Glycine vacuum

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Vacum Glycine

Glycine is a Swiss watch brand that was founded as Fabrique d’Horlogerie La Glycine in 1914 by Eugène Meylan and based in Bienne, Switzerland. The company is now owned by Invicta. 

Meylan was an uncompromising watch engineer who had a profound understanding of both the watch market and the possibilities offered by the technological advances of that time. Very soon, he succeeded in producing extremely precise watches that were a commercial success. 


The year 1959 saw the birth of the famous VACUUM chronometers by Glycine. These watches were known for their incredible resistance to water and shocks and were designed for long-term use under hostile conditions. 

An  advertising printed in 1962 highlights the selling points of the Glycine Vacuum (unpretentiously called “the best”): 

  • High precision thanks to permanent lubrication and no friction caused by air. 

  • Constant water-tightness until the breaking point – 180m under water. 

  • Alternative controls of anti-condensation protection – beyond fusion and freezing points 

 Hans Ulrich Klingenberg, who back then was working for Glycine, has discovered in 1959 that if watch cases are sealed and cased in airless atmosphere, the lubrication doesn't dry out. Vacuumed cases also don't let air, water or condensation penetrate into the case, prolonging the life of the watch and demanding less service. That was his claim, and time proved him right. There are still some Vacuum watches in the market and they are incredibly accurate. Klingenberg took his rightful place in the timeline of Glycine history. Vacuum watches which are still around need people with knowledge to service since it's a monobloc case and access to the movement is from the dial side. 

The Vacuum Patent ( CH 355742 applied in 1959, registered in 1961 ) which is marked always on the case-back of these watches, is registered on Klingenberg's name. 


Already very rare in this all original and specific diving version, the present watch adds to the rarity the name of the french watchmaker UTI on the dial as the company was in charge of the Glycine distribution in France at the time. 


A true unicorn to own. 


Manufacturer: Glycine 

Year: CIRCA 1960  

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Model Name: Vacuum 

Material: Stainless steel 

Calibre: Automatic 

Bracelet/Strap: Fabric strap 

Clasp/Buckle: Ardillon 

Dimensions: 36mm Diameter 

Signed: Case, dial, movement 

Accessories: Non