The Glycine Combat 6 wristwatch is a classically-styled piece, almost coming across as a dress watch. Presented on leather straps, these watches are designed to be rugged and sturdy pieces that offer good wearability for day to day life while adding in a touch of luxury from the Swiss craftsmanship. Coming in three muted colours, the new Combat 6 offers to be a good alternative to the boring Submariner lookalikes.
Despite being slightly dressy, these new watches aren’t exactly of the haute couture crowd. The dials are far too congested for that. The Combat 6 watches have thin bezels which help space things out, but there are both 12 and 24-hour timescales printed on them along with a large logo and a date. Lume painted sword hands also aid with legibility, along with some small dots of lume around the edge of the dial.
They’re also too large for a classic dress watch. The watches receive a stainless steel case with a dark PVD coating that measures 43mm in diameter, although thin bezels help make the most of the dial. Thin shoulders smoothly curve upwards around the crown, helping to protect the crown and crown stem from damage during an impact. The case is water-resistant to 50m, but the leather strap means that water is something you should try to avoid, it seems that this watch is meant to make you imagine combat rather than actually go head-first into the fray.
Inside the new Combat 6 is an ETA 2824-2 based calibre which Glycine dubs the GL224 calibre. It offers a modern 4Hz beat rate, in line with the current standard for the market, but provides a 38-hour power reserve which is short, to say the least. Luckily, though, the GL224 is automatically wound, which should at least make it easy to keep the movement ticking.
Available in three different colours, either grey (ref.GL0297), marine blue (ref. GL0299) or green (ref. GL0298), the new Combat 6 watch from Glycine offers a retro-looking design with concrete reliability from the ETA movement inside. The retail price for one of these watches is CHF 1090.