Godbless From Sweden, joined Apr 2000, 2753 posts, RR: 15 Posted (12 years 7 months 2 weeks 2 days ago) and read 1663 times:
This might be a stupid question but for those of you that often fly longhauls you know that you fly over different time zones and that the time is always different (besides the hours that have gone past during the 6, 7 or 8 hours being airborne) than it is where you took off.
When do you set your watch to the new time?
I doubt that anybody keeps track to what zone he is in at the moment so it's either before the flight leaves being in the destination time already or after/during the flight.
I usually try to be in the time of the destination as soon as possible (in order to be able to plan already for the rest of the day...) so I do it once I know exactly how many hours ahead or behind the destination will be. After arrivel I make sure that the time is correct though...
Cmk10 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 513 posts, RR: 3
Reply 1, posted (12 years 7 months 2 weeks 2 days ago) and read 1657 times:
Wether its a long haul or just a quick jump to Chicago, I always set my watch as soon as the plane takes off. As far as I'm concerned once your in the air your on the destinations time.
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Trickijedi From United States of America, joined May 2001, 3266 posts, RR: 4
Reply 5, posted (12 years 7 months 2 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 1615 times:
I don't reset my watch at all. I always leave it on local time (Central Time) and just figure it out by looking at my local time. When I'm overseas I usually study and memorize the time differences and I just do some quick math to figure out the time every time I look at my watch.
But just in case I have any doubt I usually consult my Palm Pilot (actually Handspring) for the local country's time.
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B747-437B From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (12 years 7 months 2 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 1619 times:
My watch has a dual time display (analog/digital) on the face, so I always keep the analog set to home office time (BOM which is GMT +5.5) and the digital set to local time wherever I am at in the world. It also has a world time function which allows me to scroll and pick my time zone when I travel out of 30+ time zones out there.
Asgeirs From Iceland, joined May 2001, 517 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (12 years 7 months 2 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 1583 times:
I keep my watch on home time until the aircraft has landed and parked at the gate. Reason: I don't wear a watch, but use the clock in my cellphone, which, as most know, may not be turned on until the aircraft has landed and parked at the gate. This also means that I don't know the exact time during the flight (a nice exercise for my sense of time).
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ToFlyToServe From United States of America, joined Oct 2002, 32 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (12 years 7 months 2 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 1572 times:
It is Funny that you ask this question as I am on my way to Europe next week and I wanted to know the same answer.!!!! I wanted to how this would help with jetlag. I have been told that you should set your watch the moment you set foot on to the aircraft so your body clock starts to readjust. I will keep reading so I can find the answer along with you. ToFlyToServe
B747skipper From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (12 years 7 months 2 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 1544 times:
About resetting time ... passenger or pilot ... ?
I am a pilot. Since all flight plans and flight documents are published in UTC, also formerly known as GMT (flight crews say "Zulu" time) - I personally keep my wristwatch in UTC/GMT at all times...
It is an analog wristwatch with 24 hours dial - many of you would be quite confused by that display, i.e. when it is "1800 hours", and you would be looking my watch, you would mistake it for "9 hours"...
A big advantage of that is UTC/GMT has no "summer or winter" time, it is always the same year round... I know what difference my home time is, i.e. it is UTC - 3 hours... My destination may be UTC + 2 hours, I know that as well.
Many crewmembers use digital watches with selectable time zones... well I like them too - very convenient, click them "home time" when at home, click it to UTC when you report for flight duty, and click it to destination local time, when you deplane the aircraft and go to hotel... I had a Seiko Worldtimer like that, not expensive ($100) I bought in 1978, but finally died on me 10 years ago... and Seiko discontinued making that type of watch, not realizing that it was a favorite of many flight crews...
The only person who hates my watch is my wife, she cannot read it, nor convert to local time...
Happy contrails -
CV990A From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 1441 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (12 years 7 months 2 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 1524 times:
Depends how long I'm out of my 'home' time zone- if for only a few days, I don't bother, but for anything about a week or more, I do it when the F/A or pilot announces the local time after arrival- just so I know I've done it right.
Godbless From Sweden, joined Apr 2000, 2753 posts, RR: 15
Reply 14, posted (12 years 7 months 2 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 1466 times:
I just was thinking about those watches that automatically set the time by satelite... Do they adjust as soon as you leave a time zone and enter a new one? Or are they set to always be exactly according to a certain time zone? So that for example if a european goes to the States his watch will be on 100% perfect Berlin time?