So in a thread about less prevalent models amongst popular brands on this forum( https://forums.watchuseek.com/f2/watc...ml#post8059094 ), I remarked how the Zürich Weltzeit was rarely seen despite Nomos’ high popularity. I have been posting pictures of this watch regularly in WRUW threads but I realised I had never posted a dedicated photo thread for this watch. So consider this my one man crusade to extoll the virtues of the Weltzeit . Hopefully other Weltzeit owners will come out of hiding if they are around.
I have seen Timeless Luxury Watches’ excellent series of photos and accompanying review but I hope my pictures will prove interesting or useful to anyone interested in this watch or simply just want to see some pictures of it. I hope the mods will deem f2 appropriate for this given that Nomos is regularly discussed here.
The Weltzeit, meaning Worldtime is not really a world timer despite the prominent city ring. It is more of a dual time zone watch. The main hands are slaved to the selected city at twelve o’clock (selected via a pusher at two o'clock) whilst the home time is displayed in 24hr format in a ring at three o’clock. The mechanism engages with a satisfying click and is fun to use.
Home-time relative to a given city can be adjusted via a recessed pusher at eight o'clock (to deal with daylight savings etc).
The stainless steel case is all polished and quite handsome. The typical large Nomos lugs and expansive white dial means this 39.9mm watch has quite a bit of wrist presence without actually being large.
The dial cannot really be described as minimalist although it is probably the cleanest dual time with city ring or world timer watch I’ve seen. The silver dial has a fine matte texture whilst the small seconds dial features a circular snail pattern (I think thats the right word?). The main attraction of the dial however is the three dimensional effect created by differing heights of various layers: the outer ring, the city ring, the small seconds, and the home time ring.
Some dial closeup details and texture
The Watch is powered by the in house Nomos Xi caliber. Whilst I have not subjected it to an extensive accuracy test in multiple positions, in general usage I frequently find the watch running no more than 5 seconds fast even after four or five days of wearing it. Couple of face up only tests resulted in about 1s gain per day.
The Nomos website does not really bring across how beautiful the movement is. Whilst the rotor is rhodium plated, much of the movement is plated in what Nomos called black gold. Along with blued screws, perlage, “Glashütte stripes”, and the sunburst on the mainspring barrel the end result is a movement that is beautifully finished and stunning to look at in person.
Hopefully these pictures do it some justice. I used mixed white and warm lighting in some pictures to try to bring across the contrast between the two plating finishes.
Trusty travel companion in its element on a long haul flight:
Thanks for viewing!