HANHART CLASSICTIMER – Mechanical Stopwatches and Dashboard Instruments

Since Hanhart produced the very first stopwatch in 1924, the independent Swiss-German watch brand has developed to become the most important and market-leading manufacturer of timepieces. Nowadays, the mechanical stopwatches made in the Hanhart factory in Gütenbach, Germany, are popular collector’s pieces and highly-valued accessories for vintage car rally drivers.

Modern aviation, newly emerging motor races or booming popular sport – in the first half of the last century, these would have been unimaginable without new high-precision 100 per cent reliable timekeeping instruments; timekeeping instruments which were inextricably linked to the name of Hanhart and remain so today. When Johann Adolf Hanhart, a watchmaker from Diessenhofen, issued an announcement in the Anzeiger am Rhein newspaper on 1 July 1882, “respectfully informing” readers that he had purchased a business and its premises on the high street of his home town in North East Switzerland, with the intention of opening a watch shop there, he laid the foundations for the Swiss-German Hanhart watch brand, which remains independent to this day.

The brand soon made a name for itself in the manufacture of stopwatches and chronographs for use in the air, on the land and on the sea. Even today, thanks to its high level of expertise and the precision and first-class functionality of its products, it continues to maintain its status as the most important and market leading producer of mechanical and electronic timekeeping instruments.

In 1924, the youngest Hanhart son, Wilhelm Julius – a sport-loving young man who had recently joined the business – was inspired to produce the world’s first affordable stopwatch. It was a resounding success and formed the basis for further innovative technological developments, as well as for the conversion of the erstwhile reassembly business into a watch factory, where the focus was on producing watches using the company’s own movements.

In addition to the legendary mono-pusher and pilot’s chronographs, which Hanhart manufactured from 1938 onwards, new and increasingly elaborate stopwatches were constantly being launched on the market – such as the sophisticated double hand stopwatch and the ultrafast oscillator with its balance-wheel frequency of 360,000 vibrations per hour, which made Hanhart the first manufacturer to enable the measurement of hundredths of a second.

Nowadays Hanhart’s high-quality mechanical stopwatches, which are manufactured over several production stages in the company’s Gütenbach factory, represent a key product segment for the brand as the ClassicTimer collection. Used in the past for all the important sporting events and motor races, today they are most popular among ambitious vintage car rally drivers. This traditional close link with motorsport is well established with the “Tachymaster” models, a world first launched by Hanhart in 2009. This watch displays the distances to be driven in the rallies, thus making it much easier to check the times for each individual stage.

The mechanical timepieces in the ClassicTimer series offer everything you could possibly need in situations which require precise timekeeping. The collection ranges from the classic addition timer, the split-seconds addition timer and the long-distance hour counter, right through to the “Mega Minutes” addition timer with its extra-large, centrally positioned sprung minutes hand and practical flyback function. The collection is also supplemented by day timers, whose classic design is reminiscent of the distinctive Hanhart pocket watches.

All of the stopwatches feature a mechanical Hanhart manufacture movement with a Swiss anchor escapement and a shock-resistant balance wheel. The chrome-plated brass case has a pristine polished finish and, depending on the model, includes a fluted rotating bezel with red marking for presetting target times in individual race stages. Ease of use is guaranteed by the convenience buttons – the reset button marked in red, the special trademark feature of Hanhart.

The stopwatches and day timers can be used in any combination, and can easily be mounted onto a dashboard on one-, two- or three-piece panels. The watches can be fitted onto and removed from the dashboard in a simple process thanks to an innovative “slide-in” method with a cleverly devised mechanism.

HANHART CLASSICTIMER
1. HANHART CLASSICTIMER “Mega Minute” addition timer with flyback
Ref 185.8760-8E 185.8801-9E

Movement: Mechanical manufacture movement; anchor escapement; 7 jewels
Functions: Addition timer, flyback function, 1/5-second timing, large sprung central minutes hand with measurement range up to 60 minutes
Case: Chrome-plated brass, polished; fluted rotating bezel with red marking, depending on the model; red convenience button; mineral glass; diameter 55 mm; splashproof
Dial: Beige or black

2. HANHART CLASSICTIMER Split-seconds addition timer with flyback(Ref 135.3960-8E)
Movement: Mechanical manufacture movement; anchor escapement; 9 jewels
Functions: Split-seconds addition timer, flyback function, 1/5-second timing,
30-minute counter
Case: Chrome-plated brass, polished; fluted rotating bezel with red marking; convenience buttons, red reset button; mineral glass; diameter 55 mm; splashproof
Dial: Beige or black.

3. HANHART CLASSICTIMER Split-seconds addition timer(Ref 135.4001-90)
Movement: Mechanical manufacture movement; anchor escapement; 9 jewels
Functions: Split-seconds addition timer, 1/5-second timing, 30-minute counter
Case: Chrome-plated brass, polished; convenience buttons, red reset button; mineral glass; diameter 55 mm; splashproof
Dial: Beige or black

4. HANHART CLASSICTIMER Classic addition timer(Ref 125.4001-90)
Movement: Mechanical manufacture movement; anchor escapement; 7 jewels
Functions: Addition timer, 1/5-second timing, 30-minute counter
Case: Chrome-plated brass, polished; red convenience button; diameter 55 mm; mineral glass; splashproof
Dial: Beige or black

5. HANHART CLASSICTIMER Long-distance hour counter(Ref 126.7260-80 & 126.7301-90)
Movement: Mechanical manufacture movement; anchor escapement; 11 jewels
Functions: 1/5-second timing, sprung central minutes hand; 10-hour counter
Case: Chrome-plated brass, polished; fluted rotating bezel with red marking, depending on the model; red convenience button; mineral glass; diameter 55 mm; splashproof
Dial: Beige or black

6. HANHART CLASSICTIMER “Board Time” day timer (Ref 850.3960-80 & 850.4001-90)
Movement: Unitas 6497 hand-wound movement; anchor escapement; 17 jewels
Functions: Hours/minutes, small seconds
Case: Chrome-plated brass, polished; fluted rotating bezel with red marking, depending on the model; mineral glass; diameter 55 mm; splashproof
Dial: Beige or black

HANHART CLASSICTIMER Dashboards
The mechanical stopwatches and instrument watches for dashboards produced in the Hanhart factory in Gütenbach, Germany, are popular collector’s pieces and highly valued accessories for vintage car rally drivers. In 2011, Hanhart Introduced the first two-piece set for car dashboards in an elegant black design.

The name of the independent Swiss-German watch brand Hanhart is a synonym for high precision and 100 per cent reliable stopwatches and chronographs for use in the air, on the land and on the sea. Today, thanks to its high level of expertise, as well as the precision and first-class functionality of its products, Hanhart has become the most important market-leading manufacturer of mechanical and electronic timekeeping instruments.

High-quality mechanical stopwatches and instrument watches for dashboards, made over several production stages in Hanhart’s factory, and named the ClassicTimer collection; represent a significant product segment for the brand. Used in the past for all the important sporting events and motor races, today they are most popular among ambitious vintage car rally drivers. The watches can be used in any combination, and can easily be mounted onto the dashboard with a specially made panel. They can be fitted onto and removed from the dashboard in a simple process thanks to an innovative “slide-in” method.

In 2011, Hanhart introduced a day timer with a classic design that pays homage to the distinctive Hanhart pocket watches, as well as a split-seconds addition timer with flyback function in elegant black chrome-plated brass, with a matching mounting panel for the dashboard. The discreet matte surface of the panel, punctuated by polished cases, edges and details, offer an exciting contrast to the red reset button on the stopwatch – Hanhart’s trademark. The same red colouring is used for the drag indicator, ensuring that this remains very visible against the jet-black dial and easily distinguishable from the white seconds hand. The stopwatch contains a mechanical Hanhart manufacture movement with a Swiss anchor escapement and a shock-resistant balance wheel, the day timer contains a Unitas hand-wound movement.

HANHART ClassicTimer Split-seconds addition timer with flyback function
Movement: Mechanical manufacture movement; anchor escapement; 9 jewels
Functions: Split-seconds addition timer, flyback function, 1/5-second timing, 30-minute counter
Case: Black chrome-plated brass, polished; convenience buttons, red reset button; mineral glass; diameter 55 mm; splashproof
Dial: Black

ClassicTimer “Board Time” day timer
Movement: Unitas 6497 hand-wound movement; anchor escapement; 17 jewels
Functions: Hours/minutes, small seconds
Case: Black chrome-plated brass, polished; mineral glass; diameter 55 mm; splashproof
Dial: Black

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