417 ES 1954


Famously worn and cherished by Steve McQueen, both on film and in his personal life, the Hanhart 417 ES is the stuff of legend.

Sturdiness, reliability, and readability. It is according to these three principles that Hanhart manufactured the 417 as the first pilot’s chronograph for the newly founded German armed forces in 1954. Hanhart supplied the Bundeswehr with the original model for almost ten years, until the brand shifted its focus to the production of handheld stopwatches from 1963 onwards.

The majority of the original 417 series were chrome-plated brass, with only around 500 watches made in stainless steel (which carried the ES suffix). The few surviving examples of the historic 417 ES have since become sought-after collectors pieces.

After the brilliant start of the re-release of the 417 ES with a 42 mm case almost two years ago, the traditional brand from Güterbach in the Black Forest is now taking on the essence of the model: with the new 417 ES 1954 , whose 'ES' initials stand for "Edelstahl" - the English translation of which is “stainless steel”.

In a sense, the watch is also a time machine, because it combines the style-defining details of that time with the most modern materials of our time. The sharply drawn and highly polished bevels that mark the transition from the satin horns to the flanks are particularly sophisticated. As a typical stylistic feature of a Hanhart, the fluted bezel rotates continuously in both directions. Its red position marking is just as reminiscent of the historical model as the details on the clock's dial. The bi-compax layout and lettering seem to be a spitting image of the early 417. The numbers, fonts and brand logo for the case-back were also recreated.

To ensure that the chronograph performs with precision and reliability, a Swiss-made, hand-wound, caliber SW510 movement operates behind the screwed stainless steel back. In addition to a stop-seconds feature, it offers up to 58 hours of power reserve when fully wound. The historic 417 was also wound by hand, although its range of action outside the cockpit was severely limited due to its limited water resistance. The new 417 ES 1954, on the other hand, is waterproof up to 10 bar.

On the wrist, a strap made of black calfskin with a waistband-style base ensures a high level of comfort from day one. In addition, the Alcantara interior promises a particularly soft feeling. A stainless steel pin buckle with the historic Hanhart logo ensures a secure hold.

The hands and numbers of the Hanhart 417 ES 1954 are coated with Super-LumiNova® to ensure optimal readability day and night.


Diameter 39 mm
Height with glass 13.3 mm (11.55 mm without glass)


Fluted bezel, continuously rotatable on both sides with red insert


Screwed case back
Continuous serial number
Engraving of the historical logo on the case back


Stainless steel, satin/polished
Antimagnetic up to 16,000 A/m according to DIN 8309


Convex sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating on the inside
Highly curved sapphire crystal (like the historical model)


Waterproof up to 10 bar/10 ATM according to DIN 8310
Shockproof/shock protected with Hanhart factory damping as additional shock protection


Historical logo and bicompax layout


Historical font

Super-LumiNova® coated


Super-LumiNova® coated
Minute hand and second hand bent at the end to avoid parallax errors

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