Two world-time watches — the IWC Pilot’s Watch Worldtimer and the Montblanc Heritage Spirit Orbis Terrarum — duke it out on the wrist in this comparative review from the WatchTime archives. Original photos by OK-Photography.
The pilots’-watch look of the IWC Pilot’s Watch Worldtimer conveys both the reason and need for this kind of timepiece. Cheap IWC Replica orient themselves solely on the coordinated world time known as UTC. The Worldtimer is the obvious next step in development from the 1998 IWC pilots’ watch and its second time zone – helping travelers who quickly move through different time zones keep their home time in mind. It can also help managers keep track of business partners in various locations around the world.
The Worldtimer has maintained the look of a typical IWC pilots’ watch with its white numerals, markers and hands, clear minutes track and prominent triangular orientation marker at 12 o’clock. The matte, black background improves legibility, and luminous material on essential elements means you can read the watch in the dark. The elongated date window is new, as are the city and 24-hour day/night rings for the world-time function. Both adhere to the black-and-white IWC Replica design code and are just as easy to read as the time. The case is 45 mm in diameter and has a nonreflective sapphire crystal.
The Montblanc Heritage Spirit Orbis Terrarum gives a very different view of world time. Its perspective originates, as its name suggests, from our big, blue planet – to be precise, our big, blue planet as seen from the North Pole. It’s hard to escape the sense that you’ve seen this somewhere before. Right – it was the IWC Replica Watches Patrimony Traditionnelle from Vacheron Constantin. Impossible to think otherwise. The Patrimony was quite similar in its approach, but according to Montblanc, the world-time module is of its own design and is distinguished by the arrangement of the disks, the number of time zones and its mode of operation – in this case via a pusher at 8 o’clock instead of a crown like the Patrimony.
The watch makes a good first impression. The center of the dial offers a beautiful view of earth from above. The names of 24 cities, representing the different time zones, encircle the dial on a white ring. The 24-hour ring, with a day/night division, is outside the city ring. It’s fascinating to watch the shifting dark-blue section of the dial as it shows the nighttime hours between 6:30 pm and 6:30 am.
When you travel to another time zone, you adjust the hour to the new local time by using the middle crown position. All other positions will remain unchanged and continue to advance. If the geographical change also includes crossing the International Date Line, the date display will accommodate the change by correctly moving the date forward or back. If a manual date correction is required the middle crown position is used to advance the hour until the correct date is shown.
The IWC Pilot’s Replica Watches has several user-friendly features lacking in the Montblanc. These include its seconds hand, date display, daylight-saving feature, higher degree of water resistance (60 meters versus the Montblanc’s 30 meters), extra protection against magnetism, and easy-to-read dial.
IWC PILOT’S WATCH WORLDTIMER
Manufacturer: IWC Schaffhausen, Baumgartenstrasse 15, CH-8200, Schaffhausen, Switzerland
Reference number: IW326201
Functions: Hours; minutes; seconds; date; world time with 24-hour, day/night display; magnetic protection up to 80,000 A/m
Movement: Caliber 30750 based on the automatic ETA 2892-A2, IWC worldtimer module, diameter = 25.6 mm, height = 3.6 mm, 21 jewels, 28,800 vph, Glucydur balance, Nivarox balance spring, Etachron fine regulator, Incabloc shock absorption, 42-hour power reserve
Case: Stainless steel, sapphire crystal with nonreflective coating on both sides, solid caseback, water resistant to 60 m
Strap and clasp: Black alligator strap with single folding clasp