On Spec: About Vintage 1982 GMT World Traveler

I first became aware of About Vintage through a social media post for their gorgeous 1926 At’Sea–a quartz diver with uncompromising style and build quality. Since then, they have released a series of small-batch timepieces that have been equally attractive, and sold equally quickly. Most recently, they upped the ante with their Haagen GMT Automatic–a watch limited to 250 pieces which sold out almost immediately.

I feel like the 1982 GMT World Traveler might suffer the same fate. I say suffer, because enthusiasts might find it difficult to get their hands on one.

The 1982 GMT is housed in a stainless steel case which is 41mm in diameter and 12mm thick with a 20mm lug width. It has a 60-click bi-directional bezel, with a two-tone 24 hour dial, allowing it to track up to three time zones in conjunction with the extra GMT hand. There are two colourways on offer: a grey on grey, and a blue on white. Both sport sunray black dials with luminous dot markers and dive-style hands. Their is also a date complication at three. With its screwed-down caseback, the piece offers 100m of water resistance.

The 1982 GMT is powered by a quartz movement, the Swiss Ronda 515.24H. It is accurate to within -10/+20 seconds/month, and has a four-year battery life. It is the brand’s first quartz-movement GMT.

The watch will come standard on a five-link, stainless steel bracelet with a quick release.



Case316L Stainless Steel
41mm Diameter
12mm Thick
20mm Lug Width
60-Click Bi-directional Bezel
Screwed Down Caseback
100m Water Resistance
Dial & CrystalDomed Sapphire with AR
Sunray Dial
Date Window at Three
Luminous Dots and Hands
MovementRonda 515-24H GMT
Strap5 Link Stainless Steel Bracelet
/w Quick Release
About Vintage 1982 GMT World Traveler

Of Interest

About Vintage intend to launch the 1982 GMT World Traveler on October31st. In the interim between now and then, you can sign up for notifications through their website. Presale prices will include a 20% discount for one watch and a 30% discount for the purchase of two timepieces. Your presale purchase will also include the choice of a second strap.


It is unclear from the website what material is used for dial lume.

Final Thoughts

Both references of the 1982 GMT World Traveler exude a vintage warmth. The unconventional colour choices feel faded and gently patinaed. The lumed markers and hands give off the same impression. Combined with these aesthetics is a solid, accurate workhorse movement that makes the timepiece a candidate for your grad-and-go, daily-wearer. At the presale price of $319USD, the 1982 GMT is an attractive package.

For more information, and to sign up for the presale, please visit the brand website.

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5 thoughts on “On Spec: About Vintage 1982 GMT World Traveler

  1. darrenstollings

    I’m still undecided about these, I like the look but I feel the patina should come naturally, not straight from the manufacturer. They’re still cool though

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  2. @liucinta_joni

    I’ve seen About Vintage watches a lot in local ADs – but they seem to lack online presence. This was a fun read – thanks for the review!


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