Amigo (1962)

Founded in 1882 by Johann A. Hanhart, Hanhart is a Swiss-German watch company, specialized in chronographs and stopwatches. In 1924, Hanhart developed wolrd’s first reasonably priced mechanical stopwatch, followed by the market launch of a complicated split-second stopwatch in 1935.

In 1938 Hanhart started a new epoch in the history of the company, introducing the single-button Caliber 40 chronograph model. This would become the company’s main product and still is a coveted collectors’ piece and connoisseur’s item. The legendary Caliber 41 and TachyTele pilot’s chronographs followed in 1939 – with a red painted button to prevent unintentional resetting. When their manufacture ceased in 1962, Hanhart focussed on stopwatches again. In 1962, Hanhart took the market by surprise with a new stopwatch, the iconic Amigo. Today, Hanhart is the market leader and Europe’s largest producer of mechanical stopwatches.

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