Traveling today can kill hours of your life that you’ll never get back. And what better way to spike your blood pressure than by knowing exactly how much of your life is slipping through your fingers right down to the second. And that’s why they invented watches. Here are some of my favorites.
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).—Some guy on YouTube
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 ongoing quest, but here’s what I’ve found (so far):
- Kronaby Apex — My current and now only watch. It’s that good.
- Seiko Sportura SNJ007 — The watch I can’t figure out.
- Seiko Aston GPS — Changes time-zone automatically.
- Wenger Military Silver SS 74718 — May still buy this one for $170.
- Seiko Solar Chronograph Dual Time Zone SSC093 — Also a serious contender because it’s reasonably priced.
- Junkers G38 Dual Time #6940-4 — Nice, but…
- Casio G-Shock MTG — Many people love this, but I don’t.
- Citizen Signature Eco-Drive Octavia Chronograph — Looks a lot like the much cooler Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Chronograph.
- B&M Clifton — Classy looking watch, but that annoying single dial, extra hand thing.
- Jaeger LeCoultre “Master Compressor” — Excellent solution, my favorite watch, but SUPER pricy. Buy me one!
- Ingersoll IN8410WH Sam Automatic — Almost bought this one, but found out the movement is Chinese and kinda questionable.
- Maurice Lacriox MP6707-SS001-111 “MasterPiece Traditional” — A lovely watch that was way out of my price range.
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.
UPDATE: I finally found the Kronaby Apex, it’s my new current and now only watch. Yes, it’s that good.