I set out to find the perfect Glycine Airman for my collection and ended up with an Airman collection instead. Here’s how it happened. I didn’t like the traditional Airman style when I first learned about it. Prioritizing legibility in my watch selections, I saw the dials as busy with all 24 hours listed in Arabic numerals. While liking the idea of the Airman, I was not sold on the execution quite yet.
While looking for a quartz GMT or worldtimer, to prepare for upcoming travel to East Africa, I stumbled across the Glycine Airman World Traveler and was immediately smitten with its looks. The World Traveler employs the same case design as other Airman models but features a unique dial for the Airman line with a two tone chapter ring for identifying day and night on the 24 hour scale and cities around the world situated on the rotating bezel. I liked the idea of owning a watch in the Glycine Airman line and spent 6 months looking for the World Traveler with the tan dial before I managed to track one down.
I was working on the roof of my garage while listening to the Two Broke Watch Snobs podcast when I first learned about the Glycine Airman. Michael had just purchase an Airman and the brief history that he shared made me want to look the watch up. Upon searching for the Airman, I found myself not at all interested in what seemed like way too busy dials and yet two years later, I’ve been fascinated with them ever since.
The traditional Glycine Airman with all 24 hours listed on the dial seemed too crowded with numerals but a quartz model called the “World Traveler” caught my eye as a possible travel watch. The World Traveler had long since sold out but I could occasionally find one online, typically for a bit more than I wanted to pay. Realizing that I liked the model with the tan dial best, I set out to find one and thus began my ongoing search for the perfect Glycine Airman.
The single watch that provides everything we want in a timepiece remains elusive for those who love watches. If forced to limit myself to a single timepiece, my choice would be the versatile Sinn 857 UTC TESTAF for three reasons.
By the fall of 2018, I had become convinced that I was ready to leave smartwatches behind and to embrace a new path into the old world of mechanical watches. I pondered embarking upon this journey over the previous five years but with the birth of our daughter as a milestone to celebrate, I decided that it was time to venture forward. With much to learn, I read articles and watched videos for months while preparing for my initial purchase. I especially enjoyed learning from discussions on the Watchuseek forum and the Urban Gentry channel on YouTube.
Having worked as a graphic designer in a past life, I enjoy intentional design so this informed part of my search. My longstanding fascination with history both as the focus of my academic studies and my own personal interest, made me want to find a watch that would hold some kind of historical connection to my life. Along with design and historical interest, my only remaining criteria was that I wanted to keep the cost relatively low.
I received my first watch on my 13th birthday as a gift from my step-father. As part of a rite of passage, it felt appropriate to receive the message that I had grown up enough that I could be expected to keep track of the time. Unsure of where that watch might be, or even what kind of watch it was, I keep hoping that someday it will turn up among my things. This watch served as the initial spark of a fire that would burn brightly more than two decades later in life.
Keeping track of the time, or my things for that matter, has never been my strength. When I purchased my first cell phone, just out of college, I liked the convenience of having the time available in my pocket without having to wear a watch that I might lose. It took another ten years for me to start thinking about wearing a watch again when I pondered finding something nice to wear for my upcoming wedding. I started noticing watches and even keeping an album of watch photos online of models that interested me.