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Date/Report Number:.110214:EGST-AF43-3322 Item:  :  WWII STAINLESS STEEL BIENNE GENEVE GLYCINE
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Description of item:  VINTAGE WWII STAINLESS STEEL BIENNE GENEVE GLYCINE

Estimated Retail Replacement Value $775.00


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READY TO WEARRESTORED & OVERHAULED
ALL FEATURES WORKING
EXCELLENT CONDITION

VINTAGE
WWII
STAINLESS STEEL
BIENNE GENEVE
GLYCINE
WITH
MILITARY *RADIUM DIAL

*
RE-ILLUMINATED

WITH
AF-LUMINOVA
HIGH-PERFORMANCE
PHOSPHORESCENT PIGMENT


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WITH

SIGNED
GLYCINE
17 JEWEL
SHOCK PROTECTED
 
CALIBER 72

31 X 37
mm
W/O
CROWN

WITH

NEW ITALIAN
LEATHER STRAP
IN
BLACK

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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.

1915-18

The Glycine Company Hype above would lead one to believe that Glycine s was kicking' butt. But in fact, W.W.I nearly broke the Glycine bank and, their market was entirely in the battle zone.

In 1931, Glycine developed a self-winding watch, but due to limited capitol, it was never  exploited commercially ..... because once more, a outside force was holding down the company; that force was the DEPRESSION.

In 1934 Glycine introduced a chronometer line. These passed the exacting tests of the Official Swiss Quality Control. But the depression also kept sales to a minimum.

Thus W.W.I and the Depression took a heavy toll on Glycine as Switzerland was cut off from nearly all its traditional export markets.

1936-1945

Here is the time that collectors sometimes miss out on. With the depression in force, Glycine, a 15 year old new born, was on the ropes through the early 1930's. After the 1936 Olympics in Germany, Glycine began to make inroads selling to Germany.   Rather than produces a series of new movements, they opted for complete movements [not ebauches]  and non-signed spring bar and wire lugged steel and chrome plated cases purchased from outside companies. The case quality [steel vs chromed]  depended on the sale and on the year.

NOTE: GLYCINE PRODUCED WATCHES FOR ALL SIDES OF THE WWII CONFLICT. THOSE SOLD TO THE GERMANS (WHETHER INDIVIDUALLY OR DIRECTLY TO MILITARY) ARE HIGHLY COLLECTIBLE. THEY CAN BE FOUND IN 30/31MM SIZE WITH & WITHOUT "DH" BACK, IN SPRING BAR OR WIRE LUGGED UNSIGNED STEEL OR CHROMED CASES WITH THE [Adolf Schild] AS 1130 MOVEMENT OR C-72.

NOTE: THEN THERE ARE LARGE 35MM  VERSIONS THAT APPEAR WITH LESS FREQUENCY. THEY MEASURE 34/35 MM IN USUALLY NON-SIGNED STEEL CASES. THEY HAVE A CALIBRE 215 MOVEMENT THAT SOMETIMES HAS A WINDING WHEEL SIGNED OR NOT.

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.

NOTE: GLYCINE DID NOT BECOME AN OVERLY FAMOUS, COLLECTIBLE  OR DESIRABLE BRAND UNTIL THE RELEASE OF THE AIRMAN. THE AIRMAN PROPELLED THE GLYCINE BRAND IN THE U.S.A.

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.

NOTE: GLYCINE DID NOT BECOME AN OVERLY FAMOUS, COLLECTIBLE  OR DESIRABLE BRAND UNTIL THE EARLY 1950's RELEASE OF THE AIRMAN. THE AIRMAN PROPELLED THE GLYCINE BRAND IN THE U.S.A.  AND EUROPE.


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VINTAGE
GLYCINE
BIENNE GENEVE
IN
STAINLESS STEEL

MARKERS 1-12
WHITE OUTLINED
WITH
RAISED LUME

24 HOUR MILITARY TIME
IN
WHITE

OUTER NUMERAL MARKED
WHITE SECONDS CHAPTER

RE-ILLUMINATED
WITH
AF-LUMINOVA

HIGH-PERFORMANCE
PHOSPHORESCENT PIGMENT

 

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HANDS ARE STANDARD
ORIGINAL RADIUM BLACK STEEL
WITH
RADIUM INSERTS

RE-ILLUMINATED
WITH
AF-LUMINOVA

HIGH-PERFORMANCE
PHOSPHORESCENT PIGMENT

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ORIGINAL STEEL CASE
WITH
4 SQUARE
STEEL SCREW BACK

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ORIGINAL NON-SIGNED CROWN

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RED SWEEP SECONDS HAND

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ORIGINAL  CRYSTAL

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RE-ILLUMINATED
WITH
AF-LUMINOVA

HIGH-PERFORMANCE
PHOSPHORESCENT PIGMENT

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31 X 37 mm
w/o Crown

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HIGH QUALITY ITALIAN LEATHER STRAP

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RE-ILLUMINATED

WITH
AF-LUMINOVA

HIGH-PERFORMANCE
PHOSPHORESCENT PIGMENTS

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4 SQUARE SCREW IN CASE BACK


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EXCELLENT CONDITION

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MODEL NUMBERED
STAINLESS STEEL CASE


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EXCELLENT CONDITION

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EXCELLENT CONDITION


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ONE OF ROCK'S BEST Glycine

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ONE OF ROCK'S BEST Glycine

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AWESOME

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YOU CAN SEE ONLY 4 SLOTS
THE SPRING BARS WERE CHANGED

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THERE IS A PIC TESTING CROWN STEM

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RUNNING THE WATCH
BEFORE PLACING CRYSTAL

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ONCE TESTED IT WAS TAKEN APART
AND CRYSTAL CHANNEL CLEANED

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CRYSTAL PLACED WITH UV CEMENT

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CRYSTAL PLACED WITH UV CEMENT

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SIGNED INTERIOR
FINISHED CASE BACK


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NOTE WIDE DEEP SEAL CHANNEL

 

WE TIME
MOVEMENT

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CONDITION
- EXCELLENT- 
WATCH WINDS SETS & KEEPS TIME
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