Originally Posted by HorseHide
Question from a long-time lurker: I travel a fair amount and have been looking for a good work watch that helps me juggle different time zones. I picked up the new white dial Explorer II (I'm a Rolex fan - I have a Daytona and Sub) but the GMT feature isn't doing it for me. I find myself "calculating" what time it is in the other city and I don't need a complication to do that (unless I'm in India where they are a half hour off UTC - usually I'm so jet lagged when I'm there that knowing what time it is back home is the least of my worries). I'm fast coming to the conclusion that my brain isn't wired to work with a GMT watch.
So that leads me to dual time watches. I plan to look at the AP RO Dual Time (I know there's a lot of love for the RO among this group and I appreciate the craftsmanship but I've never been drawn to them before now) and a couple of the JLCs (Dual Time, World Geographic and Reverso Duo). Thoughts on these? Any others I should check out? Thanks.
There are several great choices available, but I think you have to decide the type of watch you want, dressy, sporty, or something in between.
I found the Master Geographic is one of the easiest to use to use world time watches. Although, I will admit that I find the original version's dial more attractive. The Master Hometime is also a great watch,...one that I find maybe a bit less busy than a Master Geographic, and maybe the one I would choose if going for a JLC. I think its also a very versatile watch that transitions well from casual to dress clothing.
The Moser that someone posted is really beautiful, but I would find it a bit delicate and dressy if I need one watch to do everything when traveling. The same of Patek's 5134 Travel Time. As for Patek's world time watches such as ref 5110, I know there are lots of fans of them, but its one design I have never cared for from Patek.
The Royal Oak Dual Time and VC Overseas Dual Time, both use the JLC Master Geographic's movement as their base. IIRC, it was used in RO, back when AP still owned 40% of JLC. Its a great movement, and works well in the AP and the VC. I believe the one thing that does annoy some people about the RO Dual Time is the lack of a quickset date feature. I think that is one thing VC's version does have, but I find the asymmetric crown at 2 o'clock annoying, and I find its bracelet too flashy, and more like a brand advertisement. I am a big RO fan, and I did give the Dual Time some thought. I think its a really versatile design that can work well for a traveler on the go.
You definitely, need to try on a bunch of these watches and figure out which one speaks to you. I think more so than many other types of watches, dual time and GMT watches require trying them on person to see what it takes to use them, how legible they are, and to determine which design fits your needs best.
Yes, but the Nomos still requires him to determine the time, same as an Explorer 2 or GMT2 would. Which I thought is not what he wants.
Originally Posted by dbln79
I don't use the GMT function but I love my JLC Dualtime/Hometime:
+1 great watch.
Originally Posted by no frills
Disclaimer: I grew up in Asia on a steady diet of Godzilla, Mothra, Voltes V, Daimos, Mazinger Z, etc. I'm positively biased towards the themes from Pacific Rim.
So funny, I remember those too. I had a Mazinger Z robot when growing up. Not sure what happened to it. However, I still have a Voltes V robot in mint condition in the box, my parents bought it for me at FOA Shwarz during a trip to NYC years ago. Its now in the "Man Cave."
Originally Posted by jbarwick
So yesterday I put my name on the short list for the new Blue/Black GMT. Did you guys know it has the nickname of "The Bruiser"? I told the guy I hadn't heard that but this is the only watch section I keep track of these days. They also have a Green bezel and face Sub. I am waiting on the GMT to come in as I work right around the corner so he said he would call everyone on the list and it is first come first serve. So I may be the owner of a new GMT soon but will not take possession until next April as it is a wedding gift from my fiancee.
I did have a question though. I have thought of waiting as I recently read a post on another website about some Canadian ADs offering discounts of up to 25% on Subs? Getting some brand new OTD for low 7's. Anyone heard of this? The reason I ask is that I am going to Montreal in a couple of months and may hold off on a Rolex purchase until then if this is true. May have to worry about import tax of some sort but I assume I could wear the watch back and ship the box to myself? If this is the case then I may wait and hold off on the GMT and get a Sub instead if discounts are that great.
The obvious question is which one is my heart set on more? A Black Sub does nothing for me but a Blue/Gold or Green sub are nice. As for GMTs I doubt they will be offering discounts on the new release of the GMT. Decisions decisions....
I was in Montreal about 2 years ago. At least back then there were no great deals to be had on Rolex, JLC or AP. Dealing with the Canadian tax, or the import tax of getting it home, (some dealers will not let you just ship the boxes to avoid their taxes...as its mail fraud, so boxes and watch must be shipped together). Just seemed to create a big headache without any great benefit. I basically discovered I could get the same or better deals at home. Also, the fines involved if they determine you are wearing a new watch you are wearing into the country while trying to evade the import tax could be unpleasant. A friend warned me about that a while ago, so I brought a miniaturized copy of the sales receipt for my Explorer 2 (wedding gift), so I would have proof this new looking watch was not purchased overseas when I re-entered the country.
Yes, I had heard the Bruiser nickname for the black& blue GMT. I find it a little silly, but I guess people like coming up with nicknames for some of the new Rolex models.
Good luck with whatever you decide.