Dual time watches can be a handy tool for the avid travelers out there. But beyond their functionality, the best ones also look great and are fun to wear.
In this guide, we’ll go over our top picks for men’s dual time watches, making it easy for ya to find the right choice for your wrist.
We’ll also provide a little background info about this style of watch so you’ll know what to look for during your search.
Let’s start with a quick intro to ensure we’re all on the same page with regards to what dual time watches are in the first place.
What Is A Dual Time Watch Anyway?
Names and watch function terms can be a little confusing at times, but in this case, the name really says it all. A “dual time” watch is just that- a watch that can keep 2 separate times simultaneously.
Why would someone need to keep 2 times on the same watch?
Well, it’s usually used for travel. With a dual time watch, you can set the main time for whatever local time zone you’re in and set the secondary time for your home time zone.
This way, you’ll always know what time it is back home while you travel (the secondary time is often displayed in a sub-dial).
On a dual time watch, the sub-dial is usually displayed in a 12-hr format to keep track of the corresponding hour back home (after all, the minutes don’t change from one time zone to another).
Although, as you’ll see in this list, there are other formats that are being used to track the second time zone, including a 3rd hand (additional hour hand) as well as additional windows.
Unlike GMT watches, which require a little figuring to determine the time in another time zone, dual time watches are very easy to read because you basically just have two watch faces in one.
FYI, dual time watches and GMT watches are technically different, even though the terms get used interchangeably all the time.
GMT watches also allow you to keep track of 2 (sometimes 3) time zones at a time, but these watches usually use a 3rd hand and a rotating bezel.
These watches work great and are very popular, but you do have to be comfortable doing a little calculating to determine the second time.
If you’re looking for the simplest way to track 2 times, dual time watches are the way to go.
And as I hope this list shows, there are some great options out there. Enjoy!
For more info on these types of watches, check out my dual time watch guide.
The 5 Best Dual Time Watches For Men
#1 Rolex Cellini Dual Time 18k Rose Gold
I doubt many of you are surprised to find a Rolex at the top spot on this list. I mean, come on, it’s Rolex. Anyway, their Cellini Dual Time is the perfect example of this style of watch.
You’ll notice how simple this watch is- there are no additional complications cluttering up the face. The Cellini Dual Time only tells time (in 2 places of course).
A fairly large sub-dial placed at 6 o’clock is used for the secondary time and Rolex’s use of Arabic numerals on this dial makes it very readable.
You may also notice that the secondary time includes a minute hand, which isn’t always the case. Personally, I like the inclusion of the second hand because it gives the sub-dial the appearance of a mini-clock.
The are plenty of Cellini’s to choose from, but I’m partial to this one with its rose gold case. I love rose gold and think it looks great when paired with the brown face and tobacco brown leather band.
Technically speaking, this Cellini comes with an automatic movement (calibre 3180) with a 48 hr power reserve. The dial is protected by a sapphire crystal and the case measures 39 mm.
If you’re looking for the quintessential men’s dual time watch, this is it. The Cellini would work perfectly as an elegant dress watch as well.
#2 Ulysses Nardin Dual Time
Ulysses Nardin is another Swiss brand that doesn’t share as much name recognition as some of the other luxury names, but the watchmaking company has been around since the 1840’s.
Named after its founder, Ulysses Nardin initially gained fame for their accurate marine chronometers, which would have been a highly depended upon tool for sailors back in the day.
These days, the brand still develops marine chronometers, but they’re probably best know for their advanced watches.
Ulysses Nardin takes another approach with their Dual Time watches. If you look closely, you’ll there isn’t a sub-dial or a 3rd hand to keep track of the second time zone.
Instead, you’ll notice the window at 9 o’clock that’s labeled “home time”- this window correlates to the hour of your home time zone.
The sub-dial at 6 o’clock is the second hand and there’s also a date window at 2 o’clock.
Setting this watch is a breeze with the 2 push buttons on the side, that allow you to rapidly move the hour hand to where you need it for local time.
This particular Dual Time looks great with its black dial and rose gold case. The crystal is sapphire and there’s an automatic movement inside keeping it running. It’s paired with a black, alligator leather band.
The rose gold case measures 42 mm in diameter (I told ya, I really love the look of rose gold).
Overall, Ulysses Nardin has a great looking watch on their hands here. If you’re looking for a luxury watch that makes keeping dual time easy, this is great option.
#3 Vacheron Constantin Overseas Dual Time
If you’re well acquainted with the world of fine Swiss watches, then you’re familiar with the Vacheron Constantin brand.
Even though they may not have the same brand recognition as Rolex (nobody does), they’ve got more history behind them then pretty much any other watchmaking company in the world.
With roots that can be traced all the way back to 1755, Vacheron Constantin is one of the oldest continuously operated watchmakers on the planet.
And their craftsmanship is world renown.
Their Overseas Dual Time is an example of a dual time watch that doesn’t use a sub-dial to track the second time zone. Instead, like a GMT watch, it uses a 3rd hand.
But, unlike a GMT, it doesn’t use a 24-hr bezel. Instead, it pairs the 3rd hand with an AM/PM indicator, making it easy to quickly see what time it is back home.
There’s also a sub-dial at 6 o’clock that’s used to track the date.
The beautiful blue dial is protected by a sapphire crystal. Under the stainless steel case, there’s an automatic movement (calibre 5110 DT) with a power reserve of 60 hrs.
The case measures 41 mm in diameter and is paired with a silver, stainless steel bracelet.
If you’re looking for a dual time watch with that classic stainless steel/blue dial pairing, the Overseas Dual Time is a smart choice.
#4 Breguet Marine Dual Time
Breguet is another old school Swiss watchmaking company that can trace its origins back over 250 years. These days, it’s actually part of the Swatch Group, along with several other famous brands.
I like the blue accents found all over the dial in this version of their Marine Dual Time (if you’re looking for some blue on your watch, but don’t want to go all-in with a blue dial, this is something you might like).
The blue Roman numeral hour markers and blue steel hands provide a nice contrast against the silver dial.
This watch uses the traditional form often seen on dual time watches, with the second time zone tracked via a sub-dial located at 6 o’clock.
Like the Cellini at the top of our list, Breguet added the minute hand to the sub-dial, essentially creating a second mini-clock- which I think looks great.
There’s also another sub-dial at 3 o’clock to be used as an AM/PM indicator as well as a date window at 6 o’clock.
The case here measures 42 mm and is made out of stainless steel. It comes with a sapphire crystal and an automatic movement inside (calibre 517 f).
The silver case matches the silver stainless steel bracelet perfectly.
Overall, if you’re looking for a sophisticated dual time watch with just the right amount of blue, Breguet’s Marine Dual Time is a great choice.
#5 Montblanc Heritage Chronométrie Dual Time
The Montblanc name may be more well-known in the world of fine pens (is there such a world?), but since they’ve entered the watchmaking game they’ve been doing just fine for themselves.
Actually, they’ve been doing much better than “just fine”- since the late ’90’s they’ve become known as a real contender for their relatively affordably priced Swiss watches.
Their take on the dual time watch with their Heritage Chronométrie is a significantly more affordable option for those looking for fine craftsmanship, but don’t have 5-figures to spend.
Like the Overseas mentioned above, this watch uses a 3rd hand (second hour hand) to indicate the hour in the second time zone.
There’s also an AM/PM indicator sub-dial at 12 o’clock to help you keep track of morning and night back home.
This watch’s dial is very symmetrical with the second hand sub-dial at 6 o’clock and the small date window at 3 o’clock. If you’re looking for a simple design, you may appreciate how understated this Montblanc is.
Inside the stainless steel case, there’s an automatic movement (calibre 29.19) with a 42 hr power reserve. The rose gold colored case measures 41 mm in diameter and is protected by a sapphire crystal.
This watch is finished off with a black leather band that contrasts the rose gold nicely.
Overall, if you’re looking for a stylish dual time watch that won’t break the band, Montblanc has got ya covered.