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

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

Christopher Ward makes a nice travel watch.

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?)

No idea how to work it, finally sold it.

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
This is a nice watch if you’re rich.

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):



You can see the little gears move with this type of Automatic watch. Fun!

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

I bought this one, then bought the version with two sub-dials so I can tell what day it is!

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.

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