Dan Henry has built a brand around making affordable homages to classic models popular among vintage watch collectors. The new 1962 Racing Chronograph has a pretty descriptive name, but is more specifically closest in feel to the Universal Geneve Compax “Nina Rindt” watch. Dan Henry offers the style and feel of that expensive and sought-after vintage timepiece for a small fraction of the price.

What watch enthusiasts like about Dan Henry watches is that they are made with a collector’s eye to detail and history — and at a stomachable price, they’re not pretending to be anything but homages. The Dan Henry 1962 Racing Chronograph keeps prices down in part by using a VK63 meca-quartz movement, which is battery-powered and quartz-regulated, but with the chronograph function operated mechanically.

At 39mm wide, the Dan Henry watch is a little bigger than most such watches from the 1960s, like the 36mm Universal Geneve. It comes in three dial variations and a range of strap options. Here’s a cool little touch: the customer can simply tick a box for the option of a date window at 4:30 or none at all. Each dial version is limited in production to 1,962 pieces for a price of $260 each.

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