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Is it a 12 hour or a 24 hour? I dunno...I'd never be caught dead with one of these. I own a real DC-4 with 24 hour purist movement. This one can't have a purist movement because it is a freaking 12-hour watch with 24 hour outer bezel. Makes no sense and makes a bit of a mockery of the Glycine brand.
Comes either way. I like and have the 12 hour. Less cluttered with its fewer 2 digit hour markers. Otherwise everything is the same. Calm down, “terribly annoying” is just social media hater talk.
On the GMT model, the bezel used with the 24hr hand. It's not that difficult to understand...
You're clearly missing the point...it's not a lack of comprehension, it's a design objection. The purity of the 24-hour watch is part of what attracts people to the Airman line of watches. I've always felt the GMT watches were a bit of a sell-out, frankly. This watch goes a step further away from the design principles of the early Airman, that's all. For the same reason you wouldn't want complications on Braun watch, I don't like 12-hour elements on a 24-hour watch. You're free to disagree if you don't share my essentialist aesthetic.
The arguments for and against the Purist and GMT versions will be different according to whether the focus is on design, including historical aspects, or functionality. The original Purist design can track two-time zones whereas the GMT versions can track three so the choice here depends on on the weight given to original design v funcionality
To understand the unique position of the DC4, one facet of the mechanics of the Purist and the GMT models is important. The Purist obtains its 24-hour rotation of the hour hand by attaching it to the GMT stem of the GMT movement and simply disabling to the conventhand part of the GMT movement. However, this ability to track three time zones created an interesting situation when reading the time at the first (local or home) time zone, since the hour hand now rotates twice every 24 hours but the dial remains the original 24-hour version. This means that it is necessary to tell the time at the first time zone by remembering what the positon of the hour and minute hands on the Airman would represent on a non-Glycine watch.
From the point of view of conserving the original appearance of the dial this is not a negative factor but it does make it more difficult to tell the time depending on ability to adapt or readapt if more than one watch is owned.
This leads to the final point that there is some support for the point of view that the DC4 might be the best of the many Airman options since it is easy to tell the first zone time and it retains the ability to track a third zone.