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.