Oris Artelier Worldtimer

Opting for something preowned and discontinued for today’s Watch of the Day, the Oris Artelier Worldtimer isn’t actually a world time watch, but rather one of the best value dual time watches around these days. The piece is 42.5mm in diameter, and is powered by the Oris caliber 690, which is effectively an ETA 2836-2 with a clever quick-setting dual time indication module stacked on top of it—functioning similarly to a number of much more expensive dual time watches on the market. While home time is displayed on its large subdial at 6 o’clock, local time is displayed on its main hand set. Local time can be adjusted either forwards or backwards in one hour increments via its two pushers at 4 and 8 o’clock.  A small day/night indication is hidden in that home time subdial as well.

While obviously not as slender and refined as things like the Patek Philippe Aquanaut Travel Time (for obvious reasons), the Artelier Worldtimer makes for a compelling alternative to more conventional GMT watches on the market. It’s a touch on the thick side, but its design has held up quite well since launching somewhere around the year 2000, and this pusher-driven quick-set function is such a practical one to have if you’re frequently on the road for either work or pleasure. There are other versions of this watch out there as well, but this is hands down the winner. The central section of its sector dial features a subtle guilloche pattern, and its case lugs are short with a distinct downward curve, limiting potential overhang when worn on smaller wrists.

We found this example online via Watchbox, priced (on sale) at $1,650, which is about as reasonable as we’ve seen this model in some time.

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