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Why Are Patek Philippe World Timer Watches Called Time Travelers?

One of the most sought-after luxury watches, the Patek Philippe World Time has a complicated yet functional watch dial unlike any other in the market. This article provides in-depth information about the Patek Philippe World Time watch, the different variants, and why people refer to this watch as a time traveler.

Table of Content

1) Patek Philippe World Time: The time traveler watch2) Patek Philippe world time watch: A detailed guide
3) History of the Patek Philippe World Time4) Patek Philippe world time watches
5) Features of Patek Philippe World Time watches6) World time watches by Patek Philippe

Patek Philippe World Time: The time traveler watch

Patek Philippe World Timer watch is known as the time traveler as it indicates time across three different time zones. These watches have three specialized subdials that help track time across various countries.

Patek Philippe world time watch: A detailed guide

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The original Patek Philippe world time watch dates back to 1937. During this time, traveling long distances was considered a luxury for many.

Hence, a proper watch was required to keep track of time while traveling across various nations. The need for such a precision watch led to the rise of the Patek Philippe World Timer.

Although technology has advanced far beyond one’s imagination, the functionality of world time watches has not gone out of fashion. Watch enthusiasts still praise the movement, accuracy, and styling of the Patek Philippe World Time watch.

You could be in any part of the world and look at your watch to identify the time in a different country.

History of the Patek Philippe World Time

In 1937, Patek Philippe worked in collaboration with Cottier to produce the world’s first world time wristwatch. Patek Philippe reference no. 515 was the first ‘world time wristwatch’ with a unique rectangular case design.

The first series of watches produced are extremely rare to find, with only a few known pieces still existing in pristine condition. Therefore, the value of these watches is staggeringly high and continues to rise in the pre-owned market.

Patek Philippe world time watches

The world timer watch series produced by Patek Philippe comes in several different variations. These watches are exclusive in number and fetch exceptional value in the pre-owned and retail watch market. Following are some variants of world timer watches produced by Patek Philippe.

Patek Philippe World Time Watch
Reference No. Key Features
5930P-001 Patek Philippe Platinum world time with green leather strap and green dial face.
5930G-011 Singapore Edition world timer watch with a red dial face
5930G-010 Patek Philippe world time Chronograph
5531R-012 Patek Philippe Minute Repeater, the first watch to feature CH 28-520 HU Automatic Calibre
7130G-016 Patek Philippe World Timer with white gold
7130R-013 Patek Philippe World Timer with rose gold
5231J Patek Philippe world time watch featuring a Cloisonné Enamel watch dial
5230R-012 Polished gold finish
5230G-014 240 HU Caliber
5130G-001, 5130R-001, 5130P-001 White gold and yellow gold models
5131J-001, 5131R-001, 5131G-001, 5131-1P-001 Comes in varied case materials leather, and stainless steel material

Features of Patek Philippe World Time watches

Patek Philippe World Timer Luxury Watch

Although there are several different types of Patek Philippe World Time watches currently available, there are certain standard features that you will see across all models.

  • The inner sub dial or ring of the watch features a 24-hour clock scale
  • The outermost dial of the watch has 24 different city names representing the various time zones
  • World time watches by Patek Philippe are powered by an automatic 240 HU caliber
  • The power reserve of the watch will last a total of 48 hours
  • The Patek Philippe World Time has 33 rubies, eight bridges, and 239 components in its 240 HU caliber
  • Most Patek Philippe World Time watches have a sapphire glass case back

The Patek Philippe Aquanaut Travel Time is perhaps confused as the world time watch. These are two different models that are built for different purposes. The Aquanaut by Patek Philippe is more of a snorkeling watch than a full-fledged dive watch. On the other hand, the world time watches by Patek Philippe classify more as pilot watches.

Patek Philippe World Timer Watch

World time watches by Patek Philippe

Perhaps the most sophisticated watch design, the Patek Philippe World Time, showcases excellent accuracy of time across different time zones. There are over 10 reference numbers of these watches, each with its distinct feature. These variations are mostly limited to design, with internal functionality remaining constant.

In the last decade, there has been an influx of luxury watches in Dubai. Many enthusiasts in the region are seeking to get their hands on the Patek Philippe World Timer as it is a rare and highly valuable timepiece.

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