Established in Bienne, Switzerland in 1914, Glycine has maintained through the years a select line of timepieces, based on the strong foundations of the brand and reflecting their times. As a pioneer in the field of world time watches since 1953, Glycine has continuously developed its AIRMAN line and today offers a smart selection of aviator watches to professionals and amateurs.
Through the quality of our products and a reliable network of after-sale service, we at Glycine are continuing a ninety-year tradition of excellence in the art of watchmaking.Since its founding by Eugène Meylan in 1914, Glycine has been producing watches at its factory in Bienne, Switzerland.
Meylan was an uncompromising watch engineer who strove for perfection and nothing less. He had a profound understanding of both the market demands and the possibilities offered by the technological advances of the time. Very soon, he succeeded in producing extremely precise, small movements for ladies watches, enabling Glycine to put on the market the finest miniature movements, clad in precious gold and platinum cases, often studded with diamonds.
Glycine became a supplier to the wealthy people who valued highly these works of fine craftsmanship. However, Meylan did not stop there. Around 1931, he presented to the world market a well-functioning self-winding watch, entirely of his own invention, a sensational performance that, for lack of capital, could not be exploited commercially. Some of these GLYCINE Eugene Meylan SA self-winding watches can still be found in the collectors` market.
The year 1934 saw the launch of a chronometer range, a line of watches passing the exacting tests of the Official Swiss Quality Control. The depression years of the 30s and the approaching world war took a heavy toll on the company as Switzerland was cut off from nearly all its traditional export markets.
In 1953, the AIRMAN line was presented to the world market and immediately received an enthusiastic welcome. Now, in addition to regular local time, world time was available at a glance. Already in 1953, Glycine started production of its first Airman model, a watch that has become legendary. The design and features of this watch had been worked out in close cooperation with pilots of civil and military aviation.
Undoubtedly this line gave Glycine the status of a pioneer in the field of world time watches
The steadily growing class of jet-setters and frequent travellers readily took to the convenience of having two time zones on their wrist.
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