Glycine: New Models at Basel 2002

by Michael Disher

June 3, 2002

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During the Basel Fair in April, had an opportunity to stop by the Glycine booth and visit with Hans Brechbhler, Managing Director of Glycine Watch S.A., and his daughter Katherina, who is now active in company management. Katherina was kind enough to spend some time with me and show me what’s new for 2002. I had my trusty Sony digicam with me, so let’s see what we can look forward to from Glycine this year.

We might as well start with one of the biggest watches shown at the Fair, in more ways that one – the new Airman 7, which measures 53 mm in diameter without crowns. As Hans Zbinden reported from the Fair, this model caused quite a stir. It contains three individual movements and displays the time in 4 zones. The primary movement is an ETA 2893-2, which shows the time in two time zones via a second hour hand. Then there are two ETA 2671-2 movements, each offering the possibility to display another time zone. The case is 12.3 mm thick with sapphire crystal and display back. All three movements are automatic, and they are visible through the display back, as shown below. The watch shown in the display back shot below is a prototype, and I understand that the “porthole” in the back will increase in size for final production, allowing a more complete view of the amazing three movement arrangement. Also available with a cream color subdials, shown below right.  

This watch should arrive in the USA in September and retail at $2925 on rubber strap and $2900 on leather strap.


Next up is a reissue of the original Airman, the model for which Glycine is perhaps best known. This watch is shown below. This new watch is 36 mm in diameter and 10.7 mm thick – diminutive by Glycine standards but true to the original. Also brought back from the original is the screw down bezel locking mechanism. The subsidiary red or black hour hand displays a second timezone on a 24 hour scale. The rotating bezel can be used to display a third timezone. ETA 2893-2 movement.

Comes with a sapphire crystal and a mineral glass display back, and available with in 5 dial colors – black, white, champagne, blue and copper. Should be available in the USA this month. The retail price will be $1000.

Above, the Airman 36 mm display back

Also new for 2002 is a 40 mm chronograph known as the Ningaloo Reef, shown below. This watch is 10mm thick and should appeal to those who like the Stratoforte, but who found its dimensions a tad too imposing. Built around a Valjoux 7750 movement, this model sports a display back and black, red, white and blue dial choice. The retail price will be $1600. Should arrive in the USA this month.


Another new model is a version of the Ningaloo Reef that adds triple date and moonphase complications to the chronograph, while maintaining the same 40 x 10 mm dimensions. This model is particularly attractive with the blue dial, as shown on the right. This watch based on the Valjoux 7751 and should also be available in June, and will be priced at $2600. 

Diamonds were everywhere at Basel this year, and manufacturers and retailers alike reported strong demand for wristwatches bearing these precious stones. Shown below are two of Glycine’s offerings with diamonds. On the left is a chronograph with 8 diamonds on the dial. Dial choices include a pastel palette of lavender, salmon, pale yellow, and pale green. This model shares the Ningaloo Reef’s 40 x 10 mm dimensions. Priced at $1750 with diamonds, and also available without diamonds for $1500.

Below on the right is the new diamond version of the Incursore, complete with genuine mother of pearl dial. This model carries over the Incursore’s Unitas 6497 manual winding movement. Glycine has definitely noticed that women are wearing larger watches, and they hope women will notice these.

That’s my report on Glycine’s newest offerings. You can visit the official Glycine website at

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