Swiss watch brand Glycine unveils the Airman SST Chronograph, the 24th generation of its Airman family of watch collections. It is based on the legendary original model which was launched in 1968.
In 1968, this was Glycine’s first chronograph − at that time the watch company from Biel/Bienne had only produced about 100 pieces of this special version of the Airman SST. Today it is a desirable collector’s piece.
Glycine is now reviving the Airman SST Chronograph as the 24th generation of their Airman watches – combining the exceptional beauty of the original model with today’s technology. The features which make this watch so special are common to both the original and the remake − for example the 43-mm diameter steel case, the 14-sided screwed steel bezel or the typical crown to operate the 24-hour rotating bezel.
The ergonomic design of the case accommodates the ETA 7754 movement perfectly, making the watch comfortable to wear on the wrist. On the steel back, there is an engraving of the aircraft which gave its name to the watch: a Boeing Supersonic Transport (SST), which was planned to be the first supersonic plane but was never built. This Airman watch is affectionately known as “Pumpkin” due to the fact that the typical version has a black dial and orange 24-hour rotating bezel. Glycine produces a 24-hour watch with two time zones for purists. The GMT version with 12-hour display shows three time zones.
Included with the purchase of the watch is the book “Glycine Airman – a 24 hour timeline of flight”, which is an account of the story behind the Airman watch. All 23 previous generations of the Airman SST Chronograph are presented here, including the first Airman by Glycine dating back to 1953, the Airman Quartz from the 1970s, the oversized Airman 7 with three independent movements (2002) or the Airman Double 24 from 2009.
Model: Airman SST Chronograph, reference 3902
• ETA movement 7754 with complete chronograph function
• Stainless steel case, 43-mm diameter
• Domed sapphire glass
• 24-hour watch with two time zones
• GMT version with three time zones
• Two dial versions: black, graded blue
• Leather strap
• Water resistant to 100 m
• Reference price: 4,000 Swiss Francs