Hanhart is quickly establishing themselves as a house favorite here at worn&wound. First we looked at their Pioneer Monocontrol, an exceptional watch that spoke to the brand’s history, but through a modern lens. Then we tried out their Primus Pilot, a hefty beast that is unlike anything else out there. Today, we’ll be looking at what is perhaps the core of their collection, the Pioneer MK I.
In 1938, Hanhart developed the Caliber 40 mono-pusher chronograph, their first wrist watch. Issued to the Germany military during and after WWII, the Caliber 40 and its successors were widely used and highly regarded. The Pioneer MK I is a replica of this watch, recreating the look and functionality out of new components. Perhaps “replica” is not the right word as it’s not 1:1 (simply having automatic on the dial makes sure of that), but it stays very true to the original piece.
Most significantly, it features a mono-pusher chronograph. In order to achieve this, Hanhart works with the haute movement manufacturer and modifier La Joux Perret to create movements that fit their needs. They aren’t the only brand to do so, but with a price tag of $2,160, they offer the best value by miles. Add in the fact that Hanharts are beautifully made, finished and detailed in Germany and you have watches that offer something quite rare in today’s market.