Looking for a great GMT……

Hi everyone.  I’m looking to add a GMT to the collection.  I’m about 3 yrs into my watch obsession and I’m looking for advice?  Any one have any recommendations??

I’ve been looking at Tudor mainly, but I‘m not a huge fan of the Watch thickness (black bay pro or the root beer).  Price rang would ideally be $2500 - $5000.  Anyone have any suggestions??

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https://jackmasonbrand.com/pages/stratotimer-gmt You might consider this if you don't mind microbrands. 

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Great value Swiss GMT: https://www.midowatches.com/us/ocean-star-gmt-m0266291104100.html

Another popular model here: https://zulu.longines.com/

If thickness is an issue for you a true mechanical GMT will always be on the thicker side though. You can get "office" GMTs that are a bit thinner like the Seiko SSK models or go quartz, which for accuracy purposes is not a bad deal at all. I have a Timex Waterbury GMT I really enjoy, also 1/10 of your budget.

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The Oak & Oscar Humboldt. 
 

I’ve had it for about two weeks and I love it. And it’s much thinner than the Tudor GMTs. 
 

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Have you had the BBPro on your wrist? 
I bought one last week and I think this thickness isn’t an issue at all. yes it’s noticeable at first, but after 2-3 days of wear it feels fine. It’s not obscenely thick, just ever so slightly thicker than what you’re probably used to, esp if you own other watches Around 11-12mm thick. 
Not to mention the bracelet is one of the best I’ve ever worn. 

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Take a look at GS GMT options. There are a lot of great ones within your price range.

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Can you clarify if you want an office vs travelers GMT? 

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Save yourself some money and buy something as good for less

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One aspect that isn’t considered a lot is the type of life style you have, or to put it in another way do you want and “adventurer” watch or something a little different.

For me the best GMT in the price range you mention is the Grand Seiko SBGM221

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It’s more on the formal side but it can easily be dressed down with the right strap, it’s a travelers GMT with a gorgeus design. The main issue for most would be the WR but  for me, and here comes the lifestyle theme, it’s nothing to worry about, most of my travelling abroad is to big cities and I hardly ever (if not never) go to a pool or a beach.

With your budget I’d get the GS and the upcoming Lorier Hyperion II, for $800 you get a swiss callers GMT with a cool vintage vibe and it’s more of an adventure watch, enough WR, screw down crown and more important a gorgeus design. 

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I’m actually waiting for it’s release, to get one for myself, and the GS has been one of my grails for quite some time, I hope it will come down the road.

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Have you tried on a Black Bay Pro? They really don't feel thick (domed crystal) and seems the natural choice. 

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https://www.longislandwatch.com/islander-republic-swiss-automatic-gmt-watch-with-grey-dial-isl-140/

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This is a great option at a budget price and at present with  200 bucks off that good already price. Uses the Sellita SW330-2 Same as the Christopher Ward C63 GMT ( which would be another great choice.

Can't go wrong with an Islander.

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rodeenski

Take a look at GS GMT options. There are a lot of great ones within your price range.

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What’s the second pic called? That dial looks good. 

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Longines Spirit Zulu Time

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Retails at $2950 on the deployment strap with micro-adjust or $3050 for the bracelet. Both come with a quick change mechanism. 
 

Proprietary Longines movement made by ETA with a 72 hour power reserve and COSC certified. 
 

Comes in blue with orange accents (shown here), black with blue accents, or anthracite with a green bezel and Gilt trim. 
 

Since case thickness on the BB Pro is a concern, you will surely notice that the Zulu Time is nearly 14mm thick, but 3mm of that is the domed sapphire crystal. The watch case itself is only 6.5mm thick making for a slimmer wearing experience. 

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Great reviews coming in of the new Zelos Spearfish. That it punches far above its price tag, with a 'luxury standard' bracelet and clasp. You could get one and save yourself some £££s.

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tonmed

Great value Swiss GMT: https://www.midowatches.com/us/ocean-star-gmt-m0266291104100.html

Another popular model here: https://zulu.longines.com/

If thickness is an issue for you a true mechanical GMT will always be on the thicker side though. You can get "office" GMTs that are a bit thinner like the Seiko SSK models or go quartz, which for accuracy purposes is not a bad deal at all. I have a Timex Waterbury GMT I really enjoy, also 1/10 of your budget.

@tonmed almos gave the "correct" answer. 

I recommend this one

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Mido x Hodinkee Ocean Star GMT. I believe Hodinkee still has them. They are a little thinner than the Longines or the Tudor and cheaper. It is a travel GMT and comes with 3 decent straps... for the money anyway.

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Check out Formex Reef GMT and Monta Skyquest which come under $2500 with Sellita SW330-2 movement . YoureTerrific did a comparison and has separate reviews for these. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_29qAuXQphU&t=50s&ab_channel=YoureTerrific

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Rod_GMT

One aspect that isn’t considered a lot is the type of life style you have, or to put it in another way do you want and “adventurer” watch or something a little different.

For me the best GMT in the price range you mention is the Grand Seiko SBGM221

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It’s more on the formal side but it can easily be dressed down with the right strap, it’s a travelers GMT with a gorgeus design. The main issue for most would be the WR but  for me, and here comes the lifestyle theme, it’s nothing to worry about, most of my travelling abroad is to big cities and I hardly ever (if not never) go to a pool or a beach.

With your budget I’d get the GS and the upcoming Lorier Hyperion II, for $800 you get a swiss callers GMT with a cool vintage vibe and it’s more of an adventure watch, enough WR, screw down crown and more important a gorgeus design.