If there are watches with tons of history behind them, the Glycine Airman Special is one of them! The Glycine Airman was popularized by the Vietnam War and used by pilots and soldiers from the United States, but its history goes back to the 50's.
In 1955, Airman began appearing in a substantial format that would be maintained through the balance of the 50s, 60s, and 70s. The major changes were the introduction of a large hour hand with a tail (it now functions as a pointer on the opposite clock, useful for non-militants in expressing time in the normal 12 hour manner) and the introduction of a cross-shaped crown. The 1960s were the most successful years for Glycine with the Airman military call-up and the 12-hour call. The Airman watch shifted to A. Child movement (caliber 1700 and later 1903) and a compressor snap-back case.
Not only proven in actual combat, the Glycine Airman is also one of the few watches to have been in space strapped to an astronaut’s wrist having been worn several times by astronaut Charles “Pete” Conrad in multiple Gemini missions.
Let’s end with saying the Airman was the first actual GMT ever!!
Not many watches can match a background like this.
Beautiful 36mm stainless steel case, powered by an A.Schild 1701 movement and fitted with a period correct Bonklip bracelet. Normal wear and age signs but overall very good condition with a near perfect dial!