Hanhart Pioneer Monoscope – Hands on Watch Review

Hanhart Pioneer Monoscope – Hands on Watch Review

Hanhart Pioneer Monoscope Review

Some History First

Hanhart was, and somewhat still is, an easily recognized name in Germany. Their set of experiences ranges more than 130 years between two nations. Hanhart was set up in 1882 in Diessenhofen (Switzerland) however the company was moved by Johann A. Hanhart, the organizer, to Germany in 1902. They arrived at average accomplishment until 1924, when Willy Hanhart (child of Johann) presented a mechanical stop watch that was sensible in value compared to the Swiss competition. This touched off the business and just a brief time after that achievement, Hanhart came out with their watches. Anyway a large portion of us know the name Hanhart on account of their chronographs.


Hanhart’s first model “Caliber 40” came out in 1938 and turned into a moment achievement. So much even, that the German military forces began utilizing their instrument. The subsequent age, with type 41 and a TachyTele scale, turned into the most loved watch of the pilots. Nonetheless, the second 50% of the 1940’s was a period where it was amazingly hard to work together. In 1948, Willy Hanhart got back to Germany and revived the company. Hanhart created various unbelievable chronographs (e.g. Admiral) yet in addition turned into the market chief for stopwatches. The quartz emergency in the 1970’s shook however didn’t break Hanhart. In 1972 they even built up their own in-house quartz development. Hanhart remained in business and created many intriguing watches (for the most part chronographs).

Hanhart Pioneer Monoscope

Today they have 3 collections (Pioneer, Racemaster and Primus) for watches and one (Classictimer) for stopwatches.


One of my last surveys concerned the Junghans Meister Pilot . I figured it is energizing to remain on this track, so I requested Hanhart to send me one from their particular models. Enter the Hanhart Pioneer Monoscope. Hanhart produces two adaptations of this model, with dark and with white dial. You can have it on calfskin tie or wristband. Likewise there is a choice to pick between level or fluted bezel (for more vintage feel).

The Case

The most evident element of the Hanhart Pioneer Monoscope is the single pusher at  2 o’clock. On the off chance that you are curious about these sorts of watches, you press the pusher and the chronograph begins running. You need to squeeze it again to stop it and afterward again to reset it. Straightforward as that. Hanhart painted the pusher red. This is a mark component of Hanhart chronographs, you can find out about its history in the unique box below.

At 45mm, the Hanhart Pioneer Monoscope is viewed as really huge. You can discover more modest 42mm adaptations in the Pioneer line, they are the TwinControl and MonoControl. The tallness of the Hanhart Pioneer Monoscope is 16mm and it is 55mm from drag tip to carry tip. The case is tempered steel, the bezel is level. The case back is group in which permits the watch to be water safe up to 100m, not that you need it in a pilot’s watch it actually is something pleasant to have.

The caseback has the Hanhart “h” in the middle, the model name, the reference number and the “Made in Germany” sign. The crown is additionally really enormous to accompany the size of the case. Crowns were likewise larger than average on the vintage observes so the pilots could turn it even with the gloves on. It is pull-out and has the equivalent “h” you see working on this issue back.

One if not the most unmistakable component of Hanhart chronographs are the red pushers. As you seen the Hanhart Pioneer Monoscope additionally has a red pusher. In any case, for what reason would they say they are red? Furthermore, who painted them? This little story from the producer shed some light on the history.“He set a kiss affectionately on her temple as she dozed before discreetly leaving the loft. As he took a gander at his Hanhart watch in the overhang, a grin danced over his lips: she had painted the catch with her red nail stain so he would think about her consistently and return free from any danger …

This is the legend behind the red catch – the unmistakable brand name that has portrayed Hanhart since the company initially presented its chronographs in 1938. The catch has been painted, specifically to keep pilots from inadvertently focusing the stop time.”

Vintage Inspired Dial

I requested the dark dialed variant as this is the nearest in appearance you get to the first 1940’s model. The dial of the Hanhart Pioneer Monoscope is extremely easy. The two chronographs sub dials are at 3 and 9 o’clock. 3 being the 30-minute chronograph dial and 9 is the proceeds with second sub dial. The numbers are enormous and loaded up with Super-LumiNova simply like the hands. Underneath the 12 you discover the brand name “hanhart” and the long stretches of establishment 1882 and at 6 you see “Programmed” alluding to the development of course.

The dial is outlined by the 60-second size of the chronograph. Hanhart utilized basilica hands until the last part of the 1940’s the point at which they changed the plan to more basic forms. The Hanhart Pioneer Monoscope utilizes these more seasoned house of God hands. They are lovely and add the final details to the vintage look of the dial. Truly, the lone contrast you would see is the amended Hanhart logo and the “Automatic” at the base. Indeed, even the textual style of the numerals coordinates the early form’s (see number 6 for instance). The bezel of my Hanhart Pioneer Monoscope is level like the genuine early Hanhart’s from 1938. Anyway most (if not the entirety) of the 1940’s watches had a fluted bezel. The precious stone is curved sapphire glass with against intelligent covering on both sides.


So we should discuss the development inside the Hanhart Pioneer Monoscope. The type inside the watch is the HAN4212, a programmed, bi-compax development. This is a subsidiary of an ETA (Valjoux) 7750, altered to be a solitary pusher.

Two Pushers

The other model in Pioneer line, the Pioneer TwinDicator is a fundamentally the same as rendition with 2 pushers however. It is a 31-Jewel type with 28,800 VPH (vibration each hour) and 4 Hz. Despite the fact that it isn’t noticeable through the caseback, the development has a skeleton rotor with the Hanhart logo in the center. The HAN4212 has a force hold of approximately 42-44 hours. On the off chance that you take the watch of your wrist and hold it in your palm, because of the size and the mono-pusher plan it can fill in as a stop watch. A precise and strong development that served me well while I had the watch with me.

Flieger Strap

One of the attributes of a military watch from that time on numerous models are the fixed spring bars. This implies that the spring bars that join the tie to the watch were not removable but rather welded along with the drags. This filled in as a security to wipe out the quantity of things that could turn out badly (i.e.: break) during a mission.

Because the springs couldn’t be eliminated the lashes should have been either a NATO type (just came later as expected) or crease over ties with bolts to close the end. The lash would be longer and the pilots would need to push them through the space between the spring bar and the case. At that point they would crease it over and secure it with a bolt, that experienced the calfskin tie. This is the explanation numerous flieger roused watches have bolts on their straps.

23mm Calfskin

The Hanhart Pioneer Monoscope went ahead a tie like that to me. Obviously these days this is just a plan component. Combined with the earthy colored softened cowhide the lash is made of, it conveys this genuine flieger watch look Hanhart was focusing on. The lash is somewhat odd-estimated 23mm calfskin with a signed buckle. Hanhart offers the tie in dark just as a steel wristband. One thing I should make reference to is that I have a generally huge wrist at 7.5″ and I utilize the nearest opening on the tie. So possibly purchase this in the event that you have a genuinely huge wrist in any case the lash would be too huge for you.

Closing Arguments

Anybody who adores the watch yet believes it’s sort of huge ought to think about the more modest 42mm forms. On the off chance that you love huge watches, the Hanhart Pioneer Monoscope may very well be a fit for you. The watch wears truly well, the size and the weight is adjusted pleasantly. It doesn’t feel too substantial or massive on the wrist. Tastefully a genuine legacy chronograph from the brilliant period of Hanhart. The cost of the model I audit is €2850, you need to pay €200 more for the form on the bracelet.

It comes in a pleasant calfskin watch sleeve with the guarantee card and manual booklet and a cleaning material. You can purchase the watch through Hanhart’s online shop. One of the coolest film starts ever, Steve McQueen likewise wore a Hanhart, among his notorious watches. I surmise he understood what he was doing, so in the event that you don’t confide in my judgment, trust his. The Hanhart Pioneer Monoscope is a cool watch with a reasonable cost and an evergreen design.

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