Timepieces have always been a big part of cinematic storytelling. From the futuristic Seiko Giugiaro sported by Sigourney Weaver in Alien to the Patek Phillipe that Ryan Gosling wore in Drive, these timepieces not only serve as plot points, they also become objects of desire. And if they’re cool enough, fans will often ask if these props are also available for sale.
Case in point: The modified Hamilton Khaki Automatic worn by the character Murph Cooper in the movie Interstellar. Known amongst fans as the “Murph Watch,” this timepiece was worn by actors Mackenzie Foy (young Murph) and Jessica Chastain (grown up Murph) to communicate with her dad.
Here’s the backstory: In the film, a team from NASA leaves a dying Earth to try to find a new, habitable planet. Cooper (played by Matthew McConaughey), is a former NASA pilot who joins an interstellar mission which means he must leave his daughter, Murph, behind. He gives her his watch to remember him by. Later, from inside the ‘tesseract’ of the fifth dimension Cooper sends a message using Morse code through the seconds hand of this watch. It’s the data that will help save humanity. When she figures out the formula, Murph shouts “Eureka!” to mark her discovery.
Hamilton is calling 2019 its movie year, but the company actually has a very long history of Hollywood collaboration. For example, in 1966, Stanley Kubrick and Arthur C. Clarke commissioned the company to create a watch for the film 2001: A Space Odyssey. But no other timepiece has had a bigger role in a movie than ‘the Murph’ in Interstellar.
It’s a beautiful basic black version of Hamilton’s signature Khaki watch. But it was not an off-the-rack model: the producers of Interstellar specifically asked Hamilton to create a custom-made watch based on very specific requirements. In this day and age of movie tie-ins and shop-the-screen retailing, the fact that fans could not buy this watch only made it more desirable.
Now, five years after Interstellar’s release, Hamilton is making collectors’ dreams come true by introducing the Hamilton and Interstellar: Making ‘The Murph’ watch.
For this release, Hamilton has added a few new design elements to commemorate the codes of the movie. For example, “Eureka” is printed in super tiny, almost secret type on the seconds hand to signify the moment in which Murph deciphers the Morse code sent by Cooper through the watch.
The company also partnered with the film’s award-winning production designer, Nathan Crowley, to develop a special box inspired by the film’s famous tesseract or super cube. And this version is limited to only 2,555 pieces, which references the time difference between planets in the story (2,555 days on Earth make up for seven years on Cooper’s planet).
This watch is a straight reproduction of the movie watch — and even boasts a Morse code function. Special effects include a 42mm brushed steel case, a simple stepped bezel, a retro style large crown, and a black with an aged look, beige SuperLuminova numbers and inlaid hands. It is powered by an H-10 automatic movement with 80-hour power reserve and comes on a handsome black leather strap.
So just like Matthew McConaughey’s character reached across time and space to connect with humanity, Hamilton is crossing the border between science fiction and reality to give fans a watch with real star power.