When you think about it, watches haven’t really been around all that long. A once functional item has now developed into a fashion accessory, a science project, a personal assistant and a fitness trainer and coach.
Maybe one of the most basic features to be created was the GMT function.
With the introduction of a second and adjustable 24 hour hand and bezel, watches could then monitor two timezones at the same time.
If you’re someone who travels a lot, this is a nifty feature. You’re going to want to keep reading to find out the 7 best GMT watches for 2020.
Citizen Eco-Drive Nighthawk ($375.2)
We’ve written all about the Eco-Drive range, here. But if you’re interested in GMT watches, stick around.
The dial on the Nighthawk is a little cluttered. But there’s a reason. This watch has a lot of functionality on offer.
Including GMT, this watch has a date window and what’s known as a pilot’s slide rulde, which is used to convert metric to imperial, speed, distance, even fuel consumption. This is an avitation expert’s best pal as it’ll take over should any vital instruments go down for a period.
If you just like flashy watches and you’re a bit of a jet-setter, you’ll love it.
Luminox SXC PC Carbon GMT ($439.99)
We’ve also written about Luminox watches and you can read the review here.
Luminox made themselves famous for developing extensively-rugged military timepieces and dive watches.
They also make some incredible GMT watches.
It comes in almost completely all black with a red GMT hand and silver second, minute and hour hands. It has a carbon fibre case on the outside, protecting an accurate quartz movement inside. The strap is made of rubber and the watch itself is water-resistant to 200m. It’s a great all-rounder.
Hamilton Broadway GMT Limited Edition ($1,126.32)
Wouldn’t you know it, if this review of the Hamilton GMT catches your attention, you can read our review of the brand, here.
This is the first on the list to have automatic functionality. It’s a limited edition and comes with an exclusive signature H14 movement inside that has an 80 hour power reserve. You’ll also never need to change the battery.
The case is made from durable stainless steel and the bezel is ceramic.
You can use this to monitor the time in 24 cities worldwide. You can, therefore, technically, track 26 in total.
If you’re very busy and two places simply aren’t enough, then look to hamilton.
Timex Allied Three GMT (£215.00)
This is a quartz offering from Timex with 3 GMT movements inside. You can know the time in 24 different time zones.
The case is stainless steel with a black dial and a bi-colour bezel of black and blue. It’s fairly chunky at 43mm by 22mm and will offer you 100m of water-resistance.
The hour and minute hands are luminous and you’ll notice the second hand is a striking orange, offering you exceptional readability, even in low lighting.
You can read about Timex and their signature backlight technology in our Indiglo article, here.
Oris Big Crown ProPilot GMT ($2,140.00)
Oris was founded in 1094. They have a rich history in producing some very fine aviation watches.
The Big Crown is part of their signature collection in terms of the design. The style dates back to the 30s so if you like something authentically-vintage, this will tickle you pink.
This is a limited edition 40mm case which pays homage to the original pilot watch developed by Oris. It not only looks good, but it has history.
It’s made of stainless steel, offers the date as well as hour, minutes and second hands. It’s an automatic self-wound movement and offers 50m of water-resistance.
Bell & Ross Vintage BRV293 GMT ($3,000.00)
This brand also have a heritage in travel-inspired timepieces. This particular watch doesn’t carry the signature square case, but the design is still as gorgeous as its siblings.
Its functionality is outstanding. It has a clean and classic aesthetic and inside the beautiful case, you’ll find an automatic movement. The back of the case is an exhibition style and the dial has a bi-directional rotating bezel. It’s also water-resistant up to 100m.
Omega is a very serious dive watch player. They understand the needs of their wearers very well. It’s only natural they’d develop a GMT for travellers.
The Seamaster is a dive watch at the core. It’ll withstand water-pressure up to 600m.
It also has a dedicated hour hand that syncs with the bi-directional rotating bezel to track two timezones.
It has a date window located at the 3 position and you can change the straps if you like. This particular one is black rubber, but you can get a NATO strap or leather.
Inside it’s got a self-winding movement.
Rolex GMT Master II ($12,865.00)
This isn’t just a great watch. It is categorically one of the most important watches ever made.
Rolex have refreshed a classic. They’ve kept the signature style and added an automatic movement. It has a ceramic bezel that will just not quit and has an oyster steel band.
This watch is a perfect blend of old style with new technology and it will remain fact forever that you cannot beat a Rolex.
If you’ve enjoyed the fact that we’ve ended on some luxury brands whilst creeping into dive watch territory, you have to read our article that talks about the watches James Bond has worn over the years.