We are excited to feature a rare piece today, a Glycine Airman SST from 1968. The SST model (standing for "Super Sonic Transportation"), or "pumpkin" as it is known among collectors, was designed in commemoration of early supersonic passenger jet production. In particular, the watch is a direct homage to the Boeing 2707, which is featured on the case back. Although the Boeing never went beyond having a prototype made, the SST enjoyed a production run from 1967 to 1971.
There are a lot of unique features on this watch that make it a hit among collectors. First and foremost is that unmistakble bright orange inner rotating bezel, which can be used to track a different time zone. Next we can observe that the watch features a 24 hour dial, meaning the hour hand only travels around once every 24 hours. Interestingly the dial is divided into light and dark sections for daytime or nighttime hours. Another interesting feature on this particular model is the hacking function, which is actually activated by a tiny little wire that springs through the dial when the stem is pulled out, stopping the watch only when the seconds hand reaches the 24 hour mark. This is a useful feature as it can be used to more easily sync the time.
This particular SST is in impeccable condition. We have serviced the movement and replaced the crystal but otherwise left the case as is. It looks great, and the few marks of wear do not distract from the original sunburst finish and polish. The original compressor crowns are present. All functions, including date, hacking and the rotating inner bezel work as they should. We have also pared the watch with a high quality performance leather and rubber strap from Hirsch, which is supremely comfortable to wear.
Movement: Automatic Wind A.Schild Cal. 1903 Movement has been completely serviced and keeps accurate time. All functions, including date, hacking and the rotating inner bezel work as they should. Case: 41.5mm (not including crowns) Stainless Steel case and back Features: GMT, hacking, date Strap: Hirsch Paul strap, alligator-embossed Italian Calfskin with natural rubber lining in brown Overall condition: Case is in excellent condition, with original sunburst finish still visible, and expected marks of wear throughout. A new, original crystal has been installed. Original compressor crowns. The inner rotating bezel is bright and vivid, and works smoothly. Dial and hands are in excellent condition, with original lume present.