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GMT Watches

A GMT watch is an intriguing and multifunctional timepiece that goes beyond the conventional hour, minute, and second hands. GMT watches include an additional hand or subdial dedicated to displaying a second time zone, granting the wearer the remarkable ability to effortlessly track time in two different regions simultaneously. With its distinctive capability, a GMT watch becomes an indispensable companion for globetrotters, business professionals, and individuals with international connections. 

In this blog post, we will embark on an exploration of GMT watches, unraveling their fascinating features, functionalities, and answering some commonly asked questions. Additionally, we will invite you to browse our meticulously curated collection of the finest GMT watches in the world, showcasing the exceptional craftsmanship and elegance offered by renowned luxury watch brands.

What Is a GMT Watch?

A GMT watch is designed with an additional hand or subdial that displays a second time zone. It allows the wearer to keep track of their local time along with the time in another location. This feature is particularly useful for globetrotters, professionals working in different time zones, or individuals with international connections.

GMT watches typically have a 24-hour scale on the bezel or dial, which corresponds to the second time zone. The GMT hand can be independently adjusted to show the time in the desired location. This enables quick and easy reference to both time zones without needing to perform complex calculations or consult external devices.

ROLEX GMT-MASTER II 126710BLNR
GRAND SEIKO SPORT COLLECTION SBGE275

What Does GMT Stand For?

GMT stands for Greenwich Mean Time, which is a time standard originally used by sailors to coordinate navigation and ensure consistent timekeeping. It refers to the mean solar time at the Prime Meridian, located in Greenwich, London, and is widely recognized as the reference point for time zones around the world. 

GMT is often used interchangeably with Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) in modern contexts.

How Do I Set a GMT Watch?

Setting a GMT watch involves adjusting the primary hour and minute hands to your local time and then separately adjusting the GMT hand to the desired second time zone. Most GMT watches have a dedicated crown position or pusher specifically for adjusting the GMT hand. Consult the watch’s user manual or contact a professional watchmaker for specific instructions on setting your particular GMT watch model.

ROLEX GMT-MASTER II 116718LN
TAG HEUER AQUARACER GMT WBP2010.BA0632

How Do I Read a GMT Watch?

To read a GMT watch, start by noting the position of the hour and minute hands, which indicate the local time. The GMT hand will point to the second time zone, typically represented by the 24-hour scale on the bezel or dial. By comparing the positions of the hands, you can easily determine the time in both locations simultaneously. 

Some GMT watches may feature additional complications, such as a date display or chronograph functions, further enhancing their functionality.

Fine Examples From the Best Brands in the World

Renowned watch brands offer a wide selection of GMT watches, each with their own unique design and technical features. Brands like Rolex, Omega, Patek Philippe, and Audemars Piguet have produced exceptional GMT watches that combine precision, durability, and luxury. 

From Rolex’s iconic GMT-Master to Omega’s Seamaster GMT models, these timepieces showcase craftsmanship and engineering excellence.

  • ROLEX GMT-MASTER II 16710

    ROLEX GMT-MASTER II

    • YEAR2004
    • BOXYes
    • PAPERSYes
    £11,500
  • ROLEX GMT-MASTER II 126710BLRO

    ROLEX GMT-MASTER II

    • YEAR2019
    • BOXYes
    • PAPERSYes
    £17,250
  • ROLEX GMT-MASTER II 126710BLRO

    ROLEX GMT-MASTER II

    • YEAR2019
    • BOXYes
    • PAPERSYes
    £17,250
  • ROLEX GMT-MASTER II 126710GRNR

    ROLEX GMT-MASTER II

    • YEAR2024
    • BOXYes
    • PAPERSYes
    £17,800
  • ROLEX GMT-MASTER II 16713

    ROLEX GMT-MASTER II

    • YEAR2000
    • BOXYes
    • PAPERSYes
    £13,950

We'll Help You Select a Luxury Pre-Owned GMT Watch

At BQ Watches, we specialize in luxury pre-owned watches, including a curated collection of GMT watches. Whether you’re seeking a classic Rolex GMT-Master or a sophisticated Patek Philippe World Time, our team of experts is here to guide you in selecting the perfect GMT watch to suit your style and needs. With our commitment to authenticity, quality, and customer satisfaction, you can shop with confidence at BQ Watches.

In conclusion, a GMT watch is a valuable tool for those who require easy tracking of multiple time zones. Its functionality, combined with the craftsmanship and elegance offered by luxury watch brands, makes it a sought-after timepiece for collectors and frequent travelers alike. Explore our collection and let BQ Watches assist you in finding your ideal luxury pre-owned GMT watch.

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