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Glycine launched the airman in 1953, providing pilots with a watch that tells 24hr time and GMT. The watch on offer here is named after the Douglas DC-4, a propellor-driven plane used throughout WW2 and beyond.

 

What's so special about the watch?

The watch exudes vintage appeal - hardy steel construction, the rough lines characteristic of a tool watch, a matte black dial, and the elongated Arabic numerals - while having features that are necessary for modern tastes like a large case size, sapphire glass crystal and a display back for enthusiastic gawking of its movement. 

On the wrist the watch wears larger still, credit to the long horn lugs. Paired with its original black nato strap (not featured here in the photos), the Glycine Airman DC-4 will give its owner a sense of adventure and a connection back to the days where pilots had these strapped to their wrists while conducting a mission. 

 

What are the functions of the watch?

"Goose" displays 24hr time, and has a quickset date function. He also has a second time zone function, adjustable via its rotating bezel. 

 

Let me tell you about the case...

The stainless steel case on this guy is amazingly sturdy, resulting on quite a heft on my wrist (something that I quite like in a modern watch). While what catches you most about this watch may be that 24hr vintage inspired dial, the case does a great job on integrating the modern and the new.

 

The case measures in at 42mm, very well suited for the modern wrist ticker, its large size further accentuated by its long horn lugs. The lugs point slope downwards from the case, giving a snug fit on your wrist as well as lift up the bezel and dial to make them jump out at you even more. This makes the case a little thicker than expected (the nato strap also plays a part here), a pilot watch can pretty much get away with this.

 

The bezel is the next point of admiration. I like how Glycine introduced a very industrial way of locking the bezel - the small serrated grooves on the edge fit the ones on a tightening vice, operated via screw-down crown at 4'O, which grip as you clamp them down. The lock-down crown even has a waffle pattern on it, a small detail that gets a lot of design creds from me. The time-adjusting crown is coin-edged and smaller in size, telling you that the watch won't need a lot of adjusting since it's an automatic watch. 

 

On the back we have the display caseback, a nice touch for the modern watch that many purist watch designs neglect. The presence of this window actually gives the watch more relevance to the modern user, which translates to more wrist time in this attention-short era. 

 

And now the dial...

The matte black dial is very nice to look at with its vintage-looking numerals and a choice of design balance that starts from the chalk-white railroad track at the circumference.

 

The 5-minute markers are printed in their respective sectores, and provides the wearer with the means of telling the minutes. Being a 24hr dial, Glycine has chosen to also print the individual minute markers into the railroad, integrating it into a busy (but somehow workable) presentation. 

 

Just on the outside of the railroad track are the hour markers, printed in vintage elongated Arabic numerals and applied with a generous slabbing of ghostly green luminova. The even numbers are twice as large as the odd ones, but the smaller odd numerals are brought out by arrow markers, also slathered with the same green slime lume.

 

There is surprising symmetry on the dial - the Glycine Airman name and the DC-4 model printed in the same chalk-white at 12 and 6, with a PM-AM indicator sitting perpendicular. Breaking this symmetry is the date window, bevelled in at 3'O and pushed up above the markings with the use of a cyclops magnifier on the crystal.

 

Let's not forget the hands...

I love lollipop seconds hands. Love, love, love. This one has it. And because telling time on a 24hr dial can be rather trying at times, the use of sharp dagger hands for the hour and minutes make it better experience.

"Goose" - Glycine Airman DC-4

$880.00Price
  • Specifications

    • Hour, minute and central second hands 
    • Matte black dial with date window at 3'O
    • 42mm stainless steel case
    • 50mm lug-to-lug
    • 22mm lug width
    • GL293 automatic (ETA 2893-2) @ 28,000vph
    • Sapphire crystal with date magnifying cyclops 
    • Diaplay back
    • Original black nylon nato strap with signed buckle (leather nato in photos not included)
    • Box and papers
     

     

    This watch will be shipped via FedEx International Door-to-Door.

     

    This is a used watch. Watch is checked to be in working condition when shipped. Buyers are advised to ask all questions before purchase. 

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