Some time prior, Matt from London (UK) sent us his inquiry regarding the decision of a GMT, or Dual Time Zone watch. Matt might want to really utilize a double time region work on a watch while heading out to areas with other time zones.

Matt’s dream watch, the Patek Philippe Aquanaut 5164, here envisioned in rose gold rather than treated steel; our survey of this watch can be found here .

Patek Philippe Aquanaut 5164R

You Asked Us: Which GMT/Dual Time Zone watch do you recommend?

Here’s the full content of Matt’s question:

Dear Fratello Watches,

I’m quick to hear your contemplations on what watches you may recommend which make some double memories zone feature.

I travel habitually for work and while the short take from London into Europe isn’t an issue, it is ideal to have a complication which shows the nearby time notwithstanding GMT when I’m traveling west into the US…

The ebb and flow assortment incorporates a Seamaster, Speedmaster (Dark Side of the Moon) and Submariner so I’m good to go for date or potentially chronograph complications yet I’m currently searching for that double time region ability.

I’m especially quick to hear what your recommendations are outside of the typical GMT Master-II, Sky-Dweller (which is an individual favourite) and my fantasy watch the [red. Patek Philippe] 5164A Aquanaut.

Bonus focuses for anything under £10k with a blue watch face would be incredible (both the Omegas I own are dark and the Sub is a Hulk – so I’m quick to add some more colour into the collection).

Best regards


What I like is that Matt doesn’t need to make some Dual Memories Zone observe only for the joy of the complication. No, he actually wants to utilize its capacity. This absolutely decides the accessible watches of decision as well.

Differences in setting

For functional use, the setting of the neighborhood time must be simple and rapidly. The watch must have a likelihood to change the nearby time, without changing the reference, or home season of the watch.

Watches utilizing an ETA 2893-2 or Sellita SW330-1 development, for example, don’t have that chance. With that development, the 24-hour GMT hand can be handily changed separately from the 12-hour nearby time demonstrated by the watch. Be that as it may, changing the neighborhood time is unimaginable without simultaneously changing the 24-hour reference time.

This successfully precludes a significant number of the less expensive answers for a GMT or Dual Time Zone watch. In any case, taking a gander at the content of Matt’s question, and the degree of watches he’s searching for, for this situation, that appears to be not such an issue. In spite of the fact that ticking the blue dial box, the accompanying Vacheron Constantin Overseas Dual Time (discovered ) may likely be altogether too far up.

Our recommendations

Our recommendations can’t go a lot farther than the guidance to search for a Dual Time Zone watch conceivable of effectively changing the neighborhood time, independently from the home-reference or GMT time. For the rest, it’s particularly a matter of individual taste. An individual inclination for a brand, a preference for packaging shape, and a tase for dial tone and details.

A few irregular proposals

While Matt asked us not to take a gander at the standard suspects, I’ll incorporate an image of one of them, which is his undisputed top choice, here beneath. Just no doubt. Particularly on the grounds that he shows that a blue dial would add extra focuses, from which the Rolex Sky-Dweller has a wonderful steel and white-gold variant (reference 326934). Lamentably, with a retail cost of € 13.250,= (roughly £ 11.880,=) it won’t get Matt’s under £ 10k reward points.

Rolex Sky-Dweller reference 326934

What numerous individuals in some cases fail to remember is the, for example, white dialed Explorer-II (reference 216570) of this equivalent brand. It would add an alternate dial tone to Matt’s assortment, and with € 7.450,= (£ 6.680,=) it would be in the under £10k extra focuses. More significant perhaps, the Rolex Explorer-II has a similar simple to work changing of the neighborhood 12-hour time. It’s ready to simply change the hour hand each hour, without changing the 24-hour GMT hand.

Matt didn’t notice that he would consider a used watch, nonetheless, I like to specify here that the predecessor of previously mentioned Explorer-II, the reference 16570, can in any case be found as a complete set and in like new condition for not exactly € 5.000,=. Here’s an illustration of the 16570.

Rolex Explorer-II reference 16570

An astonishing Dual Time Zone watch

The Dual Time Zone watch which actually stuns me more than anything is the Ulysse Nardin GMT +/ – Perpetual. This brainchild of Ludwig Oechslin was presented by Ulysse Nardin at the finish of the nineties. A wonder of complexity, notwithstanding, as simple to work as could be expected. Two little pushers, marked + and – , change the hour hand forward and backward while letting the 24-hand be. Psyche you, these pushers don’t just development the hour hand, they work the complete never-ending schedule. Surely, to and fro that is. An audit on this watch including some foundation data and my own encounters with it tends to be found here.

Of course, this isn’t a watch in a similar value alliance as we’re searching for here. Anyway used they can be discovered simply over the £10k mark. Not certain if Matt is into yellow or rose gold watches by any stretch of the imagination, yet I found a white gold one at this value level as well.

Ulysse Nardin GMT +/ – Perpetua in rose gold, reference 326-22

Some last proposals

Further Dual Time Zone watches can be found with numerous brands, as IWC, Breitling, Panerai, and Omega. While perusing I discovered two watches which I might want to explicitly make reference to here in light of the fact that they’re most likely not that obvious.

The initial one is the Chopard LUC GMT One. LUC’s first watch with GMT usefulness, and an exceptionally appealing one. It has a dark dial, notwithstanding, sports some tone in it too. What’s more, with CHF 9.880,= it doesn’t cross the £ 10k line. May be a watch to consider for Matt. More data on this watch can be found at Chopard’s site

Chopard’s LUC GMT One

And my subsequent proposition is to examine Grand Seiko. They have GMT models in practically any of their development types, Quartz, Spring-Drive, and Hi-Beat Automatic. Furthermore, altogether of their model lines, similar to Elegance, Heritage and Sports. Great Seiko dials are among the most wonderful on the planet, and the completing of case and development are total high level. Surely worth further investigation at .

One of numerous Grand Seiko models brandishing a GMT/Dual Time Zone function

This article is not the slightest bit intended to be complete on GMT or potentially Dual Time Zone watches. Our objective was to stress the significance of a simple change of the neighborhood time, without upsetting the reference time. Furthermore, to propose Matt and our different perusers, watches which one would most likely not quickly consider when considering GMT watches.

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