Style Pick of the Week: Shinola Monster GMT Automatic – This Season’s Best Investment Watch

If you’re looking for a rugged, stylish watch to wear through the holidays and into the new year — perhaps the perfect splurge gift for the watch lover, or the perfect timepiece upgrade for yourself, you’ve come to the right place. In fact, that’s probably an understatement, because the Shinola Monster GMT is the type of rugged men’s watch that doesn’t come around very often. In fact, it’s just the latest in a series of some of the most innovative men’s watches on the market (at least, innovative for the price).

You see, Shinola focuses on quality, timeless designs and relentless functionality, the sort of approach that’s boiled down very nicely indeed with the Shinola Monster GMT Automatic. On the surface, it looks like one of the best dive watches for men, with an investment-level price tag to match (try $1,995). Go deeper though, and it’s got some seriously cool utility built right in.

If you’ve been wondering, perhaps “What is a GMT watch?” and even, “Why should I own a GMT watch?” well, allow Shinola to answer that question for you.

Best men's GMT watches

A GMT watch (GMT stands for Greenwich Mean Time) tells the time where you’re currently located, sure, but it’s a fourth hand that rotates once every 24 hours that allows you to track the time in another location. It’s a very neat, innovative yet relatively simple, subtle touch that makes this one of the best new watches for men, the sort of rugged, highly useful timepiece you can wear from one time zone to another without missing a beat).

The Shinola Monster GMT might be one of the best watches for travelers in that regard, but other details — like the stainless steel design and rich green dial — simply make it one of the best men’s watches out there right now, period.

Best men's GMT watch

And lest you think this is one of those Shinola men’s watches that’s just a bit too price (again, it clocks in at nearly $2K), think again: The Shinola Monster GMT also comes with a second strap, in this case a rich green #tide® ocean-bound plastic woven strap.

That means you’re essentially getting two watches for the price of one, and when you consider the nicely sized 40mm case diameter, this is also a timepiece that’s rugged enough to wear out in the field, yet refined enough to wear with the best business casual wardrobe options in your rotation, too. If you or someone you know is more than deserving of an exceptionally functional watch upgrade, make sure the Shinola GMT Monster is in your shopping cart ASAP.

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