Glossary of watchmaking

Universal Time (UT)

Temps universel (TU) | 世界時/セカイジ | 国际标准时间(UT)

Since 1972, a continuation of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) which is mean solar time at the Greenwich meridian.

Universal Time (UT) is a measurement of time based on the Earth's rotation. It is therefore influenced by its irregularities due, among other factors, to the tides produced by the Sun and Moon.

There are several Universal Times, one of the most important being Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). This international standard is the basis of civil time. It is derived from International Atomic Time (TAI), itself based on the atomic definition of the second and measured using a series of atomic clocks.

See "Watch with universal hours".