My Dan Henry 1962 has a very specific job to do, one which he does very well, and it's preventing me from making stupid mistakes.
The kind of mistakes that ends up with you paying too much for a disposable plastic wonder that doesn't even look like the original.
Lucky for me, Dan Henry inoculated the 1962 with a good enough dose of UG and Omega vintage to help me fend off the plastic plague.
As an affordable quasi vintage chrono, it's quite brilliant. You get the twisting lugs, case dimensions, pushers and style of a vintage chrono without having to worry about vintage issues - such as not working at all for example.
However, once you decide to use it as an everyday watch or a working chrono the 1962 stops from being brilliant and gets downright annoying.
The same panda dial and handset that were inspired by Universal Genève are also inspiring you to wear a more legible watch, because you are not going to be able to tell the time when the hands are above the black registers, which is where they are positioned for most of the day.
Since it use a VK movement from Seiko, it also suffer from their 24Hr indicator fetish, which basically takes away a feature potentially useful to 100% of chronographs users and replace it with one which is useless to 99.999% of the population. Seiko could have used this register to have a 15 minutes counter or a dual time zone, but instead they wisely decided to display there the same information you can get by sticking your head out of a window and looking at the sky. For all practical purposes it could just as well be a blank circle painted black.
But today I'm going to let it do its primary job and I'll just use my phone to tell me the time. There, problem solved.
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