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    Best entry level GMT/Dual time watch?

    Hey all!

    New to the forum here. I am interested in a dual time watch for traveling and some daily use. I would definitely like the watch to serve as casual/sports watch and also something that can be dressed up with a suit or jacket. I had a few watches in mind and what to get an opinion on them or any other suggestions. I want to stay in the sub $3000 range (I know this might be hard with the Rolex) and I would plan on using the watch either a bracelet, rubber strap, or leather strap. Thank you in advance.

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    Re: Best entry level GMT/Dual time watch?

    Unless you plan on going used for the Exp II take a look at the Chris Ward C60 GMT. Well below your budget but a heck of a watch.

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    Re: Best entry level GMT/Dual time watch?

    As sticky said, you either have to commit to the Explorer II, or explore cheaper options. I don't know much in the way of nice GMTs at the $3,000 level.

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    Re: Best entry level GMT/Dual time watch?

    I'd either go with the Omega, which is far below your price tag, if you like the style or consider something like the Alpina Alpiner 4 GMT for even less. The thing about the Chris Ward and most other budget GMTs is that they operate differently than a Rolex or Omega in that the GMT hand is quickset rather than the 12 hour hand. This might not sound like a big deal, but it totally changes how the watch functions and the Rolex/Omega/Alpina (and some other brands like Grand Seiko) version is far far preferable if you plan to use it as a travel watch.
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    I don’t think I am familiar with the differences in GMT hands. What makes the others more desirable?
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    Omega seamaster gmt. Beautiful watch

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    Re: Best entry level GMT/Dual time watch?

    If you will be in a new timezone, it is preferable to have the main watch hands give you local time. As such, for people who do a fair amount of traveling, it is nicest to be able to quickly change only the hour hand on the watch rather than to fast forward those hands 10 or 18 hours or so.
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    I see the difference. I noticed the UN did that with the pushers on the left side of case. A little unconventional but interesting. Thanks for clearing that up
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    Your not finding a used explorer II 16570 for anywhere near 3000 USD surely?
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    Re: Best entry level GMT/Dual time watch?

    I'll add to those suggesting the Alpina Alpiner GMT - a looker and a lot of watch for the money.

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