Starting in 1882, Hanhart has been specializing in pilot chronographs and stopwatches for well over a century.


Over 140 years of experience in the manufacture of functional instrument watches for use in the air, on the land and on the sea.


The sun glows red in the evening sky over the little town of Diessenhofen, located on the River Rhine in northeast Switzerland, as the watchmaker Johann A. Hanhart sits down, takes out a pen and paper and drafts an announcement. He “respectfully informs the worthy residents of Diessenhofen and surroundings” that he has purchased a business and its premises at the town’s Hauptstrasse with the intention of opening a watch shop. In 1924 his youngest son Willy Hanhart introduced the world’s first reasonably priced mechanical stopwatch. This was the start of the incredible innovations Hanhart has brought to the watch industry, quickly extending their product range to precision pocket- and wrist watches. In 1938 Hanhart introduced the single-button “Calibre 40” Chronograph watch.

Modern Times

Today Hanhart watches are increasingly developing into exclusive objects for collectors and connoisseurs of fine precision watches. While also underlining its prominent position as Europe’s leading manufacturer of stopwatches. With their re-launch of the PIONEER collection, as well as their new PRIMUS collection, Hanhart is carrying on their long tradition and maintaining its high level of expertise while implementing these qualities in a contemporary way, combining historical features – such as the unmistakable red button, which has distinguished Hanhart watches since 1939 – with state-of-the-art technology and progressive design. With over 140 years of experience, modern time Hanhart is focusing more strongly than ever on its core competence: the manufacture of functional instrument watches for use in the air, on the land and on the sea.

Why buy a Hanhart watch?

Hanhart offers a truly unique piece of history on the wrist. With over 140 years of experience in the watch industry, they have been there for every innovation and have stood strong through the test of time. Their iconic design is unmistakable and their quality undisputed. Robustness, reliability and readability powered by the most high quality Swiss Made movements. These are tool watches in their essence, without compromising on that vintage charm of their historic design.

Hanhart - Gestoppte Sekunde Historic video


The practical beauty of Hanhart