GMT Dual Timezone PVD Military Watch
This GMT dual time zone watch in PVD stainless steel finish is one of our latest watches and has a high performance quartz Ronda 515.24 movement housed in a robust 300m / 1000ft water resistant steel casing. This makes the watch ideally suitable for immersion in water and perfect for swimming, snorkelling and water sports although as a GMT watch the bezel is designed to enable time to be calculated in two time zones so for diving applications its suitability is rather limited although from a water resistance perspective the watch would be fine.
The concept behind GMT watches is very clever not because they are in any way particularly complex but because the technology behind them is so incredibly simple. On a conventional watch the hour hand is designed to travel around the dial over a 12 hour period, all that is needed to create a GMT watch is to add a second hour hand which travels around the dial in 24 hours instead of the usual 12, then an additional 24-hour time scale is added to a bezel hence the reason some GMT watches at quick glance look similar to divers watches. Using the watch could not be easier because the 24-hour hand circles the dial once a day instead of twice with a normal hour hand, its tip indicates the corresponding hour and because it’s operating on the 24 hour timescale there can be no confusion between a.m. and p.m.
The special covert matt black non reflective PVD finish used for this watch is often specified in military contracts for many special forces units as well as by anti terrorist units and for various covert operations. In the PVD process the steel is not black all the way through because the color is created by a special chemical PVD plating process which is vastly superior to the painted finish used on some lower quality watches which can easily fade or rub off. This PVD process means that the color of the steel is altered at a molecular level, therefore it will not deteriorate even during heavy usage although it can be destroyed if the case is badly damaged by a piece of metal being gouged out or if the case is worn down by continuous heavy abrasion against rocks etc.
We initially produced these watches for long haul airline pilots and also military pilots flying transport planes such as the Lockheed C-130 Hercules and Airbus A400M because the watch enables them to see the time in both the departure and destination time zones.
The watch measures 45mm including the crown and 40mm excluding the crown and is fitted with a matching PVD steel bracelet.
- 300m / 1000ft Water Resistant
- Movement: Ronda 515.24
- Stainless Steel case
- Illumination: Super Luminova
- Screwdown crown
- Width Inc Crown 45mm (Exc Crown 40mm)
- Thickness 15mm
- Crystal Diameter 31mm
- Lug to Lug 49mm
- 20mm Steel Bracelet
- Assembled in Swiss or Germany
- Supplied with factory 2 years warranty card