Glycine Watches

While glycine might refer to the formula NH2CH2COOH, Glycine refers to the formula of classic historically verified quality and technological innovation.


Glycine was founded in 1914 by Eugne Meylan in Bienne, Switzerland. A watch engineer that understood quality and also the ticking heart of the watch buying public, Meylan was quickly a supplier of fine luxury watches to the wealthy elite. Twenty years later the launch of the chronometer range was met with success in design, but disappointment in timing. The economic depression and mounting world war meant that even the fine watches which passed the tests of the Official Swiss Quality Control struggled to find a failing market.

The company, however, survived through where other companies failed. After the end of the second World War, Glycine made use of their survival with bold moves into increased production. The Vacuum chronometers were ground breaking in water and shock resistance and paved the way for the coming Airman. The Airman fit perfectly into the changing times which suited themselves to a watch that worked wherever they went.


After the Swiss watch industry was plagued by the proliferation of Far Eastern quartz watches through the 70s and 80s, many companies buckled under the strain. Again Glycine pulled through with dogged determinance and has continued to produce the watches that they are known for while pursuing the next great leap in fine watchmaking.

-Kale Golden