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Hanhart Pioneer Flieger One NightBlue Limited Edition

Hanhart PIONEER Flieger One NightBlue

Hanhart have been killing it lately with their retro pilot’s chronographs like the 417 ES Panda. However, while their chronographs are nice, Hanhart’s latest limited edition release is a nice change of pace, taking things back to basics with a time only design. It’s called the Pioneer Flieger One NightBlue and it combines a dark blue dial with a black PVD case.

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Interestingly, while the Pioneer Flieger One NightBlue isn’t itself a chronograph, it’s still based on the original 417 chrono that inspires many of the watchmaker’s modern pieces. What that means is the case has a 42mm diameter with a distinctive fluted bezel that has a red marker at 12 and a bi-directional rotation. For the limited edition, the stainless steel has a black PVD coating that gives it a darker aesthetic and improves the case’s scratch resistance and durability.

Hanhart PIONEER Flieger One NightBlue

As for the dial, it’s a gorgeous shade of dark blue that reminds me of the night sky just after sunset. The attention to detail is really nice too from both a style and utility point of view. For example, the hour track slightly recessed to create a layered appearance and the minute and seconds hands bend down towards the dial at the end to prevent parallax errors. Interestingly, the regular Pioneer features a date window that has been omitted here, creating a clean dial that focusses on the essentials.

Hanhart PIONEER Flieger One NightBlue

Housed inside the Pioneer Flieger One NightBlue is a movement we’re all thoroughly familiar with, the Sellita SW200. The 38-hour power reserve is definitely lacking in comparison to many other modern calibres but that’s somewhat made up for by its accessibility and ease of service since they’re so common.

Hanhart PIONEER Flieger One NightBlue

The limited edition is presented on a dark blue strap with red stitching that matches the tone of the dial as well as the bright bezel accent. It’s made from ox leather with a suede finish, making it soft to the touch. I’ve already said it but the shade of blue is particularly nice.

Hanhart PIONEER Flieger One NightBlue

Despite being limited to a pretty exclusive 150 pieces, the Hanhart Pioneer Flieger One NightBlue is priced at €1,290 (£1,140). For a pilot’s watch as sleek and refined as this, that feels like a no brainer.

Price & Specs:

  • Model: Hanhart Pioneer Flieger One NightBlue
  • Case/dial: 42mm diameter x 12mm thickness, stainless steel case with black PVD coating, engraved with “h” and the limitation number “xxx/150”
  • Water resistance: 100m (10 bar)
  • Movement: Sellita calibre SW200, automatic, 26 jewels
  • Frequency: 28,800 vph (4 Hz)
  • Power reserve: 38h
  • Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds
  • Strap: Royal blue ox leather strap with red cross stitching on the lugs
  • Price/availability: €1,290 (£1,140), limited to 150 pieces

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Michael Sonsino

As Digital Editor for Oracle Time, Michael needs an eye for detail, which makes it a good thing that his twin joys in life are miniatures and watches. He's a lifelong fan of fine timepieces, especially those of a more historic nature - if it has a twist of Art Deco, all the better. Recent purchase: Seiko Prospex 1959 Alpinist Modern Re-Interpretation. Grail watch: Vacheron Constantin Historiques American 1921.