Building a Glycine Airman Collection

Watch Stories

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.

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Buying Watches

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.