1953 – It is now almost 60 years since Sam Glur, then Sales Director of the Biel watchmaking company Glycine, was sitting in the cockpit of a DC4 between Bangkok and Calcutta, listening to the pilots carefully explaining the ideal requirements of a modern frequent-flyer watch. Their wish list included a watch with an automatic movement, a 24-hour display, a second time zone and luminous numerals.
So the inspiration for the legendary AIRMAN occurred in-flight. The first Airman was developed and introduced to the market that same year, becoming one of the real pioneers of Swiss pilot watches. Since then, a further 25 generations have followed on from the original, all based on the distinctive AIRMAN DNA.
The Airman “1953 Vintage” is a tribute to the AIRMAN No.1 by Glycine, and is a faithful reproduction of the original, but updated with the latest technical requirements. This timeless beauty is powered by a rhodanised automatic movement ETA 2893.
Entirely in keeping with the AIRMAN No.1, the watch is only available as a 24-hour watch with two time zones, that is, as a purist design. The beautiful dial is highly reminiscent of the 1950s and the unforgettable era of the real pioneers of pilot watches. This ageless and alluring timepiece is presented just as it was 60 years ago in a wooden case true to the original, together with a 1950’s style guarantee certificate. Time is precious and Glycine has succeeded in packaging it exquisitely.
This watch will be enthusiastically received and not only by collectors and connoisseurs. If you want to be the proud owner of one of these nostalgic timepieces, you will have to hurry – only 600 pieces of the anniversary AIRMAN are being made available at a recommended retails price of 2350 Swiss francs.
Model: AIRMAN „1953 Vintage“, 3904
• Rhodanised ETA Automatic movement 2893-2 decorated “Côtes de Genève”
• Case in stainless steel, 42mm diameter
• Sapphire crystal and case back mineral crystal
• Water resistant 20 atm
• Original version with 24 hour watch with two time zones
• Wooden case with guarantee certificate 1950 style
• Recommended public price: CHF 2350.-