Historic Glycine Watches Acquired By Invicta

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Historic Glycine Watches Acquired By Invicta

Post by koimaster » June 17th 2019, 10:42am

Acquisitions are rarely a surprise in this day and age, and especially in this industry, but we’d be lying if we said we weren’t at least a bit surprised to learn that the majority stake of Glycine Watch S.A. has just been sold to the Invicta Watch Group. As pioneers in world-timing aviation watches, Glycine brings over a century of quirky, independent watchmaking to the Invicta name, which itself was also a longstanding family-operated Swiss brand until later purchased in 1991 by a United States-based investment firm.

Speaking to both the past and present, Glycine’s most significant entry to watchmaking has long been the Airman – a 24-hour tool watch that soared to popularity amongst commercial and military pilots in the fifties and sixties due to its rugged build quality and ability to track multiple time zones with its unique locking bi-directional 24-hour bezel. Little has changed, even in later iterations of the Airman, which are still available with the same bezel and in the original “purist” 24-hour form preferred by pilots. The brand’s contributions to horology weren’t limited to design, but they were largely reserved for the Airman platform, whose earliest iterations were fitted with the Felsa Bidynator – the world’s first automatic movement built around a bi-directional winding rotor. Glycine was also one of the first three companies capable of manufacturing automatic watches on a mass scale – a distinction shared with Harwood and Autorist.


Glycine was widely reported to be majority family-controlled since its conception in 1914, but the brand was actually quietly scooped up in 2014 by market expansion group DKSH, with the aim of broadening Glycine’s reach in Asian territories. So while the story hasn’t been met with universal enthusiasm by diehard Glycine fans, it overlooks the fact that Glycine also hasn’t been privately held for some time – and the portfolio changing hands is business as usual when it comes to the watch industry. However, Invicta’s less-than-sterling track record in certain segments of the watch community makes this a trepidatious alignment for longtime Glycine fans.

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Re: Historic Glycine Watches Acquired By Invicta

Post by Mark1 » June 18th 2019, 7:23am

Glycine had a few crazy "artsy" designs long before Invicta darkened their door. It is surprising, that so far, nothing particularly egregious has been added to their lineup. Can't see myself buying anything from them now but never say never. It will be interesting to see if they continue to have the occasionally tempting deep discounts at Jomashop and the massdrop type sites.
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Re: Historic Glycine Watches Acquired By Invicta

Post by koimaster » June 18th 2019, 8:34am

Mark1 wrote:Glycine had a few crazy "artsy" designs long before Invicta darkened their door. It is surprising, that so far, nothing particularly egregious has been added to their lineup. Can't see myself buying anything from them now but never say never. It will be interesting to see if they continue to have the occasionally tempting deep discounts at Jomashop and the massdrop type sites.


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