July 25, 2009

Glycine Airman 17 Review

Glycine Airman 17 Watch Review

The Glycine Airman 17 mens watch has a nice history starting in 1953 when Glycine started production of the first Airman model. The Airman has a big following with Glycine and is their best known watch. This world-timer shows up to 4 time zones simultaneously! Topring is positioned by a special spacer system at the 4 o’clock position. The Airman 17 has a special execution for the purists of 24-hours watches featuring an arrow-tipped hour hand on the 24-hours dial only. This watch is offered in two sizes 46mm (3865) or 38mm (3866), with dial choices of black, blue, and yellow. If you are going to get a watch like this and actually use the time zones then the 46mm is the only option, it is big, clean, and easy to read. It has a respectable depth rating of 200m, especially for not being a dive watch. The Airman 17 is powered by an automatic ETA A07.171, with a 46 hour power. The ETA A07.171 has been described as a Valjoux 7750 on steroids with a longer power reserve, larger movement, etc. The movement is viewable through the case back displaying the decorated "Côtes de Genève" plating and blued screws.

Pros - 4 time zones, easy strap changes, Côtes de Genève, nice movement.

Considerations - Some feel the price point on an ETA movement is high.

Case: Stainless Steel
Case Diameter: 46mm
Bezel: 24 Hour
Crystal: Sapphire
Dial: Black
Strap: Leather/Rubber 
Lug Width: 24mm
Movement: Automatic 
Water Resistant: 200m

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