In a previous installment, we took a look at chronographs, how they work, and what makes them so unique. One of our favorites of this type is the Charles Hutton Dual Time.
Here’s a quick tutorial showing how to maneuver and read the watch’s various buttons and subdials. It might seem a little complicated at first, but you’ll get the hang of it pretty quickly.
Now that you’ve seen (video above) how to utilize the Dual Time’s gadgetry, let’s recap. As we go along, go ahead and take out your Dual Time (if you can) and try to walk through the basic steps.
The Dual Time features three subdials, each serving a different function. The rightmost subdial is a 24 hour clock that corresponds to the primary face of the watch, which is set to 11am in the video.
The middle and leftmost subdials can be thought of as representing an entirely separate watch, which is precisely where the Dual Time gets its name.
The left subdial represents the hour hand, while the middle subdial represents the minute hand.
In the video, both the main face of the watch and the two subdials display the same time of 11am.
Telling Dual Time
One common reason for using the “dual time” function is to simultaneously know what time it is elsewhere in the world relative to your own local time. For this exercise, let’s pretend you’re located in Los Angeles.
Rotating the upper left chapter ring spins the bezel that’s inscribed with major cities from each time zone. Make sure the time zone you’re in (L.A.) is at the 12 position.
Now you can look at the watch and see that Chicago, for example, is located just over the 2, which corresponds to the fact that the Central Time Zone is two hours ahead of Pacific.
Setting the Subdials
Time to set the ‘secondary’ time, which is told through the left and middle subdials.
First, make sure the middle-right crown is pushed in all the way.
Then, press the button on the lower-right one time. This will cause the middle dial to rotate several times until it has adjusted to being one hour ahead. (In this case, from 11am to noon.)
Simply push that button once more to bring the secondary time to 1pm, which corresponds to Chicago being 2 hours ahead of Los Angeles.
To reset the subdials, push the upper-right button once for every hour you want to go back.
Apply the general instructions above to set your secondary time to any time zone in the world.
If it seems a little daunting using the namesake feature of the Dual Time, don’t worry. It can take a little getting used to, but once you have the hang of it, you’ll be good to go.
As a bonus, the Dual Time comes with an instruction manual, too, so feel free to use that as another reference point if you ever need a refresher on how to use it. As always, of course, reach out to us if you need further help setting the Dual Time or with anything else.