5 Of The Best World Timer Watches Under $10K

If you’re a travelin’ man (or woman), a world timer complication can be a life saver. Since world timer is more of a function rather than a complication (due mostly in part to the simplicity of the inner moving bezel and a standard movement), these watches are generally fairly priced and look damn cool. Here is my list of the top 5 under 10K:

Nomos Glashutte Zurich

Allow me to introduce to you my top pick, the Nomos Glashutte Zurich. If anyone wants to argue that there is a better watch out there for under $10K, regardless of the complication, BE MY GUEST. The stupid-clever single pusher world time function just works. Instead of using a traditional crown to set the city, all you do is simply hit the pusher as you would with a chronograph, and voila, you’re done. The only con to this pusher style feature is passing the city that you’re looking for…and starting over again. No one’s perfect.

Nomos Zurich Worldtimer

Why it made the list:

-In-house movement
-Innovative Pusher to set city
-Minimalist design

What’s wrong with it:

-Pusher style feature makes it easy to skip your city and start over again
-Small inner city bezel is a little small which makes it tough to read

Maurice Lacroix Masterpiece Worldtimer

It’s no surprise that I am an ML fan (I own a Masterpiece, myself). The brand makes some serious bang for the buck watches, and this worldtimer is no exception. At a retail around $4,800, how’s about a watch that has an AM/PM indicator, gold indicators, 12/24 hour arrows and a STUNNING dial that initially feels a bit busy, but in reality is easy to read.

Why it made the list:

-Stunning dial
-Well priced
-More features than most worldtimers costing twice as much

What’s wrong with it:

-Non in-house movement (which really isn’t a big deal)

IWC Pilot Worldtimer

It’s about time IWC placed a world time function on their Pilot line. Although it’s still powered by a base ETA (as with most of the Pilot watches), this one is more about a rugged, utilitarian look to worldtimers. The IWC is also on the larger side of all the worldtimers on this list at 45MM.

IWC Pilots Watch Worldtimer

Why it made the list:

-Utilitarian dial is easy to read
-Rugged case
-45MM for those with big wrists

What’s wrong with it:

-At nearly $10K, the ETA base is a bit disappointing

Alpina Worldtimer Manufacture

Alpina is a brand to look out for. The in-house movement with an exhibition back is stunning, with great finishing for a watch in this price category. Just like the IWC, the Alpina is a Pilot watch style (although with an exhibition back, not really magnetically shielded), but with a more complex multi-layered dial.

Alpina Worldtimer Manufacture

Why it made the list:

-In-house movement
-Great value
-Attractive dial

What’s wrong with it:

-Poor resale value

Hamilton American Classic GMT Auto

This is the bargain find of the group. At 42MM, a fantastic dial, a workhorse ETA all for under $1500. That is all.

Why it made the list:

-Outstanding value for money
-42MM Case is not too large or too small

What’s wrong with it:

-Low quality deployant buckle

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