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Glycine Airman Vintage

Post by koimaster » January 30th 2019, 10:01am

After writing about the Eberhard Contograf last month, I’ve been thinking more about historic brands with one or two trademark watches. Brands like Zodiac with their Sea Wolf (and later the Super Sea Wolf) and DOXA with their SUB 300 series both come to mind, as do B-Uhr style focused brands like Stowa and Laco. Even a larger firm like Panerai could fit in this category with the Radiomir and Luminor (although this has begun to change with the introduction of the Submersible as its own collection at SIHH 2019 this past week).

Eventually, I started thinking about the Swiss brand Glycine and their flagship Airman collection, today foremost led by the “Airman Contemporary” sub-series. These watches are characterized by large diameters, thick cases, and lugs, and a bulky dial meant to appeal to the masculine — attributes many have argued originate from the purchase of the brand by the Invicta Watch Group in 2016. Yet underneath these contemporary details lay the barebones of the 1953 developed collection: a 24-hour GMT function, a 24-hour dial, and two distinct crowns to operate both. More recently Glycine, in the face of the growing neo-vintage trend, has taken these barebones and released the “Airman Vintage” sub-series: a diverse collection of Airman re-issues in a range of styles, sizes, and colors, each competitively priced for the modern market (picture above, via Those Watch Guys). ... n-vintage/


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