EUREKA! Hamilton Releases the Long-Awaited Khaki Field “Murph” Watch as Seen in Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar

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In 2014, Christopher Nolan’s space-and-time-faring blockbuster Interstellar hit theaters. The film tells the the story of humanity under threat, with the Earth, ravaged by drought and famine brought on by climate change, no longer being able to sustain human life. Searching for a way to save humanity, a team of explorers led by Matthew McConaughey’s Joseph Cooper set out to explore a wormhole in search of a new planet. Before he departs on his mission, Cooper gives his daughter, Murph, his wristwatch as a keepsake, knowing that even in a best case scenario it would be decades before he’d be able see her again. He tells her to use it to track their relative time. Without getting too into the weeds of the plot, I’ll just say that the watch eventually plays a critical role in the film. 

Still from Interstellar.

Hamilton has a long and storied connection to Hollywood, with Hamilton watches having appeared in over 450 films throughout the years. The first-ever appearance of a Hamilton watch on screen was in the 1932 film, Shanghai Express, and in 1951, for the sake of historical accuracy, Hamilton was chosen as the watch for the hit film, The Frogmen. 

For Interstellar, Hamilton teamed up with the production team to provide watches for a number of the film’s characters, among them Cooper and Murph (played both by Jessica Chastain and Mackenzie Foy). The watch worn by the latter, the one given to Murph by Cooper, became known by fans of the film as the “Murph” watch. It was built from elements of existing watches in Hamilton’s Khaki lineup, and initially there were no plans to release a version of this watch out to the public.

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Still, fans remained hopeful. A few years back, Hamilton displayed the Murph watch prototype at Baselworld, and we snapped a photo of it and threw it up on Instagram. The reaction was, to put it mildly, enthusiastic, though at the time there were no plans to make that watch available to customers. Well, that’s about the change.

Last week, we met up with Hamilton to check out some of their 2019 novelties, and among the many SKUs my eye was immediately drawn to a familiar watch; it was the Murph in the metal—introducing the Hamilton Khaki Field “Murph” watch. 

The watch measures 42 millimeters across, features a matte black dial with beige Super-LumiNova, and is powerered by Hamilton’s H-10 80-hour caliber. It features a sapphire crystal up top, and the case is rated to 10 bar. According to Hamilton’s design team, it is aesthetically an exact replica of the watch worn in the film.

The only minor difference is found on the second hand. The word “Eureka” is printed in lacquer in Morse code on the second hand. It’s a subtle nod to the film and one that’s nearly unnoticeable at a quick glance, but it’s also one that will surely appeal to fans of the movie. For context, check out the clip below.

Hamilton worked with the film’s award-winning production designer, Nathan Crowley, to develop a special box inspired by the tesseract in the film. The Khaki Field Murph with the special packaging is a limited edition of 2,555 pieces. Otherwise, the watch itself is not a limited edition and will be a regular piece in Hamilton’s catalog. Price is $995. Hamilton

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Ilya is Worn & Wound's Managing Editor and Video Producer. He believes that when it comes to watches, quality, simplicity and functionality are king. This may very well explain his love for German and military-inspired watches. In addition to watches, Ilya brings an encyclopedic knowledge of leather, denim and all things related to menswear.
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