BALL ENGINEER MASTER II DIVER WORLDTIME $2,799

2016 Top 5 Worldtimer Watch Part 2: Entry Tier $2,000 to $4,999.

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As I planned 2016 Top 5 Worldtimer Watch Part 2, I confess to being worried about my ability to find worthy contenders for the segment. Was I wrong. Not only did I find 5 worthy contenders for the title of Top 5 Worldtimer Watch for 2016, all of them punch well above their weigh-class.

Please click on blue square dot below to begin your journey.

NOMOS Tangomat GMT $4,570 USD.

NOMOS Tangomat GMT

NOMOS Tangomat GMT

NOMOS Tangomat GMT shares the same excellent true in-house manufacture movement as the NOMOS Zurich Worldtimer True Blue in a more austere design. Its Bauhaus inspired design may not be for everyone but there’s no denying the value. Most of the merits we espoused for its Zurich stablemate applies here.

BALL ENGINEER MASTER II DIVER WORLDTIME $2,799

BALL ENGINEER MASTER II DIVER WORLDTIME $2,799

BALL ENGINEER MASTER II DIVER WORLDTIME $2,799

Ball Watch Company’s reputation is one of making robust, practical timepiece at accessible price. Ball’s primary calling card is their use of micro gas tube that gives their watches arguably best lumes in the industry. Ball Engineer Master II Diver Worldtimer is probably the most pragmatic watch in my worldtimer round-up with 4,800 A/M (anti-magnetic), 5,000 G shock resistance, 30 ATM water resistance and of course true world time function.

Ball Engineer Master II Diver Worldtimer

Ball Engineer Master II Diver Worldtime

CHRISTOPHER WARD C900 WORLDTIMER $2,165

Christopher Ward C900 Worldtimer

Christopher Ward C900 Worldtimer

True to the brand’s ethos, Christopher Ward C900 Worldtimer gets you a lot of watch for the money.  Unlike typical Christopher Ward models that tend to have design inspired by the more expensive brands (look at their latest moon phase and similar model from Arnold & Son for reference), this one has a design that’s truly unique.  The company partners with their longtime collaborator, Johannes Jahnke to create JJ03 movement that powers Christopher Ward C900 Worldtimer. Technically, the JJ03 movement is based on workhorse ETA 2893 ébauche with in-house world time module. No shame in that considering IWC, Baume & Mercer, Louise Vuitton and other watch brands costing several times more do the same thing (often times with less transparency).

I’m a sucker for well-implemented world map on a watch and Christopher Ward certainly pulled it off at seemingly impossible price point. The dimpled world map have small circular windows that turns red in coordination with the timezone you selected (at 12 o’clock represented by the airport code as opposed to city name). Despite its look, the watch is not a true world timer but a timezoner. You can read excellent detailed review from Watch & Wound. In all, astounding accomplishment at the lowest price point in this entire round-up.

Frederique Constant Manufacture Worldtimer $3450 USD.

Frederique Constant Manufacture Worldtime Baselworld 2015

Frederique Constant Manufacture Worldtime Baselworld 2015

A slight but noted upgrade from previous model, Frederique Constant Manufacture Worldtimer is a true world timer and  a viable contender for 2016 best worldtimer watch title. I’m always a sucker for well-implemented map on a world timer and Frederique Constant nailed it here with class and aplomb.

Frederique Constant Manufacture Worldtime Baselworld 2015

While people will likely not recognise the watch brand, it certainly has wrist presence. Well-finished true manufacture movement (shared by its stablemate Alpina) that’s a joy to look at through sapphire caseback, Frederique Constant piece makes very compelling argument for the title.

Alpina Worldtimer Manufacture $3450 USD.

Alpina Worldtimer Manufacture

Alpina Worldtimer Manufacture

Alpina Worldtimer Manufacture is a stablemate of Frederique Constant and shares the same manufacture movement with more sporty (through less elegant) finish. So if your taste runs more toward pilot style watch but can’t afford an IWC Pilot’s Watch Worldtimer in our round-up, Alpina Worldtimer is a very viable alternate at nearly half the price. The watch is also more practical thanks to its scratch resistant brushed surface and 10 ATM waterproof rating.

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And the winner of the 2016 Best Worldtimer Watch in the Entry Tier ($1,999 to $4,999) is…

Score-wise, it’s a tie between the NOMOS Tangomat GMT and the Frederique Constant Manufacture Worldtimer. With the NOMOS Tangomat GMT, you basically get the Zurich in a more austere design. For my money, I would go for the Frederique Constant Manufacture Worldtimer. I just love that beautiful world map and equally beautiful (and traditionally finished) movement.

On the other hand, if you prefer more sporty pilot look, you have the Alpina Worldtimer Manufacture which shares same movement albeit with less elegant movement but sportier packaging.

If I’m on a budget but still want that classy world timer on my wrist, the astoundingly accomplished Christopher Ward C900 Worldtimer is a no-brainer.

Finally, we have the Ball Engineer Master II Diver Worldtime, the MacGyver of this round-up that you can wear for every occasion…even formal dinner wear (with rubber strap).

What’s great about the Entry Tier world time watches in this round-up is that you can find them at below retail price. So shop wisely (with same pre-caution as stated in Part 1) and you’ll find some seriously awesome deal.

Price USD Resale Value Practicality Movement Prestige/Respect Emotive Total Score
NOMOS Tangomat GMT

$4,570

6

8

9

8

8

39

Ball Engineer Master II Diver Worldtime

$2,799

6

8

7

7

7.5

35.5

Alpina Worldtimer Manufacture

$3,450

7

8

7.5

7

8.5

38

Frederique Constant

$3,450

7

8

8

7

9

39

Christopher Ward C900 Worldtimer

$2,165

6

8

8

7

8

37

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