New Year's Time

January 1999

Timepieces:New Products

New Year's Time

Datelines made simple with the right watch

When crossing a time zone, the International Date Line or simply into the next year, many people feel lost without the precise time. Here are several watches made to ease that concern. GMT, or Greenwich Mean Time, is the focus for many timepiece designers and has inspired many new models this past year.

– by Michael Thompson

Omega's automatic Seamaster GMT shows a second time zone with a red-arrow hour hand and a third time zone via the bidirectional turning bezel. The COSC (officially certified) chronometer also features a Seamaster 50th anniversary engraved case back, 44-hour power reserve and 990 feet of water resistance. Retail, $1,895 with rubber strap (shown), $1,995 with steel bracelet.
Omega, Weehawken, NJ; (800) 766-6342.

Sjöö Sandström created the first modern Swedish watch line in 1993 and now offers a full line of fine, primarily automatic or manual timepieces. The Chronolink Worldtimer UTC (universal time coordinated, the time standard used in international aviation) is a mechanical timepiece that lifts open to reveal a digital multifunction display with times in 25 cities. The digital calendar is programmed to 2099. Other digital options are available. Made in steel or platinum. Steel model is $2,800 retail with leather bracelet, $3,000 with steel bracelet.
Sjöö Sandström, Norsborg, Sweden, (46) 8531-73270, Or contact Scan Craft Inc., Southlake, TX; (817) 251-2289.

Oris Worldtimer with steel bracelet features central time display and second time display at 3 o'clock position. The hour hand moves forward or backward with the push of a button and changes the date automatically as needed, indicating night or day in the correct time zone. Suggested retail, $1,950.
Oris USA Inc., Hawthorne, NY; (914) 347-ORIS,

The automatic Traveller II from Girard-Perregaux features an alarm, arrow hour hand for a second time, sapphire crystal and 99 feet of water resistance. Made in solid 18k yellow, pink or white gold or in stainless steel. Retail as shown, $4,500.
Girard-Perregaux, Swiss Primetime Inc., Rutherford, NJ; (877) Time4GP.

Pilot's automatic watch with 24-hour display showing UTC (universal time coordinated) or any other basic time. The hour hand can be moved to show time in any other time zone. It features a 42-hour power reserve and stainless steel case. Suggested retail, $3,695 for the strap version, $4,695 for the bracelet version.
International Watch Co., Winchester, VA; (800) 432-9330,

Panerai began to make watches for the Italian Navy in 1864. Now it introduces this steel 44mm Luminor GMT COSC (officially certified) chronometer with second central hand for other time zones, patented crown protector, leather and black rubber straps and water resistance to 990 feet. Suggested retail, $2,700.
Officine Panerai, Vendome Luxury Group, New York, NY; (877) PANERAI or (203) 925-6500.


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