Glycine Watch SA will soon start selling its new Glycine Incursore II 44mm (Ref. 3901) hand wound military watch. Presented in a huge stainless steel body around 44 millimeters in diameter (as the name clearly tells us), the new military-styled timekeeper (at least, the version with a so called ‘California‘ dial that combines Roman and Arabic numerals) seems to be deeply inspired by vintage timekeepers from another Italian watchmaker — Panerai.
According to the company, the new model is animated by a classic ETA Unitas 6498 manual-wind movement.
Measuring 37.2 mm in diameter, the caliber was created in the 1950s and was originally supposed to power only pocket watches.
When the trend for “manly” extra-large wrist watches became apparent, a great number of watchmakers turned to the 6498 and its sibling 6497.
The reason for the caliber’s popularity is rather simple: for its accuracy and reliability the Unitas 6498 is regarded as one of the best pocket watch movements ever made.
The engine is also very rugged and is especially popular among independent brands making so called “tool” watches.
The new Glycine Incursore II will be offered with two versions of its matte-black dial: one with classic layout featuring large Arabic numerals, and one with a California-style Lux dial that combines Roman and Arabic numerals.
While not particularly comfortable, such a layout certainly helps the timekeeper to stand out on the overcrowded market.
The Swiss-based watchmaker plans to sell the watch on a leather strap or on a stainless steel bracelet with recommended prices set at CHF 890 (€685) or CHF 990 (€762) respectively.
Glycine Incursore II 44mm hand wound military watch specification
Price: CHF 890 (leather strap) / CHF 990 (metal bracelet)
Movement: ETA Unitas 6498, manual, Incabloc shock-absorption, 18,000 vibrations per hour, 17 jewels, 37.2 mm in diameter, Swiss Made
Functions: Hours, minutes, small seconds at 6 o’clock
Power reserve: 46 hours
Case material: Stainless steel
Bezel material: Stainless steel
Case shape: Round
Bezel shape: Round
Case size: 44.00 mm
Lug width: No data
Case height: No data
Numerals: Arabic and Roman, luminous
Hands: Steel, luminous
Water resistance: 100 meters
Strap: Leather or steel bracelet
Crystal: Mineral, domed
Case back: Mineral