Hey all, I’ve been on the hunt for a 24hr. dial watch under 40mm for a while now. Glycine has been on my radar as well, as a brand with strong history, bust somewhat questionable status currently (Invicta?) In fact I had a Glycine Combat Sub, which I regrettably sold because it was slightly too big for me. It was a fantastic watch.
I just received the Airman 18, and once again I’m very pleasantly surprised by the quality.
The dimensions are perfect. 39mm case, 10.5mm tall and 20mm lug width. For my 6.75 inch wrist, it’s like it was custom made for me.
The MSRP on this piece is above $1000 but it can be found online for sub $700.
The specs are impressive for a pilots watch with sapphire front AND back, and 200m water resistance.
200m water resistance is rare enough in anything but a diver, but even more so in a watch with a display case back.
So, what about the feeing of the watch? Just like my Combat Sub, it feels incredibly high quality. First impressions mean a lot. And when I first started to unscrew the crown to set the time, I was so impressed. The crown action is incredibly smooth. Much better feeling then other, more expensive watches I’ve owned. You don’t feel the threads at all. No cross threading, it catches perfectly every time. Winding the movement feels equally impressive.
The case finishing is very impressive as well. Polished on the sides, brushed on top. The line between where the polished meets the brushed is perfect.
The rounded sides of the case create a very aviation oriented aesthetic.
The lug holes are close to the case, allowing just enough room for a nato strap to pass through. I thought this odd at first, but quickly came to realize that the effect this has, is pulling straps close to the case, creating a seamless transition between case and strap for a cohesive look no matter what strap is on it. And it works well on SO many straps.
This is my second Glycine. Both times I’ve questioned making the purchase because of the new affiliation with Invicta and the reputation that brings. But both times I have been over-the-top impressed with the watches, the look, build quality and overall feel.
I’m glad to see a company with such a rich history still has some fire left in them, to produce top quality watches for those of us who appreciate great craftsmanship and value.