John Marx from TwentyTwoTen.com recently purchased the Glycine Airman 18 World Timer GMT from the Grey Market. We made this unboxing video to show you what you get!
This specific model is the Glycine Airman 18 World Timer GMT (Model No. 3918-196-LBK7F) and features 4 hands; Hours, Minutes, Seconds and a GMT (or second Timezone) hand.
With this Grey Market purchase you wont receive a manufacturers warranty card like you would if you purchased from an Authorised Dealer. But that’s essentially the only difference. All purchases from retailers, regardless of market, are required to meet basic consumer rights as they relate to quality and condition of the product.
We put the Glycine GL 293 automatic movement on our timegrapher and get exceptional results, averaging +1 second/day. This movement is essentially the ETA 2893 movement with some minor modifications to suit the Glycine 24 hour dial and aesthetics on the rotor, otherwise it is essentially the same 21 jewel, 28,800vph, hacking, hand winding, 40 hour power reserve, automatic movement.
1950’s Glycine Airman
Although Glycine was purchase by Invicta in 2016, the Glycine Airman stays true to its past by maintaining design aesthetics and functionality. Originally introduced in 1953, the first edition Airman was designed for pilots and frequent travelers and, just like this 2017 model, was housed in a 39mm case. The early models featured a “hacking pin” which would protrude from dial when the crown was pulled out to stop the seconds hand, allowing synchronization with GMT. The (often faulty) hacking pin has been replaced with a more conventional hacking method inside the movement.
Overall the Glycine Airman represents excellent value within the sub-$1000 range (available for $834 here). The heritage styling, excellent attention to detail and three timezones makes it a real talking piece that John couldn’t pass up.
All you’ll need to know now is how to set all three timezones…which we can also help you with here in our next video