I wanted a pilot watch to add to the collection and this is what I came up with - the Glycine Airman MLV (LE). I have been eyeballing Airman's for a while now. I had the chance to pick this one up for a very nice price from Greg Stein at WatchMan. He is a Glycine AD in Michigan (He is also and AD for Damasko and was sporting a killer DC-66 on leather when I met with him). I decided to choose from the 42mm cased Airman models as the 46mm versions seemed like they would be overkill on my 7" wrist. I am really a fan of the blue fade dials on several of the current ones but, in the end, I fell for the uniqueness of the MLV. It is named for the Mauna Loa Volcano in Hawaii (I have yet to discover what, if any, significance that has in the history of the Glycine Airman line.) The current MLV is a "US only" run of 75 pieces, made to satisfy demand for the original 2005 MLV run of 500. The new ones differ from the 2005 run in that they have a stainless steel bezel instead of black, and they brought back the traditional cross hatched bezel locking crown.
This is not really a beautiful watch in the classic sense, but IMO it is very cool in tool watch sort of way. The fully lumed dial is a unique pale green during the day, and as you might guess, a torch at night. Unlike many dive watches with good to great lume that can seem "out of focus" after a while, the MLV's dial is super crisp all night long - every letter and number is as legible in the dark as it is at mid-day. The 200m depth rating and sapphire crystal are just some of the other goodies.
The case on this Airman, at 42mm X 11.5mm, wears about like some of my lighter 40mm cased watches. The sapphire caseback shows off the ETA 2893 motor nicely. Overall I am very pleased with the quality... now, if I can just avoid wanting more than one of these.
All lumed up in broad daylight