I’ve been perusing vintage Glycine listings for a while now hoping to find a bargain, but I’ve never dug into their current catalog that much. However, I ran across one of their newer models that definitely makes a statement, so here we are today.
The model in question is the KMU 48 Big Second 9 Hours (Ref 3905). While that name is a mouthful, it tells you some major specs right off the bat. The PVD-coated stainless steel case measures in at 48mm, and it has an oversized sub-seconds dial located at the 9 o’clock position. Obviously, at 48mm, this thing is going to have some major wrist presence.
I like here that they ran with that, and instead of a plain jane dial to tone things down, they actually make the sub-seconds jump out at you, further drawing attention to the piece. If you’re going to draw the eye, might as well do it full bore, right? Thankfully, even for it’s large diameter, it measures in at a relatively thin (for the size) 10.8mm thick, so it’ll fit under a cuff just fine.
Inside that case, you’ve got a manually-wound ETA 6497-1 movement (17 jewels, 46 hour power reserve, 18,000 VPH) taking care of the heavy lifting. You’ll be able to see the movement through the smoked display caseback; a sapphire crystal is what you’ll find up front. This is all protecting a sandwich dial (another favorite style of mine) with lumed hands and indices. Holding it all in place, you’ve got a leather strap nestled into the 24mm lugs.
Of course, should you prefer a more subtle design, you’ll want to have a look at the Ref 3906 model I’ve pictured below – same specs, just a different look and layout to the dial. Regardless of the watch, be prepared to spend somewhere between $1000 and $1500 for the watch (it was hard to pin down an exact price on these for some reason).