German watch brand Hanhart has taken design cues from its vault and mixed them with a contemporary case size to develop the all-new Pioneer One Limited Edition. With only 150 pieces being made, the Pioneer One enters a competitive market of vintage-inspired pilot watches. This new mechanical piece—sized at 42mm across, 12mm thick, and 49.5mm lug-to-lug—boasts a number of stylish pilot watch cues that refer back to Hanhart’s history.
The stainless steel case is bead blasted, giving it an almost gunmetal finish in certain lights. The coin-edge bezel and large crown harken back to the watches worn by pilots during World War II. The hands and numbers are tipped in Super-LumiNova in “Light Old Radium” color. The matte black dial is a perfect backdrop for the vintage-inspired hands.
According to the manufacturer, Hanhart decided to revisit its 417 ES flyback chronograph series from the 1950s for inspiration. The 417 ES flyback chronograph was one of the watches famously worn by Steve McQueen, adding it to the list of several great watches worn by the Hollywood icon. While this is a three-hander (powered by a Sellita SW 200), there are a number of stylish details and design elements that make the Pioneer One Limited Edition a special watch.