What to Wear and How to Wear it: The Top Travel GMT/Dual Time Watches

August 11th, 2014 | No Comments

Being an international business man, world traveler, or simply vacationing away from home, it can be difficult operating on two different time zones. Keeping track of what time to make a phone call, get to a meeting, or when to catch a flight is stressful enough without the added hassle of adding or subtracting time zones. It can definitely add a wrinkle to your day. That’s when a GMT or dual time watch comes in handy. A GMT or dual time complication allows a watch to track two different time zones at the same time (if you need more than this, a world timer might be the way to go). No more doing the math to figure out what time it is in New York City or London when you are catching a flight out of Rome or constantly readjusting the time on your watch. A GMT watch works like this: the primary time zone is shown in the 12 hour format with the second time zone displayed in the 24 hour format either as a disk or an additional hand. Its without a doubt a simple way to multitask. Here are some great options:

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A great start would be with the Explorer, which is great, you guessed it, exploring. The inclusion of the slide rule in the inner bezel along with the 44.5mm case makes this a sportier piece, but the addition of a leather strap (with a deployment clasp) and polished case makes tilts it toward the dressier side. The dial may look busy at first, but once you look a little closer, you’ll notice that everything has been laid out logically, with the second time zone presented in separate time wheel at the 10 o’clock position. The Explorer can easily be dressed up or down, perfect for the business meeting or enjoying that extra day you tacked onto your work trip to experience the city. It’s available in a variety of dial colors, from a high contrast all black to a panda-like display. $715

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We mentioned that the Explorer was a great sport/dress hybrid (that’s a bit more on the dressy side), so it’s only right that we introduce the Voyager, which could be seen as a sport/dress hybrid that is more on the sporty side. We say this because it boasts a 100m water resistance that’s reinforced with screwed down crowns. And while it has all the features of the Explorer, the polished case and bracelet just exude more of a masculine, do-it-all look. With all the intricacies, we think its a fantastic conversation starter. So from the beach to the boardroom, this is your watch. If you want a pure sport version of the Voyager, it’s also available in an IP coated black case. $715-$800

SDJ00002WO Star Seeker.Still028Orient Star Seeker GMT

If you need two more time zones, but don’t want to deal with a world timer, we’ve got the watch for you. The Orient Star Seeker is capable of tracking 3 separate time zones at once. This is how it works: Your first time zone is displayed by the hour hand in the 12 hour format, followed by the red GMT hand displaying your second time zone in the 24 hour format displayed on the inner bezel. Finally, by independently rotating the inner bezel that displays the 24 hour scale, you can display the third time zone. With 3 time zones, you won’t have an excuse for not know what time it is back home. Like the Explorer, the Orient Star Seeker GMT is a versatile watch–while it does possess some classic cues, it could be dressed down for a sportier look with a leather strap. Available in black and white. $1,100

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