Jewellery, Watches, Antiquities and Objects of Vertu (15 September 2020)
Date of Auction: 15th September 2020
Estimate: £3,000 - £5,000
FootnoteCirca 1940 Hanhart began producing the Calibre 40 single button chronograph for the Wehrmacht (the German Armed Forces). Although the Hanhart was built to exacting standards it nevertheless represented an economical alternative to the Glashutte wrist chronograph. The Hanhart Calibre 40 was used by all sections of the armed forces, by mainly by the Luftwaffe - it was only property marked when issued by the Kreigsmarine, who stamped the backs with the Waffenamt mark over M.
Hanhart later produced a two button chronograph wristwatch, the Calibre 41, with continued in commercial manfuacture well into the 1950s.
See: Wesolowski, Z. M., A concise guide to military timepieces, 1880-1990, Crowood Press, 1996, p 147.