This post has a double quest for triple time.
1. Describe and with your help find the ideal triple time watch, if it exists
2. List the possible alternatives that are still "real triple time" watches.
1. For me the ideal multiple time watch would look like this:
- a normal 12h hand that can be set independently
- a 24h hand on the same axis that can also be set independently
- fixed 24h and fixed 12h markings on the dial to go with these two hands
- a lume filled 24h bi-directional bezel with two-tone look
- a totally independent sub-dial and movement with a complete 12h set (including minutes) and AM/PM indicator. This dial needs to be luminous, too. It can be set to "off" time zones like Delhi or Kathmandu.
- a movement driven chapter ring with WT, i.e. not the affair that you have to turn yourself but one that you can set and it then moves on a 24h rhythm
As far as I know, there is no such movement on the market. The JLC Master World Geographique and the Glycine Airman 7 come pretty close.
If you know such a watch, please let me know! :) I know this is overkill as this would practically be quadruple time plus world time BUT it makes a heck of a lot more sense for normal people than an Astrolabium complication that tells you where the planets stand.
2. Watches that can show at least three times at a glance, no matter which method, as long as no extra intervention is required. For example on a Rolex GMT you can turn the bezel to set a new time difference but you can only read two times at once. In contrast, on a Seiko Spring Drive GMT you can read the second time zone from the markings on the chapter ring and the third time zone can be read at the same time from the markings on the bezel. So the Seiko qualifies as a true triple time, the Rolex doesn't. Combinations of analog and digital are totally ok in my book. I only want to see three times at a glance.
Here are the watches I know that have this feature:
- Grand Seiko Spring Drive GMT (3 times)
- Glycine Airman Double 24 (4 times)
- Glycine Airman 7 (4 times)
- Glycine Airman 17 etc (3 times)
- Glycine Airman Chrono 08 (3 times)
- Seiko Kinetic GMT Flightmaster (3 times)
- Casio G-shock GW-2500 (3 times, mixed)
- Casio G-shock G-77xx series (3 times, all digital)
- Citizen Skyhawk and Attesa watches (3 times, mixed)
- JLC Master World Geo (2 times + WT)
- Breitling ana-digi and GMT models with Co-pilot module (cheating a little)
So that's about 12 models from 6 brands. Which ones don't I know about? There must be more out there. I only learned of the Casio G-77xx and the Seiko Flightmaster here.
Thanks for reading and helping out. I'm probably not the only person who looks for this info but a search for Triple Time on the forum was unsuccessful.