Acquisitions are rarely a surprise in this day and age, and especially in this replica watches industry, but we'd be lying if we said we weren't at least a bit surprised to learn that the majority stake of Glycine Watch S.A. has just been sold to the Invicta Watch Group. As pioneers in world-timing aviation watches, Glycine brings over a century of quirky, independent replica breitling watchmaking to the Invicta name, which itself was also a longstanding family-operated Swiss brand until later purchased in 1991 by a United States-based investment firm. Speaking to both the past and present, Glycine's most significant entry to watchmaking has long been the Airman – a 24-hour tool watch that soared to popularity amongst commercial and military pilots in the fifties and sixties due to its rugged build quality and ability to track multiple time zones with its unique locking bi-directional 24-hour bezel. Little has changed, even in later iterations of the omega replica watches, which are still available with the same bezel and in the original "purist" 24-hour form preferred by pilots. The brand's contributions to horology weren't limited to design, but they were largely reserved for the Airman platform, whose earliest iterations were fitted with the Felsa Bidynator – the world's first automatic movement built around a bi-directional winding rotor. Glycine was also one of the first three companies capable of rolex replica manufacturing automatic watches on a mass scale – a distinction shared with Harwood and Autorist. Glycine was widely reported to be majority family-con****led since its conception in 1914, but the brand was actually quietly scooped up in 2014 by market expansion group DKSH, with the aim of broadening Glycine's reach in Asian territories.