Few complications you’ll find on a wristwatch can claim to have more real-world practicality than a wristwatch equipped with a GMT complication. The ability to track two different time zones simultaneously is invaluable for a great many people in a great many different professions. With all that in mind, we thought we’d share with you five of the best GMT watches you can buy right now:
GRAND SEIKO SBGN009
Released to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first quartz watch, the SBGN009’s luscious blue dial has the kind of repeating pattern in the background that very few brands can pull off without it looking chintzy. Cue Grand Seiko, whose reputation for remarkable dial designs is now well entrenched. The colour-matched seconds hand, GMT hand, logo, and chapter ring provide true chromatic harmony with the two shades of blue on show. Limited to 2,019 pieces.
Ref No: SBGN009 / Case size: 40mm / Case material: Steel / Movement: 9F86 / Price: $4000
When you make the decision to purchase a travel watch for your next adventure, one thing that can offer peace of mind is an affordable price point, just in case it is misplaced. Monta play safely within those budgetary lines with their Atlas GMT model. It comes correct with the full suite of GMT hand, date display and 150m water resistance to create a watch that is pleasingly robust. At 38.5mm, the Monta Atlas GMT does not shout from the wrist, which makes it an excellent everyday companion.
Ref No: Atlas / Case size: 38.5mm / Case material: Steel / Movement: Sellita SW330 / Price: USD$1795
ROLEX GMT-MASTER II
Say hello to the latest steel GMT-Master II to take the industry by storm. The addition of a jubilee bracelet to what was an already sought-after piece pushes this reference over the top. As with the “Pepsi” from 2018, 2019’s “Batman” – or “Batgirl” as it’s since been named due to its dressier bracelet – will be on top of many a wish-list for years to come. If you can afford one of these (or might be able to in the 2-3 years it will probably take you to get one), join a waiting list yesterday.
Ref No: 126710BLNR / Case size: 40mm / Case material: Oyster Steel / Movement: 3285 / Price: $13,600
BULGARI OCTO FINISSIMO CHRONOGRAPH GMT AUTOMATIC
At Baselworld 2019, Bulgari’s Octo Finissimo Chronograph baffled many a journalist. Upon first inspection, many struggled to locate the winding rotor that made this ultra-thin piece (6.9mm) an automatic, and not hand-wound, watch. Cleverly, Bulgari has used a platinum peripheral rotor that is not only an efficient, space-saving solution but also an optical treat.
Ref No: 103068 / Case size: 42mm / Case material: Titanium / Movement: BVL 318 / Price: $24,900
BREMONT MBIII ORANGE BARREL
The Bremont Martin-Baker III, or MBIII Orange Barrel, features the British watchmaker’s latest Calibre BE-93-2AE self-winding movement, which benefits from chronometer certification, 21 jewels, Glucydur balance, Anachron balance spring, Nivaflex 1 mainspring, 28,800 (4Hz) vibrations per hour, 42 hours of power reserve and a Bremont skeletonised and decorated rotor. The movement displays hours, minutes and seconds, as well as a date complication, which is located at three o’clock, and, crucially for this list, a GMT complication. The impressive new movement is shrouded in Bremont’s impressive 43mm hardened stainless steel case which features the marque’s Trip-Tick construction and Faraday anti-magnetic, shock-resistant cage.
Ref No: MBIII / Case size: 43mm / Case material: Stainless Steel / Movement: BE-93-2AE / Price: $7500