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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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