Have Watch, Will Travel — 7 of the Best GMT Watches

It’s difficult to beat the appeal of a traveling watch–even in a time once we’re travelling a whole lot less. First of all, they are super functional, as somebody who Googles’International meeting planner’ on a weekly basis, being able to glance at the wrist and immediately gauge the time in some far-flung corner of the world is surprisingly helpful, and that’s before getting to the on-the-ground advantages of a GMT when you’re actually travelling. The next key to the enduring popularity of this GMT watch is the love of everything. There’s something about looking down in that orange GMT hand, or city name that you’ve just seen on a map that stirs the heart, that speaks to the chance. Sure, you might be stuck at your desk at 4 pm Friday, but it’s a new day somewhere else, and that I dare you to tell me this idea is not a little bit thrilling.

So we’ve assembled a listing of seven of their very best travel chains, across a range of prices — largely your conventional GMT (which show at least one-time zone on a 24-hour scale), however we have snuck in a few dual timers in there as well. This list isn’t definitive, with no way (by way of example Patek Philippe and Rolex were both purposely left off).


Still, these watches spark that delight for traveling or excite in additional, more specialized, ways. The 41mm case and slim profile, along with the aluminum bezel insert provide this watch lots of old-world allure. One of the greatest features is the strap–a traditional grey with a single blue center stripe, and it’s not a NATO as you might expect. Instead, it’s an elastic offering from Erika’s Originals.

We have the ingenious and appealing Zurich World Time from Nomos. It’s difficult to make a watch with two time zones and a full-on city ring whilst still maintaining a clear face, but Nomos has pulled it off. It is worth noting that, regardless of the title and that town ring, this really is a GMT, instead of world time watch. The main hands correspond to the city ring and are adjusted in on hour increments via that pusher in the two. That little lump-like 24-hour screen at three? Well, that’s the home time, quaintly indicated by the monopoly-esque outline of a house. Looks a little complicated, but it’s not. The other great thing about this view –the size is rather slight: 39.9mm round and 10.9mm tall. Discreet and dressy, no matter where you’re. It is pricey for a Nomos, coming in at $6,100, but this mixture of design, complication, and execution can come invisibly from the majority of other makers.

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