Availability: April 2019 online from Hamilton and Hodinkee
Movement: H-10 (ETA C07.611 base) automatic; 80-hour power reserve
Case: 42mm; stainless steel
Water Resistance: 100m
Unique Features: Based on custom-made Hamilton watch movie prop; Morse code “eureka” lacquer-printed on seconds hand; special film-themed packaging for first 2,555 pieces
Moviegoing watch fans were excited to see Hamilton watches not only appear in the 2014 sci-fi film Interstellar, but have a significant part as a plot device. The watch given to the character “Murph” had a pivotal role and featured in multiple closeups — and many noted that it was a cool-looking watch. This was, however, a custom prop designed specially for the movie by Hamilton and not something existing in the brand’s lineup that consumers could buy.
It took over four years, but the Hamilton Khaki Field “Murph” watch is now finally joining the brand’s permanent collection and will be available to the general public in April. Hamilton has been in the unique position of being disproportionately chosen by Hollywood prop masters for decades, with the brand claiming appearances in over 500 films. (Keep an eye on actors’ wrists, if you don’t already.) Incidentally, the other Hamilton watch in the movie, worn by Matthew McConaughey’s character “Cooper” is the Hamilton Khaki Pilot Day Date.
The Khaki Field “Murph” looks familiar and consistently Hamilton, as it comprises elements from elsewhere in the brand’s lineup, from its cathedral-style hands to the aged look of the numerals’ lume, brushed steel case, and sapphire crystal. Many will appreciate that no date window clutters the matte black dial. Hamilton has done one subtle thing, however, to tie it to the film and mark the watch as special.
The seconds hand is lacquer-printed with Morse code for “eureka,” which is what Murph yells when she discovers… well, you might want to just see the movie. You will also probably need to be familiar with the movie to appreciate the special colorful packaging Hamilton has put together for the first 2,555 pieces of the watch sold (another plot reference) based on the “supercube” tesseract in the story. Best of all, the Hamilton Khaki Field “Murph” watch itself is not a limited edition, but a full production model, available for $995.