In Conversation with Dan Henry on Collecting, and Creating His Own Watch Brand

Some stories are more entrancing than others. With most microbrands that are (effectively or not) dispatching, there’s all the time a similar pitch; toward the start, an enthusiasm for watches and later the wish to make something that couldn’t be found available. We’ve heard that multiple occasions, genuine story or not. Be that as it may, with Dan Henry , things are more veritable, more substantial. On the off chance that you keep thinking about whether Dan has an energy for watches, the appropriate response is a major YES. Also, that can unmistakably be felt in the watches that this enthusiastic gatherer (of probably the best vintage watches) produces under the brand Dan Henry Watches. Furthermore, today, we talk with the man to get why and how things began – and how it continued.

Erik Slaven, MONOCHROME – You’re a devoted authority and lover, beginning an Instagram record and afterward a site ( ) committed to your collections. What started this interest in watches and horology? Was it the Roskopf pocket watch you gotten on your 10th birthday celebration? What occurred from there?

Dan Henry – Well, I was brought into the world a gatherer. As a little youngster in Brazil, I was intrigued by machines that work without an outside force source. In the first place, it was kites and lightweight flyers, and later boats as they all run without a motor. What truly snared me as a kid was my disclosure that a programmed watch worked without a battery and in principle, could run perpetually, as long as you continue to move. Thus, during the special seasons and for birthday events, all I needed was watches. When I was 15, I had a collection of in excess of 30 watches and still have some of them. I exchanged watches at school when I was possibly 9 or 10 years of age. The Roskopf was my first vintage watch, however I had quartz watches before it.

I turned into an all day watch authority in 1998 when I found eBay and other sale locales. I began exchanging watches to develop and improve my collection. That very year, I gathered email locations of companions and began offering watches in email releases. Apparently, I was the first. I was at first centered around vintage watches yet before long found that advanced style watches from Bulgari, Tag Heuer, Rolex and others were a lot simpler to sell in Brazil. Thus, I began to promote current watches, which was ideal planning as the vast majority of the watches I sold returned to me in return for new watches. This framed quite a bit of my vintage collection. Those were exceptionally active occasions. On great days, I was haggling about six watches to one or the other purchase or sell.

Today, my essential hotspot for watches are old fashioned fairs or just reaching authorities straightforwardly in WhatsApp gatherings. Since I’m centered around being a maker, in any case, I’m purchasing less watches. Some time ago I obtained at least two watches each week. Presently in the event that I discover one every month, I’m happy.

What did your underlying collection look like – What sort of watches did you initially procure and how has it developed as your portfolio developed? Do you focus on the watch’s history, specialized designing, style? Also, do you experience stages where you center around one viewpoint over another?

The first watches I possessed were a quartz Casio Game 10, a Timex Star Wars and a Seiko Giugiaro. I got my first Swiss piece in 1984, a Swatch. At the point when I turned 15, my granddad gave me his gold Universal Polerouter from Gerald Genta with a pleasant tropical dial. I actually have that watch in my collection. I like to say that I gather great watches and extraordinary narratives. I will in general search for three things in a watch: Sheer magnificence, the commitment of its creators and its chronicled significance. Different issues are included also, for example, the ability of the fashioners and advances accessible at the hour of manufacturing.

Today, my need is device watches. On the off chance that I need to pick between a chronograph or a jumper, I generally go for a chronograph. My collection of watches isn’t restricted to wristwatches. I likewise like exactness instruments, for example, marine chronometers and pocket watches, particularly complicated ones.

Over the years, I’ve become more particular in my watch gathering. My need currently is the inventiveness and state of a watch. I just purchase pieces that are in unique, top condition and without revamped parts or harm. Gathering like this made me fully aware of different kinds of vintage pieces, like artistic creations, embroideries, figures, lighters, pens, dishes, gems, blades and logical instruments – a tad bit of everything. This is all now a piece of my life.

Collecting is a learning interaction. You ought to take in something from each buy. In the event that I could do it all once more, I most likely wouldn’t accepting 60% of the watches I currently own, picking different pieces all things being equal. At the point when I’m thinking about a piece now, I ask myself, “Does this watch add to my collection?” My reaction is for the most part no, so I don’t get it. I additionally don’t purchase current watches today. I do have a few moderately present day Rolexes – Submariner, Explorer and GMT with sapphire glass – just to show the advancement of the models. I once in a while purchase something made after the 1970s now.

When I began gathering, I never would’ve envisioned that I’d have however many watches as I do now. In any case, similar to each authority, the longing to purchase more watches develops and never stops. I never searched for pricey watches as my concentration from the start was discovering ones that were an equilibrium of cost and advantage. The ideal watch ought to be reasonable. This is one reason I chose to make my image. It had essentially become excessively hard for most authorities to purchase cool watches with a vintage plan that cost about equivalent to a pleasant supper. I missed the fun of purchasing watches that didn’t place a gouge in my wallet and gave me equivalent or more noteworthy joy as my uncommon vintage pieces. Wearing a lovely watch that you’re not stressed over thumping a piece has consistently been my fantasy, and today that fantasy is satisfied with my brand.

I am as yet associated with the vintage watch scene. I’m at the antique business sectors on ends of the week, meeting with companions and clients to discuss our gathering. This is the means by which I assemble my connections, sharing information and simply being straightforward. I feel a similar route about my brand.

Your gathering appears to be both individual and an approach to impart your energy to other people. You in a real sense made a reference book of your huge vintage collection. How has this center changed since the beginning?

My thought for was to make an open-source site that filled in as a vintage watch reference book, where gatherers wherever could post photographs and data about their own watches. In the first place, the data set I made to put together my collection was only an Excel accounting page. Afterward, I set an objective to photo each watch, more than 1,500 pieces, which required nearly 12 months. I chose to impart the collection to everybody by posting it on the web, first on Instagram and afterward my website.

Encouraging different authorities to remember their watches for the site is an objective that stays a work in advancement. The other objective was to keep on building a wide organization and interest in my collection that had started with my postings on Instagram. That organization filled in as the center of my client base when I dispatched Dan Henry Watches . At dispatch, I had a mailing rundown of in excess of 5,000 authorities who definitely knew me and what I could offer. That was a mind-blowing start as a watch maker.

Your brand is by all accounts zeroed in on sharing your energy for vintage watches with contemporary, available pieces that reverberation the most amazing aspect your own collection.

Yes, in light of my unceasing chase for the ideal watch, I had a developing abhorrence for what the regular watch industry was doing and planning. Costs had become silly and were being pushed out of sight reach of by far most of gatherers. It’s difficult to accept that a Rolex Daytona that costs USD $12,000 to $20,000 today could be bought during the 1970s for just USD $225.

At a similar time, I had become a watch gatherer radical. I’m exceptionally serious in all that I do and was going through over 12 hours relentless on the web simply searching for watches. I had become excessively fixated on gathering, which topped when I missed out on an extremely uncommon Rolex that I’d been looking for a year. I was crushed to the point that I chose the opportunity had arrived to make something greater out of that anguish. I was unable to see myself making something besides a “vintage” watch brand, so when I chose to design Dan Henry watches, I had no questions about the thing it was going to be.

Did you set out to fabricate an all out brand or basically produce a couple of groups of watches? Was it a cautious methodology, or are you following a similar arrangement set from day one?

I’m actually following the very objectives that drove the arranging of the company in 2015. The watches I make have vintage plans that are propelled by the most striking pieces in my collection. These watches are lovely as well as achievements that changed what a wristwatch can be. They were challenging for their time and left an imprint in watchmaking that is as yet respected today. Simultaneously, it’s a need for my image to edify authorities about the incredible plans and patterns in vintage watches. That objective is working out very well. I know numerous clients who are currently authorities of vintage watches as a result of the interest that began with my brand.

Do you have a similar enthusiasm for planning and delivering watches as you get done for gathering? Do you get that equivalent adrenaline surge from building your own that you get from chasing and discovering vintage pieces – the excitement of the pursuit? Also, how has it been overseeing the two sides of the watch game?

Producing watches has unquestionably changed my viewpoint on gathering. At the point when I was a child, I was exceptionally restless when purchasing a watch. I would stand by at the window consistently for the postal worker and nearly couldn’t rest the prior night conveyance. I’m presently considerably more philosophical. On the off chance that somebody offers me an uncommon piece, I send an offer and stand by quietly. In the event that I don’t get it, I really trust it wasn’t intended to be mine.

My energy for watches has driven the fruitful move from gathering to assembling. Today, seeing the model for another model that I made gives as a very remarkable rush as purchasing an uncommon watch – my last Speedmaster Ultraman, for instance. My image is unadulterated adrenaline for me and the help I get from the watch community makes a big difference for me.

How does a plan start – would they say they are totally founded on specific vintage watches in your collection? What’s more, how is everything sourced – the cases, dials, hands, and so on? Is it true that anything is created in-house, and if not, do you have plans to deliver your own parts later on?

After thoroughly considering the possibility of a watch I need to make, I sit with an AutoCAD master and plan the watch bit by bit on screen. It doesn’t require over three days to make a model, however I at that point audit the plan for quite a long time, step by step calibrating the subtleties. Exclusively after this full plan and-perception measure do I request a model. At some random time, I have a few models in my collection and wear them to perceive what works and what ought to be held in the plan. I request that myself what requirements be improved and what essentially upsets me. I should be 100% certain about a model to dispatch it. Other than plan, everything is rethought. After I complete the plan, all work movements to the group at the producer and they make an interpretation of my plans into accuracy creation plans. The companies we use are completely occupied with each period of the cycle, from making the hands to etching our custom pictures on the rear of each piece.

My watches are really worldwide watches – the plans are from me in Brazil, the dials from Korea, the developments from Japan, the lashes are French calfskin and the cases are machined in China. This is much the same as by far most of “Swiss made” watches. Last gathering is completed in China. I attempt to locate the best harmony among quality and cost, and it’s a day by day challenge to remain in the value range I set for the brand while maintaining the quality and subtleties. All things considered, working with set up makers is significantly more viable than making an in-house creation endeavor. To deliver in-house would mean making my own processing plant, which I could never consider. It would just build my expenses and not add to the quality.

I should say that the atmosphere of creating in-house is a legend. It doesn’t add quality, particularly in the value scope of my watches. Boasting about in-house creation as an indication of value is an advertising ploy. The genuine key to delivering great watches is making solid binds with the best providers in the business, which is my main thing. Accordingly, the degree of finish my watches have is comparable to Swiss watches costing ten fold the amount. Indeed, the lone distinction in our assembling strategies is the developments I pick. I like to utilize all around demonstrated developments from Seiko and Citizen as they’re more solid and substantially less costly than their Swiss-made counterparts.

Are you propelled by different watchmakers? Has a specific brand or individual planted a seed for current or future Dan Henry watches?

I was propelled, if that is even the word for it, by two watch marks that began the web and are today multi-million dollar companies: DW (Daniel Wellington) and MVMT. I think their work is dull and unoriginal. In the wake of seeing that stuff being sold at extreme costs, in any case, I believed that I could improve. What’s more, that view helped drive the beginning up of my company.

There are some microbrands that I really like and have been a wellspring of motivation, like Autodromo – the first microbrand I at any point saw. Bradley Price, who made the Autodromo brand, is extraordinary. At the point when I initially met him, I said thanks to him for the inspiration.

Where do you see the brand moving later on? What might you want to witness in the following 5 years?

We need to continue to develop the brand. I can keep on working as a microbrand with all the points of interest related with that, for example, being inventive, adaptable and brisk moving, and still be a developing company. My drawn out objective is equivalent to the transient objective, to continue developing a developing line of top notch watches enlivened by incredible vintage plans for an expanding client base. Simultaneously, a side advantage is starting to create. My image is becoming collectable. I have clients who have bought my whole collection and at times purchase more than one of each piece. There’s a developing on the web market for my restricted releases that are sold out and now sell for twofold the first retail cost. That is incredible for the brand and extraordinary for our customers.

I have taken in a great deal in the a long time since I began to design my image and I expect the following five years will be comparably informational. My watches are continually improving and as I continue to learn en route, the brand will become very hearty. What’s more, the watches I’m selling currently will have become part of a delightful history.

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