How to Read a World Timer Watch

A world timer watch is a sophisticated timepiece that can display the time in multiple time zones simultaneously. It is a popular choice among frequent travellers and global businesspeople who need to keep track of time in different parts of the world. However, reading a world timer watch can be a bit overwhelming at first. In this article, we aim to guide you through the process of reading your world timer watch.

Step 1: Identify the city ring

The city ring is the rotating bezel of the watch that displays the names of various cities around the world. On the Rotary Henley WorldTimer reference GB05371/04, this is a bi-directional smooth bezel, allowing for two way adjustments to the city ring.

Step 2: Set the city ring

To set the city ring to the desired time zone, rotate it until the name of the city that represents the time zone you want to track is aligned with the 24hr sub-dial relating to the current time. For example if you were in London and it was 10PM (as illustrated) the bezel would be rotated so that the London marker is sitting above 22 on the 24 hour sub-dial. This allows us to see all of the times in other zones using the city ring and the 24 hour sub-dial. For example, we can see that it is 1AM in Doha.

Step 3: Read the hour hand

The hour hand on the Henley WorldTimer shows the local time of your current location. To read it, simply look at the hour hand and note the 12 hour marker it is pointing to on the dial.

Step 4: Read the city disc

The city disc on a world timer watch along with the inner 24 hour sub-dial show the time across various time zones. To read it, simply look at the hour marker that corresponds to the city you wish to track.

Additional tips:

By using the city ring, you can quickly look up time differences by leaving your       current time zone at the 24 hour sub-dial. In the below example, you can see that London is our primary time zone, meaning that we can see that Mexico is 6 hours behind us and Paris is 1 hour ahead of us. This is useful if you track multiple time zones and need to see how far ahead or behind these are.

  • When travelling across time zones, it is recommended to adjust the local time using the crown or button on the side of the watch.
  • The white on the sub-dial refers to the 12 hours of daylight and the black refers to the 12 hours of night.

Reading a world timer watch may seem daunting at first, but with a little practice, it becomes second nature. Follow the steps outlined above, and you'll be able to read and utilise the additional functionality of your world timer watch in no time.

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