|Date/Report Number ..051212R5BY.04 Item: VINTAGE 1943 35MM WWII ERA GLYCINE STEEL MILITARY WATCH WITH GATOR STRAP|
|Description of item: VINTAGE RARE SWISS MADE GLYCINE 1943 35MM WWII ERA STEEL
MILITARY WATCH HAS 24 HR NUMERAL MARKERS, RAISED ILLUMINATED NUMERALS ILLUMINATED
STEEL HANDS AND STEEL CASE AND SCREW DOWN CASE BACK AND CENTER SWEEPS SECONDS. ATTACHED IS
A TOP END ALLIGATOR STRAP WITH STEEL DEPLOYMENT WITH GATOR STRAP
.Estimated Retail Replacement Value $1365.98
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|CHROME WIRE LUG CASE||BACK COVER||AS FOUND|
|[RESTORED BY ROCK]
Men's WWII German
Glycine Military Watch
RAISED LUME NUMERALS
OUTER BUTLER STYLE CHAPTER RING
MOST GLYCINE WATCHES WERE SOLD TO THE GERMAN ARMY
FROM 1935-1939 GLYCINE PRODUCED MANY WATCHES FOR THE GERMAN ARMY. BUT BY 1940, GLYCINE HALTED DIRECT SUPPLY TO THE GERMAN MILITARY
THESE WATCHES NORMALLY HAD A "D" OR A "D" SERIAL NO "H" STAMPED ON CASE BACK AND WERE OF THE SUB-SECOND HAND REGISTER THE DID NOT HAVE A CENTER SWEEP SECONDS HANDS. .
BY 1942, OVER 200.000 GLYCINE WATCHES WOULD MAKE THEIR WAY TO THE GERMANS BY THE ALTERATION OF THE IMPORT/EXPORT CODES WITH SUPPLIERS DIVERTING SALES TO GERMANY
MOST OF THESE GLYCINES WERE OF THE SUB REGISTER TYPE BUT SOME HAD THE NEW "SWEEP SECONDS" HAND THAT WAS MADE POPULAR DURING WWII THROUGH WATCHES LIKE THE A-11 US HACKING WATCHES.
MANY OF THESE WATCHES WERE CASED IN CHROME PLATED WIRE LUGGED CASES WITH STEEL BACKS AND HAD MAINLY BLACK DIALS.
Following the end of World War I and the collapse of the German Empire, most of the German Army (Heer) was demobilized or simply dissolved. Many former soldiers drifted into small paramilitary groups known as Free Corps (Freikorps). The Free Corps were generally groups of 100 men or fewer that protected a neighborhood or town.
On 6 March 1919 an army known as the Provisional German Defense Force (Vorläufige Reichswehr) was formed with about 400,000 men, many drawn from the Free Corps. On 30 September that same year, the Transitional Army (Übergangsheer) was created from the Defense Force and the Free Corps.
Finally, on 1 January 1921 the 100,000 man Army of the Weimar Republic (Reichswehr) was formed with seven Infantry Divisions and three Cavalry Divisions. It was troops from the Army of the Weimar Republic who crushed Adolf Hitler's Munich Beer Hall Putsch in November 1923.
Under the Treaty of Versailles, the Reichswehr was only allowed 100,000 men split between the Army and the Navy. Following the 1932 German elections the Nazi Party came to power and began to abrogate the treaty. The Army was made part of the Wehrmacht in May 1935 with the passing of the "Law for the Reconstruction of the National Defense Forces". The Wehrmacht included not just the Army and Navy but also a third branch known as the Luftwaffe. Initially, the Army was expanded to divisional-sized units and smaller formations. Between 1935 and 1945 this force grew to consist of hundreds of divisions and thousands of smaller supporting units. Between 1939 and 1945 close to 16 million served in the Army. Over 3 million were killed and over 4.1 million were wounded. Of the 7,361 men awarded the initial grade of the highest German combat honor of World War II, the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross, 4,777 were from the Army, making up 65% of the total awarded. The Allies dissolved the German Army on 20 August 1946.
1942 GruenWatch Advertisement
Appealing To All Branches Of The
USA American Defense Services
8 Models for 8 Branches
MILITARY WATCH OR NOT
THERE WERE LITERALLY MILLIONS OF SOLDIERS DURING WWII. ONLY A FRACTION WERE PROVIDED WITH MILITARY ISSUE WATCHES. THE WATCH INDUSTRY TOOK NOTICE OF THIS FACT AND BEGAN PRODUCING AND MARKETING MILITARY DESIGNED WATCHES WHICH WERE DESIGNED AND SOLD TO SOLDIERS. JUST TAKE A LOOK AT THE 1942 ADVERT FOR GRUEN. THEY HAD EIGHT MODELS FOR DIFFERENT BRANCHES OF THE US ARMED FORCES .
THE TEN YEAR PERIOD BETWEEN 1938 AND 1948 SAW THE UNIQUE STYLE OF MILITARY WATCHES SWEEP THE GLOBE. THE DEIGNS INCLUDED 29 TO 34 MM CASES, WITH 35 TO 40 MM CASES BEING THE RAREST, WITH SCREW ON BACKS THAT AFFORDED WATER PROTECTION AND SHOCK ABSORBERS IN 15 AND 17 JEWELED MOVEMENTS.
THE DIALS WERE ALSO REVAMPED TO WHITE OR BLACK WITH, IN SOME CASES, TWO TONE COLORS. MOST OF THE MOST SOUGHT AFTER HAD SWEEP SECONDS HANDS WITH OUTER CHAPTER RINGS, AND, THE MOST SOUGHT AFTER, 24 HOUR MILITARY TIME, WITH RADIUM HANDS AND RAISED RADIUM NUMERALS, AND IN MANY MODELS A RED SWEEP SECOND . [NOTE: ILLUMINATED DIALS WERE RARE FOR PILOTS]
FROM 1942 THROUGH 1945, GLYCINE PRODUCED OVER 1/2 MILLION SWEEP SECONDS HAND GLYCINE WATCHES. THE MOST RARE ARE THE LARGE 35MM STEEL CASED VERSIONS.
THOUGH COLOR PLAYED NO IMPORTANT PART, IT SEEMS THAT THE GERMAN VERSION WERE MAINLY BLACK DIALED --THOUGH WHITE VERSIONS ARE DISCOVERED-- AND THOSE PURCHASED BY AMERICAN SOLDIERS AND PILOTS WERE WHITE DIALED.
WITH RADIUM ILLUMINATED HANDS AND RADIUM ILLUMINATED RAISED NUMERALS. THE LARGE 35 MM ALL STEEL USAA VERSION WITH WHITE DIAL AND RAISED RADIUM MARKERS ARE THE HIGHEST VALUED COLLECTORS PIECES OUT SIDE OF A GERMAN BLACK SUB DIAL WITH GERMAN NAZI PARTY ENGRAVINGS.
THE AVAREAGE SIZE WAS 21MM. THE RARE 35MM MODELS WERE A SPECIAL LIMITED EDITION DUE TO THE FACT STEEL WAS AT A PREMIUM. EVEN THE US A-11 AT 28 TO 29 MM HAD A CHROMED BASE METAL CASE.
|31MMM BLACK DIAL
RESTORED BY ROCK
NOTE THE 24 HR
|STEEL SCREW BACK|
|READY TO WEAR
RESTORED & OVERHAULED
BIENNE - GENEVE
35.24 x 42 MM
THIS RARE WWII MODEL WAS MADE SPECICIALLY FOR THE AMERICAN
HIGH END MILITARY MARKET.
DURING THE KOREAN WAR GLYCINE ONCE AGAIN PRODUCED WATCHES
FOR MULTI NATIONAL FORCES
AMERICAN KOREAN FRENCH BRITISH
RESTORED BY ROCK
NOTICE THE CASE BACKS
RESTORED BY ROCK
|WHILE GLYCINE CREATED MILITARY
HERE IS A CIVI WATCH SAME TIME
Glycine is a Swiss wristwatch manufacturer formed in 1914 in Bienne, Switzerland by Eugène Meylan..
Meylan was an uncompromising watch engineer who strove for perfection and produced extremely precise, small movements for ladies watches. Glycine would combine these fine miniature movements with cases fabricated from gold and platinum with with diamonds. Glycine became a supplier to the wealthy.
W.W.I and the depression took a heavy toll on Glycine as Switzerland was cut off from nearly all its traditional export markets.
In 1931, Glycine developed a self-winding watch, but
due to limited capitol, it was never exploited commercially.
In 1934 Glycine introduced a chronometer line. These passed the exacting tests of the Official Swiss Quality Control. They then secured contracts with the German Government and produced watches specifically for the German pre-war reduced military--. with many going to groups that were listed UNDER various names as if they were social organizations but were actually soldiers. t
IN 1940 Glycine cut ties with the Germans, yet still produced watches for the German Military by way of a shell game
IN 1942 through 1945, Glycine produced watches for the British Americans and Free French. . the 35 mm with raised radium dial and sweep seconds was the most sought after but rarest.
In the early 1950s, Glycine introduced the Airman
model, a 24 hour watch favored by both commercial and military pilots-- including U.S. Air
Force pilots during the Vietnam War.
In 1952 Glycine introduced the famous VACUUM chronometers, which were known for their incredible resistance to water and shocks.
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.
The steadily growing class of jet-setters and frequent travelers readily took to the convenience of having two time zones on their wrist.
OUTLINED RAISED LUME NUMERALS
BLACK AND LUME HANDS
BLACK NUMERAL MARKED CHAPTER RING
MILITARY RED SWEEP SECONDS
ALL STAINLESS STEEL CASE
35.7 x 39 MM
RED AND BLACK
THE SPECIAL ORDER
ROCK GOT 12 AWESOME FIRST CLASS
FOR A STEAL
ONLY 90 BUCKS
BUT THEY HAD TO BE LONGS
SO YOU GET A DEAL AND A HALF
AND THEY FIT SIZE 7 TO 8.5 INCHES
MORE FURTHER BELOW
THE DIAL IS STAMPED WITH
24 HOUR MILITARY TIME
RAISED OUTLINED RADIUM NUMBERS
RADIUM REMOVED & DISPOSED PROPERLY
FILLED WITH LUMINOVA
ATTACHED IS AN AWESOME
GENUINE HAND MADE
READ AND BELIEVE
DID WE SAY FREE
TOP OF THE VERY VERY TOP
TOP OF THE LINE
FREE WITH THIS
LARGE AS LIFE
DID WE SAY
IS SUPER DUPER
IMAGINE THIS BABY
ON YOUR WRIST
SCREW DOWN CASE BACK
HERE SHE IS WITH REGULAR BUCKLE
FITS 7.5 PERFECTLY
THE LOOK IS EXTRAVAGANT
AND PRETTY THIN FOR SOLID GATOR
AT 35.7 MM
THIS BABY WOULD
BE A FLIERS VERSION
I DID SAY STAINLESS STEEL?
WITH PERFECT FIT CROWN
HACK SWEEP SECONDS
f = 18000 A/h
power reserve 46h
Instead of the drive train turning the dial protruding shaft/pinion at 6 position connected to the tiny second hand, they mounted a large brass/alloy wheel on the opposite side of the shaft that now protruded through the bridge. That wheel turned a wheel on top of a NEW center "shaft' held in position be a new this jeweled bridge that went through a new HOLLOW center cannon pinion in the center of the movement that then protruded through the center of the dial where a new long ***sweep second hand attached.
***sweep second hand
technically, "sweep" usually means rotating round without TICKS. In other words, smoothly rather than "ticking" by second round. In this write up, we are using sweep in a general way to better explain our history and science. It made no difference whether it was ticks or moves smooth, the idea being that one had a large second hand that went round in tune with the movement and the chapter ring so one could count, time & now even synchronize.
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