The countdown has begun! I will guide you through my watch flipping journey. One by one. From the first to the last. What made me buy it? What made me sell it? More than 350 watches has come and gone during the years. Instead of boring you with too much technical details I will try to focus on giving you my thoughts and refelections and at the same time trying to add a personal touch to my journey by sharing some moments when the watches has accompanied me through life. Read and enjoy!
No 152 - Glycine Airman Vintage 1953
My first Airman, the Airman 2000, really got me going and when Glycine
presented this new model in 2012 I knew I just had to have it. A watch
colleague had a good contact at a Glycine AD and could get me a really good
price on a new one and I asked him to order one for me. It took quite a while
for it to arrive. I was hoping I was going to receive it before I went to
Florida for vacation in November but I wasn’t that lucky. It showed up a day or
two after I’d left. Yeah yeah, whatever. I figured it might be nice to have
something to look forward to when I was flying home; leaving the palm trees
behind to soon be replaced by snow and ice. The thought of soon having a new watch on my wrist could perhaps ease the pain a little.
Product picture (borrowed from Glycine).
When I finally came home my acquaintance, who lived outside the city, had
left the watch to another acquaintance, who lived pretty close to me.The thing was
just that the this guy had recently become a father and I was not on his list
of priorities at the moment. So I had to wait for the watch an extra couple of days after I’d
come home to finally get a hold of it. But you know what they say - good things
come to those who wait. And I can tell you, it was good alright!
#152 - The Glycine Airman Vintage 1953, ref. 3904.
See through case back with a nicely engraved rotor.
For starters I loved its small wooden box it was delivered in. So simple
and nice. I loved the off white dial. I loved the fact that it was a three hand
purist version and only available with the 24h configuration. The only
downside, which I also mentioned regarding the Airman 2000, was its size. 42mm
excl. crown. 40mm would have been perfect. Now it felt a little too wide and
flat. I mostly wore it on a brown crocodile strap which I think enhanced its
looks compared to the dull black nato strap. I honestly think I could have gone
OWG with this one if it had been just a tad smaller.
Resting on my Fender Custom Shop 50's Closet Classic Telecaster.
This is how I mostly wore it.
When Glycine re-launched their Airman No.1 I was ecstatic! It looked absolutely
perfect. Unfortunately it turned out to be too small with its 36mm (didn’t stop
me from trying it though! More about that one later). But when they released
the Airman DC 4 the year after, I was praying and hoping that they finally had come to
their senses and given us a 40mm version. But no. It was also 42mm. Damn. The
DC 4 really looked fantastic.
I will continue to hope and pray that a day will come when Glycine give us
an Airman with good proportions.