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With the landscape of watches getting crowded with the ever-growing competition, many strong players dominate the market to overshadow brands like Glycine. Nevertheless, Glycine continues to produce a wide array of compelling watches that hold their own. Established back in 1914, Glycine was founded by Eugène Meylan in Bienne, Switzerland, a place where countless prestigious watchmakers call home. Meylan was an accomplished watch engineer who strove for perfection and nothing less. Through his strong will and determination, he brought Glycine to greater heights with the successful production of extremely precise and fine miniature movements that were encased in precious gold and platinum cases.
|Glycine Combat SUB 42 2-Tone Vintage Blue - Rubber Ref. GL0418
Famously known for their historic Airman models from the 1960s, Glycine has put their watchmaking expertise to create new categories of robust tool watches apart from aviation timepieces. In the late 1990s, Glycine introduced the Combat SUB collection, a series of solid dive watches that have since grown to be well respected by watch lovers for its value proposition and outstanding build quality. Along the years, Glycine added a whole array of designs and colour variations to the Combat SUB line up from classic designs to fancy-looking ones, we’re definitely spoilt for choice here.
With vintage-inspired watches being in the spotlight in the watch industry the past couple of years, Glycine released the Glycine Combat SUB 42 2-Tone Vintage Blue Ref. GL0418, incorporating compelling retrograde elements in a modern package. As the name suggests, the watch bears a stainless steel 42mm case that works just right as an everyday diver. The impressive slimness of 10.6mm coupled with the pleasing curved-down lugs allows for excellent wearability on the wrist.
Entirely hand-finished in Switzerland, finishes on the case are executed to a high level of precision with satin brushing on the top of the lugs, as well as the side of the case. Despite the slim case profile, the watch features a capable water resistance of 200m as a result of its screw-down crown and screw-in solid case back - perfect for taking a dip in the pool. The 22mm supplied blue rubber strap evokes a sporty appeal while complimenting the beautiful blue dial.
The Combat SUB 42 2-Tone Vintage Blue Ref. GL0418 houses a yellow gold PVD coated unidirectional rotating bezel with a deep blue aluminium insert and a prominent red triangle at the 12 o’clock position. The subtle red accents on the watch adds a striking dash of colour and contrast, matching perfectly with the blue theme of the piece.
|Signed Yellow Gold PVD Screwdown Crown|
All things considered, the Combat SUB 42 2-Tone Vintage Blue Ref. GL0418 delivers incredible value for a Swiss made automatic diver with solid specifications. The sweet 42mm case, together with the versatile design makes for a perfect everyday diver, looking stunning on the wrist for many occasions. With a right blend of vintage and contemporary elements, this would be a piece that will continue to look timeless for many years to come.