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"The incarnation of Hamilton's long history with Hollywood and science fiction."
Hamilton watches are innovative, iconic, and known for American Spirit and Swiss Precision, known for the highest performance standards and Swiss-made movements. With a reputation for craftsmanship and strong movie, military, and aviation heritage, Their evergreen watch collections include the Khaki Field, Khaki Aviation, Khaki Navy, Ventura, Jazzmaster, and American Classic. Today, let's take a look at the latter of the groups that seek to blend Hamilton's connection of both watchmaking with sci-fi movies throughout their history. This particular Hamilton watch is sci-fi looking, which is the incarnation of the 2001 Space Odyssey's ODC X-01, designed by the man himself, Nathan Crowley.
|Hamilton American Classic ODC X-03 Auto - Ltd Ed 1999pcs Ref. H51598990
Before we get into the ODC X-03, it's worth mentioning the designer that got this futuristic piece onto the watch market. Nathan Crowley is an English production designer who has been nominated for numerous prestigious awards for his movie set work. One of the best work knowns got to be the award-winning sci-fi movie Interstellar in 2014. With his creative vision, it is ergo allowed him to design a futuristic masterpiece that took inspiration from the planet Jupiter, giving birth to this 999 pieces LE.
The ODC X-3 carries the essence of steampunk that seeks to combine historical horology elements with anachronistic technological attributes that pulled off from science fiction. It features a hexagon case made out of titanium material that gets treated in full-black tone, measuring at 42mm wide and 52mm virtually from lug to lug, as the watch has lug-less livery. In this case, the case provides the wearer comfort with these dimensions, including the lugless design, allowing the strap to flows out of the case seamlessly. Furthermore, the asymmetrical matte rivets (total of 11) on the bezel celebrates a sassy twist from conventional ones, while holding the bezel firmly onto the main case.
|"Petite Checkered-board" texture on each sub-dials
On the side profiles, there sinks a total of three hinged arm crown systems, indented at 4, 8, and 10' o clock positions. These impressive crowns that fold flush with the case when not in use, resulting in an almost crown-less, symmetrical hexagon watch that seeks equilibrium on one's wrist comfortably. With the crowns tucked nicely into its case's flanges, the ODC X-3 features 100m water-resistant, which seems overly fitting. Besides, it was supposed to be able to go to space, while allowing you to have aquatic expedition into the bargain.
Underneath the large sapphire crystal, one gets not one, but three dials spreader across its perimeter within the case, and seem to be orbiting a 3D textured Jupiter plane right at the bottom. The tri-color dials and planet are mirrored and flanged by an orange and black fluted chapter-ring to enhance the eccentric look. Each sub-dials enable one to read a different time-zone independently. Starting from the two smaller ones, the 4' o clock "UTC" and "Home" sub-dial right below it enable one to track secondary time-zones when abroad. In contrast, the larger "Local" dial at 3 allows one to keep track of the primary time in the current location. Another thing to note, each sub-dials gets a raised hour track that sits around a subtle white square-pattern face, elevating more of visual depth on an already comprehensive watch like this.
Total of three hinged arm crown systems
Now, if one looks closely towards the right side of the dial, the untenanted space around the main "Local" dial that is wholly open, designer Nathan Crowley has well thought out, executing nicely of the placement of "vacuum spaces" styling on the dial, which creates particular emptiness affection in space.
Flipping it over and underneath the case-back held by another four screws, the ODC X-3 totes one automatic and two Swiss quartz movements. Local time kept by an ETA 2671 Swiss automatic movement, a 25 jewels, 4Hz movement with the sizing of only 17.2mm (a 2824 measures 25.6mm in comparison), popular in watches for its small size. Whereas for the "UTC" and "home" time displays feature the distinct ETA 901.001 quartz movements, allowing both dials to feature 12-hour displays to be read in conjunction with the minute hand on the primary "Local" time. Oh, did we mention that the backplane one can appreciate the essential information on planet Jupiter while admiring the escapement at work of the ETA 2671 movement beside it.
|ODC X-3 totes one automatic and two Swiss quartz movements
Hamilton paired the ODC X-3 with a 24mm integrated black textile strap that has a sleek design from the front to the back, strapping it up with its signed "H" logo tang buckle. That makes the watch ever-so sporty along with a more futuristic look.
Limited to 999 pieces, The Hamilton American Classic ODC X-03 Auto Ref. H51598990 uses a unique combination of steampunk, space-age design with their prowess in watchmaking, to create an innovative and chic timepiece. Even if sci-fi and Jupiter ornament are not your things, the idiosyncrasy of multi-time zones and multi-movements are exciting features. Besides, when all is said and done, the ODC X-03 re-interprets what a GMT watch should be like and is all about.