Date.getTime() returns UTC
When you call getTime method on Date object you get the number of milliseconds from Unix epoch. Although your current Date object keeps time with some offset getTime gives seconds in UTC. Keep this in mind when creating timestamps if you are not living on zero-meridian.
var currentDate = selectedDate; // current date with offset
var currentTime = currentDate.getTime(); // offset is ignored
This is pretty awkward, unexpected and unintuitive behavior but you have to keep in mind that all date and time calculations must use same time system to give appropriate results.
getTimezoneOffset method returns you the amount of minutes you have to add to your current timestamp to convert it to UTC time. If your time zone is UTC+3 then getTimezoneOffset returns you –180 because:
UTC + 3 hours + (-180) minutes = UTC
If your time zone is UTC-3 then
UTC - 3 hours + 180 minutes = UTC
Pretty simple math but confusing at first place.
Getting timestamp with time zone
In my application I have to give timestamp for selected dates and times to server. I need to find correct amount of seconds from Unix epoch so users can save times based on their region and not by UTC. Here is how calculate timestamps.
var currentDate = selectedDate;
var currentTime = currentDate.getTime();
var localOffset = (-1) * selectedDate.getTimezoneOffset() * 60000;
var stamp = Math.round(new Date(currentTime + localOffset).getTime() / 1000);
On server side I use the following method to convert timestamp to date. This method is borrowed from CodeClimber blog posting Convert a Unix timestamp to a .NET DateTime.
private static DateTime ConvertFromUnixTimestamp(double timestamp)
var origin = new DateTime(1970, 1, 1, 0, 0, 0, 0);