Founded in 1914 by a gentleman named Eugene Meylan, Glycine’s humble beginnings were etched from a factory in Bienne, Switzerland. An engineer, Meylan would accept nothing less than perfection. He had a vision that included the technological advances of the time, as well as the market and economy of the era. Originally known for his petite movements for ladies’ watches, Glycine found a niche with the wealthy of society, cladding his platinum-cased watches with precious diamonds and gems. Around 1931, Meylan created his own self-winding watch; which, at the time, was a breakthrough years ahead of its time. In 1934, Glycine introduced a line of chronometers, passing stringent tests of Swiss standards.
In 1953 Glycine began production on their now legendary watch the Airman. This watch was designed in cooperation with military and private pilots of the era. Pioneering the way with world time, the Airman set a standard in the field of watch making.
Today, the Airman is in a class of its own: The face of the Airman offers hours, minutes, and seconds, a 24-hour hand, and date display. The function of the Airman offers a 46-hour power reserve, waterproof up to 20m, sapphire glass and a screw-down crown.
With a century of ingenuity behind them, Glycine has made its mark in the watch making industry. The most notorious watch made by Glycine is the Airman. In 2014, Glycine remade the original Airman No. 1 using the plans for the original, just as it was manufactured in 1953. Under the helm of president and owner Stephen Lack, Glycine continues to carry the torch that was lit so long ago by founder Eugene Maylan. Swiss owned and operated, Glycine will continue to deliver fine instruments of time keeping “Just a bit outside of mainstream.” (Stephen Lack, owner Glycine)