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StrappedUp wrote: Wed Oct 13, 2021 7:58 pm I struggled to picture you with a modified SKX on the wrist. :lol:
Yes, that probably won’t be happening any time soon. :lol:
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A minor classic, the Glycine Airman. I think it’s an interesting, and obviously less costly, alternative to a Rolex GMT. Enjoy!

It’ll be interesting to see where this journey takes you, Steve.
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^^^ I definitely didn’t see it as a Rolex alternative, Bjørn.

I don’t know where the journey will take me, but I’ve decided not to overthink these things too much.

This is not a particularly easy watch to photograph. The crystal is quite reflective, though I suspect it would have shown up better in the full Greek sunlight than the rather watery, hazy stuff we are getting at the moment.

The dégradé aspect to the dial is quite subtle. It is rather like a midnight blue at the top, lightening to the kind of blue you get soon after sunset and dusk on a clear evening. I had to employ a couple of filters for this one, but I think you can see it.

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Movement is listed as the GL 224, which of course is derived from our old friend the ETA 2824. Great movement, I have been wearing it for two days and it has gained about seven seconds.

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I haven’t done any precise measurements yet, but will dig the calipers out later. The lugs are quite long and, as you can see, are drilled, which certainly helps with strap removal. The main crown has a nice crosshatch pattern etched on it, and is of course screw-down. The second crown which releases the GMT bezel has the Glycine crown etched on it, and a close-up of the locking mechanism shows that it is adjustable to enable 15 minute offsets, or so I believe. The OEM leather strap is a nice blue/grey colour and suits the watch very well. I might supplement it with a CW hybrid at some point.

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Nice watch, that. Never heard of Glycine until joining this forum, they seem to have a committed following. The bezel lock looks like a similar mechanism to that used by Yema on their Superman divers. Maybe it’s just me but ‘double twelve’ leaves me thinking of a darts finish. The blue looks very nice indeed…enjoy.

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Well I would never have guessed that one! :)

Partly because of the brand and partly because I have never thought of a 12 hour twisty bezel as a GMT watch.

Whilst a GMT (whether a so called true GMT, or the other type) is my favourite style of watch that is purely down to the aesthetic, not for any supposed functional advantage. I figure that the day I am not able to work out the time difference between where I am and home time, is the time to stop travelling.

Nice shade of blue. :thumbup:

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nbg wrote: Thu Oct 14, 2021 1:39 pm Whilst a GMT (whether a so called true GMT, or the other type) is my favourite style of watch that is purely down to the aesthetic, not for any supposed functional advantage. I figure that the day I am not able to work out the time difference between where I am and home time, is the time to stop travelling.
Quite right, Neil. I wore the Sealander GMT for two weeks in Greece, and I don’t think I ever looked at it in order to ascertain what time it was in the UK!

But then I’ve known people with dive watches that never go anywhere near water, people with chronographs who never time anything and in some cases don’t even know how to work them, and people with pilot watches who have never been at the controls of an aeroplane. QED.
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Re: I seem to have acquired another traveller’s watch!

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Catching up on this thread, Steve and, as others have already written, one of the least expected acquisitions you could have made. Its a good un though. :clap: :clap:

I've got/had several watches with a 12 hour bezel, but the thought had never crossed my mind to use it as a GMT function.

Now that you've mentioned it though it occurs to me that CW use a similar method to with the red ‘city selector’ wedge on the WorldTime and WorldGlow models (albeit with a 24 hr sweep).

In the meantime, here's a gratuitous pic of my Glycine Airman 1953 Vintage GMT. :wink: :wink:

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Bahnstormer_vRS wrote: Thu Oct 14, 2021 10:35 pm I've got/had several watches with a 12 hour bezel, but the thought had never crossed my mind to use it as a GMT function.
Similar to what Magrette and others do with the rotatable internal bezel. Turns a simple 3-hander into a useful basic GMT without a mechanical complication in the movement.

Unexpected for me? I guess so, but the fact that I very rarely wear a jacket and tie these days is moving me away from the dress watch as general wear. Having said that, I’ve been covering at work quite a lot this week, I have to go in this afternoon and I feel in the mood for a touch of Cartier.
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Congratulations on your new watch Steve, lovely addition to your collection. It’s also interesting to see how your appreciation for watches has changed over the years.
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downer wrote: Wed Oct 13, 2021 7:35 pm Colour me surprised!

If you asked me to make a list of brand and people matches, I have to say Glycine and AVO would be fairly well down the pecking order.
Agreed!

The thought of Glycine never entered my mind as a possibility, but it would seem an excellent choice for you.

Enjoy!!
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Kip wrote: Sat Oct 16, 2021 10:09 am
downer wrote: Wed Oct 13, 2021 7:35 pm Colour me surprised!
Agreed!

The thought of Glycine never entered my mind as a possibility
It hadn’t really entered my mind either until I started talking about travelling again, GMT, GODO/GADA and so on, and someone quietly suggested that he thought this would be a great watch for me.

9 1/2 weeks, with or without Kim Basinger, and I’m off to Cyprus for Christmas and New Year. Current thinking is that the Sealander, having done sterling duty in Greece, will stay at home for this one. I shall break my vow and go double wristed, with the Glycine for going out and about in the daytime and the UN for evenings.
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