Brand/Model: Glycine Airman Base 22 Purist
Movement: Swiss automatic
Material: stainless steel case and bracelet (watch shown here on aftermarket crocodile strap)
Complications: date display
Price: MSRP: $1,995; street price around $1,200 USD
Plenty of photos follow the review. Click on the pictures to enlarge.
I tend to write about a lot of watches that I consider to be ‘iconic.’ Maybe because objects that I consider to be classics appeal to me. The Glycine Airman is no exception to both the iconic and classic camps. Glycine introduced the Airman in 1953 and this model (and variations thereof) has been in continuous production ever since. There’s plenty more history on the Airman at Glycine’s web site. I just wanted to give the briefest of overviews before getting to the meat of this review.
Cons: standard stainless steel bracelet could be better quality for price point, main crown could be a bit larger
Verdict: even if you’re not a pilot, this is the 24-hour watch to have; just drop the name ‘Airman’ at your next business meeting and see how people react. The Glycine Airman Base 22 Purist is just that, pure in every sense of the word.
Thanks for reading and enjoy the pictures.