Travel watches (How long have we been parked on this @#$!%!! tarmac?)

My top travel watches.

One of the things I hate about travel is not knowing the time where I am as well as the time back home. (How else can I call people in the middle of the night and wake them up?)

To combat that nagging problem, I bought a watch that ostensibly let me see different time-zones called the Men’s SNJ007 Sportura Analog/Digital Alarm Chronograph by Seiko of Japan. It was well made, attractive and comfortable — there was just one problem with it. I couldn’t figure the damn thing out. At. All.

A buyer on Amazon who liked the watch described the time-setting process — with a straight face, mind you — like this:

Switch time zones with ease (push button A to select world time mode, push button C to select new time zone using second hand to point to airport codes listed on watch bezel, hold button B down for three seconds to make selected time zone your new home time zone).

I seriously have no idea how this guy can call this stuff easy…

Um, what the @#$!& are you talking about, dude? I’m both college educated and mechanically inclined, but I used to spend a good 40 minutes on every flight trying to hack the Enigma code required to correctly show my current time zone as well as the one back home. More often than not, I just left the watch with the wrong time in both zones.

That hassle led me to seek out a dual time-zone travel watch that’s easy to set — it’s an on-going quest, but here’s what I’ve found (so far):



And here are some super-pricy dual time-zone watches for those rich bastards in my audience (that was a joke).

In all, I’ve spent probably 100 hours searching the Interwebs to find out what’s out there and I am still looking. If you have any suggestions, add them in the comments section.