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Since its founding by Eugène Meylan in 1914, Glycine has been producing watches at its factory in Bienne, Switzerland.
|Glycine Airman SST12 Halo Orange Ref. GL0075|
Meylan was an uncompromising watch engineer who strove for perfection and nothing less. He had a profound understanding of both the market demands and the possibilities offered by the technological advances of the time. Today, offering excellent value at reasonable prices is an essential part of Glycine's philosophy. The company's strong foundation, coupled with its emphasis on rugged and reliable products, make Glycine a respected name in Swiss watchmaking today.
Since the early 60s, Glycine has served the market with this line of sturdy and captivating watches, made for severe conditions of wear and use. The precise automatic and chronograph movements are housed in a high-grade steel case of rugged construction, offering excellent value for money.
Whenever the subject of aviation comes up, the name of Glycine mentioned as one of the pioneers of watchmaking for pilots and frequent travelers. Beginning in 1953, Glycine started production of the Airman, a watch that became legendary for introducing multiple time-zone watches to the market. Since then, Glycine has developed an unbroken chain of aviation watches, ranging from successively more complex world timers to unique collector's items. Examples in their archive are like during the Gemini 5 and Apollo 12 flights in 1965 and 1969. Both these missions, astronaut Charles “Pete” Conrad wears a Glycine Airman on his wrist throughout.
The Airman Orange Halo Ref. GL0075 made from 316L stainless steel. It’s tonneau case style measures at 43mm and 11.6mm thin for unsurpassed comfort on all wrist sizes. Though typical 60s tonneau case design usually has more prominent wrist presence, the short lugs to lugs length of 46.5mm help the watch to wrap around the wrist like a pair of gloves, super wearable. Glycine’s airman collection are all based historically from their 1950s tool watches, just like the Airman Orange Halo Ref. GL0075. Based on their 1960s Tonneau model- the Airman SST.
|Unique Curved Lugs for a Comfortable Fit|
Entirely hand finished and Made in Switzerland, further being true to its predecessor, the watch is satin brushed on the top, and high polished on the sides (including the beveled sides) to a very high standard, again synonymous with Glycine. The transitions between the brushed and polished parts are very well defined. The bezel is the only main difference where the current Ref. GL0075 features a bezel with grooves that enhances the tool watch feel.
What are good looks without performance? The 60s DNA is carried over by having the compressor-style crowns, where the 3 o’clock large screw-down crown while allowing more comfortable grip, screws in and out without any sense of roughness in the screw threads contributed mostly by the larger than usual screw tube.
The second crown at 1 o’clock is designed and worked like how it does on the original Airman SST, allowing one to handle the bi-directional friction rotating bezel positively for added confidence. This Airman while is aviation themed, still able to feature water resistant to a modest 200m. The Airman comes with a sapphire crystal with three layers of anti-reflective coating on the underside for added clarity under different lighting conditions.
|Signed Screwdown Crown|
The main jizz that highlights its sportiness and retro theme to be the dial. It seems like Glycine has brought everything from the 60s Airman SST without tweaking anything. For an instant, it features the original orange 24-hour inner-bezel that has a nice contrast with its black dial that features yet another static 24 hours. With a double 24 hours markings, this allows one to track up to three different time zones, The hour markers and handsets filled with a right amount of C1 SuperLuminova for superb glow-in-the-dark.
The first Airman watches were sold to the military with the 24-hour dial with A.M. to P.M. This Airman Halo Orange continues these traits by featuring all these on the dial, even to its specific font style.
Used to be powered by vintage movement Felsa Bidyanator automatic movements, the Airman Halo Orange got its upgrade by having a Glycine GL293 movement which is essentially an ETA2893-2/SW330, operating at 28,800 bph (4 Hertz) with hacking and hand winding capabilities. It has 25/26 jewels with a power reserve of 38 hours. The Airman comes with a Glycine signed brown leather strap and on its buckle.
Overall, the Glycine Airman Halo Orange exhibits very great value given the history and built of the watch. The contemporary size with unique tonneau shape makes this watch ultra comfortable while a sense of nostalgia on many wrists. The unique Glycine looks, the ETA2893-2 movement, the 200m stainless steel compressor-style case with sapphire, make this an exceptional bargain and hard to beat. The Airman fits Glycine's philosophy that Mr. Eugène Meylan set out in 1953.