The Plot of Tenet is Still a Mystery, but Here are the Details on Hamilton’s BeLOWZERO Special Edition to Commemorate its Release

We don’t yet know much about Tenet, the new film directed by Christopher Nolan to be released later this summer. We do know, however, that Hamilton was involved in making a prop watch specifically for use in the movie, which involves time “inversion,” or something? Like I said, the plot, and even the premise, of Tenet is a closely guarded secret, but we do now have some details on the limited edition watch Hamilton is releasing to commemorate their involvement in the film.

Hamilton BeLOWZERO Special Edition

  • Case Material: Titanium
  • Dial: Black
  • Dimensions: 46mm
  • Crystal: Sapphire        
  • Water Resistance: 1000 meters
  • Crown: Screw down                       
  • Movement: H-10 Automatic with 80 hour power reserve
  • Strap/bracelet: Rubber
  • Price: $2,095
  • Reference Number: H78505332; H78505331
  • Expected Release: July 


Hamilton, of course, is often involved in film projects. Last year saw their classic Ventura featured in an updated version for the latest film in the Men in Black franchise, and they’ve worked with Nolan before as well on Interstellar, which resulted in the extremely popular “Murph” version of the Khaki Field. The big difference here is that we’re hearing about the Tenet watch even before the film is released in theaters – you’ll recall that the “Murph” was released well after Interstellar had premiered, and at the urging of fans who wanted to purchase a watch like the one seen in the film, but did not actually exist as a real product. Clearly Hamilton has learned from that experience, and are ready to go with an all new special edition tied to Tenet upon its release. 

The watch in question is a new take on the Khaki Navy BeLOWZERO, Hamilton’s blacked out super diver, rated to 1,000 meters of water resistance and equipped with a helium escape valve. The special edition differs from the standard in a few ways. First, the Tenet version is cast from titanium, whereas the standard BeLOWZERO is in stainless steel. Also, the limited version seen here features your choice of a red or blue tipped seconds hands, which is significant to the film in ways we, once again, simply do not know. But now, naturally, the mind races, as we speculate why it is that John David Washinton’s character might need a blacked out dive watch with a helium escape valve, and what role the watch plays in saving humanity, preventing World War III, inverting time, or whatever. 

We should note that the watch seen here is not a precise replication of the watch seen in Tenet, but a commemorative version that celebrates the film’s release. Like the movie itself, we don’t have a lot of information on the prop Hamilton helped to create, but know that Hamilton was asked to design, for the movie, a watch with features that don’t exist in a commercially available watch. Consider us intrigued.

The BeLOWZERO itself is a watch that is sometimes forgotten in the Hamilton lineup, focused as it is in recent years on expertly styled vintage inspired pieces. The BeLOWZERO is obviously extremely modern, and seems like the kind of watch that would make sense in a contemporary sci-fi blockbuster. It’s a large watch at 46mm, but in titanium I’d expect that it would still wear relatively comfortably if you have the wrist to pull it off. The rubber strap attaches between shorter than average lugs, keeping the lug to lug span reasonable. The BeLOWZERO is powered by Hamilton’s H-10 automatic movement with an 80 hour power reserve. 

The BeLOWZERO Special Edition, available in July, is limited to 888 pieces in each color, and will be shipped in special packaging inspired by Tenet. Hamilton

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Zach is a native of New Hampshire, and he has been interested in watches since the age of 13, when he walked into Macy’s and bought a gaudy, quartz, two-tone Citizen chronograph with his hard earned Bar Mitzvah money. It was lost in a move years ago, but he continues to hunt for a similar piece on eBay. Zach loves a wide variety of watches, but leans toward classic designs and proportions that have stood the test of time. He is currently obsessed with Grand Seiko.