Glycine Airman Watches

Discussion in 'Wrist Watches' started by Mike Kearney, Sep 8, 2001.

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  1. Mike Kearney

    Mike Kearney Guest

    I've never had the opportunity to own a Glycine, but from Kathy Pritchards's excellent "Swiss Timepiece Makers 1775-1975", I see that Glycine was founded in 1900, and they began making self winding watches around 1910. They made/make mens and womens watches, and have an interesting web page at http://www.glycine-watch.ch/

    Maybe you could post a scan or photo of your Airman?

    Regards,
    Mike
     
  2. Dave Haynes

    Dave Haynes Registered User

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    Jim: I've owned 2 Airmen, both were 60's
    vintage and were very neat, quality watches.
    Mine had AS 1500 movements? I just couldn't get used to the 24hr dial. It's 3,no, it's
    6....it's 6...no it's 12..and I was in the
    Army in Vietnam! They sold a bunch of Airmen
    to soldiers, it was a definite status
    symbol to have one. I always liked the size,
    it was just right, not too big and heavy, yet large enough to see well and know it was there. You've picked a good one to collect.
     
  3. Mike Kearney

    Mike Kearney Guest

    Jim, if you can host files with your ISP, you can just put a url in your posting. Or if you'd like to send one to me, I'll post it.

    Regards,
    Mike
     
  4. Dave Haynes

    Dave Haynes Registered User

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    Jim:
    Glycine and most watch companies bought
    raw, unfinished movements from factories
    in Switzerland making these "ebauches".
    The company would then make final finishes,
    put their name on them and use them as their own. Prior to the common use of Quartz movements, there were 20 or so of these
    companies. Most have now closed up and watch companies like Omega and Movado, who used to make their own movements, have now also switched to ebauche movements. The largest of the ebauche makers were A.S.(A.Schild&Co)
    and ETA, both still survive and are very
    successful because of it.
    It is not a detraction when I say that my
    Airman had an AS 1500, it's just an information point. AS 1500's were also used in Baume Mercier watches, one of the most expensive brands in the world.

    Regarding the 24 hour training: I'm just
    thrilled that I don't HAVE to use that system anymore.
     
  5. Mike Kearney

    Mike Kearney Guest

    Thanks, Jim. Hope to see a picture when you get a chance.

    Dave, thanks for mentioning the AS 1500. I had no idea it existed. In a quick check, I couldn't find it in Bestfit 111/A or the WMDAA book. Is it listed someplace else? Is it a basic movement or a derivative?

    Regards,
    Mike
     
  6. Cary

    Cary Guest

    Also, dont overlook the O&W EarlyBird... Some NOS pieces still out there and the Retail price when new was lower than the Glycene. I can get used to a 24h inner dial, but not a true 24 either.

    Cary
     
  7. Dave Haynes

    Dave Haynes Registered User

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    Mike:
    After looking, it was A.S.1700 not 1500!
    I should look before I leap. It's been
    years since I had that watch. It was
    definitely a great looking movement.
    Sorry
     
  8. Mike Kearney

    Mike Kearney Guest

    Dave, thanks for the update. I'll take a look at the 1700.

    Regards,
    Mike
     

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