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THIS WEEK'S BEST: Jet-Set Watches

A reliable timepiece is essential for travel, and regardless of your destination, you’ll need something on your wrist that can exist in a variety of different situations.


Ripley Sellers

March 7, 2022


4 min read

A reliable timepiece is essential for travel, and regardless of your destination, you’ll need something on your wrist that can exist in a variety of different situations. Generally speaking, you’re probably going to want a watch with versatile styling that can display multiple time zones, and you’ll likely also want a model with decent water-resistance, so that you won’t need to worry about taking it off should you decide to go for a swim. 

So, what timepiece should accompany you on your next trip? Below is a closer look at three fantastic travel watches that are perfect for the modern jet-setter.

Patek Philippe Aquanaut 5164A

The Patek Philippe Aquanaut Travel Time 5164A might just be the brand’s most practical and capable travel watch. Featuring two independently adjustable hour hands, the one assigned to local time can be instantaneously jumped either backwards or forwards with a pair of pushers located on the 9 o’clock side of the case. When not using this dual-time feature, the two hour hands can be stacked to offer a more traditional three-handed display.

If you travel to a new time zone, adjusting the Aquanaut 5164A is as easy as pressing one of its pushers to correspond with the time difference. Local and home time will be displayed by the two hour hands, and each will have its own dedicated AM/PM indicator window. Despite this highly-practical functionality, the 40.8mm stainless steel case is still water-resistant to 120 meters, and is ideal for swimming at the hotel pool thanks to its black rubber strap.

Rolex GMT-Master II 126710BLRO

For travel watches from Rolex, it is hard to beat the stainless steel GMT-Master II 126710BLRO. The iconic red and blue “Pepsi” colors of the bezel have a rich history that dates back to the 1950s, and the timepiece’s 40mm case guarantees an ample 100 meters of water-resistance. Additionally, the reference 126710BLRO’s stainless steel bracelet is a highly practical option that is equally suited for anything from a day at the beach to an evening out. 

In terms of travel-ready features, the Rolex GMT-Master II 126710BLRO includes two independently adjustable hour hands, with reference time displayed in a 24-hour format and local time displayed by a traditional 12-hour hand. Additionally, the local hour hand can be jumped either forwards or backwards in one-hour increments, allowing the Rolex GMT-Master II to quickly be reset when you arrive at your next destination.

Vacheron Constantin Overseas World Time

The Vacheron Constantin Overseas World Time offers access to 37 different time zones, making it the perfect luxury watch for the frequent global traveler. The model features a disc with the names of the world’s most prominent cities, and a secondary color is used to denote those in a region with a 30-minute offset. This advanced approach enables the watch to track the vast majority of the world’s most commonly used time zones, and all adjustments can be made directly through the winding crown. 

Protecting the complex functionality of the Vacheron Constantin Overseas World Time is a 43.5mm case, which is water-resistant to an impressive 150 meters. Additionally, the ability to quickly swap out the metal bracelet for either a rubber or leather strap without the use of a strap changing tool makes it incredibly easy for this highly capable travel watch to adapt to suit different attires or environments.


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