Just over 60 years ago, Glycine revolutionized watchmaking by releasing the first 24-hour watch with a second time zone. Since then, the company has released a number of other watches in the Airman collection, but this one is special. The new Airman No.1 has a case matching the original dimensions of the watch. Despite the historically accurate case and dial (down to hesalite crystal), the best feature about this watch is the movement found inside. It utilizes the GL 293 calibre, which is based off of the Felsa 692 movement (the same one used in the original Airman). However, the best part of the movement in this watch is the presence of the modern amenities we have come to expect in watches from higher-end companies like Glycine.
I almost forgot to mention that it is Glycine's 100th birthday in 2014. Wish them a good one!
It is Glycine's 100th anniversary and to celebrate, they have released the Airman AirFighter. Available in two versions both are able to capture the DNA of the airman case, with the extra crown at 4 o'clock. They keep the case simple and button free by using a "slide" chronograph, where the part sticking off acts as the buttons. This watch, amazingly enough, can measure three separate time zones, making it a true pilot watch. The first time zone is clearly displayed by the hands, the second time zone is located on the inner bezel and can be easily read thanks to the GMT hand with a white tip, and the third is operated using the 24-hour rotating bezel, which can be turned after releasing the locking crown at 4 o'clock. Although there are only pictures of two versions at the moment, the AirFighter will be available in three, with a choice between three dial colors: blue, red or carbon-black. In addition each watch will come with matching leather straps (it will also come with a special tool for changing straps). At the heart of the watch beats the GL754 (Valjoux 7754) with a custom rotor and extra decoration. The rotor will display the trademark of Glycine Airman watches with a skeletonised airplane. Although the design is not for everyone, this watch has all the information a pilot might need, so it is a functional watch that will probably be used by real pilots, not a fashion watch.
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