Dan Henry 1962 Racing

Get All the Style of a Classic Vintage Chronograph for Just $260

July 12, 2019 Watches By
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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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Zen Love is Gear Patrol’s watch writer. He avoids the snooty side of the watch world, and seeks out food in NYC that resembles what he loved while living in Asia for over a decade.

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