Last year, Invicta acquired Glycine and the question on most people’s mind was, “what will become of the brand?” The most apparent fallout of this acquisition appears to be a liquidation of inventory, with many references appearing on multiple discount retailers and group-buy websites during the 2016 Black Friday rush. There were cuts across the board, including on Glycine’s popular Combat series and numerous Airman models. Though I had never considered the brand at full retail, I couldn’t pass up trying one at such a deep discount. I ended up getting myself a Glycine Airman Base 22 Mystery, a “murdered-out” take on the iconic Airman template. The Airman has a rich history. The first design was introduced in 1953 with a set of features geared toward the needs of pilots. It was powered by a Felsa 692 caliber driving a 24-hour hand and featured a 24-hour rotating bezel for tracking an additional timezone. In 1955, the Airman appeared in front of an international audience at Basel in the form that would become iconic (black dial, arrow hand) for the brand. The utility of tracking multiple time-zones caught on with newly minted jet-setters, too (Rolex, by the way, released its GMT Master in ’54). This core design has since informed subsequent iterations and has been a constant for Glycine to this very day.