Glycine Airman

Glycine Airman

The Glycine Airman is reported to be the first watch to incorporate a 24-hour dial and second time zone capabilities into the same wristwatch. The design, coming straight from the parameters of surveyed pilots, was unlike any watch that had been previously produced. With its relatively small steel case with gently sloping lugs, the Airman was designed first and foremost to be a low-profile timepiece, keeping well out of the way of straps, instruments and gear.  

The matte 24-hour dial with luminous hour markers and broad arrow hands was infinitely legible in any light condition, making for a dial that could be read at a glance.

Glycine took their consideration for the needs of pilots one step further by including a steel rotating 24-hour bezel with patented locking crown. When loosened, the crown allowed the bezel to be adjusted to a second time zone. Once locked, it eliminating the chance of it moving while on the wrist.

This innovation made the Airman an instant favorite among pilots of all stripes. Stories abound about jet and helicopter pilots in the Korean and Vietnam wars gravitating to the Airman as their wristwatch of choice over more the rudimentary military-issued Benrus and Hamilton G.I. (MIL-SPEC) watches, as the Glycine was readily available at the PX on base.

While Glycine still produces this watch, the original Airman will always stand as a benchmark for the company’s innovative spirit and no-nonsense design language--a true classic that has stood the test of time. 


Stainless steel case is approximately 36mm in diameter (excluding the crown). Circa 1960's.

Overall condition: Case is in great condition over all, showing light signs of wear consistent with age and use. Dial and hands are in excellent condition with nicely patinated luminous material on both. Replacement crystal. Unsigned snap on caseback.  

Includes one 18mm black leather strap

SKU: TT01212

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