Long ago, in a village called Gütenbach in the Black Forest of Germany, farmers used to spend the bitter cold winter months building clocks in their houses. This was moonlighting in the extreme. Today Gütenbach is home to just 1,170 people and just one watch company, Hanhart. Almost stereotypical of German engineering, Hanhart has always set accuracy, legibility, and functionality as the highest priorities for their watches, earning them heaps of cred among die-hard tool watch enthusiasts and collectors.
Some may already know the legend of Hanhart’s signature red pusher chronographs. As the tale goes, the amorous lover of a pilot painted it red with her nail polish to remind him of her while he swerved and spun his plane in jaw-clenching dog fights. The truth is a little less exciting: apparently the pusher is red so that pilots wouldn’t accidentally zero out the watch during a bombing mission. Whether you prefer fact or fiction, there’s a good story to go with your red pusher Hanhart.
But what to make of a Hanhart with no red pushers, or no pushers at all? That’s just what the folks at WatchBuys convinced Hanhart to find out with the three-handed Pioneer One Limited Edition, a series of just 150 units available through WatchBuys.