If there’s one particular style of watches I’ve not given much attention to, it would be the 24 hour style. It’s just never grabbed my attention before; for some reason, though, it’s started coming up on my radar. I knew I had seen one when I was looking into Glycine watches for previous posts, so that’s where I went for today’s writeup.
At first, it would seem that this particular watch would be extremely difficult to read. However, Glycine has made some nice color-coded decisions to help you determine what you’re reading. To begin with, you have the hour hand. As it’s blue in color, it’s easily distinguishable from the other two hands. The GMT hand is arrow-shaped, and has a red tip to it.
When it comes to setting the watch, we again have simplicity. The crown at the three o’clock position sets the time (as well as manual wind), and then the crown at four o’clock allows you to adjust the bezel to help you to track a second timezone.
Aesthetically, I think this watch hits all the high points. The vintage-style 22mm strap furthers the heritage feel of the watch, and compliments the cream dial. And of course, Glycine is some pretender here – they’ve been making serious aviation watches for decades now. How serious? Judge the specs for yourself:
- 42mm stainless steel case / 11.2mm thick
- ETA 2893-2 automatic movement with 42h power reserve
- 20 atm WR (screw down crown)
- AR-coated sapphire crystal up front / mineral crystal display back
There are several variations as well. The “purist” version is what I’ve showcased here, and starts around $1500. There are also GMT (4 hands, 3 timezones) and pilot-specific (4 hands, 3 timezones, SuperLuminova hands) versions. Version aside, this is a great looking watch, and one that would serve you for many years.