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  • Airman 42 Black Purist Ref. GL0140
  • Airman 42 Black Purist Ref. GL0140
  • Airman 42 Black Purist Ref. GL0140
  • Airman 42 Black Purist Ref. GL0140
  • Airman 42 Black Purist Ref. GL0140
  • Airman 42 Black Purist Ref. GL0140
  • Airman 42 Black Purist Ref. GL0140
  • Airman 42 Black Purist Ref. GL0140
  • Airman 42 Black Purist Ref. GL0140
  • Airman 42 Black Purist Ref. GL0140
  • Airman 42 Black Purist Ref. GL0140
  • Airman 42 Black Purist Ref. GL0140
  • Airman 42 Black Purist Ref. GL0140
  • Airman 42 Black Purist Ref. GL0140
  • Airman 42 Black Purist Ref. GL0140
  • Airman 42 Black Purist Ref. GL0140
  • Airman 42 Black Purist Ref. GL0140
  • Airman 42 Black Purist Ref. GL0140
  • Airman 42 Black Purist Ref. GL0140
  • Airman 42 Black Purist Ref. GL0140
  • Airman 42 Black Purist Ref. GL0140
  • Airman 42 Black Purist Ref. GL0140
  • Airman 42 Black Purist Ref. GL0140
  • Airman 42 Black Purist Ref. GL0140
  • Airman 42 Black Purist Ref. GL0140
  • Airman 42 Black Purist Ref. GL0140
  • Airman 42 Black Purist Ref. GL0140
  • Airman 42 Black Purist Ref. GL0140
  • Airman 42 Black Purist Ref. GL0140
  • Airman 42 Black Purist Ref. GL0140
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Airman 42 Black Purist Ref. GL0140

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Travelling the world is indeed a breathtaking experience, exploring places out of our comfort zones and embracing new surroundings. We simply love it, don’t we? Well, so did Samuel W. Glur. One of the biggest aspects of flying from one country to another is the time differences affected by various time zones. This is exactly what sparked Samuel Glur, a sales representative for the Swiss watch manufacturer Glycine, to set about creating the world’s first ever 24-hour dual time timepiece after an engrossing in-flight conversation with the captain, expressing the details of what a perfect pilot’s watch should be like. 



Glycine Airman 42 Black Purist Ref. GL0140

This watch was none other than the legendary Glycine Airman, introduced in 1953 featuring a 24-hour dial and a 24-hour rotating bezel for the tracking of an additional time zone, a spectacular piece that later became incredibly well-regarded by both military and commercial pilots. The success of the Airman was a result of the perfectionist mindset of Eugène Meylan, Glycine’s founder, an accomplished watch engineer who never stopped striving for greatness since the founding of Glycine in 1914. This was a key trait that lived on in the company even till this day, bringing exceptional Swiss timepieces illustrious for its incredible value. 


Preserving all the best attributes of the original Airman, the Glycine Airman 42 Black Purist Ref. GL0140 is a modern interpretation of the 1953 model. The classic aviator-style case is constructed out of corrosion-resistant 316L stainless steel, measuring with a diameter of 42mm, a lug to lug distance of 49mm and a thickness of approximately 12mm. Although significantly larger than the first Airman, the GL0140 comes in a contemporary size which exhibits a strong and masculine wrist presence of a modern day tool watch while retaining a comfortable fit on the wrist as a result of its pleasantly curved lugs.



Based on the original 1953 Airman

With over a hundred years of watchmaking experience, Glycine definitely knows a thing or two about producing fine watch cases. This robust case is completely crafted and hand-finished in Switzerland to a high standard the Swiss is renowned for, displaying a satin brushed finish at the top of the lugs and a highly polished on the side of the case, divided cleanly with a well-defined polished chamfered edge. The Airman comes supplied with a 22mm black calfskin leather strap, pairing well with its black dial.

Staying faithful to the original design of the Airman, the Airman 42 Black Purist Ref. GL0140 houses an engraved steel 24-hour bidirectional rotating bezel for the tracking of a second time zone, a vastly practical feature certainly favored by frequent flyers. Functionality seems to be deeply rooted into the design of this iconic piece, featuring a neat feature hailing from back in the ‘50s - its ingenious locking mechanism. The thumbscrew crown situated at the 4 o’clock position sets the bezel in place, effectively preventing any accidental movements on the bezel. A simple but extremely handy piece of technology, even by today’s standards. 



Unique matt black dial

When Glycine first debuted their first ever Airman, it showcased a distinctive 24-hour dial that cooperatively functioned with the 24-hour bezel to effectively track a second time zone without the need of an additional GMT hand. This format was dubbed the “Purist”, a pure 24-hour timepiece that presents an hour hand that sweeps the dial only once per day. Being a true representation of the heritage Airman, the military black dial of the Airman 42 Black Purist Ref. GL0140 employs the same “Purist” layout with a broad syringe-style handset and round indexes that are treated with Swiss C1 Super-LumiNova for excellent night-time visibility. The dial is protected with a double domed scratch-resistant sapphire crystal with 3 layers of anti-reflective treatment on the underside for extra clarity. 



Replacing the vintage Felsa Bidyanator automatic movements, the Airman 42 Black Purist Ref. GL0140 is driven by Glycine’s Cal. GL293 Swiss automatic movement. Based on the ever-reliable ETA 2893-2/Sellita SW330 movement modified to a 24-hour format, this 25/26 jewel movement is renowned for its reliability as a ‘workhorse’ movement with a 4Hz beat rate of 28,800 BPH and a power reserve of 38 hours. The movement with Glycine’s custom decorated rotor is visible at the back of the watch through its screw-down mineral crystal display case back which provides protection against accidental water splashes with 100m (330 ft) of water resistance.


C1 SuperLuminova

The Glycine Airman will always be an eminent name in the world of aviation timepieces as the first ever 24-hour dual time watch. Embodying such a prestigious heritage, the Airman 42 Black Purist Ref. GL0140 is a faithful representation of the original Airman in a modern form factor that offers exceptional value for the price, especially for a Swiss-made offering that packs an impressive mix of solid specifications.

Specifications

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Maker
Glycine
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Movement
GL293 Swiss automatic movement
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Dial
Black
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Luminous
C1 SuperLuminova
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Case
Stainless steel
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Crown type
3 o'clock for time/date adjustment, and 4 o'clock for bezel system
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Lug width
22mm
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Crystal material
Domed sapphire crystal with 3 layers of antireflective coating on the underside
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Strap
Black calf leather strap
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Water resistance
100m
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Dimensions
42mm in diameter. 12.2mm thick. 49mm lug to lug.