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Glycine Honors Its Founder, Eugène Meylan


First, we’re going to have a little look at the history of the watch company Glycine.  It was founded in 1914 by Eugène Meylan in Bienne, Switzerland.  In 1931, Mr. Meylan introduced an automatic wrist watch completely of his own design.  Owing to a lack of capital, this particular watch was not widely produced.  If you want to jump in on this slice of horological history, Glycine has something up their sleeves.They’ve introduced a new model, aptly named the Eugène Meylan (ref 3835).  So, what all did they cram into this particular model?  A whole lot of good stuff!

  • 42mm case (12mm thick) with sapphire exhibition caseback and 22mm lugs
  • 50m water resistance
  • Domed sapphire crystal up front
  • ETA 2895-2 automatic movement (42 hour power reserve; 28,800 BPH)

So, as far as the internals go, we have a tried and true Swiss movement beating away, and fully modern accouterments when it comes to the case design.  For me, where the watch shines is in the vintage touches.

For starters, let’s have a look at the shape of the case.  It has a chunky, yet elegant, feel to it that does call to my mind a vintage piece.  When you add in the deco typeface used for the numerals?  It just comes together superbly.  I also feel that the sub-seconds dial works to great effect, as a center-mounted seconds hand would modernize the piece a bit too much.

Should your tastes align with mine, you’ll find that the watch has several different options in the case (steel or gold plated), dial (black, cream, blue) and strap (black, blue, brown or white).  Now, for the “bad” news on this watch.  Depending on the selections, it would appear you’ll end up forking over somewhere around $2,000.

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