The new Glycine Incursore Power Reserve DLC (ref. 3880) automatic watch looks like an ultimate military gadget: it is as simple, as it is highly legible, and it is as scratch-resistant as it is reliable. It could almost an ultimate accessory if not its price: charging whole four grands (okay, it’s a “recommended” price, but still don’t expect to find a watch below $3200 mark) for a watch that is powered by a mass-market automatic caliber seems a bit extreme to me. After all, for the money, you can find a good used Omega in mint condition equipped with a better caliber.
Glycine, the Swiss watch maker, has revealed its new addition to the Incursore line of watches named after WW2-time Italian combat divers (in Italian, the word “incursore” means “commando,” a military unit specially trained to wreak havoc behind enemy lines.) This nice military-style timepiece comes equipped with a high-legible dial that features a matte black background and large Arabic numerals and hour markers filled with light grey luminescent substance.
The diamond-shaped hour and minute hands are also luminous. Although the hands give the device that superb legibility of a military plane’s instrument panel, they also make the timepiece look less like a diver and more like a vintage pilot’s watch. Whether it is good or bad, only you can decide.
The new watch also features a big date indicator located at 3 o’clock and an interesting-looking indicator of remaining energy in the timekeeper’s mainspring barrel. Painted in the colors of Italian national flag -green, red and a little white- the indicator is as intuitive as it is graphic. While some may consider it dull, I would say that it perfectly matches the way the pair of Arabic and nine rectangular hour markers are painted on the black dial.
Clearly designed to be worn with casual dress, new timekeeper is presented in an impressive 46 mm stainless steel case that features a scratch-resistant DLC coating with military-inspired satin finish.
Having a list price of just shy of $4000 US dollars, the watch has its dial protected from dust and particles with a sapphire glass that offers a not so common anti-reflective treatment and also features a powerful magnifying lens over the calendar window.
Although the new Italian watch is not terribly cheap, it is equipped with a mass-produced ETA A07.161 automatic movement. Built on 24 jewels, the movement offers a more or less standard power reserve of 46 hours, which means that you will anyway have to wind its main spring every other day.
Yes, the mechanism is relatively simple, made by the best machinery in the business and is therefore bullet-proof reliable, but is also quite cheap, so you basically pay for the name on the dial, which is clearly less known to general public than, say, Omega or Breitling. So, if your plan is to impress someone, you should possibly look somewhere else (IWC, for example, has a number of gorgeous, similarly styled pilots that, while being more expense, also have more value and are better at retaining it).
The good news is that the movement seems to be of top grade execution.
As you can see on the photos below, its bridges are perlaged, while the quarter plate is decorated with finely executed Geneva stripes.
Besides quality Cotes de Geneve decoration, the oscillating weight of the winding rotor not only branded, but is also stamped with numerous E-shaped Glycine crowns. A very nice touch, that.
Build Quality: 5/5
Overall Legibility: 4.5/5
Nighttime Legibility: 4.5/5
Value for Money: 3/5
Overall Rating: 4/5
Glycine Incursore Power Reserve DLC watch specification :
Price range: $4000 (MSRP)
Movement: Caliber ETA A07.161, automatic, Swiss Made
Functions & Complications: Hours, minutes, seconds, date, power reserve indication
Power reserve: 46 hours
Case material: Stainless steel with black DLC coating
Case diameter: 46.00 mm
Case height: 15.00 mm
Dial: Black with Superluminova hands and marks
Water resistance: 10ATM / 100 meters
Strap: Black calf leather
Crystal: Sapphire crystal, scratch-proof, anti-reflective