Many of us have forgone travel for more than a year, but we are all hopeful that later this year, travel will begin to resume. That means we will want to have the right tools with us for that global trek. This means taking a closer look at a good Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) watch that can show time in two zones, or at a world time watch that can indicate time in the major 24 cities of the globe. Others may prefer a simpler dual or triple time zone watch that is easy to use and read. The good thing about any sort of travel-friendly watch is that the watch brands have a lot to offer in this realm. What’s more, depending on which type of travel watch you opt for, there could be some added features or functions built-in that may help in other ways. Here we take a look at some top travel watches that are perfect for getting back out in the world again.
Arnold & Son Globetrotter – Price USD 17,790
The newest Globetrotter watch from Arnold & Son is crafted in stainless steel with an “Artistic” dial in blue and silver that is engraved, lacquered, and satin-brushed. The 45mm watch house an automatic movement that offers 45 hours of power reserve. The watch offers a 24-hour display, world time indication, and time in multiple zones.
Bell & Ross BR 03-93 GMT – Price USD 4,200
Known for offering instruments for pilots, Bell & Ross is a master at offering form and function. The newest BR 03-93 GMT watch is a great example. Crafted in stainless steel with an aluminium 24-hour rotating bezel, the watch is powered by the BR-Cal. 303 in-house-made automatic movement. In addition to hours, minutes, and the aforementioned 24-hour display, it offers a date, second-time zone, and a quick setting of the GMT hand that works independently of the hour hand. There is also a central seconds hand. The black and red color scheme of the watch makes a powerful statement.
For those on a budget, but still want the look and the function, you can’t go wrong with a Frederique Constant watch, especially a GMT that is powered by an in-house-made quartz movement. Crafted in stainless steel, the 40mm watch fits a host of wrists, and the sunray blue dial will have all eyes staring at it. The GMT/24-hour hand is tipped in red. It offers date indication as well as second-time zone display. The Frederique Constant Classics Quartz GMT is also available on a stainless steel bracelet.
Maurice Lacroix Aikon Venturer GMT – Price USD 2,900
Meant to be seen, the Maurice Lacroix Aikon Venturer GMT watch is crafted in stainless steel with a multi-row steel bracelet and a large ceramic bezel with a 24-hour indication in two hues: black and steel. The ratcheted bezel surrounds a white dial with an orange GMT hand. It is sold with an additional black rubber strap and is fitted with the brand’s Easy strap change system. The watch is water-resistant to 300 meters.
For those who love color and bling, this tonneau-shaped Franck Muller Master Banker watch features a guilloche sunray dial in charcoal with rich burgundy subsidiary dials. The case is paved with diamonds and the watch is finished with a burgundy alligator strap. The watch offers time in three zones, as well as the date. It is powered by an automatic movement with 42 hours of power reserve.
Bvlgari Octo Finissimo S Chronograph GMT Steel – Price USD 16,500
This is one of those watches from Bvlgari that is chocked with nice extras. The 43mm case features a round bezel and an inner octagonal frame around the blue sunray dial. The stainless steel bracelet with a matt and polished finish is integrated, and the case back is transparent sapphire for viewing of the finely finished in-house-made automatic movement. The watch offers second-time zone indication, as well as a chronograph countdown feature.
De Bethune DB25 World Traveler – Price USD 170,000
Just 12 pieces of this sophisticated De Bethune DB25 World Traveler watch will be made. The complex manual-wind in-house movement, DB2547, boasts 120 hours of power reserve and offers world-time indication and second-time zone indication. The major cities of the world are listed on the dial, while an outer ring offers 24-hour indication in those cities. The 45mm watch is crafted in 18-karat white gold.
Chopard L.U.C Time Traveler One Black – Price USD 15,500
Created in a limited edition of just 250 pieces, this version of Chopard’s L.U.C Time Traveler One is made in titanium with a textile strap for sporty-chic appeal. The 42mm watch boasts a gray satin-brushed dial and is powered by the Manufacture L.U.C 01.05-L automatic movement with 60 hours of power reserve. The world’s 24 main cities are listed on the outer flange of the dial, while the next ring in offers a 24-hour indication. The next ring shows the local time and the inner ring indicates the date.
A Lange & Sohne Lange 1 Time Zone – Price USD 52,900
Created late last year as a boutique exclusive, this A. Lange & Söhne Lange 1 Time Zone watch is crafted in 18-karat gold with a solid silver dial finished in champagne hues. The cities are listed on the outer chapter ring. Day and night indication is shown via a blue arc and this watch also boasts a red arrow to indicate if a city is currently in Daylight Saving Time. The in-house movement consists of 448 parts and offers 72 hours of power reserve.
Oris Big Crown ProPilot Worldtimer – Price USD 3,850
Oris has always been a top-notch pilot watch, but with this ProPilot Worldtimer, the brand pulls out all the stops. The watch shows the second time zone via a small subsidiary dial that displays the hours and minutes in a 12-hour format. It features a day/night display. It is powered by an automatic winding worldtimer that was developed by Oris on an ETA base. It offers quick date setting.
About the Author
Roberta Naas is a veteran watch and jewelry journalist who began her career in the early 1980’s, and was the first female watch journalist in the United States. She is the editor and founder of the authoritative watch blog, ATimelyPerspective, has written six books on watches, writes for numerous consumer publications (including Forbes and Elite Traveler) – and always brings forth in her work the essence of what makes watches tick. She tirelessly travels the world in search of watch news and stories that she turns into compelling and enlightening articles.