This Year in Gear

The Top Travel Watches of 2018


December 26, 2018 Briefings By

2018 was a good year for the travel watch — from affordable GMT watches under $1,000 to the new Rolex GMT Master with Pepsi bezel and everything in between, this year saw offerings at nearly every price point available to the watch lover. And of course, a travel watch need not necessarily be any one specific type of timepiece — though the GMT function is probably the classic example of a travel complication, a calendar watch is also immensely useful for travel, and even a 12-hour bezel, the “poor man’s GMT,” can give quick access to a second time zone in a pinch.

If you’re gearing up for some travel this holiday season (or if you’re simply looking for a good read), check out these stories below, some of our favorite travel watch pieces from the past year.

The Monta Skyquest Is A Quality GMT That Won’t Break The Bank
The Monta Skyquest Is A Quality GMT That Won’t Break The Bank

Finally, a tough-as-nails GMT that you don't have to baby.

Baselworld 2018: Feast your Eyes on the New Rolex GMT. Oh, and the Pepsi Bezel is Back.
Baselworld 2018: Feast your Eyes on the New Rolex GMT. Oh, and the Pepsi Bezel is Back.

The "Pepsi" and "Rootbeer" return.

Alpina Debuts a Handsome, Entry-Level Pilot’s Chronograph
Alpina Debuts a Handsome, Entry-Level Pilot’s Chronograph

A great everyday watch option.

This GMT Watch Is Built for the One of the World’s Harshest Environments
This GMT Watch Is Built for the One of the World’s Harshest Environments

Bremont worked with explorer Ben Saunders to create a watch tough enough to withstand the unforgiving environment of Antarctica.

IWC Gave Its Classic Pilot’s Watch a Beautiful Blue Dial and a Ceramic Case
IWC Gave Its Classic Pilot’s Watch a Beautiful Blue Dial and a Ceramic Case

An upgrade on an iconic for a good cause. What's not to like?

This GMT Features Some of the Best Graphic Design in the Watch Industry
This GMT Features Some of the Best Graphic Design in the Watch Industry

The beautifully-designed Slim d'Hermès now comes with a GMT movement, as well as a case made from super-rare palladium.

Hamilton’s Reasonably-Priced Pilot’s Watch Is a Throwback to the Days of Early Aviation
Hamilton’s Reasonably-Priced Pilot’s Watch Is a Throwback to the Days of Early Aviation

Hamilton has a long history of making pilot's watches and it shows in this new timepiece.

You Can Only Buy IWC’s New Vintage-Style Chronograph Online
You Can Only Buy IWC’s New Vintage-Style Chronograph Online

It's reminiscent of classic chronograph the brand made during the 1990s.

This Pilot’s Watch Is Made by an Underrated German Brand
This Pilot’s Watch Is Made by an Underrated German Brand

It's inspired by a 1950s chronograph worn by Steve McQueen.

This Swedish Watch Company Is Bringing Back A Forgotten Pilot’s Chronograph
This Swedish Watch Company Is Bringing Back A Forgotten Pilot’s Chronograph

And it's very well-priced.

Bell & Ross Perfects Its Vintage-Inspired GMT
Bell & Ross Perfects Its Vintage-Inspired GMT

A few small touches can make a big impact.

This Tough GMT Can Be Had for a Great Price Right Now
This Tough GMT Can Be Had for a Great Price Right Now

Pre-order pricing puts this handsome, durable travel watch at around the $2,000 mark right now.

You Won’t Find a Better GMT Watch Than This for Under $1,000
You Won’t Find a Better GMT Watch Than This for Under $1,000

Just consider acting quickly, as it's likely to sell out fast.

These Accessible GMT Watches Are Very Cool and Very Blue
These Accessible GMT Watches Are Very Cool and Very Blue

Ming's new GMT watches celebrate one year since the brand's founding.

Grand Seiko’s Brilliant Quartz Movement Now Comes With a GMT Function
Grand Seiko’s Brilliant Quartz Movement Now Comes With a GMT Function

A beloved, super-accurate movement now gets a useful travel complication.

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