The Hanhart 417 ES Moby Dick has returned. The watch draws inspiration from the original Hanhart 417 ES that was released in 1954
The German watch industry is mainly concentrated in the eastern part of Germany, in a town called Glashütte (sometimes written as Glashuette). The label ‘German made’ does not have the same strict rules as the ‘Swiss made’ label. However it can be a good indication for the quality of a watch.
When Germany was divided into two parts after World War II, the watch companies in Glashütte were expropriated by the East Germany’s communist government. They merged the companies into a state-owned kombinat, continuing to manufacture mechanical watches and marine chronometers. Later, in the 1980s, they only produced cheap quartz watches. After the fall of the German Wall the industry, with about 2,500 workers, dropped. During the years of unification with West Germany it slowly developed into a new and healthy industry producing about 32,000 high-end watches a year (2016).
German watchmakers who are based in the western part of Germany never faced a communist government and related ‘challenges’. Some of them even bear the Swiss made label, like Montblanc, as they produce their watches in Switzerland.
The most well-known German brands are A. Lange & Söhne, Moritz Grossmann, Glashütte Original and Nomos Glashütte.
German made watches
The German brand Stowa adds a new model to their Partitio line, the Stowa Partitio Green Limited. As it is green and it is a limited edition
The Nomos Orion Neomatik New Black and 39 New Black join the Orion collection as a part of three new versions that are released
The Nomos Orion Neomatik 41 Date New Black is the third timepiece among three New Blacks revealed by the German brand
The new Stowa Tempora Big Eye is the revival of the 1960s Tempora chronograph, originally launched in 1968
The Glashütte Original Senator Chronometer Silver-Blue is the latest member of the Senator Chronometer family
The Stowa Marine Bronze Vintage 40 Black is the newest creation of the Marine Family by the renewed German brand
The new versions of the Glashütte Original Seventies Chronograph Panorama Date are an addition to the Vintage line of the German brand
The A. Lange & Söhne Zeitwork Minute Repeater Honey Gold is the latest Zeitwork model by the German brand, now with a new case material
This new Nomos Glashuette Club 2023 is an updated and newly released version of their basic Club model from the German brand