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    Re: FC Worldtimer - Comparisons?

    Obviously this will be a personal decision, but for me, the Longines has it all over the Ball. I prefer a watch with a white face, I prefer a leather strap over a rubber strap and the Ball is way too big for my wrist at 45mm. I really like the look of the Longines and will now keep an eye open for one, as I would like to add a world timer to my collection.
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    Re: FC Worldtimer - Comparisons?

    The Longines looks really similar with Baume et Mercier Wordltimer, so my preference is to not get that. However the Ball is just not my cup of tea.

    To each their own though, try both on your wrist and get whichever makes you smile!


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    Re: FC Worldtimer - Comparisons?

    Sorry for the late reply, but yes correct. That's the beauty of this piece. As you set the local time, the inner 24hr ring moves with the hour hand to set the time in other zones.
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    So, looking at the watch, it's 2:25 local and 7:25 PM in London and 7:25 AM in New Zealand? Am I reading that right?
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    Re: FC Worldtimer - Comparisons?

    I dont think that Longines is what's considered a "true" Worldtimer as well. I'm totally basing this on the picture but notice the bottom half cities are right side up not inverted? I would then assume that the cities ring is fixed and will not rotate. This means you would have to use some weird way to read the time in a different zone than your local time.

    Also notice in my pic that local time on the inner ring is just after 14:00hrs which coincides with the hands at 2:25pm? In the Longines pic, it's 10:10 local time but the inner 24hr ring is set to 24:00 not 22:00 as it should be. I could be totally wrong but just my 2 pennies!

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    Re: FC Worldtimer - Comparisons?

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    Re: FC Worldtimer - Comparisons?

    There is another Ball WorldTimer which is COSC certified, thinner and simpler dial.

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    One advantage of the Ball over the FC/Alpina is that the 24 hr disk and the local time can be set independently.
    This gives greater flexibility, if for example, you want time in Europe to accurately reflect that the US initiates
    daylight savings time three weeks earlier.

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    Are there different clasps I've seen two variations

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    Re: FC Worldtimer - Comparisons?

    surprised that Alpina's worldtimer hasn't shown up yet here



    a not so limited edition (of over 8000 pcs), however Alpina claims this to be an in-house movement. How different is it compared to the FC one, especially since they're pretty much in the same group.

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    Re: FC Worldtimer - Comparisons?

    Quote Originally Posted by metalgear View Post
    surprised that Alpina's worldtimer hasn't shown up yet here



    a not so limited edition (of over 8000 pcs), however Alpina claims this to be an in-house movement. How different is it compared to the FC one, especially since they're pretty much in the same group.
    I see this tread has been asleep for some time, but I just bought a FC worldtimer and I think the ALpina and FC has more or less the same movement inside, the Alpina has the reference AL718 inside and the FC has the reference FC718, coincidence? I don't think so.

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    Re: FC Worldtimer - Comparisons?

    They are exactly the same movement, only differing in finishing style and rotor shape. After all, it's the same company.


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