Hamilton ODC X-03 Watch Tribute To ‘Interstellar’ & ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’ Movies Hands-On

Hamilton ODC X-03 Watch Tribute To ‘Interstellar’ & ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’ Movies Hands-On

Hamilton ODC X-03 Watch Tribute To ‘Interstellar’ & ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’ Movies Hands-On Hands-On

The Hamilton ODC X-03 watch, inspired by the big screen and Hamilton's past involvements in movies such as 2001: A Space Odyssey and Interstellar is one of the funkiest offerings from a brand that has shown impressive range, from a vintage reissue (like the Intramatic 68) to sci-fi, like this piece, without effort. Designed by Nathan Crowley, the production designer for Interstellar, the Hamilton ODC X-03 is a fun and futuristic piece for watch lovers who want their timepieces to go beyond the moon. In this case, that would be Jupiter, which is featured on the dial.

Hamilton ODC X-03 Watch Tribute To ‘Interstellar’ & ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’ Movies Hands-On Hands-On
All images by Ariel Adams

Hamilton ODC X-03 Watch Tribute To ‘Interstellar’ & ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’ Movies Hands-On Hands-On

The ODC X-03, is not the first space-inspired three time-zone watch from Hamilton. It joins the ranks of the ODC X-02 and the ODC X-01. The first thing you notice about the ODC X-03 is its proportions. With a 49 x 52mm hexagonal case, this is a big watch, and to help keep weight down, the case is titanium with black PVD. The use of titanium is also fitting with the space theme . You'll notice that the upper bezel is held in place by a set of asymmetrical rivets - there is something about space themed movies and asymmetrical patterns in the props and they seem to be everywhere. While the rivets may be asymmetrical, they haven't been placed thoughtlessly. Your eyes are immediately drawn to the top right of the case by two large rivets as this is the side closest to the 'Local' time indicator. There is a similarly sized large rivet to the top left and bottom left of the watch that subtly lead the eye to the 'UTC' and 'Home' time indicators. Seven smaller rivets are spaced around these three.

Hamilton ODC X-03 Watch Tribute To ‘Interstellar’ & ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’ Movies Hands-On Hands-On

Hamilton ODC X-03 Watch Tribute To ‘Interstellar’ & ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’ Movies Hands-On Hands-On

You might have already noticed the lack of an obvious crown and no, this watch doesn't require you to carry a separate winding key everywhere. It does have a crown, or rather three crowns - one for each time indicator. These are designed to be long, thin and pole-like and fold away into the side of the case. Given the already large proportions of the watch, it makes sense that the designer did not want to add three, large, protruding crowns. That would've been quite the eyesore and and would make the watch look the size of a hockey puck. The folding mechanism is a clever solution and the shape of the crown gives it plenty of grip and makes it quite ergonomic in use.

Hamilton ODC X-03 Watch Tribute To ‘Interstellar’ & ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’ Movies Hands-On Hands-On

Hamilton ODC X-03 Watch Tribute To ‘Interstellar’ & ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’ Movies Hands-On Hands-On

The clever design and use of materials isn't restricted to the case alone. As I mentioned earlier, the Hamilton ODC X-03 displays time across three time zones. Each time zone has a sub-dial and is powered by its own movement. The Local time indicator which is the biggest of the three is powered by an ETA 2671 movement. An uncommon automatic movement generally used in ladies watches, it's smaller diameter of 17.2mm made it an ideal candidate in this case. It has all the necessary hallmarks of a modern, robust movement - hacking, 38 hour power reserve, and a 28,800bph rate. The movement is visible through a display back, but the decoration has been kept to a minimum, and by that I mean the rotor is engraved with the brand name and that's all.

Hamilton ODC X-03 Watch Tribute To ‘Interstellar’ & ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’ Movies Hands-On Hands-On

Hamilton ODC X-03 Watch Tribute To ‘Interstellar’ & ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’ Movies Hands-On Hands-On

Hamilton ODC X-03 Watch Tribute To ‘Interstellar’ & ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’ Movies Hands-On Hands-On

The UTC and Home time indicators are powered by ETA901.001 quartz movements. To the best of my knowledge, there isn't a mass produced, easy available mechanical movement that is small enough to fit the requirements here, so it makes sense that Hamilton opted for the quartz route. And, if it matters, there is no ticking seconds hand as both indicators only have hour hands. Unless someone knew their watches well, it'd be hard to guess quartz immediately. At this point, some of you may ask why Hamilton didn't try and find or build a module for an ETA2824 base that could display three time zones. The short answer is that even if it were possible, it would be prohibitively expensive and make little practical sense.

Hamilton ODC X-03 Watch Tribute To ‘Interstellar’ & ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’ Movies Hands-On Hands-On

Hamilton ODC X-03 Watch Tribute To ‘Interstellar’ & ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’ Movies Hands-On Hands-On

The dial layout is meant to be reminiscent of the Endurance spaceship from Interstellar and you will have already noticed the layout of the dial and how the three time indicators are set against a planet for a backdrop. Those of you up to date on your planets (or those paying attention earlier in the article) will recognize the planet on the dial as Jupiter, the largest planet in our solar system. Given the large proportions of this watch, it feels right that Jupiter is the planet they picked to display. The disk is 3D printed and only partially covers the aperture, like an eclipse. On the back of the disk is plenty of text providing factoids about the planet.

Hamilton ODC X-03 Watch Tribute To ‘Interstellar’ & ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’ Movies Hands-On Hands-On

The dial is all about high contrast, with the actual time displays having white dials with a waffle guilloché pattern and black baton hands. Each display is bordered by a black chapter ring with hour markers printed in white and the words 'Local,' 'UTC,' and 'Home' clearly identifying the respective dials. The orange needle hand, orange rectangle with 'Hamilton' printed in black, and orange highlight ring around the entire dial offers some visual pop to the whole thing. It also complements the color scheme of Jupiter quite well.

Hamilton ODC X-03 Watch Tribute To ‘Interstellar’ & ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’ Movies Hands-On Hands-On

Hamilton ODC X-03 Watch Tribute To ‘Interstellar’ & ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’ Movies Hands-On Hands-On

The Hamilton ODC X-03 is quirky and fun for the grown-up sci-fi fan, but also manages to keep from being too goofy or obscure. With a 100m water resistance rating, titanium case, and orange/black color scheme it has the makings of a sport watch but it clearly is not one. Given the brand's well-known line of field watches, I like to imagine that this is what a field watch on Jupiter might look like. The ODC X-03 has a lot to offer, especially if you're a fan of space themed movies, or Interstellar in particular. The Hamilton ODC X-03 is produced in a limited run of 999 pieces and is available on a black textile strap online and at retailers for $3,500. hamiltonwatch.com

What do you think?
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  • I want it! (9)
  • I love it! (7)
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  • Mikita
  • Moonraker

    Double Nolan! I tap out, I tap out!

  • thecouchguy

    Kinda cool. I’m a fan.

    • Pete Pete

      I think it’s certainly an “interesting” watch. very odd but somehow somehow it manages to dig out the 12 year old version of me. and as a 12 year old, I’d love it for sure. it’s not exactly pretty but it’s coherent and attractive in a technical way. great details.

      but of course I’d never pay 3500 bucks for it. and I doubt that anyone else will …

      • Moonraker

        Well, it’s been 9 months and they haven’t gotten rid of them all (or any,
        who knows?), so you might be able to wait them out for less.

        • Kuroji

          Isn’t there someone we can ask if they are sold out?

      • thecouchguy

        You summed it up perfectly well my friend.

      • egznyc

        Certainly no 12-year-old is going to spend big bank on this big bust.

  • Moonraker

    But Jupiter ain’t got no fields, Lieutenant Pran.

    Would wear if given. I don’t mind the quartz at all, except those dials should probably be 24 instead of 12 hours.

  • Word Merchant

    Oh boy. If you like this sort of thing then all the best to you. But I reckon for $3.5k I’d want a little bit more watch and a little less crap.

    • proudAmerican702

      +1. Part of the “crap” is the UTC dial. UTC (Universal Coordinated Time) is a 24-hour time period, not 12-hour. So, even though the dial says “UTC” it’s actually incorrect for half the day. For $3,500 I’m spending my money on a watch with much more luxury, and much less whimsy.

    • Berndt Norten

      And, note to editor: a little less conversation going on ’bout such wrist turds

      • Moonraker

        A little less conversation, a little more Vach’ron please. Cuz all these wristurds ain’t satisfactionin’ me.

    • egznyc

      Yeah – agreed. Oh well – Hamilton does make some very attractive offerings (and for more reasonable price points) but this sure isn’t one of them.

  • Raymond Wilkie

    Just,……………..No

    *Clunk™

  • Yan Fin

    Hamilton has a history of hit and miss with whimsical. Men in black was a hit, this one is a miss.

  • SuperStrapper

    Its just such a bizarre and specific look, how are you supposed to wear it? At the beach in a banana hammock? In the board room under a suit? At Space Mountain with a funnel cake? I dont think it would enjoy any of that. Who wears this watch and why? I’d like to meet you

    • Tempvs Mortvvs

      I’d wear it because it’s cool looking. But it’s too expensive for what it offers. I also like Alain Silberstein, Sothis, Ventura, Temption, Romain Jerome, Nubeo and similar ones. That might give you an idea about my tastes and a clear view that there’s people who will buy this. At a discount, though….

    • Kuroji

      I don’t understand how nobody has called out the Jupiter dial as the single worst design element on this watch. It’s awful. Who thought this was a good idea?

  • Framlucasse

    Funny watch, but the size of it (!!), and the price!!!

  • I thought this watch looked contrived in the previous review and nothing has changed in my mind. And no, the rivets do look randomly placed.

  • Dear Mohamed Nasrallah (spam boy) – FOAD.

    • Raymond Wilkie

      F off and die ?

      • Word Merchant

        and who’s Mohamed Nasrallah?

        • Some clown was spamming with replies (including a link) to every comment in this post for a few minutes last night. I flagged them as fast as I could.

          • IG

            You are a serial flagger!

          • Moonraker

            Thanks, Carson. You’re doing good work out here.

        • Raymond Wilkie

          Must have been deleted afore i saw it

      • Yes

    • Moonraker

      “Cool free watches, Mohamed. Want to bring them to Baselworld? We should inspire more kids like you to like spamming. It’s what makes the internet suck.”

      –former President Obama to Mohamed “Spam Boy” Nasrallah

  • Word Merchant

    Can I request that the next watch reviewed on this site isn’t a Kickstarter randomosity or a crap novelty?

    • Mikita

      Yeah, sometimes you start to miss the reviews of something beautiful.. Every new day brings only another abomination in our righteous judgment.

    • Moonraker

      HAHAHAHA…Request summarily denied! https://www.ablogtowatch.com/nam-watch-co-mahameru-watch/

      • Word Merchant

        I know, I noticed, I sighed.

  • mefflet vincent

    If spring drive models from Seiko were representing the paradise regarding mechanical/quartz hybridation…this one from Hamilton look like hell.

  • Hands90

    I NEED this.

  • BNABOD

    I was trying to find something to say but I got nothing because it simply is not funny just plain fugly

  • jimf42

    Clever, but ugly.

  • Phil leavell

    ET call home
    Box 6 (. )

  • Ben Rothfeld

    I would buy this right now if they only featured my home world. Also, if I had $3500 to spend. Very cool.

  • Stephen Cox

    Why didn’t they just build the watch that was in the movie? Seems like a no brainer.

    • Sheez Gagoo

      The watch from the movie already exists. I think it was a field.

  • Buy and Sold

    It is 3x what I want to pay. I love it!

  • Ulysses31

    It doesn’t seem to be inspired by 2001 very much, unless having Jupiter on the dial is all that is needed. The rivets around the bezel, they should be styled after explosive bolts. The crowns should be those dumbell-style contraptions used to open bay doors and hatches on the Discovery spacecraft. The watch should be white, or alternatively black and shaped like the Monolith. These are just some random ideas but any of these would be better than what they’ve done here. I guess no one at Hamilton could hire a guy who could spend two minutes pulling ideas out of his ass like I just did, eh?

  • IG

    Kubrick is rolling in his grave like a tourbillon.

    • commentator bob

      Hey, he agreed to take the product placement money. Plus, he’s probably more upset people found out he staged the moon landing.

  • WatchNeophyte

    Love the design, hate the price!

    • commentator bob

      Hate the design, therefore indifferent about the price.

  • Ranchracer

    I’m a big Hammy lover so I REALLY wanted to like this watch, but it just ain’t happening for me. For one thing I rarely, if ever, have a need for a second time zone, let alone a third. Secondly, why three movements for one watch? Hamilton did two movements in the gen 1 Face 2 Face and learned that one is better in the gen 2 version of that piece (which I own and love). Someone at Hamilton forgot that lesson.

    Then there’s the look. I don’t necessarily mind the size, although it is a monster. There’s just too much going on. It’s bordering on Invicta levels of gaudiness. Finally, three-and-a-half grand? Given the pricing of the Face 2 Face, it’s not unprecedented for Hamilton, but for this piece…I don’t think so. 🙁

  • Sheez Gagoo

    Isn`t Jupiter just a big, bloated gas bulb in space? A kind of planetar equivalent to a fart?

    • Kuroji

      Not really. The pressures and densities inside are very high. It’s more of a fluid ball with no distinct surface.

      • proudAmerican702

        So…it’s a turd instead of a fart?

  • Kuroji

    There’s a lot of text describing things we can readily see in the photos. Is that for the benefit of people on dial-up?

  • commentator bob

    The X-01 and X-02 are way better.

    They at least try to be the kind of watch one would wear in space. With the X-01 as a reasonable approximation of the watch in 2001.

    This is the kind of watch a person that got left behind on all the space missions would wear. “Hey look guys, I like planets also.”