Snatching defeat from the jaws of victory with the Dan Henry 1962

I really want to like my Dan Henry 1962 racing chronograph. It has many features and design elements that I like and its 60’s vibe is something that appeals to my taste. Its’ modest 39mm diameter and relative thinness makes it very wearable on my wrist. The 3 registers on the panda dial and the twisting lugs are contributing to an elegant design. The meca-quartz movement is also making a lot of sense. I even like the engraved Maserati, although Wikipedia claim that this particular model never raced during the 1962 season.

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So logically it should be one of my most worn watches, except that it isn’t and this is why:

 The same VK63 meca-quartz movement that makes the DH 1962 affordable also saddled it with a useless 24hr. indicator that makes no sense at all. Its usefulness is dubious on any watch and on the DH 1962 it’s used as a space filler, which could be fulfilled just as well by painting a blank circle on the dial and calling it a day. This is compounded by the style of the hands that blends too easily with the indicators. 

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Every time I put in on my wrist it reminds me how great it could have been if only Seiko didn’t have an unhealthy fetish for useless complications and decided instead to gift it with a something somewhat related to being a chrono and that perhaps homaging Universal Geneve handset was stylishly correct but a terrible decision for the legibility of the dial. 

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painting a blank circle on the dial and calling it a day

Brilliant! I LOLed reading that description of a 24-hour indicator.

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The 24 hour dial could be used for timing a 24 hr race such as Le Mans. And I’d crack that baby open and paint those little hands red or blue.  Victory snatched from the jaws of defeat!

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thekris

The 24 hour dial could be used for timing a 24 hr race such as Le Mans. And I’d crack that baby open and paint those little hands red or blue.  Victory snatched from the jaws of defeat!

Speaking of which, I need to find a watchmaker willing to paint the GMT hand of my Airman No. 1 to a red color matching the date fonts .