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In for review: Glycine Airman No. 1

Post by suddha » Thu Mar 03, 2016 8:32 pm

Thought this might be of interest to some here (river rat!). I got in a Glycine Airman No. 1 for a review I'm writing. This one is a near 1:1 re-issue of Glycine's 1950s Airman, with a 36mm case, acrylic crystal and high polish case. Not sure I could get used to wearing 36mm long term but I have to hand it to Glycine for going full on retro. This one is the "GMT" version with standard 12-hour timekeeping via the main hands and a thin 24-hour hand, with which you can track two additional time zones on the dial and locking rotating bezel. They do also make a "purist" version with a single 24-hour time display with which you can then track two time zones.

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I'll be writing this one up for Hodinkee in a few weeks.
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Post by toxicavenger » Thu Mar 03, 2016 8:35 pm

Man if they did that in 40-41mm that would be a killer piece.

Oh and nice strap brother!

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Post by Captdave » Thu Mar 03, 2016 8:37 pm

This watch has always held a special attraction for me. Not sure why. It's always been on my list of watches to someday own.
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Post by Captdave » Thu Mar 03, 2016 8:37 pm

This watch has always held a special attraction for me. Not sure why. It's always been on my list of watches to someday own.
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Post by logan2z » Thu Mar 03, 2016 10:15 pm

Funny , I just noticed that on Glycine's site today. As Terry said, at 42mm I'd be a buyer. I'll probably pick up a Base 22 Purist at some point.

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Post by pbj204 » Tue Feb 07, 2017 12:20 pm

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I've got the silver dial incoming. Invicta is supposedly discontinuing all the old models for garish replacements. I don't think you'll see one like this again.

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Re: In for review: Glycine Airman No. 1

Post by gwells » Tue Feb 07, 2017 1:22 pm

pbj204 wrote:
Tue Feb 07, 2017 12:20 pm
Invicta is supposedly discontinuing all the old models for garish replacements. I don't think you'll see one like this again.
let's hope this leads to more discontinued watch discounts in the short term.

those pics certainly look like solid vintage looks in a modern watch.

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Re: In for review: Glycine Airman No. 1

Post by Joeprez » Tue Feb 07, 2017 1:31 pm

pbj204 wrote:
Tue Feb 07, 2017 12:20 pm
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I've got the silver dial incoming. Invicta is supposedly discontinuing all the old models for garish replacements. I don't think you'll see one like this again.
That is very nice!

18mm or 20mm lugs?
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Re: In for review: Glycine Airman No. 1

Post by pbj204 » Tue Feb 07, 2017 1:36 pm

20mm lugs. The case is small at 36mm but the lugs are long so hopefully it wears a little larger. Still, it'll be small.

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Re: In for review: Glycine Airman No. 1

Post by River Rat » Wed Feb 08, 2017 4:22 am

pbj204 wrote:
Tue Feb 07, 2017 1:36 pm
20mm lugs. The case is small at 36mm but the lugs are long so hopefully it wears a little larger. Still, it'll be small. Dan don't know how I missed this thread last year
I guess it the same size as my vintage one the lugs do make it look bigger and you get use to the size it will make you think different about a 36mm case and you mite ad another like I did with the RAF Omega 53. The coolest thing about the vintage one is the wire hacking device were a wire pops out a hole at the 24 to stop the second hand just different that no other watch has that's what made me go vintage on this one.
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Re: In for review: Glycine Airman No. 1

Post by pbj204 » Wed Feb 08, 2017 11:15 am

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Just arrived. It doesn't wear as small as I thought it would. The lug to lug makes a big difference. I really like this a lot. The silver dial has a brushed bezel and brushed lugs. The black dial is all polished.
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Post by Joeprez » Wed Feb 08, 2017 11:33 am

Looks very good! Like it on leather and should also look great on a green nato.
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Re: In for review: Glycine Airman No. 1

Post by toxicavenger » Wed Feb 08, 2017 12:31 pm

pbj204 wrote:
Wed Feb 08, 2017 11:15 am
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Just arrived. It doesn't wear as small as I thought it would. The lug to lug makes a big difference. I really like this a lot. The silver dial has a brushed bezel and brushed lugs. The black dial is all polished.
That is how the Orion wears also. It is 38mm with 49mm lugs. It wears great.

Congrats on it.

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Re: In for review: Glycine Airman No. 1

Post by pbj204 » Fri Feb 10, 2017 2:54 pm

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Re: In for review: Glycine Airman No. 1

Post by River Rat » Sat Feb 11, 2017 2:08 pm

Here is the article Jason wrote and great reading hey Jason good work even if I was a little late reading it and right on the history part. One thing he said about the vintage ones being a obscure cult favorite is right I gravitate toward vintage watches most don't own the rare and unusual.
https://www.hodinkee.com/articles/the-g ... irman-no-1

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Re: In for review: Glycine Airman No. 1

Post by giosdad » Sat Feb 11, 2017 2:30 pm

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That looks great. Congratulations.

Where did you buy it from?
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Re: In for review: Glycine Airman No. 1

Post by Seppia » Sat Feb 11, 2017 2:38 pm

I would guess either eBay seller watchgooroo (where I got my 18) or the recent gemnation sale.
It does look awesome, big congrats. Super underrated watches, especially at the stupidly low prices they are going for now.

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$700 new for this one from watchgooroo, and it has glycine warranty

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Re: In for review: Glycine Airman No. 1

Post by marchone » Sun Feb 12, 2017 6:50 am

It looked great in person.

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Re: In for review: Glycine Airman No. 1

Post by pbj204 » Sun Feb 12, 2017 7:51 am

giosdad wrote:
Sat Feb 11, 2017 2:30 pm

That looks great. Congratulations.

Where did you buy it from?
On ebay from watchgooroo. They'll except a Best Offer significantly below the Buy it Now price. Start with 50% lower.

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