10 Beautiful Examples of Dual Time Zone Watches for World Travelers - Airows

In 1954 Rolex invented the dual time zone watch, named the GMT Master for Greenwich Mean Time, the mean solar time at the Royal Observatory in Greenwich, London which was used as the international civil time standard for many years. Adding or subtracting the prescribed number of hours from GMT would give you the time in any location in the world. 

Pilots in particular on the new transatlantic routes needed to keep track of two time zones when flying from one to the other, though the feature appealed to the new breed of jetsetters in general. With its bold blue and red bezel the Rolex GMT soon garnered the nickname "Pepsi" and became an instant icon. But it's worth noting that many other watchmakers have since come out with their own GMT timepieces. Here are 10 of the best:

Rolex GMT-Master II "Coke", $8,500

In the 1980s Rolex introduced the second generation GMT-Master and with it a new black and red bezel that of course was nicknamed "Coke." 

Panerai Luminor GMT, $6,000

Italian military watchmaker Panerai's GMT version of the iconic Luminor gives this watch both underwater and airborne capabilities.

Longines Heritage GMT, $1,625

The bargain of the list, this historic Longines model forgoes the special bezel in favor of an inner numerical index indicating the second time zone.

Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean GMT, $6,050

James Bond wears a Seamaster and the ultimate secret agent would find this GMT version quite handy for instantly telling the time back in London.

Breitling Chronomat GMT, $5,200

This blacked-out beauty is the most badass watch on the list, innately suitable for the pilot of a stealth bomber, for example.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Compressor GMT, $5,050

Another pilot-dive watch hybrid, from the brand whose pieces outside the Reverso range are often overlooked in our opinion.

Cartier Pasha C GMT, $2,050

Cartier has traditionally been focused on simple yet utterly elegant timepieces like the legendary tank, but this more modern design has plenty of panache.

Chopard Mille Miglia Speed GMT, $4,599

The boldest watch on the list comes from Chopard's collection in honor of Italy's famed Mille Miglia road race and has the flair of a classic Ferrari.

Zenith Pilot D'Aeronef Type 20 GMT, $4,550

This is a pilot's watch through and through with much more of a vintage look than Rolex's steel creations, made in a limited edition run of only 1903 pieces.

Rolex GMT-Master II "Batman", $10,200

One of the newest and far and way most desirable Rolex GMT variants is this model known as the "Batman" because of its black and blue bezel.