Nov 3, 2017

Today, the Dan Henry 1963. I originally went to his website looking at the 1939 (which I'll probably cave into next), but came across this model that scratched a lot of itches for me - chrono, black w/ white subdials, sandwich dial with vintage lume. The icing on the cake, and reason I picked it up over the 1939, was the SR-71 Blackbird on the back. One of my prized possessions as a kid was a SR-71 model that I put together with my dad, painstakingly hand painting every piece. Couldn't resist. Most of you have probably perused the Dan Henry website, but if not, you should check out his collection (and the cool retro watches he's designed based on that collection).
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Handsome!

As a kid I put together a SR-71 kit too. It was one of my more successful projects, aided by the fact that virtually the only paint that had to go on it was matte black.
Don't know sh&%#@T about airthingys, but man, that watch is the "bees knees" ! :)
Man that is sweet!
Love your watch story and the watch. I was also a big blackbird fan growing up 👍
To really push that watch over the top would have to have used titanium instead of stainless for the case, the blackbird was mostly made of titanium.
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Funny you mention that - I distincly remember the most difficult part of that SR-71 model (keep in mind this was a pretty rural area around 1980) was figuring out what color to paint the "titanium" parts. It had a very space-age sound to it, but neither one of us knew exactly what it should look like, and the internet was a long ways off! Testors didn't have a "titanium" color that we could find at the time. We settled on a darkened silver with the slightest hint of red added.
This is one of the coolest watches I've seen posted here on MD. I had actually never heard of Dan Henry before, either, so the added bonus of perusing the site over coffee just made my morning.

Thanks for sharing!
My dad worked on the SR-71, or actually the YF-12, its more shadowy doppelganger. He worked on the radar system. I remember the day that the existence of the plane was declassified and dad brought me home a bunch of YF-12 swag, including a really cool tie-tack. I don't remember a watch being among the swag, unfortunately. But I've always wondered who makes swag for top secret projects? Are there promotional novelty companies with security clearance for all their employees?

Edit: Thinking about it now, these guys were engineers, they made stuff, and I'm sure they had prototyping facilities. Management probably let them make tie-tacks to keep morale up as long as they did the other stuff they were supposed to do.
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