In terms of functionality, the GMT watch is genius in its simplicity. All GMT tracker watches require is a second hour hand that’s set to run half as fast as the primary hour hand; making a full rotation around the dial once ever 24 hours. This prevents jumping to any conclusions as to whether it’s a.m or p.m while keeping in line with a simple, minimalist attitude. Now, any Jetsetter or travel junkie looking to keep track of their local time when abroad can get their hands on one of these convenient timepieces. And if you yourself are in the market, might we suggest you take a look at our picks for 5 of the best GMT watches out there.
ROLEX GMT MASTER II
What list wouldn’t be complete without a Rolex? A legend of the jet age, the original GMT-Master was embraced by airline pilots as their on-board navigation chronometer. An iconic two-time-zone watch with an arrow-tipped 24-hour hand and a graduated rotatable bezel. The first Rolex to feature a Cerachrom bezel, impervious to scratches and harder than steel. The perfect way to navigate a connected world in style.
BREITLING CHRONOMAT GMT
With the Chronomat 44 GMT, Breitling offers a travel watch featuring unprecedented user friendliness. The wearer need only pull out the crown and turn it either forwards or backwards to move between timezones without losing any precision in the minutes display, along with automatic adjustment of the date to local time. Equipped with the Manufacture Breitling Caliber B04, this model is one of the rare chronographs to offer such a smoothly functional dual timezone system. It is also distinguished by its rotating bezel serving to provide a 24-hour third timezone reading.
OMEGA SEAMASTER PLANET OCEAN
It’s always pleasant to see partnerships that benefit the earth’s well-being. Designed as a tribute to this partnership between Omega and the GoodPlanet Foundation, this GMT watch pays homage to environmental conservation. It features Omega 8605 movement, a bi-directional rotating bezel, domed, scratch-resistant sapphire crystal, a steel case, blue dial and is water resistant up to 600 meters. There’s also a transparent case back so you can see the patented Omega movement yourself.
LONGINES CONQUEST GMT
The case is stainless steel, with a sapphire crystal sporting an interior anti-reflective coating. Super-LumiNova on the hands and dial, water resistant to 50m despite the non-threaded crown. It’s also available with silver or blue dials. The best feature of this watch is the gorgeous sunray finish on the dial. In normal lighting it appears matte black, but in sunlight it becomes a shifting play of grey to black.
This GMT offering brings the already stylish Jazzmaster to new heights. Coming with either a red or blue hand indicating the second time zone, this watch is certainly ready for the world traveler. Its automatic movement ensures the most accurate of timekeeping, and its sapphire crystal dial protector, and stainless steel case ensures elegance in appearance for years to come.
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