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    Sale 1417

    Rare Watches Including Nautilus 40 Part II

    14 November 2016, Geneva

  • Lot 210

    Hanhart. A large and very rare nickeled brass pilot’s flyback chronograph wristwatch with black dial and red tachymetre and telemetre scales


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    Hanhart. A large and very rare nickeled brass pilot’s flyback chronograph wristwatch with black dial and red tachymetre and telemetre scales
    Signed Hanhart, 17 Steine, TachyTele model, movement no. 116’249, late 1940s/early 1950s
    MOVEMENT: manual, cal. 41, 17 jewels
    DIAL: black, luminous Arabic numerals and hands, outer red telemetre and inner spiral tachymetre scales, two sunk subsidiary dials for constant seconds and 30 minutes register
    CASE: nickeled brass, blank bezel, stainless steel screw back marked Boden Edelstahl – Wassergeschützt – Stossfest (high quality steel case back, waterproof, shockproof), fixed lug bars, two round chronograph buttons in the band, large crown, 41 mm. diam.
    SIGNED: dial signed, movement numbered

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    The present chroograph is one of the exceedingly rare survivors of Hanhart’s early “TachyTele” model, distinguished by the black dial with outer red telemetre and inner spiral tachymetre scales – from which it also derived its name.

    According to Mr. Schwer, director of the firm’s museum, it can be attributed to the post-WW2 series made in the late 1940s/early 1950s, featuring the in-house calibre 41 movement with flyback function, unequal distance between the chronograph pushers and the crown, fixed bars between the lugs and the three-pronged screw back, like its predecessor. The only difference between the two variants is the bezel – whereas the first examples featured a ribbed revolving bezel, the later such as this watch were fitted with a blank non-revolving version.

    The “Tachytele” pilot’s chronograph, using the legendary calibre 41, was introduced in 1939, the lower chronograph button coloured in red to mark the flyback function. Early examples featured a ribbed bidirectional revolving bezel with red index. The model served as inspiration for Hanhart’s “Pioneer TachyTele” chronograph, launched in 2001.

    We are indebted to Mr. Manfred Schwer, director of the Hanhart Museum, and Mr. Konrad Knirim, author of Military Timepieces, for their valuable help in researching the present chronograph.

    A similar watch, movement no. 123’883, also with unsigned case back, is illustrated in Military Wristwatches by Michele Galizia, p. 101.

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    Pre-Lot Text

    The Property of an Important German Private Collector

    The following three lots, 210 and 212, are extremely rare examples of military chronograph wristwatches made in Germany between the early/late 1940s and early 1950s. These survivors of tumultuous times are today highly sought after by collectors.