Glycine, a swiss company founded by Eugene (yu zhin) Meylan, has been around since 1914 and is based in Bienne Switzerland.

The company is best known for its Airman line of watches that debuted in 1953.

Before going any further the movement found in the Glycine Combat Sub is the same movement in all the Combat Sub models irrelevant of 42, 46 (aquarius) or 48 mm case.
The image is of the GL0088


Inside the Combat Sub is Glycine caliber GL224 automatic movement.

Glycine don’t actually make the movements for the Combat Sub models, the GL224 is actually a Swiss made ETA 2824 caliber. The only alterations to the orignal ETA 2824 is some branding.

For simplicity I will refer to it as GL224. This automatic movement is protected by Incabloc shock system, is hand-windable, it has hacking and it also has a 38 hour power reserve.

With 25 jewels the GL224 beats at 28800 bph. 


For visual reference I’ve used the GL0088 Combat Sub with a silver toned stainless steel 42mm case. The case thickness is a slim 10.6mm – well, slim for an automatic dive watch.

The case back is the screw down type and has an image of two seals and a posiedon/neptune fork. I’m not entirely sure of the significance of this image as the company logo is entirely different.

Over on the face side of things there is a sapphire crystal with three layers of anti-reflective coating on the underside.

A stainless steel, uni-directional bezel sits on top. The alluminium bezel insert comes in a variety of colours on different models. On the GL0088 it is black.


The black dial has a rather ‘busy’ appearence, mostly due the use of numbers for a 12/24 clock. The 3 is missing but is replaced by a date window. On the hands and hour markers is Swiss super-luminova, giving the dial a glow effect when the light is low.

Please note, not all Combat Subs use arabic numbers as markers and hand shapes vary too.

Notable Features

With the Glycine Combat Sub you are not stuck for choice. Aside from different bezel and dial colours and configurations there is different colour cases and a variety of strap types.

If you are after an everyday wearer and/or dive watch that has a workhorse movement the Glycine Combat Sub could be what you are looking for.

Pricing varies from 475 to around 600 dollars. The GL0088 seems to hang around the 500 mark.


  • Workhorse Swiss ETA movement
  • Slim case height of 10.6mm


  • Pricing varies considerably 
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