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For world travelers, a GMT time zone watch is the most practical timepiece for daily travel needs. In the early 1700s, William Hogarth created a series of paintings that described the lunacy that was brought onto the explorers at the time by the “longitude problem”. At this point in history, determining longitude was no easy endeavor. Some of the greatest minds at the time during the 1700s were working towards finding a method to determine the longitude in an effort to help provide safe navigation passages for vessels at sea.
What is a GMT Time Zone Watch?
A GMT time zone watch is an abbreviation that stands for “Greenwich Mean Time.” Generally, a GMT Time Zone watch is a watch that allows the wearer to keep track of the time in different time zones. It allows you to do so by the implementation of a rather unique feature – a fourth hand.
Operating a GMT watch takes some practice, but once you become familiar with a handful of time zones, it is not difficult at all. Basically, you need to know two time zones at any given time – your home time zone, or the time zone of the city you are in at the moment. You will also need to know the time zone of the city and whose current time you would like to know.
GMT time zone watches are an interesting piece of technology, in that even if you are a seasoned watch collector, it is still entirely possible to have never come across one before. Because of that, there are a lot of people, both inside the watchmaking community and outside of it, who are completely unfamiliar with this term.
How to tell if you have a GMT Time Zone watch
What distinguishes a GMT time zone watch from a regular timepiece is its additional hand. Most timepieces have three hands on the face for the hour, minute, and seconds, respectively. A GMT time zone watch has an additional fourth hand that rotates once around the face every four hours and corresponds directly to Greenwich Mean Time.
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