Invicta purchases Glycine -updated - yes it is true

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Re: Invicta purchases Glycine -updated - yes it is true

Post by Falstaff » September 2nd 2016, 9:20am

Seems as though I recall something to the effect that Lalo bought the American rights to the invicter name back in the 80s while Sector (then owners of Seeland/Invicta) retained European rights thus keeping Eelo off the continent. If so, that might account for the fortunate lack of invicters for John Bull.
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Re: Invicta purchases Glycine -updated - yes it is true

Post by TemerityB » September 16th 2016, 2:39pm

An update from Worn & Wound, with "news" on Invicta's eventual dismantling of Glycine:

UNDER INVICTA, GLYCINE PROMISES TO FOCUS ON AIRMAN AND COMBAT LINES
WORDS BY ILYA RYVIN

Last month, news broke that Glycine was acquired by Invicta Watch Group, which, as the name suggests, operates the Invicta brand alongside the lesser known TechnoMarine and S. Coifman brands. We’ve heard for quite some time now that Glycine had been struggling, and acquisitions are certainly no stranger to the watch world. But Invicta’s role in this bit of industry news came as a surprise. Ask any watch lover their candid thoughts on this buyout and the response likely wouldn’t surprise. Invicta’s often gaudy, uninspired pieces—not to mention its misleading pricing strategy—has left the brand with a pretty poor image among enthusiasts. For a brand as storied as Glycine to be scooped up by a firm with a less than stellar track record and portfolio was unexpected. Needless to say, this news was met with nearly universal disdain, with collectors fearing that Invicta would influence the core of the brand.

In an interview regarding the acquisition, Glycine’s CEO Stephen Lack addressed some of these concerns. In sum, Glycine and Invicta will remain two separate entities, with the former still very much focused on making watches the way they’ve been doing, though with a much greater focus on the Airman and Combat collections. “There are absolutely no intentions to have a mixture of the two brands. Glycine will stay Glycine,” says Mr. Lack.

Invicta Watch Group’s role will be primarily to push distribution and marketing heavily in the States and South America. It remains to be seen if that stays true, but something tells me Invicta Watch Group—clearly looking to expand its portfolio and pursue different market segments—won’t interfere with Glycine too much. (Read the full interview here.)

It’s interesting, though somewhat unsurprising, to read that Glycine will focus on the Airman and Combat lines. The former is the brand’s heritage series based on a collection of purposeful pilot watches dating back to 1953, so it makes complete sense that Glycine wouldn’t abandon these iconic pieces. The latter consists of a series of field and dive watches like the Combat 7—a riff on US-issued military watches from the ‘40s; and the Combat Sub—a collection of Submariner-inspired (though I wouldn’t categorize them as “homage” watches) divers that have done well for the brand.

Last year, Glycine made waves with an especially impressive showing, unveiling three great Airman models—one a faithful recreation, and two stunning variations on the original historical model. To see Glycine expand on that line, and really push it through Invicta Watch Group’s extensive network, would certainly be welcome.

A few months ago, Glycine also released the Combat Sub Aquarius, a watch that, despite a few reservations, really impressed us. Pulling on the DNA of the Combat Sub line, the Aquarius is a modern take with a highly functional aesthetic. The dial is relatively austere—white markers against a black base with a hint of color above six—and it pairs well with the equally subdued sword handset. Surrounding the dial is a prominent ceramic bezel featuring a knurled grip and raised markings, and it’s absolutely striking. The case is rated to 500m and features a HEV at eight—both features being a tad gimmicky, but they are there.

The aforementioned reservation? The watch measures 46mm, so it’s big, and markedly bigger than anything I would ever wear, but there are people out there who can certainly handle that size. That said, I would love to see this line grow with more accessible dimensions, because sizing issues aside the Aquarius appears to be an excellent dive watch, and a relatively unique proposition in a saturated category. And at $1,420, it’s competitively priced within the market.


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Post by biglove » September 16th 2016, 4:05pm

foghorn wrote:FWIW

My local watch guy is a Glycine dealer.

Glycines are on sale at 50% off. I haven't been there to talk to him , just saw it on his site. I'll probably drop in next week for the low down.


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Post by biglove » September 16th 2016, 7:09pm

foghorn wrote:Not many left and all on straps.



http://thewatchmaker.com/shop/category/glycine/



Thanks. Dang; but, I wish that blue and gold diver was on bracelet.
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Post by biglove » September 16th 2016, 8:40pm

artman wrote:The blue and gold is down to $600 here.


On bracelet?!
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Post by biglove » December 2nd 2016, 7:03pm

foghorn wrote:Fuck Invicta. But to be fair-Glycine got the ball rolling on this abortion before Invicta was involved.


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Post by Mortuus Fakeuus » December 3rd 2016, 8:32am

This brings back all those nasty memories of watching Rotary's downfall. It also brings to mind Eyalalo's statement about having no plans to change the Glycene brand; apparently this was true, even if only accidentally, since the brand had already descended into mediocrity, both with the above-posted new release, and the already-existing quality issues they've been experiencing.
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Re: Invicta purchases Glycine -updated - yes it is true

Post by TemerityB » December 3rd 2016, 8:58am

Stating the obvious: Has anything Invicta ever done improved with the passage of time? The entire brand is about cutting corners - they even eventually used a cheaper auto movement in the 8926, their most popular watch.

Enjoy the Glycine models you have or those you can pick up from other owners. If you think that new watch is ugly ... you ain't seen nothin' yet.
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Post by abduksion » December 3rd 2016, 7:20pm

TemerityB wrote:Stating the obvious: Has anything Invicta ever done improved with the passage of time? The entire brand is about cutting corners - they even eventually used a cheaper auto movement in the 8926, their most popular watch.

Enjoy the Glycine models you have or those you can pick up from other owners. If you think that new watch is ugly ... you ain't seen nothin' yet.

What movement is in the 8926 I thought it was the nh series
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Post by koimaster » August 10th 2017, 8:34am

http://www.4-traders.com/DKSH-HOLDING-A ... -22885289/

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Re: Invicta purchases Glycine -updated - yes it is true

Post by TemerityB » August 10th 2017, 10:04am

koimaster wrote:http://www.4-traders.com/DKSH-HOLDING-AG-10203219/news/DKSH-sells-the-Glycine-watch-company-to-the-Invicta-Watch-Group-22885289/

Just a reminder that the most feared brand in the world has ruined another brand.


And has rendered it utterly meaningless to collectors. Just like with Technomarine, the gray market is flooded with old Glycine models, and nobody anywhere seems to trust or care about the new ones. Nice job once again, LaDingo.
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Post by PiningforElgin » August 10th 2017, 11:11am

abduksion wrote:What movement is in the 8926 I thought it was the nh series


It is (NH35 i think). But it used to be Miyota. Can't judge which one is better. I have a Spinnaker NH35 but never had a Citizen movement watch

After learning some things on this forum I now think Invicta is pretty awful (never owned one). It's a learning process, ya know. Jeez some impatient people thought I was a troll. Are we not allowed to make mistakes?

I've yet to see any Technomarine watch that impressed me a slight bit. Maybe Invicta did ruin it badly
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Post by biglove » August 10th 2017, 3:31pm

PiningforElgin wrote:
abduksion wrote:What movement is in the 8926 I thought it was the nh series


It is (NH35 i think). But it used to be Miyota. Can't judge which one is better. I have a Spinnaker NH35 but never had a Citizen movement watch

After learning some things on this forum I now think Invicta is pretty awful (never owned one). It's a learning process, ya know. Jeez some impatient people thought I was a troll. Are we not allowed to make mistakes?

I've yet to see any Technomarine watch that impressed me a slight bit. Maybe Invicta did ruin it badly



The Miyota 9015 is one helluva' fine movement. Will take it over and NH movement any day.
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