The Worldtimer … A perfect travel companion and a cool watch to surf through the the timezones

Jaeger-LeCoultre Geophysic Universal Time

I invite you to discover my selection of Worldtimers. I am sure you will like them all and the phrase “who has the choice, has the agony” will hit you awfully with those nine watches shown here …

 

As already mentioned above a Worldtimer is a perfect travel companion and of course a cool watch to “simply” surf through the timezones.

It is important to mention that such a watch only makes sense if you do not loose the correct time and date when you travel through zone-times and change the home-time. The home-time is the time shown on the dial with the hour and minute hand.

At home you will probably synchronize the home-time with the zone-times of your Worldtimer. So the time shown on your dial and the one shown on the Worldtimer scale will be the same. When you travel abroad the only thing you then will have to do is to pull out the crown of the watch and adjust the hour hand in one-hour-steps. The minutes and seconds will not be affected by this process.

Here is an example: When I leave Vienna to travel to New York I will after landing there have to turn back the hour hand in six single steps for the six hours of time difference. This little feature distinguishes a real watch from a gimmick. Once again: The advantage is that you do not loose the correct minutes, seconds and of course the date, since the date change will always follow the indicated home-time on the dial.

If a Worldtimer does not offer this feature do not buy the watch. You will be stressed every time when you simply need to change the hours in a new zone-time.

All the watches shown here do have this clever feature. So in the end it is only a question of taste and of course money which Worltimer will probably conquer the very valuable place on your wrist.

 

 

The Baume & Mercier Capeland Automatic Worldtimer uses the IWC Worldtimer-module being described here below. The functions are also the same. The only difference is that Baume & Mercier uses a Sellita-calibre as the base movement.

 

 

Baume & Mercier Capeland Automatic Worldtimer
Baume & Mercier Capeland Automatic Worldtimer

 

 

The Breitling Galactic Unitime SleekT is a full in-house developed watch. The base movement is the new Breitling automatic calibre “B35” here combined with the Unitime-module of Breitling. With its 24-hour ring, the Unitime-function enables easy legibility of 24 zone-times including the current Universal Time Coordinated in London. When traveling through the zone-times, the hour hand can be adjusted forwards or backwards in one-hour steps.

 

 

Breitling Galactic Unitime SleekT
Breitling Galactic Unitime SleekT

 

 

The Frédérique Constant Manufacture Worldtimer is a fully in-house developed watch with an in-house calibre. With its 24-hour ring, the Worldtimerfunction enables easy legibility of 24 zone-times including “GMT” in London. When traveling through the zone-times, the hour hand can be adjusted forwards or backwards in one-hour steps.

 

Frederique Constant Manufacture Worldtimer
Frederique Constant Manufacture Worldtimer

 

 

The IWC Schaffhausen Portugieser Yacht Club Worldtimer is available in 18-carat red gold and stainless steel. With its 24-hour ring, the Worldtimer-function enables easy legibility of 13 time zones including the current Universal Time Coordinated (UTC). The 12 place names on the external city ring each represent a timezone. Reducing the indicated cities to only 12 is a kind of luxury for those who can afford ignoring the other 12 ones. Honestly I do not understand the reason. When changing a timezone, the hour hand can be adjusted forwards or backwards in one-hour steps, also when crossing the International Date Line. The Worldtimer-module was developed by IWC, the base movement of this watch is an ETA-calibre.

 

 

IWC Schaffhausen Portugieser Yacht Club Worldtimer
IWC Schaffhausen Portugieser Yacht Club Worldtimer

 

 

This picture shows the back of the IWC Schaffhausen Portugieser Yacht Club Worldtimer

 

IWC Schaffhausen Portugieser Yacht Club Worldtimer
IWC Schaffhausen Portugieser Yacht Club Worldtimer

 

 

The same technical description applies to the IWC Schaffhausen Pilots Watch Worldtimer, with the little difference that this Worldtimer shows the zone-time in the major 24 timezones …

 

 

IWC Schaffhausen Pilots Watch Worldtimer
IWC Schaffhausen Pilots Watch Worldtimer

 

 

The Jaeger-LeCoultre Geophysic True Second is powered by the calibre 770. The True Seconds system causes the seconds hand to move forwards while “beating the second”, meaning by performing a jump every second. Once the universal time has been set, there is no need to adjust it while crisscrossing the world. Travellers need only adjust their own time. Local time is automatically adjusted simply by moving the hour hand in one hour steps forwards or backwards, of course independently of the minutes and seconds to as to avoid any loss of precision.

 

Jaeger-LeCoultre Geophysic Universal Time
Jaeger-LeCoultre Geophysic Universal Time

 

 

The Montblanc Heritage Spirit Orbis Terrarum displays the time in different parts of the world. The dial is constructed in a multi-layer way. At its centre, the main sapphire crystal dial displays the continents as viewed from the North Pole which are encircled by the names of the 24 cities representing the different timezones. To adjust the time, the desired local city needs to be first positioned at “6 o’clock” by the aid of the pusher at “8 o’clock”. Then the hours and minutes (which are always linked with the day/night and 24 hours time-zones disc) can be adjusted through the crown to adjust the correct local time of the desired city. Once this is done, in addition to the correct local time the correct zone-time of all the 24 timezones will simultaneously be displayed around the sapphire crystal dial. When travelling to another timezone, the new destination city simply needs to be placed at 6 o’clock. This adjustment is again done through the pusher at “8 o’clock” which will turn at the same time the continents and cities, the day/night disc with the 24 hours timezones as well as the hour hand in jumps of one hour. The precise time of the minutes is not affected.  The Worldtime-module was developed in-house by Montblanc, the base movement is a Sellita-calibre.

 

 

Montblanc Heritage Spirit Orbis Terrarum
Montblanc Heritage Spirit Orbis Terrarum

 

 

The fully in-house developed Nomos Zürich Weltzeit powered by an in-house calibre will show you the zone-time of all the important timezones at a glance. The watch is easy to adjust and absolutely understated. No one will try to steal it!

 

Nomos Zürich Weltzeit

Nomos Zürich Weltzeit

 

 

The Vacheron Constantin Traditionnelle World Time indicates 37 world’s timezones, including those offset from Universal Coordinated Time (UCT) by a half – or quarter- hour. The cities shown in black represent the full timezones, while the cities in red indicate half-hour or quarter-hour zones. The watch enables the simultaneous read-off of the time in almost all regions of the world, along with the day-night indication provided above the central world map. Of course all indications are adjusted via the crown, thus considerably simplifying the use of the watch. The calibre 2460 WT was developed and is manufactured by Vacheron Constantin.

 

Vacheron Constantin Traditionnelle World Time
Vacheron Constantin Traditionnelle World Time

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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4 replies on “The Worldtimer … A perfect travel companion and a cool watch to surf through the the timezones”
  1. says: Alex

    Hi Alex, thanks for the selection. I don’t quite follow on the full hour and date argument you made at the beginning of the article. For the VC to show half and even quarter hour differences, the adjustment of the minute hand must somehow be possible or even necessary. Furthermore in my opinion, the date window refers to the (local) time indicated by the minute and hour hand in the center, not the home time (which you read from the outer dial when abroad).

    There are a few Worldtimer watches where you don’t even need to operate the crown, because they come with one or more special push buttons. I like the Zenith, Carl F. Bucherer and of course the Patek models, all of which you do not feature here.

  2. says: Debashish

    Vacheron Constantin Traditionnelle World Time is the finest mechanical world time watch, as it indicates 37 world time zones.

    Moreover, it is quite user friendly.

  3. says: Hans

    I own a Jeager reverso squara home time and use this watch for traveling. It is very easy to change time zone, the dial is white and very little light on a plane one can read the time. At home I use a Jeager reverso grande date, the issue with this watch difficult to read in the dark.

    The issue with your recommended collection, some of them may be difficult to read with little light and some of the dials are overcrowded.

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