|The Dan Henry 1963 Chronograph makes a wonderful present for those interested in the "look" of vintage watches|
|Christmas in our household...|
Dan Henry, the man, is a highly esteemed watch collector who has a jealousy-inducing collection for the ages. If you don't believe me, then check out his ever-expanding online watch museum at www.timeline.watch. Are some people lucky or what? It could be argued that a collector like Dan Henry made his own luck since skill and dedication was a prerequisite to amassing a world-class watch collection like his.
|Pack a lunch if you visit www.timeline.watch by Dan Henry. You will want to spend some time there.|
|The kind of detail you can find on www.timeline.watch by Dan Henry|
|Dan Henry Collection of retro-inspired watches. Photo: www.danhenry.com|
Retro Styled Watches Made in the Modern AgeFor a while now, the watch world has been buzzing about retro-style timepieces. By 2017 many major watch brands had released homages to their own vintage designs. Blue chip watch manufacturers with celebrated heritages even re-issued 1-to-1 replicas or modernized versions of their most famous models to much fanfare. These companies included Omega, Oris, Longines and Tag Heuer to name a few.
|2017 Omega watch re-issues look like the 1957 originals. Photo: www.OmegaWatches.com|
- Personality - the designs of yesteryear can be surprisingly daring, iconic or quirky
- Wearability - Smaller sizes than today's big watches feel great on the wrist
- Reliability - The look of a rare watch, but with modern technology and a warranty
- Exclusivity - Wearing an analog watch in a world where most people just use a phone to tell time can make you feel like a rebel!
|The excellent Dan Henry website is a pleasure. Photo: www.DanHenry.com|
While the Dan Henry 1963 Chronograph is not a direct copy of any particular watch, many watch nerds might guess at its possible inspiration. That would be none other than the amazing first-generation Heuer Autavia that sold at auction for a staggering $125,000. Is it a direct copy? No, but comparing the models below might convince you of the similarities.
|Both models of the Dan Henry 1963 Chronograph compared to a first gen. Heuer Autavia.|
The Dan Henry 1963 Chronograph Watch ReviewI should first state what many reviewers have already said about this watch, which is that you'll be getting a great value for your money. Dan Henry did not cut many corners and I am not sure how the company produced the watches and made money on them. Asian production might be the short answer (unconfirmed), but that should not be a slur. Leveraging world-class production facilities can result in an amazing product. As consumers, we should be happy about this, especially for a watch at this price point.
|The 1963 Chrono's vintage style without the headaches, cost or maintenance or a real antique watch.|
|The Miyota 6S20 mecha-quartz moment has a date wheel, but the Dan Henry 1963 Chronograph does not use it|
|The excellent presentation and attention to detail hide the fact that this watch cost only $230 shipped.|
|The crown has no crown guards and the and is signed with the Dan Henry logo.|
Close inspection of the rest of the dial reveals that the 12 and other stick indices that are actually cutouts in the 2-layer dial qualifying this as a sandwich dial. Most companies would have probably just printed those features on the dial (to save money) so you have to applaud Dan Henry for going the extra mile. White is used for printing the logo and hatch marks for the chronograph, theoretically giving the chronograph 1/5th of a second accuracy. There is no date on the dial, which is definitely retro. This keeps the layout clean.
|The satin black bezel has 12 distinct positions and is used for tracking a 2nd GMT time zone|
|The dome crystal as an interesting reflective quality showing the environment the watch is in... like a fisheye lens.|
|The high domed crystal makes for a funhouse view of the dial, especially when seen from extreme side angles.|
|Dan Henry 1963 Chronograph on the included black NATO strap.|
|Each Dan Henry 1963 Chronograph comes with 2 straps.|
|No tools needed for strap changes.|
|The back of the Dan Henry 1963 Chronograph has the infamous SR71 Blackbird spy plane!|
|A reusable watch roll stores your watch and accessories. The watch roll came in the plastic tube.|
The truth is, that I could not get beyond that bezel. This is a case of me having a different expectation than what the designer had intended. The bezel is perfectly logical in the context of this watch, in fact, it makes a lot of sense. I was just used to bezels that solidly click and make a lot of racket as they ratchet (say that quickly 10 times in a row!) I will admit that I misunderstood it, but now I get it. Duh!
|GMT bi-directional bezel on has 12 detents and low friction. This is not a noisy bezel like you may be used to.|
|I bought the Victorinox Swiss Army Dive Master 500 Chronograph instead. Photo: Stephen McGee|
|Victorinox Swiss Army Dive Master 500 Chronograph with the Dan Henry 1963 Chronograph.|