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Hanhart Primus Fly Navy Chronograph Limited Edition

Naval air pilot or not, you can't deny this new Hanhart chronograph is a proper flying tool.

| By Denis Peshkov | 2 min read |

Hanhart is a brand established in 1882 in Switzerland by Johan A. Hanhart, and it has been German since 1902, following relocation. It is renowned for supplying chronographs to pilots and naval officers during World War II and its contemporary collections inspired by Fliegeruhren, such as the Pioneer series. Hanhart has consistently delivered timepieces with robust and bold design, and one of its newer additions, the Primus collection since 2009, offers a modern and bold aesthetic suited for those with a penchant for action, whether in reality or imagination. The latest addition to this lineup is the limited edition Primus Fly Navy chronograph, embodying the brand’s distinctive style.

The Hanhart Primus Fly Navy chronograph is presented in a 100m water-resistant stainless steel case, also available in black PVD. The articulated lugs contribute to comfortable wear, though given its substantial size (44mm diameter, 15mm height), trying it on beforehand is advisable. The non-rotating fluted bezel, marked in red at 12 o’clock, harmonizes with the overall aesthetics and pairs well with the signature red chronograph pusher at 4 o’clock. The screw-in crown is adorned with the Marineflieger logo, featuring an anchor and an eagle, also present on the dark blue dial just above 6 o’clock.

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The dial showcases prominent hour indices and markings, with a luminous triangle and two dots at 12 o’clock and a large “12” below, all coated with SuperLumi-Nova for excellent visibility in low light conditions. The black hour and minute hands, outlined with luminescent material, with the lume-coated tip of the black chronograph central seconds hand, featuring a yellow trident for a counterweight, enhance readability. The small seconds subdial is positioned at 9 o’clock, and the 30-minute chronograph counter is opposite at 3 o’clock, both recessed, textured, and framed with a plaque held by two screws. Above the centre, this frame exhibits the Hanhart 1882 logo and the series name, “Fly Navy,” in capitals. A small date aperture at the bottom of the dial displays white numerals on a black background.

For timekeeping, the Fly Navy relies on the automatic Sellita SW 510 base movement with a 42-hour power reserve, operating at 28,800 vibrations/hour. To strengthen ties to the German Naval Air forces, the sapphire crystal caseback can feature the coat of arms of either the Marinefluggeschwader 3 “Graf Zeppelin “or Marinefluggeschwader 5 (MFG3 and MFG5 squadrons), free for the customer to choose. 

The Hanhart Primus Fly Navy chronographs come with a blue textile strap (available in two sizes) for the steel case variant and a black one for the PVD-coated case, secured with a matching stainless steel folding clasp. The steel variant is priced at EUR 2,690, while the black PVD option is EUR 3,190. Naval Air Command and Naval Air Squadron members enjoy a discount of -25%.

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