I was looking for a smaller vintage inspired chronograph, Panda dial if possible. Almost got the Baltic Limited Edition but it was not worth the 650 euros, plus already have the Seagull 1963 with the same movement and a lot of history.
I had eyed the Dan Henry 1970, 40mm super compressor style diver, but didn't go through due to the 22mm lug width that in my opinion made the watch bulky.
After going through this watchuseek thread and seeing the excitement Dan Henry fans were showing for the watch I jumped to order on the day of release, with The Urban Gentry and Worn and Wound reviews to back the decision.
Apparently the first 350 of each the Panda and "Evil" Panda with no date were sold out and should be back in stock by November. This means Dan Henry must have sold, considering the other dial styles, 1000 watches in a few weeks. This is impressive and speaks for the brand reputation.
The watch looks great and above its price. It’s lighter than it seems from the pictures but has enough wrist presence. The case is well finished, brushed and polished, and you can see the lugs down angle from most perspectives, as most I was worried about the straight lugs. I wouldn’t mind that the lugs merged with the case side, but agree it would look too much like the Heuer, maybe slightly narrow from case to tip, but must say this looks great and has a vintage appeal, less sporty. I think the lugs looks straighter with the BoR bracelet than the leather.
The dial is well made. The sunburst is brilliant and the sunken sub-dials are balanced in size and position. The AR has a purblueish tone but nothing too noticeable. The dial reflects a light silver, almost but not white. The glass has a slight fogginess I don't like.
I must say I like the leather strap. It’s thin, yes, but smooth and flexible. I’ve seen worst straps with watches ten times the price. Don’t know how it will wear with time. The downside of thinness is that it wears tighter, mine would be right between holes, but this doesn’t speak to quality. Did not try the bracelet but looks sturdy and well made.
The VK63 meca-quartz movement performs well, with swiping chronograph seconds hand.
It’s great value for a vintage looking 38mm chronograph, not to mention the panda versions.