Automatic GMT Watch—Keeping You in the Global Loop

November 13th, 2009 | 16 Comments

You can’t deny the world’s becoming a smaller place; at least in theory. The fields of business and technology are bringing societies and cultures together. People are in closer contact with each other than ever before. It may be with family, friends, business partners, or sometimes total strangers (thanks, Twitter). Whatever the nature of your relationship is, there’s one way to ensure it functions at its highest level: an Automatic GMT Watch.

What is GMT?

GMT stands for Greenwich Mean Time. It is the standard by which all time is kept. The world was divided into 24 time zones, starting with Greenwich, England. Time zones around the world are expressed as positive or negative offsets of the GMT. GMT watches are inspired by this important role in global time keeping. They simultaneously display the time in 2 independent time zones. So, if you’re in New York, you don’t have to worry about waking up a prospective business partner in Hong Kong.

There are several types of GMT functions. Many have 3 hands:

  • A minute hand (makes a full revolution in an hour)
  • An hour hand (makes a full revolution in 12 hours)
  • A 24 hour hand (makes a full revolution in 24 hours)

Many also come with an additional bezel marked by minute indicators, hour indicators, or even the names of different cities. The various indicators differentiate the time zones. Other GMT-style watches may come with subdials, have a outer rotating bezel, or they may combine 12- and 24-hour time displays.

Some watches that can help you cope with time zone changes

Android Predator GMT Automatic Watch

This watch runs about $119 on It is one of the most affordable automatic GMT watches out there. It comes with a durable leather strap and has an inner bezel on a 24-hour time display. The faces come in a variety of colors, and it comes with a 2-year limited warranty, which can be reassuring if you have concerns about quality.


Orient Executive Watch CEY04002B

This Orient model costs $510.00 on OrientWatchUSA. Watch the video below to learn more about its features:


Omega Seamaster GMT Automatic Watch #2234.50

The Omega has a Swiss automatic movement and a chronometer function, which means it has passed rigorous tests and has a high standard of precision. It received positive reviews for its sleek style and versatility. It has a “durable, solid feel.” It was reviewed by serious watch enthusiasts who knew what they wanted and had the knowledge to compare it to other brands such as Rolex.

This Omega model costs $1,742.00 on


Automatic GMT watches help you stay in control of your agendas. Whether they span different time zones or are confined to your home, your needs can be met by the convenience of the automatic movement and the functionality of the GMT component.

  1. 16 Comments | Tell us what you think!

  2. By Frank In Miami on Jun 13, 2009

    Don’t forget to add to your list the iconic Citizen Eco-Drive Nighthawk BJ7000-52E Pilot watch that is also a GMT timepiece.

  3. By Jordan on Jun 23, 2009

    The Nighthawk BJ7000-52E is a high caliber watch. Although, it has a quartz movement, not automatic. So it doesn’t fit on this list, but it’d be a great addition to any collection.

  4. By jawa on Jul 6, 2009

    Nice post you have….

  5. By Brad Smith on Jul 14, 2009

    GMT watches are extremely useful for anyone who has to deal with business contacts in other time zones. I love mine.

  6. By Jason on Jul 17, 2009

    Don’t forget about the Breitling Golt GMT watch – amazing quality control and feel for a 40mm case!

  7. By RobG on Jul 26, 2009

    GMT hand with an analog AM/PM indicator would be great too….I have to speak to contacts in Europe and then in Asia and knowing whether or not it’s 11PM or AM in those area simultaneously would be great :)

  8. By Frank in Miami on Aug 2, 2009

    RobG, I highly recommend the Orient World Time CFA05001B. Fantastic watch, GMT plus you can keep track at a glance of the time in 26 cities around the world.

  9. By Ahren on Aug 12, 2009

    I own the Orient GMT in black, CFE04001B. It is absolutely my favorite watch. The best feature about it is the domed crystal. Sometimes when I am driving and I look at my watch, flat crystals will beam me in the eye with a sharp ray of the sun. OW! The domed crystal on the GMT takes care of that. It won’t beam me in the eye.

    I took my GMT off the stainless steel band it came with and I put it on a thick Italian rubber diver’s strap. The watch is lighter and more comfortable on the wrist this way.

    As far as affordability, the Orient GMT wins hands down. Where else can you find an automatic GMT for the price mentioned above? You would have to spend at least 500 for anything else. Orient is definitely the way to go!

  10. By peggi on Nov 14, 2009

    great for gifts from santa

  11. By damon williams on Nov 14, 2009

    never had one of your products before..and id like one

  12. By Todd on Nov 14, 2009

    Orient watches are great, I own one and check the site daily for all the deals.!

  13. By Danyasius on Nov 15, 2009

    send it too 213 dunn st chesapeake va 23320

  14. By Lisa Jones on Nov 15, 2009

    I have just recently discovered the Orient line in my search for a new watch and have been very impressed!

  15. By Anthony on Nov 16, 2009

    very nice watches now can i get mine?

  16. By J.M. on Feb 23, 2010

    I also recently found out about Orient watches and bought the CFM00001b and the quality is through the roof. Solid and substancial thats for sure and only +7 secs. out of the box. Incredible deal. Swiss watches are great and have a great history but Japanese movements (especially Orient) have a much broader consumer spectrum, offer incredible quality and have a history as well. Seriously I was about to purchase an Omega for ten times the price and am so glad I didnt. I will definately buy many more watches from Orient with the CFA05001b GMT being next for me. Glad to see they made it to the U.S. Congrats Orient and Cheers!

  17. By graham on Apr 26, 2011

    How can one have a GMT watch with AM and PM.
    It’s 24 hr time!!!
    You obviously don’t understand 24 Hr Time

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