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Glycine is making waves. Earlier this year, the brand introduced the Glycine Combat Sub in a new 36mm case diameter, catering to gentlemen with smaller wrist sizes, the ladies, as well as watch enthusiasts that yearned for a vintage-sized dive watch in their collection. There were, of course, people who lamented that 36mm was too small for a dive watch. Enter the brand new Glycine Combat Sub 39 in - you guessed it - a 39mm case. Let’s get into it.
Glycine was founded in 1914 by the ingenious Eugène Meylan in Bienne, Switzerland. In the initial years of its founding, Glycine specialised in miniature movements, clad in precious metals and platinum cases for women. In the 1930s, Glycine started to launch its own self-winding watches, and subsequently, chronometer watches. Today, Glycine is most well known for its Airman models first launched in 1953. It was the first watch to introduce multiple time zones.
|Glycine Combat SUB 39 Gilt Ref. GL0401
GL224 Swiss automatic movement
|Unique Curved Lugs for a Comfortable Fit|
If the classic dive watch is in black, then a gilt diver is the cherry on top of the cake. On this new Combat Sub 39 Ref. GL0401, the dial and aluminium bezel insert are both black in colour, with an extra touch of sunburst effect on the dial. However, to stand out from your typical black dive watch, the indices, hands, markers and dial text are gilt, adding a touch of class to a well-rounded timepiece.
A combination of circular and baton indices is used, with only the 12 o’clock index being triangular. 24-hour markings can also be found next to the indices, from 13 all the way to 23 at 11 o’clock. A white date wheel is located at 6 o’clock, a useful complication that does not mess up the proportions of the dial - thanks to it looking just like the indices on the dial. The hands are your typical Combat Sub hands - almost Mercedes like but without the lines on the hour hand. Visibility at night will also not be a problem, as the Combat Sub 39 features a generous coating of Swiss C3 Superluminova.
Powering the Combat Sub 39 is the ever-reliable GL224 automatic movement. It is essentially based on the renowned ETA 2824-2 or Selita SW200-1. It has 25/26 jewels, beats at 28,800 BPH and has a power reserve of 38 hours.
Moving away from the dial and case, the Glycine Combat Sub 39 Gilt Ref. GL0401 comes on a 20mm oyster-style stainless steel bracelet. It has brushed outer links and polished centre links, adding a touch of class to a well-sized diver. A diver’s clasp rounds off the bracelet, giving the bracelet and the whole watch an elegant look while still maintaining its utilitarian purpose.
Nowadays, it is getting increasingly rare for brands in the watch industry to actually listen to their fans and produce watches that they are yearning for. By introducing the Combat Sub in a multitude of sizes, Glycine ensures that everyone who wants a Combat Sub can get a Combat Sub that fits their wrists brilliantly. Kudos to Glycine for being a brand that strives to appeal to everyone and in doing so, standing out amongst its peers as a brand that listens.