The Highest Value World Time On the Market:
The Nomos Zurich World Time

Article By: Logan Hannen

WATCH101 | July 17, 2019

The amount of value that NOMOS brings to the market these days is not quite the super secret it was just a few years ago. However, that doesn’t mean there aren’t still a few surprises in their lineup that, even if the models themselves are popular, still hold a ton of underappreciated value for watch geeks old and new.

Chief among these is the NOMOS Zurich Weltzeit (or “World Time”). As a model itself, it’s one of the icons of modern NOMOS watches. However, it’s looks are only a portion of the story, so today, we’re going to dive a bit deeper to see what it is that makes this watch so impressive.

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SPECS
Case Diameter: 39.9mm
Case Material: Stainless Steel
Lug Width: 20mm
Strap: Horween Shell Cordovan
Water Resistance: 30 meters
Movement: In-House NOMOS Caliber DUW 5201
Price: $6,100

The NOMOS World Time is a fairly contemporary watch in terms of its diameter, at 39.9mm (for all intents and purposes, the watch is 40mm in terms of how it wears). Its 20mm lug width also enables a number of OEM or aftermarket strap options, such as our Flatiron. However, the stock Horween Shell Cordovan strap is no slouch, offering impressive comfort and durability. I, personally, have always been a huge fan of NOMOS’ decision to use Shell Cordovan as their main supplied strap option, since it helps even further set them apart from a number of other brands, and reinforces their commitment to understated quality.

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Now the bit we’re all here to discuss – the dial. There are a few different dial options available, but my personal favorite is the deep, midnight blue variant. At first glance, it looks incredibly busy, but once you start to realize how to read the “world time” function, it becomes crystal clear.

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At the 3 o’clock position on the dial, there is a rather adorable outline of a house, meant to indicate that the associated red arrow marking indicates the 24 hour time in the desired home time zone. That time zone is displayed at 12 o’clock, with the main time on the dial being your current time zone. Because it does not display the time in all time zones simultaneously, it’s a bit of a stretch to call the watch a true “world time” timepiece; however, it’s about as close as you can get and, arguably, makes for easier readability.

The movement powering the Zurich World Time is the NOMOS in-house caliber DUW-5201. This entirely NOMOS built movement features their proprietary Swing-System escapement, which is not something you see a lot of in the industry (a fully in-house escapement, that is). It features a 42 hour power reserve and is automatic winding.

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At $6,100 retail, the NOMOS Zurich World Time offers a ton of fascinating and high level watchmaking for the money. At 39.9mm, it’s probably the perfect contemporary size for the majority of the watch-wearing public. Both dial options, the blue and the white, are super versatile, which enables the wearer to truly customize the watch with strap options to make it theirs in nearly every way.

However, when you consider some of the other watches that $6,100 can get you (such as the Rolex Oyster Perpetual or some stunning Omega Speedmasters), it really comes down to personal preference as to whether this is where you spend your money. Like so many things with NOMOS, their watchmaking is only half of the equation, with their other half being your connection to their very German, Bauhaus design language. If that’s for you, then the Zurich World Time is truly one of the most impressive ways to keep it classy, watchfam.

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