January 9, 2011
by Ariel Adams
The popular Incursore collection from Glycine returns with a model II and model III. Relatively inexpensive, these watches comes with a few dial styles and with automatic or manually wound movements. Actually, the price of the pieces with a manually wound Unitas 6498 movement is the same as the watch with an automatic ETA 2824. So why would someone opt for a manually wound movement. Well, I guess some people prefer it… but really the only difference is a central seconds hand (in the automatic) versus a subsidiary seconds dial in the manually wound version. Oh, and the view through the watch’s exhibition caseback is gonna be different.
The Glycine Incursore II model (ref. 3901) is that with the manually wound movement, and the III (ref. 3900) has the automatic. Each comes in a 44mm wide steel case (100 meters water resistant) with an available metal bracelet or thick leather strap. Each watch has a few dial options. A “standard” minimalistic model with a mix of Arabic and baton hour markers, and a “California dial” that mixes Roman and Arabic numerals. Which do you prefer? Note the different hands on each.
All the various options seem to be rather great to have as choices. I notice various dial colors (black, aubergine, and dark blue) and textures, as well and finished to the case. Some look polished, while others look brushed. Looks like Glycine is really trying to make an Incursore II or III model for everyone. The only real draw back I can see is the use of a mineral versus sapphire crystal. While the price would go up with a sapphire crystal, I’d really like to see Glycine put this as an option. Most people, by the time they get to a brand like Glycine, are at the point when sapphire crystals are far more appealing than minerals ones due to their potential superior clarity and much higher scratch resistance.
Glycine is banking on the value proposition of these watches, especially for people who want a Swiss mechanical watch with a traditional sporty style at a price that won’t freak you out. The watches on a leather strap will go for 890 Swiss Francs, and 990 Swiss Francs on a metal bracelet. Again. looks like the Incursore II and III watches are the same price, as are all the dial options.See Glycine watches on eBay here. See Glycine watches on Amazon here. [phpbay]glycine airman, num, “14324”, “”[/phpbay]