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Montblanc 1858 119286 New Steel 42mm Automatic
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Montblanc MB119286 Geosphere 1858 Brown Leather Strap Automati...
NZ$ 7,101
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309
US
Baume & Mercier Capeland M0A10106 New Steel 44mm Automatic
TOP
Baume & Mercier Capeland Worldtimer
NZ$ 6,661
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606
LV
Ebel 9124 Fair Steel 38mm Automatic
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Ebel World Timer G.M.T Double Time zone A Rotating Bezel -...
NZ$ 1,282
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901
NL
Jacob & Co. ES101.40.NS.LR.A New Rose gold 45mm Automatic
Jacob & Co. EPIC SF24 Rose Gold (New Full Set)
NZ$ 92,198
Free shipping
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11
HK
Patek Philippe World Time 5131G-001 New White gold 39.5mm Automatic
Patek Philippe World Time enamel dial
Price on request
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16
IT
Citizen CC4004-66E New Titanium 44mm Quartz
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Citizen ATTESA GPS Eco Drive F950 MOON GOLD Limited 1000
NZ$ 3,145
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116
JP
Patek Philippe World Time 5131R-010 Very good Rose gold Automatic
Patek Philippe World Time Rose Gold Leather Strap
NZ$ 151,894
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29
UK
Vacheron Constantin Patrimony 86060/000R-9640 Unworn Rose gold 42.5mm Automatic
Vacheron Constantin Traditionnelle World Time Automatic Watch...
NZ$ 40,261
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66
US
Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Compressor Extreme W-Alarm 150.T.42 Very good Titanium 46mm Automatic
Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Compressor Extreme W-Alarm Titane...
NZ$ 13,153
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34
FR
Patek Philippe World Time 5131/1P-001 Very good Platinum 39.5mm Automatic
Patek Philippe World Time
NZ$ 227,641
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96
IT
Patek Philippe World Time 5575G-001 New White gold 39.8mm Automatic
Patek Philippe World Time anniversary limited edition new...
NZ$ 200,661
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109
CH
Montblanc Nicolas Rieussec 104705 Very good Rose gold 43mm Manual winding
Montblanc Star Nicholas Rieussec Monopusher Chronograph
NZ$ 34,707
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19
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Breitling Bentley B04 GMT NB0434E5/BE94/232S/V20DSA.2 New Carbon 45mm Automatic
Breitling Bentley B04 GMT (New Full Set)
NZ$ 22,110
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11
HK
Patek Philippe World Time Patek Philippe World Time 5130R Very good Rose gold 39.5mm Automatic
Patek Philippe Rose Gold World Time 5130R
NZ$ 48,903
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743
UK
Patek Philippe World Time 5131/1P-001 Very good Platinum 39.5mm Automatic
Patek Philippe World Time PLATINUM ENAMEL DIAL
NZ$ 244,503
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279
IT
Girard Perregaux WW.TC 4980 Very good Rose gold 43mm Automatic
Girard Perregaux Ww.tc World Chronograph
NZ$ 16,862
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156
ES
Seiko 6117-6400 Steel 38mm Automatic
Seiko WORLD TIME
NZ$ 1,153
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9
JP
Breitling Transocean Chronograph Unitime AB0510U0/A732 Very good Steel 46mm Automatic
Breitling Transocean Chronograph Unitime
NZ$ 9,709
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9
CH
Patek Philippe World Time Chronograph 5930G-001 Unworn White gold 39.5mm Automatic
Patek Philippe World Time Chronograph 5930G-001
NZ$ 80,938
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473
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Patek Philippe World Time 5130R-001 New Rose gold 39.5mm Automatic
Patek Philippe World Time new full set
NZ$ 53,791
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109
CH
Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Compressor Extreme W-Alarm 150.8.42 Very good Steel 46.5mm Automatic
Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Compressor Extreme World W-Alarm
NZ$ 15,092
Professional dealer
1799
NL
Breitling Bentley B05 Unitime MB0521V4/BE46/265S/M20DS New Steel 49mm Automatic
Breitling (NEW) Bentley B05 Unitime
NZ$ 12,353
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11
HK
Pocket Watch Very good Yellow gold 52mm Manual winding
Vintage Pocket Watch Rare World Time Full Calendar Enamel Dial
NZ$ 19,110
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743
UK
Patek Philippe World Time 5131G-001 Very good White gold 39.5mm Automatic
Patek Philippe World Time 5131G
NZ$ 155,976
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279
IT
Vacheron Constantin Patrimony 86060/000G-8982 New White gold 42.5mm Automatic
Vacheron Constantin Traditionelle Weltzeituhr
NZ$ 55,477
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331
DE
Patek Philippe World Time 5131j-001 Very good Yellow gold 39.5mm Automatic
Patek Philippe World Time
NZ$ 139,979
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372
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Patek Philippe World Time 5130R-001 Very good Rose gold 39.5mm Automatic
Patek Philippe World Time 18kt Rose Gold Box/Papers
NZ$ 44,287
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37
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Patek Philippe World Time 5575G-001 Unworn White gold 39.8mm Automatic
Patek Philippe 175th Anniversary World Time White Gold 5575G-001
NZ$ 173,537
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473
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Patek Philippe World Time 5131R New Rose gold Automatic
Patek Philippe World Time 5131R double factory seald
NZ$ 202,347
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109
CH
Patek Philippe World Time 5131J Very good Yellow gold 39.5mm Automatic
Patek Philippe World Time Réf.5131j Enamel Dial
Price on request
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30
FR
Patek Philippe World Time Chronograph 5930G-001 New White gold 39.5mm Automatic
Patek Philippe World Time Chronograph White Gold (New Full Set)
NZ$ 93,094
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11
HK
Patek Philippe World Time 5110J-001 New Yellow gold 37mm Automatic
Patek Philippe World Time 5110J Yellow Gold NOS stickers
NZ$ 48,057
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22
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Patek Philippe World Time 5131R-010 New Rose gold Automatic
Patek Philippe World Time ENAMEL DIAL ROSE GOLD 5131R
NZ$ 162,721
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279
IT
Breitling Galactic Unitime WB3510U4/BD94/375A Unworn Steel 44mm Automatic
Breitling Galactic Unitime 44
NZ$ 8,728
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63
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Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Compressor Extreme World Chronograph Q1768451 / 150.8.22 Very good Steel 46mm Automatic
Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Compressor Extreme World Chronograph
NZ$ 11,334
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372
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Tissot Heritage Navigator T610033888 New Steel 43mm Automatic
Tissot HERITAGE NAVIGATOR AUTOMATIC 160TH ANNIVERSARY COSC NEW
NZ$ 2,393
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466
JP
Patek Philippe World Time 5575G-001 Unworn White gold 39.8mm Automatic
Patek Philippe 175th Anniversary World Time White Gold 5575G-001
NZ$ 171,653
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473
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Patek Philippe World Time Chronograph 5930G-001 New White gold 39.5mm Automatic
Patek Philippe 5930-G World Time Chronograph new unworn full set
NZ$ 87,684
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109
CH
Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Geographic 142.8.92 Very good Steel 38mm Automatic
Jaeger-LeCoultre Preowned Master Geographic Stainless Steel...
NZ$ 9,579
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105
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Breitling Bentley B05 Unitime MB0521V4/BE46/244S/M20DS New Steel 49mm Automatic
Breitling (NEW) Bentley B05 Unitime
NZ$ 12,353
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11
HK
Seiko 6117-6400 Good Steel 41mm Automatic
Seiko Vintage World Time
NZ$ 1,433
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52
PT
Patek Philippe World Time 5130/1g Very good White gold Automatic
Patek Philippe WORLD TIME WHITE GOLD 5130/1g-010
NZ$ 75,037
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279
IT
Angular Momentum Piece Unique Unworn Steel 42mm Automatic
Angular Momentum Axis XVIII Revolving Disk Worldtimer Mikropai...
NZ$ 12,798
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254
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Jaeger-LeCoultre AMVOX 193A470 Very good Titanium 44mm Automatic
Jaeger-LeCoultre Amvox5 World Chronograph
NZ$ 18,886
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146
CZ
Patek Philippe World Time 5130P-001 Very good Platinum 39.5mm Automatic
Patek Philippe World Time Platinum
NZ$ 57,880
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Patek Philippe World Time 5230R New Rose gold 38.5mm Automatic
Patek Philippe World Time Rose Gold 5230R
NZ$ 62,057
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473
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Patek Philippe World Time 5131J New Yellow gold Automatic
Patek Philippe World Time 5131-J double seald
NZ$ 202,347
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109
CH
Frederique Constant Manufacture Worldtimer FC-718DGWM4H4 New Steel 42mm Automatic
Frederique Constant Manufacture Worldtimer FC-FC-718DGWM4H4...
NZ$ 4,199
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808
DE
Jacob & Co. ES101.20.NS.LH.A New Titanium 45mm Automatic
Jacob & Co. EPIC SF24 Grade 5 Titanium (New Full Set)
NZ$ 73,401
Free shipping
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11
HK
IWC Portuguese (submodel) IW326602 Very good Steel 45.4mm Automatic
IWC Portugieser Yacht Club Worldtimer
NZ$ 12,900
Professional dealer
1799
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Patek Philippe World Time 5110P-001 New Platinum 37mm Automatic
Patek Philippe World Time 5110P Platinum 37mm NOS stickers
NZ$ 69,978
Professional dealer
22
MC
IWC Pilot Worldtimer IW3262-01 Very good Steel 45mm Automatic
IWC Pilot's Watch Worldtimer IW3262-01
NZ$ 8,260
Free shipping
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1383
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Patek Philippe World Time 5110G-001 Very good White gold 37mm Automatic
Patek Philippe World Time
NZ$ 55,646
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146
CZ
A. Lange & Söhne Lange 1 227961 Unworn White gold 41,9mm Manual winding
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A. Lange & Söhne 1 Zeitzone "Como" - Exklusive Sonderanfertigu...
NZ$ 82,625
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Patek Philippe World Time 5110P-001 Very good Platinum 37mm Automatic
Patek Philippe World Time Ref. 5110P - 001 Platinum Full Set 2003
NZ$ 77,195
Free shipping
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124
IT
Patek Philippe World Time 5131G-001 New White gold 39.5mm Automatic
Patek Philippe 5131G-001 World Time double factory seald
NZ$ 202,347
Professional dealer
109
CH
Ball Trainmaster Worldtime GM2020D-LCJ-BK New Steel 41mm Automatic
Ball Trainmaster Worldtime Chronometer NEU
NZ$ 4,646
Free shipping
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533
DE
Jacob & Co. ES101.20.NS.YG.A New Titanium 45mm Automatic
Jacob & Co. EPIC SF24 Racing Grade 5 Titanium Green (New Full...
NZ$ 80,293
Free shipping
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11
HK
Patek Philippe World Time 5110P Very good Platinum 37mm Automatic
Patek Philippe World Time Complications Platinum Watch 5110...
NZ$ 50,465
Professional dealer
1026
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Vacheron Constantin Patrimony 86060/000R-8985 Unworn Rose gold 42.5mm Automatic
Vacheron Constantin TRADITIONNELLE WORLD TIME
NZ$ 57,922
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130
MC
Patek Philippe World Time 5131R-011 Very good Rose gold 39.5mm Automatic
Patek Philippe Complications World Time 5131R-011
NZ$ 145,702
Free shipping
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1383
US

World Time Watch: Time Zones Around the World

World time watches let you know both local time and the time in other time zones. This type of watch is a good choice for frequent fliers and globetrotters.


Read on to find out more information about world time watches, including:

  • The purpose of a world time watch
  • Buying advice
  • GMT watches
  • Watches with multiple time zones

World Time Watches: Practical and Helpful

Every well-known luxury watch manufacturer offers timepieces that show more than just the current local time. In certain situations, such as an international phone conference, webinar, or while traveling, it's important to know what time it is somewhere else in the world.

That's exactly what a world time wristwatch is for. There are both quartz and mechanical world time watches. There is another important distinction with world time watches: One kind displays a single time zone in addition to the local time, while another displays 24 time zones at once.


How much does a world time watch cost?

Are you looking for a watch you can use to tell the time in multiple time zones? Prices for this kind of watch with a mechanical movement start around 1,000 euros. A second time zone is an intricate complication which raises a watch's price.

The Davosa World Traveller with an additional hour hand costs around 1,000 euros. The Atlantic Worldmaster falls in a similar price range, and Frederique Constant offers the comparable Worldtimer.

The Breitling Navitimer World costs around 4,000 euros. As the Navitimer series is one of the most well-known wristwatches in the world, the world time version is particularly intriguing – and not just for pilot's watch and chronograph enthusiasts. There are many versions of the Navitimer World available. There are models with black, blue, and white dials, and some have different color combinations. Certain versions cost over 5,000 euros.

IWC offers the Pilot Worldtimer, which costs about 6,000 euros. The timepiece displays all 24 time zones simultaneously. For 11,000 euros, you can purchase the Compressor Extreme World Chronograph from Jaeger-LeCoultre. 

Aside from the Pilot Worldtimer, IWC also offers the Yacht Club Worldtimer. It's part of the elegant Portugieser collection and costs 19,000 euros with a rose gold case.

For around 40,000 euros, you can purchase a World Time from Patek Philippe and a similar watch from Vacheron Constantin also called the !{model-,World Time}. However, you should be sure to get the most recent version of these watches, as some time zones have been modified over the years. For example, Moscow is now only three hours ahead of GMT instead of four. Several location names have been changed as well. Patek Philippe replaced Riyadh with Dubai on the dial. Thus, older versions of the World Time sometimes display time zones which are no longer accurate. You should make sure that any pre-owned, out-of-date examples are appropriately priced.

One of the most expensive world time watches is the golden World Time from Patek Philippe, which features a colorful world map in the center of its dial. The enamel map is made by hand. This watch costs around 100,000 euros.


Quartz Watches: An Affordable Alternative

If you want a more affordable watch with multiple functions, then you should consider buying a quartz watch. It's much easier and cheaper to produce electronic watches that display multiple time zones than mechanical ones. A mechanical watch requires its own, individually constructed movement with additional moving parts if it's to function as a world time watch. With a quartz watch, you just need to add an extra integrated circuit for this feature. This is much simpler than building a complicated gear.

You can purchase a Seiko with an integrated world time display from their Prospex or Sportura series for around 400 euros. The versions that receive radio signals always display the correct time. Solar powered watches are not dependent on batteries as a power source. More expensive Seiko watches have a GPS signal receiver instead of a radio signal receiver. The GPS variety offers advantages: It can receive a signal across the globe, while the radio-controlled watches can only receive a signal if a transmitter is within 2,000 km. Citizen, Seiko's largest Japanese competitor, also has many quartz world time watches available.


Selection of Different World Time Watches

Model Movement Number of other time zones Price starting at
Seiko Prospex Quartz One 400 euros
IWC Worldtimer Mechanical All 6,000 euros
Breitling Navitimer World Mechanical One 7,000 euros
Rolex GMT Master II Mechanical One 10,000 euros
Jaeger-LeCoultre Compressor
Extreme World Chronograph
Mechanical One 11,000 euros
Vacheron Constantin World Time Mechanical All 13,000 euros
Patek Philippe World Time Mechanical All 40,000 euros

GMT Watches with an Additional Hour Hand

World time watches are generally divided into two subgroups: One type has an additional hour hand to indicate a second time zone and the other type displays 24 time zones simultaneously with representative locations written on the dial.

The first type is known as a GMT watch. The GMT-Master II from Rolex is an excellent example of this type of watch. Its second hour hand makes one rotation per day, meaning it moves at half the pace of the normal hour hand. The GMT-Master II and its predecessor have rotatable 24-hour bezels that correspond to the second hour hand. Imagine you're in Berlin or Paris and it's 8 PM CET. You'd like the GMT-Master II to display the time in New York as well. Therefore, you set the second hour hand to two o'clock using the crown since it's just early afternoon in the Big Apple. There's a time difference of six hours, so you turn the bezel so that the 14 on the bezel matches up with the extra hand. Now your watch will tell you both the local time and the time on the east coast in the USA.

Many world time/GMT watches function this way. One of the most famous is the Navitimer World, a variant of the legendary pilot's chronograph Navitimer. Breitling had the time zones of the most important cities around the globe engraved in the case. The city names are required to correctly set the second hour hand. Usually, you need to either know the time difference between the local time and the other location, or you must be able to look it up. With the city names engraved, the watch does the work for you.


World Time Based in London

Although these timepieces are called GMT watches, their name is slightly misleading. GMT stands for Greenwich Mean Time, named after the district in London. As was decided at an international conference in 1884, the prime meridian runs through Greenwich, separating the globe into an eastern and western half. Back then, Greenwich Mean Time was also used as a reference time. The term "GMT" is still used today to refer to a reference time, although Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) has been the official reference time since 1972.

In some cases, it's a good idea to set the additional hour hand to Greenwich Mean Time. GMT is the same all over the world and doesn't change for daylight saving time. If you're having a weekly telephone conference with participants from all over the world, for example, then using GMT as a reference time would be ideal.

However, no one's stopping you from setting the extra hour hand to your home time instead of GMT when you're on vacation in Hawaii. This way you know exactly what time it is when you call friends or family back home. Some world time watches use a window in the dial instead of an additional hand. The time for the second time zone is displayed in the window using a rotating disc with a position for every hour. The Worldtimer from Porsche Design has this type of layout. It displays a city abbreviation for the second time zone in another window, such as PAR for Paris (CET).


A Wheel for All Time Zones

The second type of world time watch doesn't just display a second time zone, but rather all 24 at once. A famous and especially luxurious example of this type of watch is the World Time from Patek Philippe. Its dial has two rotatable discs on its edge. The inner disc has a 24-hour scale. The local time is displayed at the 12 o'clock position and corresponds with the time displayed by the central hands. The outer disc has names of cities such as London or New York which represent their respective time zones. If you're in London at 10 AM, you can take one look at your World Time and see that it's 7 AM in Rio de Janeiro, 6 PM in Hong Kong, and 8 PM in Sydney.


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