Given their proclivity for aviation and military-inspired models, it can be easy to forget that Hamilton Watch 500 has a proven wild side. It’s true, the same company that makes the Khaki Field, the Intra-matic 38, and the Jazzmaster, also makes the eccentric Face 2 Face. Born as an out-of-this-world tribute to Hamilton’s involvement in films like Interstellar and 2001: A Space Odyssey, the new Hamilton ODC X-03, like the X-02 before it, features three movements to display three distinct time zones. With Jupiter proudly forming the base of its dial, the Hamilton ODC X-03 is no field watch – at least not for any fields here on earth.
No matter which way you look at it, the Hamilton Watches Used ODC X-03 is undeniably a bold design for Hamilton. Measuring 49mm x 52mm, the Hamilton ODC X-03’s case is made of titanium with a black PVD coating. With an anti-reflective sapphire crystal, 100m water resistance, and a black textile strap, the Hamilton ODC X-03 is equal parts sports watch and art piece. Having been designed by Nathan Crowley, the Oscar-nominated production designer for the film Interstellar, the Hamilton ODC X-03 is a tribute to the Endurance spaceship featured in the film.
Each with their own time zone, the three separate subdials seem to be orbiting a 3D printed Jupiter, and the Hamilton ODC X-03’s dial is an eye catching mix of orange, whites, and blacks. This eccentric design is mirrored by an unconventional use of three movements, each controlled by its own crown. With one automatic and two quartz movements, the Hamilton ODC X-03 displays local, home, and UTC time. Local time is managed by an ETA 2671 Swiss automatic movement, a 4Hz movement popular in ladies watches for its small size. The UTC and home time displays are managed by distinct ETA 901.001 quartz movements, each showing 12-hour displays that can be read in conjunction with the minutes from the main local time display.
To preserve the shape of the case and the general design language, the Hamilton ODC X-03 features a trio of interesting crowns. The crown design features a small hinged arm that folds flush with the case when not in use. To set the time on any of the movements just pop out the arm and turn it to control the crown. The design is not only a good fit for the overall look of the Hamilton ODC X-03, it is also a clever solution to the issue of using smaller crowns that can hide within the case edge without compromising the user experience of setting the time.
The bigger problem for me is the thickness. Hamilton didn’t reveal the depth but it must be around 14mm or so, and that is too thick for a watch like this. Remember, a Rolex Submariner is about 13mm. But I guess that can not be helped considering it has an automatic-winding movement (more about the movement later). The fantastic thing about the Intra-Matic 68’s rather beefy case is that the water resistance. When I first saw the opinion, I thought it would only be 50 meters tops, however, Hamilton says that the Intra-Matic 68 can perform 100 meters. This really is a refreshing change from the normal 30 or 50 yards that we frequently receive from a dressy chronograph watch, and to not mention that chronographs are also notoriously more difficult to create water-resistant. In the real world, this means you can take the Intra-Matic 68 swimming, but you would most likely need to replace the black leather strap if you want to do so. The Hamilton Intra-Matic 68 includes a vintage-looking semi-perforated black leather strap that is rather pleasant and that I won’t want to ruin it by getting it wet.That’s not to say it has been completely destroyed by its large case. Oh no. It still looks good of course, but like I said when I first wrote about the Intra-Matic 68 when it was announced, when Hamilton had published it in 39mm or 40mm, it would have been perfect. However, I guess that is just me and what other old-school watch lovers may believe. And to be absolutely clear, 42mm with this bit is still not too bad, because at least all other components of this case and dial are in proportion.Speaking of the dialup, it is straightforward, tidy, and incredibly attractive. It has a reverse panda dial using a black background and an off-white tachymeter and registers. The tachymeter scale runs across the circumference of the dial and the two registers are well placed and also feature subtle graining for a little contrast.
Limited to 999 pieces and costing 3,500 CHF, the Hamilton ODC X-03 is a fitting and other-worldly expression of Hamilton’s involvement with some of the most famous space movies in the history of film. Big, bold, and boasting an interesting feature set, the Hamilton ODC X-03 is a great example of Hamilton’s wild side and a pleasant contrast to their more widely known watches. hamiltonwatch.com