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    The most versatile travel watch

    It is my lifelong quest to find the most versatile travel watch that would be perfect for any travel contingency. For example, I am fond of the Aerospace with the second time zone and alarm, but you are tempting fate if you take it on a beach/diving trip. I think Aquadive hit it out of the park with the GMT but you are not wearing that to an out of town wedding. I think you are getting the picture. Your suggestions?

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    Re: The most versatile travel watch

    The Rolex GMT Master II. Until the Speedy was added to the collection it was my only watch, a daily wearer that has a quick time zone adjustment, looks dressy enough to wear for business or social events, and survived all forms of abuse without a hiccup. It is in for service now, needing only a routine cleaning after ten years of hard use. Unbeatable combination!
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    Re: The most versatile travel watch

    Everybody has a different definition of traveling, so everybody will have a different opinion of what the best travel watch is.


    For myself, I've established criterias that fit the best travel watch according to what I consider traveling(for example, vacationing for a week in an all-inclusive resort I wouldn't call traveling, I'd call that vacationing).


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    Cheap to purchase and replace(for me, that is < $300)
    Wr to at least 100m with a screw down crown, preferably 200M
    No battery and no manual winding(so, auto or solar)
    NATO or ZULU strap(so that if one lug fail, I won't lose the watch)
    Attractive but inconspicuous design
    Day & date (I tend to lose track after a few weeks on the road)
    Tough (so, basically, SS case, no plastic)
    Timing bezel
    Lumed
    GMT


    My go to watch, and has been for a very long time, for traveling is my Seiko Skx007 on NATO; so much that, even though I own a bunch of watches, on the morning I bring my luggages by the door I automatically pick the Skx without thinking. The only thing it does not have is the GMT function, but I have never found a wrist watch that has a GMT function while meeting all my other criterias without exceptions, if there was I would buy it.


    Oh, and if I ever was called to attend a wedding, or any dressed up event, while on the road, I'd just slip the Skx in my pants pocket, problem solved.
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    Re: The most versatile travel watch

    Rolex GMT of your choosing.

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    Rolex GMT of your choosing.
    Agreed. Current BLNR fits the bill perfectly
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    Re: The most versatile travel watch

    Here are a couple for you to consider...

    First up, the GS SBGE001. Versatile enough to cross the dressy/sporty divide; quick-set of the hour hand; easy to read 3 time zones; lumed sapphire bezel that allows you to read GMT in the dark; and 200m WR. It's a great choice...




    If you also require a chronograph function, the Breitling Transocean Chronograph/GMT is another possibility...

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    Re: The most versatile travel watch

    Quote Originally Posted by bullshark View Post
    Everybody has a different definition of traveling, so everybody will have a different opinion of what the best travel watch is.


    For myself, I've established criterias that fit the best travel watch according to what I consider traveling(for example, vacationing for a week in an all-inclusive resort I wouldn't call traveling, I'd call that vacationing).


    So:


    Cheap to purchase and replace(for me, that is < $300)
    Wr to at least 100m with a screw down crown, preferably 200M
    No battery and no manual winding(so, auto or solar)
    NATO or ZULU strap(so that if one lug fail, I won't lose the watch)
    Attractive but inconspicuous design
    Day & date (I tend to lose track after a few weeks on the road)
    Tough (so, basically, SS case, no plastic)
    Timing bezel
    Lumed
    GMT


    My go to watch, and has been for a very long time, for traveling is my Seiko Skx007 on NATO; so much that, even though I own a bunch of watches, on the morning I bring my luggages by the door I automatically pick the Skx without thinking. The only thing it does not have is the GMT function, but I have never found a wrist watch that has a GMT function while meeting all my other criterias without exceptions, if there was I would buy it.


    Oh, and if I ever was called to attend a wedding, or any dressed up event, while on the road, I'd just slip the Skx in my pants pocket, problem solved.
    Nice choice, SKX007 can go anywhere ... you can use the bezel as a of 2nd time zone.

    Just curious ... why would you put it in your pocket if you went to a dressy event - is that more a function of the band you would have it on than the watch?

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    Re: The most versatile travel watch

    What kind of travel?

    - For a diving holiday, I'd take my Suunto D9TX and maybe the IWC Aquatimer or the Panerai Submersible (for the topsides stuff).
    - For a wildlife trip, I'd take my T-Touch
    - For a cycling holiday, a Seiko 5 for the wrist and pretty much any one or two of my other collection for other times, depending on where i will be
    - For a general, urban or sightseeing holiday, a nice watch and a tool watch.
    etc etc.

    If I had to pick one in my current collection - Longines Legend Diver. Good enough to do a lot of things. Missing GMT isnt an issue. If I did want a GMT, then whatever sub-$2000 GMT watch with a screw down crown i can find.
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    Re: The most versatile travel watch

    Quote Originally Posted by Swans21 View Post
    Nice choice, SKX007 can go anywhere ... you can use the bezel as a of 2nd time zone.

    Just curious ... why would you put it in your pocket if you went to a dressy event - is that more a function of the band you would have it on than the watch?
    I just don't think a large diver on NATO is appropriate with a 3 pieces suit.
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    Re: The most versatile travel watch

    Citizen radio controlled Skyhawk, or A-T Chronograph. Eco-drive solar, so no worry of battery running out or stopping due to lack of movement. 200m water resistance. With S/S or titanium band would be ok in dressier situations; pop it on a nato or umber for more casual occasions.

    Best of all, time zone changes at the push of a button, plus will set itself daily to the atomic clock (of course, you must be near an atomic clock station, but this would be the case for N. America, Europe and East Asia).

    Casio Edifice or G-Shock will do this as well, G-Shock of course not dressy.

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