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World Time watches are ideal for travellers who frequently switch time zones. But even people who just want to know the time elsewhere in the world find these watches handy too. Note that world time watches are not the same as dual time zone watches.
What is considered a world time watch in 2020 traces its history back to the 1930s and an independent Swiss watchmaker by the name of Louis Cottier. Cottier is credited with inventing the complication used to track time in 24 separate time zones around the world.
A typical world time watch displays the time in your default time zone in 12-hour increments. However, the hour and minute hands coordinate with an outer ring labelled with 24 time zones. The labels can be numbers or abbreviations of well-known cities in those time zones.
To determine the time in another zone, you depress a pusher to move the outer ring to the city of your choice. The watch will then display the local time in that city relative to the time in your default time zone. Some world time watches also have an inner ring that turns a complete cycle every 24 hours. This inner ring makes it easier to tell the time in other cities without having to depress the pusher and activate the outer ring.
A genuine world time watch is a valuable timepiece with a complex movement and an equally complex complication for keeping track of world time. Its only downside is the fact that there are more than 24 time zones – you can't have everything.
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