Not way back, I wrote a assessment of the Hanhart 417 ES 1954 vintage-style pilot watch on aBlogtoWatch here. Based mostly on an unique 1954 navy aviator watch the German firm produced within the mid-Twentieth century, the up to date limited-production mannequin was meant to be a comparatively genuine homage to the unique watches. They’ve been so standard that Hanhart has expanded this assortment of vintage-inspired German pilot watches which, in my view, now strike a wonderful mix of options, type, and worth. At this time, I wish to have a look at the 39 and 42mm-wide variations of the Hanhart 414 ES Flyback timepieces, that are just like the 417 ES 1954, with the precept distinction being the inclusion of a flyback-enabled manually wound mechanical chronograph motion.
Proper now, Hanhart produces the Pioneer 417 ES Flyback in both a 39mm or 42mm-wide case, and both with a “panda” (white face, black subdials) or a “reverse panda” (black face, white subdials) dial. On this hands-on article, I’m carrying the Hanhart reference H701.211-7010-UB which is the Pioneer 417 ES 1954 Flyback Reverse Panda 39, in addition to the bigger Hanhart reference H721.201-7010-UB Pioneer 417 ES Flyback 42.
As you may see, the bigger mannequin is extra up to date in proportions however doesn’t have the “1954” designator. That stated, as I discussed within the earlier article in regards to the 417 ES 1954 with its 39mm-wide case, that smaller dimension is definitely perfect for a lot of of at the moment’s wearers. How else do the watches differ apart from the title? I feel that is a crucial query as a result of the retail worth for the 39mm-wide and the 42mm-wide 417 ES Flyback fashions is similar.
Apart from the case diameter dimension, the one distinction is the caseback. The 39mm-wide mannequin has a a lot easier metal caseback with a Hanhart brand in aid. The 42mm-wide mannequin has a sapphire crystal show window exhibiting off the manually wound mechanical motion. Word that each watches include the identical motion, which is produced by Swiss Sellita and “primarily based on” its caliber AMT5100 M. The very elegant-looking manually wound motion options the time together with a 30-minute flyback (the stopwatch might be reset with out first being stopped). The AMT5100 M motion operates at 4Hz (28,800 bpm) with about 58 hours of energy reserve. By the caseback of at the least the 42mm-wide mannequin, you may admire the ornamental work on the motion, in addition to the blue-toned column wheel transmission for the chronograph. One draw back of the motion is that it isn’t very thick, which implies that regardless of the elimination of the automated winding mechanism, the case of the 417 ES continues to be a bit thick at 13.3mm (with the box-style sapphire crystal).
The metal circumstances are in any other case very properly made when it comes to sharpening work and high quality. The circumstances are waterproof to 100 meters (with out the necessity for a screw-down crown, which might be annoying on a manually wound watch). The coined-style bezel has a single purple marker on it and might spin freely for use as a easy count-up or countdown timer. The dial itself has a slight little bit of depth within the chronograph subdials, and, extra importantly, has glorious legibility together with luminant paint for the hour Arabic numeral hour markers, in addition to the hour and minute arms.
One other small distinction between the 42mm and 39mm-wide fashions is anti-magnetic resistance. Which you like can be a matter of style, as Hanhart costs the identical for every watch. The smaller 39mm-wide mannequin with the closed caseback has a case that has extra iron in it and is extra naturally anti-magnetic. That is additionally why it has a closed casedback, and on the dial, we have now an “Anti-magnetic” label. The 42mm-wide model of the 417 ES Flyback doesn’t have the label on the dial and as an alternative eschews magnetic resistance for the visible splendor of the open caseback. Certainly, there are methods of getting magnetic-resistant mechanical watches with a show caseback, however these watches contain mechanical actions that themselves are produced with non-ferrous elements (and that isn’t the case with most actions, together with these produced by Swiss Made Sellita).
Hanhart provides the watches with a period-appropriate bund-style black leather-based strap with white distinction stitching. The “bund” portion is a detachable round-style leather-based backing meant to suit with the strap over the caseback of the watch. Initially, these had been used to stop the chilly metallic of watch circumstances flying at excessive chilly altitudes from touching the pores and skin of the wearer. At this time bund-style straps are extra a trend determination, and personally, I feel they give the impression of being very cool. However they will simply be eliminated, and each the 39mm and 42mm-wide variations of the Pioneer 417 ES Flyback look good-looking with or with out the bund a part of the leather-based strap.
Whereas traditionally correct as a manually wound watch, I feel Hanhart would even have success with automated winding variations of this enticing vintage-style sports activities watch. As I stated in my earlier assessment of the Pioneer 417 ES 1954, this explicit “Kind XX” type navy aviator watch continues to be very good-looking and standard, and the trick is to search out one produced at a top quality, however not at a worth that’s completely foolish. Hanhart not solely has a wonderful wristwatch product, however the costs for these watches are completely honest and cheap given their inherent worth, in addition to the worth of competitor watches. Every of those Hanhart Pioneer 417 ES Flyback watches has a retail worth of €2,390. Learn more at the Hanhart watches website here.