24 hour watch introduction

You might have used a traditional 12 hour watch for your entire life and never knew that 24 hour watches existed. You're now wondering what this is about. Actually, the 24 hour watches are not new - they are older than the traditional ones but slowly disappeared over time, especially with the introduction of the wrist-watches. Interesting enough, while the use of this kind of wrist-watches decreased with time, the 24 hour system is still broadly used in different contexts.  

A 24 hour watch is exactly like any common (12 hour) watch with the only difference that in this kind of watch there is one hand that completes a full rotation in a day instead of 12 hours. Some of the 24 hour watches have two hands to indicate the hours: one is based on the standard 12 hours cycle while the second one completes the rotation in 24 hours. Other, instead, have only one hand to indicate the hours and this is the 24 hour hand.

The 24 hour watches have several advantages. They are sometimes used to show two different time zones (e.g. GMT watches), to avoid confusion in the reading (e.g. military watches), to sync with a particular lifestyle or just to meet specific people preferences. To understand whether this kind of watch is your best alternative over the most traditional 12 hour watches, you might take our our quiz that helps you evaluating your true watch needs or you can just add one more wristwatch to your collection and experiment in first person the benefits of a 24 hour model.

How to read a 24 hour watch

24 hour watches are not that difficult to read and they are actually more intuitive than a traditional watch because the reflect the natural passage of time in a day. The adoption, however, might require some time for adapting to the new dial. Once people get used to the new dial then they seldom go back to using a 12 hour watch.

The hand that indicates the hours takes one entire day to complete a full cycle in the dial and depending on the brand people might find 2x12 hours or 1x24 hours indication marks. Also, some brands indicate midday at the top and midnight at the bottom while others show exactly the opposite. In the 24 hours watches the minute and seconds read in the same way as in the classical watches – though some 24 hour watches have no indication for minutes and seconds (e.g. slow-watches, Botta Design).

In this video you might appreciate the difference between a 12 hour and a 24 hour watch... and if you want to know more about 24 hour watches you might have a look at the website 24hourtime

Todd & Marlon 24 hour watch

The first Todd & Marlon Collection (#YOURTIME) uses 2x12 hour marks, named Double-XII, with midday positioned at the top via an applied silver sun shaped icon and midnight positioned at the bottom as indicated by a moon shaped silver icon. Hence, on the left hand side there are the morning hours (1-12) and on the right hand side the afternoon hours (1-12) - both clearly indicated by the main numbering system.

In #YOURTIME watches both minutes and seconds are indicated with hands pointing to a secondary numbering system (red numbers). Interesting to note that the main numbering system which relates to the 24 hours can also be used to read minutes and seconds if one consider that each mark relates to 2.5 mins/secs.


Best 24 hour watch brand / model

Now that you are familiar with the 24 hour watches, you might want to understand which watch brand / model might be the most appropriate for you. In order to help you we did develop a quiz that based on your answers will give you the top 3 brands/model that best fits your ideal watch requirements.

The quiz questions refer to some specific watch feature that differentiate one 24 hour watch brand in respect to others. In the current setup we are considering the following brands: Slow Watches, Messerschmitt, Glycine, No Watch, Botta Design, Raketa, Jacopo Dondi, Fortis, Todd & Marlon and Akerfalk. The differentiating features have been selected based on the questions raised in several blogs and social media post and they are: type of movement (automatic vs quartz), number of hands (hour, minute, second, 2nd hour hands), numbering system, midnight position in the dial, date function, Swiss Made, water resistance level and type of glass. Please don't hesitate to reach us out if you believe we should add features and/or brand and models.

Most likely the answer will not match 100% your requirements but it will tell you what are the brands that get closer and how much.

We hope that you will find this useful even if this means getting you to buy a competitor product. Happy quiz and choice. 


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