At the outbreak of WW2, navigator and pilot watches were put into full production. The German government contracted many manufacturers to build pilot chronographs, with the two most popular being Uhrenfabrik AG Tutima of Glashutte, and Hanhart of Schwenningen. Both similar in appearance, several variants were produced. Some variations include a Gold Gilded Movement, and Rotating Bezels with either a red line or arrow. With the chronograph function, the pilot was able to calculate precise time in 30 minute intervals. They were issued according to a pilot’s mission requirements, and when no longer needed (for example if a pilot was injured), they were returned to stores.
The requirements for this watch were black dials for clear visibility, luminous hands, and Arabic numerals. Backs were to be screwed, in order to prevent dirt and moisture from entered the case.
This Kriegsmarine Hanhart Chronometer Wrist Watch is in AMAZING functioning condition, and is EASILY one of the nicest one I have seen in my years of collecting. This is RARE single pusher with rotating bezel, and comes with a modern reproduction strap. The casing features approx 95% original finish, and though there are some very slight scratches and some very minor wear throughout, it is otherwise near PERFECT! The dial is FANTASTIC, with absolutely NO paint loss! The movement is a PERFECT example of a wartime calibre, with nothing replaced. I believe the hands and winding crown have been replaced at one time, and have both discolored slightly, but it does not detract. All markings glow when UV light is applied. The rear features almost NO marks or signs of wear! Also features the KM marking and serial number on the reverse. 100% FUNCTIONAL in every way, and has been serviced. This originally came with some other KM Clocks that were part of the estate of a German veteran who worked at a KM Supply Depot. Supposedly, he took many items home when the war ended.
It is 100% functional, this is EASILY one of the rarest and sought-after chronographs produced during the war. An AMAZING and 100% ORIGINAL example, PERFECT for any collection or display!
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