Hanhart Stopwatches - Still in The Lead


In 1924, the youngest Hanhart son, Wilhelm Julius - a sport-loving young man who had recently joined the family watchmaking business was inspired to produce the world’s first affordable stopwatch.  It was a resounding success and formed the basis for further innovative technological developments in the field of timing. To this day Hanhart stopwatches are still produced entirely at the factory in Gutenbach on the Swiss - German border.

The early car racing events at the beginning of the 20th Century demanded precise timing instruments and Hanhart eagerly took up the challenge to produce these. The hand held ’Superschnell-schwinger’ became the first watch capable of measuring 100th’s of a second.

Since then the Hanhart stopwatches have been synonymous with accurate mechanical timing. For decades they have been used in a wide variety of sports and professions, and are particularly associated with motorsports.

Hanhart is the sponsor of many historical car rallies and supported major races like the Rallye Solitude Historic in Suttgart, the Jochpass Memorial in Bad Hindelang and the Arosa Classic Car in Arosa, Switzerland. Most recently Hanhart has supported Rally Dakar drivers Stephan Schott and Holm Schmidt in their X-Raid Mini All 4 and Lamborghini Huracan Super Trofeo and driver Florian Spengler in The Super Trofeo Cup. 

Indeed Hanhart timing is not confined to motorsport, with Hanhart’s support of Claudius Spiegel in his Red Bull Air racing and aerobatic career.

Hanhart’s Classic Timer range is popular among ambitious vintage car rally drivers. The ‘Tachymaster’, a world first launched by the company in 2009, displays all the distances driven in rallies making it possible to check times for individual stages. All of the watches in the Classic Timer series fulfil every need in situations requiring precise timekeeping.

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The classic design of the Hanhart ‘Day’ timers are reminiscent of the company’s pocket watches and every one features a Unitas 6497 hand-wound movement, anchor escapement and 17 jewels. These instruments can be fitted and removed from the dashboard easily via a cleverly devised ’slide in’ method.
Hanhart mechanical timepieces from the Classic Timer series are preeminent in all situations requiring precise timekeeping. We at Page and Cooper supply these instruments to TV, broadcasting and film studios, horse racing, athletic and air show specialists - read about our trip to the ITV studios to deliver a Hanhart stopwatch to ITV News.

If you want to find out more about Hanhart stopwatches please don’t hesitate to get in touch