Glycine Airman 1953 Vintage Watch Review
Monday - 26 November 2012
In 1953, the pilots of a DC4 flying between Bangkok and Calcutta explained to Sam Glur, then Sales Director of Glycine, their ideal requirements of a modern frequent-flyer watch. They described a timepiece with automatic movement, 24-hour display, second time zone and luminous numerals.
The first Airman watch was created as a direct result of this conversation and introduced the same year, becoming one of the pioneers of Swiss pilot watches. A further 25 generations of Glycine Airman watches have followed the original.
Nearly 60 years later, Glycine has released the new Airman 1953 Vintage - a limited edition of 600 pieces, created in tribute to the original Airman No.1. It is a 24-hour watch with two time zones, powered by a rhodanised automatic movement ETA 2893.
The watch has a 42 mm stainless steel case and sapphire crystal. It has a mineral crystal case back and is water resistant to 200 metres. The 1950s-style dial is inspired by the "unforgettable era of the real pioneers of pilots watches".
In keeping with the original Airman No.1, the timepiece is presented in a wooden case along with a 1950s style guarantee certificate.