Born out of the aviation boom in the 1950s, the GMT watch helped pilots and travelers cross time zones without losing their local time as a reference. Cell phones and technology have made keeping track of time around the world super easy, but old-school GMTs still hold a certain cachet with watch enthusiasts, who appreciate traditional mechanics more than ever.
Now, Shinola is branching out into the popular complication by adding an automatic GMT to its line of Monster dive watches. With the same design philosophy as the rest of the Monster collection, this new addition is not a diver’s watch at all, but a watch ready for the skies. Still, the watch can certainly handle all the dips you encounter on your travels, with 10 ATM water resistance and an ocean-bound #tide recycled plastic NATO strap option.
Obviously, the main draw here is the automatic GMT movement. Featuring a deliciously chunky fourth hand that adjusts independently and rotates once every 24 hours, your second time zone is tracked by the bi-directional bezel and its 24-hour ceramic insert. The watch is powered by a Swiss-made Sellita SW330-01 movement, which is beautifully decorated and visible through a case back. Fortunately, Shinola is also reducing the diameter of the diver’s watch, from 43mm on the standard Monster watch to 40mm for this GMT. A three-link stainless steel bracelet is also in tow, which can be replaced without tools.
You can pick up Shinola’s The Monster GMT Automatic from the Detroit-based brand’s online store for $1,995, with shipping starting next month.