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The futuristic, unconventional nature of the ODCX-02 is modelled on the
cross-section of an aircraft’s wing, allowing the wearer to be in three
places at once. This is possible thanks to three separate, oblong dials,
each revealing the time in a different location. Pushers resembling
miniature telescopes with easy-to-grip tips enable the setting of travel
First, some history...
Stanley Kubrick and Arthur C. Clarke commission a variety of companies
to imagine & design futuristic products for the year 2001. Oh, yeah,
and to be featured in the film, "2001 A Space Odyssey."
is hired and John Bergey creates a digital clock and analog/digital
wristwatch (movie prop watch seen below). At the same time, it inspires
his work inventing the Pulsar Time Computer LED digital watch in 1970.
(entirely separate history, stay focused!)
simultaneously future-retro-fitted their early sixties Flight II
Electric designed by Richard Arbib (see photos below press release).
Stanley Kubrick chose the Bergey design over the Arbib.
movie is released and Hamilton releases an entirely different but
beautiful watch to the public, the "Odyssee 2001," spelled differently
for apparent copyright issues.
Forty years later, in 2006,
Hamilton introduced the "X-01", a limited edition reinterpretation of
the original movie watch. Only 2001 (of course) were be produced.
Today, Hamilton is releasing the "ODC X-02", a triple time zone watch
with each dial encapsulated in chambers and positioned in traditional
"2001 Odyssey" side-viewing style.
A creation of the Hamilton Lab,
the ODC X-02, takes watch design to totally new frontiers. In a
futuristic shaped case, appropriately modeled on the cross-section of an
aircraft’s wing, this timepiece allows the wearer to be in three places
at once. This is possible thanks to three separate, oblong dials, each
revealing the time in a different location. The ODC X-02 design was
inspired by the watch Hamilton originally made for Stanley Kubrick’s
1966 movie, “2001: A Space Odyssey”.
Location, location, location
valve-like pusher at the top of each dial enables the setting of three
independent times. Viewed from the side, these resemble miniature
telescopes with easy-to-grip tips. The analog time display in each of
the three sections is close to the pusher, giving the impression that it
is floating to the surface of the dial window. Each window has its own
curved sapphire crystal, enclosing the top and side of the individual
dial for self-contained timekeeping in the chosen zone.
Out of this world design
X-02 outline is angular, contrasting with the soft
curves of the framework supporting the crystals. Perfectly matching the
black dial backgrounds is a smooth black rubber strap finished with a
metal buckle that fits together like two pieces of a puzzle. This unique
timepiece promises to be a showstopper on and off the screen and is
limited to just 1,000 pieces.
Stanley Kubrick and ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’
1966, Stanley Kubrick, one of America’s most celebrated film directors
and producers, commissioned Hamilton to create the timepieces for his
science-fiction movie, 2001: A Space
Odyssey. The Hamilton design
team presented Kubrick with a futuristic wristwatch and a desk clock.
The Hamilton designs were extremely eye-catching and even Vogue and
Esquire magazines were
captivated, printing pictures of them. This
led to a flood of customer requests asking where they could purchase the
space-age timepieces. Prohibitive production costs meant that the
futuristic timepieces could never be commercialized. In the 21st century
the saga continues with new limited edition timepieces.
The Hamilton History is a 120 years long and eventful travel from
Lancaster PA to Biel the world capital of watchmaking in Switzerland.
Today highlights from Hamilton pioneering role in the worlds of
aviation, cinema, electric and digital technology shape the collection.
The Hamilton watches have unique shapes, personality and design
combining the American spirit with Swiss technologies.