. Placing the watches facet by facet you’ll be able to see the fundamental design components of the 1939 mannequin, mirrored within the 2010 mannequin.

Collectors will at all times be excited by watches with an fascinating historical past. The Hanhart vary definitely has this. As additional proof, most within the 40’s period of technological growth, will bear in mind the identify “Dornier” the German seaplane firm. Just lately the grandson of the unique designer, Claude Dornier, commissioned Hanhart, to supply a Chronograph remembering one in every of Dornier’s most profitable plane designs, the Do-X flying boat. Irén Dornier, the grandson, wore this new watch throughout his latest circumnavigation of the world within the historic seaplane.

Its troublesome to purchase these watches outdoors of Europe. Distribution is intently managed by dealerships of distinctive character.

However if you wish to add one thing actually fascinating to your assortment, a Pilots watch from Hitler’s Luftwaffe, or one from a U boat captain, you will discover one with that heritage, on this vary, of Chronographs.