1950s Glycine Airman W/ Box and Papers

Glycine was founded in 1914 and was originally known for making movements for women's watches and later for making chronometer-rated wristwatches, but not until the early 50s would Glycine finds its place in horological history with the Airman wristwatch.

The Glycine Airman was a watch produced out of necessity for the encroaching "Jet Age" of the 1950s. The Airman was designed around the requests from international pilots themselves, a watch that was automatic with a 24-hour dial and date function with centralized hands and a rotating 24-hour bezel. Essentially this watch is a GMT allowing for the tracking of two different timezones, but the rotating bezel on the Airman could be locked into place using the break that is operated by the secondary crown at the 4 o'clock position on the case. This allowed the pilots to accurately calculate unique time zones that are in-between hourly intervals. The Glycine Airman also features a unique hacking system for the sweep-seconds hand to synchronize timing to the exact second. This is executed through a small wire that comes out of a small hole in the dial between the 2 and 4 of the 24-hour marker that is essentially invisible to the naked eye and is controlled by a lever system that is operated through the crown.

1950s Glycine Airman W/ Box and Papers

The rudimentary hacking system and bezel locking mechanism just work perfectly, without being overly complicated. The hour hand being broad arrow and the minute and being syringe style is both very stylish and functional as it makes telling the time effortless. The red date wheel gives off a perfect vintage aesthetic while remaining subtle enough to be a detail that only enthusiasts could notice. Everything about the Glycine Airman is charming, which is what makes it such a cult classic among collectors. 

Stock # GLYAIR50
Brand Glycine
Style Airman
Model N/A
Serial 88XXX
Size Men's
Material Stainless Steel
Dial Matte Black
Millimeters 36
Strap 2pc Handmade Leather Strap



The case is in wonderful unpolished condition retaining its characteristically broad lugs and showing light signs of use. The original 24-hour bezel with locking mechanism functions perfectly and shows honest signs of use. The case retains both of its original unsigned crowns. The case back clearly displays the serial and factory engravings. The watch will come supplied on a 2pc leather strap.


The matte black 24-hour dial with Arabic numerals is in beautiful condition. The original radium lume plots have achieved a nice darker patina and exhibit no degradation under U.V. light inspection. The unique original radium lume hands featuring a broad arrow hour hand and a syringe style minute hand add the charming aesthetic of the watch, under U.V. light inspection the hands exhibit no lume loss or degradation. The red date wheel is correct and in excellent condition.


This watch comes complete with its original wooden box, serialized warranty paper, and instruction booklet. Watch is functioning and keeping time perfectly, previous service history is unknown.