Why We Love it
Why We Love it–
For many years, Glycine was a name well under the radar, a sterling company on which few enthusiasts and collectors set their sites.
But in recent years, Glycine has returned to its roots, re-producing the classic and groundbreaking design that they were once known for almost exclusively.
The Glycine Airman was developed in the mid-1950s and is reported to be the first watch to incorporate a 24-hour dial and second time zone capabilities into the same wristwatch. The design, coming straight from the parameters of surveyed pilots, was unlike any watch that had been previously produced. With its relatively small steel case with gently sloping lugs, the Airman was designed first and foremost to be a low-profile timepiece, keeping well out of the way of straps, instruments and gear. The matte 24-hour dial, complete with luminous hour markers, was infinitely observable in any light condition, and paired with the broad arrow luminous hands made for a dial that could be read at a glance.
But most remarkable was Glycine’s inclusion of a steel otating 24-hour bezel with patented locking crown that, when loosened, allowed the bezel to be adjusted to a second time zone and subsequently locked, eliminating the chance of it moving while on the wrist.
This innovation, in concert with its high legibility and 24-hour dial, made the Airman an instant favorite among military pilots. Stories abound about jet and helicopter pilots in the Korean and Vietnam wars gravitating to the Airman as their wristwatch of choice over more the rudimentary military-issued Benrus and Hamilton G.I. (MIL-SPEC) watches.
This particular piece was purchased from the original owner – a pilot – and comes in entirely original condition, including the original wooden display box.
While Glycine has reaped contemporary success with their modern expressions of the watch, and even added several complications, the original Airman will always stand as a benchmark for the company’s innovative spirit and no-nonsense design language.
Analog:Shift stands behind the authenticity of our products in perpetuity.
Since our pieces are vintage or pre-owned, please expect wear & patina from usage and age. Please read each item description and examine all product images.
We back each Analog:Shift vintage timepiece with a one-year mechanical warranty from the date of purchase.
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Shipping & Returns
Shipping & Returns+
All of our watches include complementary insured shipping within the 50 states.
Most of our products are on hand and will ship directly from our headquarters in New York City. In some cases, watches will be shipped directly from one of our authorized partners.
We generally ship our products via FedEx, fully insured, within 5 business days of purchase. An adult signature is required for receipt of all packages for insurance purposes. Expedited shipping is available at an additional cost. We are also happy to hand deliver your purchase in Manhattan or you may pick it up at our showroom.
Returns must be sent overnight or by priority international delivery, fully insured and paid for by the customer. A restocking fee may apply. Watches must be returned in the same condition as initially shipped.
We welcome international buyers, please contact us prior to purchase for additional details on shipping and payment options.