|Date/Report Number ..102612R5BY.04 Item: VINTAGE STEEL MILITARY GLYCINE BIENNE GENEVE|
|Description of item:
VINTAGE GLYCINE BIENNE GENEVE IN STAINLESS STEEL WITH MILITARY *RADIUM DIAL *
RE-ILLUMINATED WITH AF-LUMINOVA HIGH-PERFORMANCE PHOSPHORESCENT PIGMENT WITH SIGNED
GLYCINE 17 JEWEL SHOCK PROTECTED CALIBRE 72 31 X 37 mm W/O CROWN WITH NEW ITALIAN HAND
MADE DOUBLE STITCHED & PADDED GENUINE LIZARD STRAP IN BLACK
.Estimated Retail Replacement Value $795.00
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READY TO WEAR
RESTORED & OVERHAULED
ALL FEATURES WORKING
MILITARY *RADIUM DIAL
31 X 37 mm
STITCHED & PADDED
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.
The Glycine Company Hype above would lead one to
believe that Glycine s was kickin' 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.
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.
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
CONTRARY TO STATEMENTS ON VARIOUS WATCH FORUMS REGARDING THE GLYCINE WATCH COMPANY:
A) NOT ALL STEEL OR CHROME CASES WERE SIGNED "GLYCINE.
B) MOST VINTAGE GLYCINE WATCHES DO NOT HAVE SIGNED CROWNS
C) DURING THE PERIOD OF 1938 THROUGH 1947, SOME OF THE LARGER [34/35MM] GLYCINE WATCHES UTILIZED UNSIGNED MOVEMENTS INCLUDING THE 215 AND THE AS 1130. SOME OF THE AS 1130 MOVEMENTS HAD A GLYCINE SIGNED RATCHET / WINDING WHEEL & SOME DID NOT.
D) MOST (75%) OF THE 30/31 mm GLYCINE MILITARY
RADIUM DIALED WATCHES HAD THE GLYCINE SIGNED CALIBRE 72 17 JEWEL SWEEP SECONDS MOVEMENT.
E) ALL GLYCINE WATCHES WERE PRODUCED WITH SIGNED DIALS
24 HOUR MILITARY TIME
OUTER NUMERAL MARKED
WHITE SECONDS CHAPTER
HANDS ARE STANDARD
ORIGINAL RADIUM BLACK STEEL
ORIGINAL STEEL CASE
STEEL SCREW BACK
ORIGINAL NON-SIGNED CROWN
OFF WHITE SWEEP SECONDS HAND
31 X 37 mm
4 SQUARE SCREW IN CASE BACK
ITALIAN HAND MADE LIZARD STRAP
ONE OF ROCK'S BEST GLYCINES
CASE BACK IS IN EXCELLENT CONDITION
OVERHAULED & RESTORED
THIS GLYCINE WAS
TWO GLYCINE 72 MOVEMENTS
WERE REQUIRED TO RESTORE
WE REQUIRED A CENTER WHEEL DUE TO THE FACT
A GLYCINE WE PURCHASED OFF EBAY SOLD AS "RUNNING STRONG"
HAD THE CENTER WHEEL UPPER PIVOT MISSING SO NO SECOND HAND
ANOTHER WATCH INVESTED IN TO GET A COMPLETE MOVEMENT
WAS ALSO SOLD AS RUNNING PERFECT AND KEEPING TIME
BUT ARRIVED WITH BROKEN MAIN AND WARPED BARREL
AND DAMAGED ESCAPE WHEEL
MAIN SPRING BRIDGE REMOVED
MAINSPRING BARREL IS
REMOVED AND CLEANED
MAIN SPRING BARREL
HERE THE NEXT BRIDGE IS REMOVED
SO THE CENTER WHEEL
ESCAPE WHEEL CAN BE REMOVED
GOOD ONE ON LEFT
BAD ONE ON RIGHT
[BROKEN SECOND HAND WHEEL PIVOT]
ABOVE IS A DEMO OF THE OIL CAPS BEING REMOVED TO
OIL THE BOTTOM ESCAPE WHEEL PIVOT
THERE IS ANOTHER ON THE TOP.
A LACK OF OIL CAUSE THE ESCAPE WHEEL PIVOT TO WEAR
I ALWAYS READ HOW WATCHES ARE "SERVICED" AND "OILED"
THE WATCH IS GOING FOR
50 TO 150
HOW CAN SOMEONE DO THIS?
IT TAKES HOURS TO PROPERLY
SERVICE A WATCH
TO OVERHAUL IT!
EVEN MORE TO
HERE IS A WELL-CAP REMOVED
HERE ARE TWO MORE ON TOP - UNDER THE DIAL
WE WILL DO THIS ON THE MOVEMENT
WE ARE REBUILDING WITH PARTS FROM THIS GLYCINE 72
THAT MOVEMENT WILL BE CLEANED IN A
4 JAR CLEANING SYSTEM
WE WILL DO THE OUTER OILING LIKE ABOVE
HERE THE SCRTEWS REMOVED ALLOWING OILING
YOU CAN SEE WHERE IT FITS
THE CAP HOLD THE PIVOT OIL
THE ESCAPE WHEEL RECEIVES
MORE FORCE WHILE CENTER WHEELS
RECEIVE LESS. SO STANDARD JEWELS
ARE OILED W/O REMOVING ANYTHING.
[DIAL MUST BE REMOVED]
THE BALANCE WHEEL HAS A BRASS "HOUR GLASS" SHOCK ABSORBER ON TOP AND BOTTOM
THERE IS A PIC OF OPENING THE SHOCK ABSOBER
THEN THE RED JEWEL TOP IS LIFTED
AND OIL APPLIED. BOTH SIDES
NOTE, THERE IS MUCH MORE REQUIRED
TO LUBRICATE AND OIL A MOVEMENT
I AM ONLY SHOWING A FEW OF THE TYPES
TO REMOVE THE CENTER WHEEL,
THE CANON PINION MUST
BE REMOVED WITH A TOOL
[IN THE PIC HERE I AM USING
SCREW DRIVER TO POINT OUT
THE PINION NOT REMOVE IT]
WE USED THE HOUR WHEEL
THE MINUTE WHEEL
FROM THIS MOVEMENT
FOR THE ONE WE RESTORED
WE JUST WOULD RATHER USE THE
HOUR & MINUTE WHEEL
ALONG WITH THE CANON PINION
WHEN CHANGING THE CANON PINION
WATCH WINDS SETS & KEEPS TIME