Timepieces Data & Statistics
GMT: It's on the watch, now here's what it means
Organizers of the official millennium event in England have
created a Web site to educate the public about time and the events
they plan to hold in Greenwich to mark the new millennium. Included
are definitions of time topics, including GMT, or Greenwich Mean
Time, which appears on many aviator and multiple time zone
watches. To inform your customers, here's the brief description
Greenwich Mean Time was established to aid naval navigation
when the globe started to open up with the "discovery"
of America in the 15th century. England chose Greenwich as its
center for time in 1675. Meanwhile, much of central Europe used
Zurich as its center for time. If having two centers wasn't confusing
enough, the U.S. had more than 300
different local times by the 1800s.
In 1884, the International Meridian Conference in Washington,
DC, divided the world into 24 belts of one hour time zones
of 15° longitude each. Following the leads of the U.S. and
England, world officials chose Greenwich as the starting point.
Points east or west were referred to according to the number
of time zones between local time and Greenwich Mean Time. See
||Among many GMT watches, this Panerai allows the
user to quickly tell Greenwich Mean Time. Panerai, Vendôme
Luxury Group, Shelton, CT; (877) PANERAI.
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