If you travel frequently for work or leisure, you know the complications of tracking time across more than one timezone. Fortunately, GMT watches make this process much easier. Rather than looking up the time in a different location, you have the ability to know the time of any location in the world — just by looking at your wrist! While many people use a GMT watch as a simple dress watch, its functionality makes it a great asset, especially if you move around a lot.
In any case, people still have a lot of questions about the history and purpose of GMT watches. For example, when was the first GMT watch invented? How does a GMT watch work? And how do you use a GMT watch? In this GMT Watches 101 Guide, we will answer all of these questions and more, but first, let’s at the basic mechanisms involved in a GMT watch.
Did you know that the chronograph watch is over 200 years old? Louis Moinet, a French horologist and artist, invented the chronograph in 1816 to track celestial objects.
From there, chronographs were on-trend in the mid-to-late 1800s in field artillery. Today, current uses of the chronograph extend to such fields as auto racing, aircraft piloting, and submarine maneuvering and diving. It began as a simple pocket watch with astronomical purpose and remains a timeless piece of both fashion and innovation. While many purchase chronograph watches for their usefulness, others buy them simply because they are stylish.
Have you ever given any thought to the watch case shapes? What does it mean if a watch is round or square? What does Tonneau mean? Which watch shape is currently in vogue? We’ll discuss that, and more.
Some people feel that a watch says a lot about a person. Not just the quality of the watch, but the color, the shape, and the size. You will want to choose a watch that feels right for you, and many people have rotating watches that they wear for different occasions or events and with different outfits. Luxury watches are not the same as sports watches, and you may be in need of a waterproof watch if you spend a lot of time underwater. Watchmakers are artists with a vision who imagine what a watch will look like on the wearer, and what features will be the most useful. But some watch shapes are just revolutionary. You will want to know the ‘why’ of the timepiece you have on your wrist.