06 Oct Best Dual Time & GMT Watches Travelers Should Consider Buying
Watches have evolved to be one of the most significant accessories for both men and women. With various features added to every new watch in the market, the most outstanding one remains to be GMT functionality. GMT watches can track two time zones at once.
That is thanks to the adjustable 24-hour bezel and 24-hour hands added to the watches. These watches have proven to be useful for people who travel a lot like pilots, captains, jet setters and even business people.
If you are in either of these categories and are looking for the perfect dual time and GMT watch, this article has your back.
Jaquet Droz’s Innovative Grande Seconde Dual Time
This luxurious watch by Jaquet Droz's was ushered in 2016 in four variations all with a 43mm diameter. Another feature was Maison's figure-eight dial arrangement. On the bottom half of the Watch's dial, you can view the earth's from the Northern Pole.
Surrounding the earth’s continents is an ocean made of either anthracite or black polished mirror. Also, the 24-hour time display has two different 12-hour sections; a white section representing daytime and a black one representing night time.
There is a jumping hour function on the local time on the top half of the Watch. That makes it easier to set the time and date when you arrive at your destination. Shown using a red-tipped hand, the date, adjusts to the change automatically.
By buying the Jaquet Droz’s Innovative Grande Seconde Dual Time, you get four displays, within two sub-dials; reference time, local time, running seconds and date. Inside the case, it features pallet wheels and silicon escapement, a sixty-five-hour power reserve and a fan-like, skeletonized rotor.
Porsche Design 1919 Globetimer UTC
Introduced in 2019 at Baseworld, the Porsche Design 1919 Globetimer UTC stands out because of how simple its dual-time functionality is. It allows you to change the local time by moving the 12-hour (central) hand in one-hour increments.
While you do that, the UTC hand, displaying home time, and minute hand are not affected by that change. The + pusher moves the hand in a clockwise direction while the – pusher moves the hand in an anticlockwise direction.
The pushers were made easy to operate even if you are behind the wheel. At 9 o’clock, there is a circular window which serving as a black-to-white night-day indicator which helps you set the local time properly to PM or AM.
The Watch has a three-part titanium case, which is less than 15 mm thin and is lightweight. Represented on a 1-31 scale by a pointer hand in the dial’s interior the date shifts forward or backward as necessary.
The date has a link with the local time. The dial aperture is large, which makes it easy for you to read two time zones. The dial is available in three colours, brown, black and blue.
Vacheron Constantin Overseas Dual Time
Created in 2018, Vacheron Constantin Overseas Dual Time comes with either a gold, blue or steel with silver dial. A black lacquered dial characterizes the Vacheron Constantin Overseas Dual Time new en's model.
It also has a six-sided bezel, mechanical in-house-made self-winding movement and an easy-replace bracelet system and strap. It has a 41mm steel case which is water-resistant because of its screwed-down crown.
It also has a casing ring made of soft iron in its interior which protects the movement from adverse magnetic field effects. The black translucent lacquered dial comes with a velvet-finished flange and a sunburst satin-finished base.
The Watch gives you a simultaneous reading of dual time zones on its co-axial hands. The hour hand shows the local time awhile on a 12-hour scale; the red-tipped GMT one shows the reference or home time.
The 12-hour scale has a link to the night-day indicator, which allows you to tell if its night or daytime at a glance. The Watch has a pointer-type date indicator on the six o’clock sub-dial, linked to the local time.
IWC Pilot Automatic GMT Watch
This Swiss pilot watch has a design that allows it to last long. Apart from being both stylish and functional, it is water-resistant up to sixty meters. It also has a sixty-eight-hour power reserve and a sapphire crystal that is scratch-resistant.
It has strong black leather straps, stainless steel case and a black dial. The Watch's dial only has the essentials with luminous numbers and hands that are visible against the matte-black dial background.
At the twelve o'clock position, there is a triangular index that allows pilots to quickly tell the time and hands' position at a glance. There is also a luminous upright equilateral triangle which has two dots on either side, making it easy to read the dial.
The black cockpit dials inspired the design with the contrasting luminescent displays. It has a 12-hour, 60-minute- and 60-second display and has date and dual time zone functions, which allows you to tell time and date in two different time zones.
Blancpain Villeret Reveil GMT Alarm Automatic Watch
Blancpain Villeret Reveil GMT Alarm Automatic Watch is a stylish watch that can be worn by any traveller. The feature that makes it stand out is the mechanical alarm function that utilizes a sub-dial at the three o’clock mark.
The alarm function uses two hands and 12-hour markers to show the alarm programmed time. At eight o’clock, there is a push-piece which sets and activates the alarm. At one o'clock, there is an off and on the indicator which shows you if the alarm is activated or not.
It has a white dial and roman number hour markers, silver-tone hands and a sleek black strap made of alligator leather. Around the inner ring of the Watch, is the GMT scale, and date usually is on the six o'clock position.
It has two sub-dials which display power reserve indicator and dual time zones. The Watch has automatic movement and a fourth five-hour power reserve. It is water-resistant up to thirty meters and has a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal, and those features add to its durability.
Patek Philippe Nautilus Automatic GMT Moon phase Watch
The Patek Philippe Nautilus Automatic GMT Moon phase Watch's make has shining silver and Smokey black elements, which make it look attractive and luxurious. It has a 40-mm stainless steel case, a black leather strap made of crocodile leather and a fold-over buckle.
It is also water-resistant to 120 meters and scratch-resistant thanks to its screw-down crown and sapphire crystal back. Its black dial has hour markers coated with luminous gold.
Patek Philippe Nautilus Automatic GMT Moon phase Watch has a 324 S QA LU 24 movement self-winding calibre with an annual calendar which shows the date, day and month. It also indicates the moon phases and has PM and AM indications.
The date is displayed at the six o'clock mark while the day and month are at the twelve o'clock mark. The Watch has an approximate of fourth five-hour power reserve. Other features that make this Watch a must-have are the dual time zone display and skeleton case on the back.
Ulysse Nardin GMT Perpetual Watch
The Swiss-made GMT dual time Ulysse Nardin GMT Perpetual Watch is a practical yet luxurious-looking watch suitable for all who are travelling to different time zones.
With its 18kt white gold case, black alligator leather straps, black dial with luminous silver hands, and its 18kt white gold bezel, it is among the best watches for travellers.
It has 24 hour minute markers with Arabic numerals marking the three, six and twelve o’clock positions. The 24 hours or GMT markers are on the outer rim of the dial. It has a perpetual calendar with the date displaying at one o’clock.
Ulysse Nardin GMT Perpetual Watch has an automatic movement, a fourth eight power reserve and a sapphire crystal which is scratch resistant. It is also water-resistant to 30 meters with a push/pull crown.
It has a transparent round 42 mm case at the back which completes its sleek design.
Hamilton Jazzmaster GMT Automatic Watch
With its stainless steel case, brown leather straps, silver dial, silver-tone hands plus index hour markers, the Hamilton Jazzmaster GMT Automatic Watch is a sharp and sleek watch that every traveller should have.
More features that make the Watch better are the minute markers, 24-hour markings and world time functions which are around the outer rim. It has a round case with a diameter of 42 mm and a thickness of 12 mm.
It has a mineral crystal that is scratch-resistant, a push/pull crown and is water-resistant to fifty meters. It shows the world time, GMT, date, second, minute and hour, with the date displaying at the six o'clock position.
The Hamilton Jazzmaster GMT Automatic Watch has automatic movement and has an estimated power reserve of the fourth two hours. It has a bandwidth of 22mm and a band length of 7.5 inches.
As a traveller, not only will you have the feeling of luxury wearing the Hamilton Jazzmaster GMT Automatic Watch, you can also read time from two different time zones at once.
Citizen Eco-Drive Promaster Nighthawk
The most noticeable thing about this stainless steel pilot-friendly Watch is how busy its dial is, which has a good reason. Apart from its GMT functionality, the Citizen Eco-Drive Promaster Nighthawk comes with a date window at its three o’clock position.
It also comes with a device used in the calculation of things like fuel consumption, distance, speed and metric-to-imperial conversions. That device which is called a pilot's slide rule, is found in the inner ring and operated using a crown at the eight o'clock position.
It is useful in case there is an aircraft failure. Its 42-mm stainless steel case has a mineral dial window, it has a dual-time display and has an analogue display with Japanese quartz movement.
Additional features include luminous hands, low-charge warning and a silver-tone band with a fold-over push-button clasp. You can use it in professional marine activities or extreme water sports, except scuba diving because it is water-resistant up to two hundred meters.
Kobold Langley GMT Watch
Named after its inventor, the Swiss-made Kobold Langley MT Watch is the first watch people bought with real quartz movement. It has sturdy stainless in its design with impact resistance measures that make it absorb a lot of activity without missing a second.
Its 43.5mm diameter and 15mm height case is made from surgical-grade stainless steel with optional DLC-coated black coating. It is domed, anti-reflective and has a sapphire crystal which makes it scratch-resistant. It also has a screw-down crown and screw-locked case back.
It has both the 24-hour and 12-hour markings, with the 24-hour marking being on the outer rim. It has a strap size of 22mm and is water-resistant to two hundred meters, and it has an ETA 2893 movement.
You can get it in either unit or bi-directional rotation bezel which has a minute scale engraved to it. You can also get an updated diver's edition rated at 500m.
Breitling Avenger Ii MT Watch
Breitling Avenger Ii MT Watch is a combination of fashion, luxury and comfort. It has a sapphire crystal which makes it scratch-resistant, has a fourth two-hour power reserve and is water-resistant up to three hundred meters.
It has a black rubber strap and silver-tone hands, a stainless steel bezel which is bi-directional rotating, a tang clasp and a solid case back.
Together with those eye-catching features, the Breitling Avenger Ii MT Watch has other characteristics that make it stand out from other GMT and dual time watches.
It has two sets of 24-hour markings which make it a more capable GMT dual time watch especially for pilots or people who travel a lot. One set is all around the dial's edges, and the other is around the bezel.
Having this Watch with you on your journeys ensures that you never have to wonder what time zone you are in and what the time is.
Zenith Pilot Montre D’aeronef Type 20 GMT Watch
Introduced in 2012, the Zenith Pilot Montre D’aeronef Type 20 GMT Watch is a big watch whose steel case is 48mm wide and 15.8mm thick. It has a black dial which has luminous hands and the hour markings are in Arabic numerals.
It also does not have any reflective surfaces which, coupled with its immense size and luminous hands, it is easier to read and operate.
It has 24-hour markings on the outer rim, a sapphire crystal which makes it scratch-resistant, a fifty-hour power reserve, automatic movement, a tang clasp and water resistance up to a hundred meters.
At the nine o’clock position, it has the seconds sub-dial. It shows GMT, seconds, minutes, hours and the second time zone, ensuring you can tell the time of two time zones at once. Its case back has markings of Zenith aviation instruments.
Instead of the usual bold GMT hand on other GMT watches, the Zenith Pilot Montre D’aeronef Type 20 GMT Watch has a skeletonized GMT hand which makes it easier to tell time at a glance and is not distracting.
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Having these dual time, GMT watches while travelling either as a pilot or business person is very important. You can plan your trip and can quickly tell what time you will arrive at your destination.
Also, many of them are water-resistant, which makes it possible for you to carry and use them under any weather.
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