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Hamilton Odyssey Oddity - Flight II Prototype

Hamilton Odyssey Oddity - Flight II PrototypeFlight II Hamilton Electric Prototypes

Wanted to continue on the subject from an earlier post about Hamilton and their current limited edition X-01 (prop watch of "2001 - A Space Odyssey").

Back in 1966, Hamilton (John Bergey, Ed Speakes and Ken Durr) created this alternate futuristic concept watch that Stanley Kubrick didn't choose. A variation of one of the rarest Hamilton Electric Flight II models. Recently up for auction on Ebay, I missed my opportunity to own one of the three shown (without movement).

See more about it on the NAWCC message board.

Hamilton Odyssey Oddity - Flight II PrototypeOriginal prop watch chosen for film


24 Hours 39 Minutes - Mars Wristwatch

24 Hours 39 Minutes - Mars WristwatchMars dial designed for JPL team

The Mars Exploration Rover engineering team had a problem...

A day on Mars is 24 hours and 39 minutes long. Dealing with the needs to align the team to Mar's solar day, they contacted a local watchmaker to create the very first Martian Watch. Due to his inability to produce only a few digital timepieces with the extra 39 minutes for a reasonable cost, he experimented by manipulating a traditional mechanical watch by slowing the watch down with weights.

It seems a missed opportunity by what could have been a much more interesting design in the end. I think the JPL should approach an appropriate watch company (or vice versa, they're busy!) to produce a mutually beneficial and aesthetically desirable timepiece for dual Earth-Martian time. I'm sure there are enough geeks out there who'd buy one. At the same time, there is more charm to this story as told in the article and video below. A bit more of the NASA spirit. What am I talking about? God, blogs are silly.

Jet Propulsion Laboratory Article

Video about the watchmaker from Discover Channel

The Fauxture of Time 02 - Time-aid Watch - Live World Clock Feed

The Fauxture of Time 02 - Time-aid Watch - Live World Clock Feed
The Fauxture of Time 02 - Time-aid Watch - Live World Clock Feed
The Fauxture of Time 02 - Time-aid Watch - Live World Clock Feed
Using a satellite/video interface, Time-aid can be programmed to display any clock face the user chooses, in real time, from a local clock tower to a sundial halfway around the world. This personal object contains advanced technology that, paradoxically, connects the wearer to history and the larger world. New and old, personal and global, Time-aid inspires an awareness of time and space. It uses technology to recuperate a connection with the reality of the world, all the while celebrating its potential. It is a very poetic solution that lets the mind roam and inspires the imagination. It reduces distance, enabling the wearer to view real-time feeds from both local clocks as well as those distant, shrinking the world in an instantaneous and palpable way. One imagines the intimacy of the experience being almost startling.

Part of the Timex 2154 Series. Wink...

Bomb-astic! Richard Arbib's Hamilton Electric

Bomb-astic!  Richard Arbib's Hamilton Electric1961 Hamilton Vega

Richard Arbib - Influencial designer of 1950's futuristic cars like the 1955 Nash Astro-Gnome, 1957 Century Coronado boat, vacuum cleaners and WWII Bombs! It was revealed that the Hamilton Electric series (Hess Article) including the first battery powered watch, the 1957 Ventura was based upon some of his bomb designs. Also mentioning that fact when admitting his inspiration for putting fins on cars.


Bomb-astic!  Richard Arbib's Hamilton Electric


Bomb-astic!  Richard Arbib's Hamilton Electric1940 Sketch for Airex Radial
First around the pylon is this black beauty by Richard Arbib, penned during his brief career at GM. Up front sits a radial engine straight out of an aircraft. Alas, there's no traffic-clearing propeller; instead, the chrome front bumpers provide a visual facsimile.


Odyssey for the Hamilton Odyssey X-01

Odyssey for the Hamilton Odyssey X-01
Odyssey for the Hamilton Odyssey X-011966, 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."

Hamilton is hired and John Bergey creates a digital clock and analog/digital wristwatch (movie prop watch seen here). At the same time, it inspires his work inventing the Pulsar Time Computer LED digital watch in 1970.

1968, the movie is released and Hamilton release an entirely different but beautiful watch to the public, the "Odyssee 2001," spelled differently for apparent copyright issues.

Today, forty years later, Hamilton is issuing the "X-01" a limited edition reinterpretation of the original movie watch for $1195. Only 2001 will be made, cast from Titanium, Quartz movements, sapphire crystal and three sideview registers for Home Time, Dream Time, and GMT. Unfortunately they are now analog unlike the digital display from the original. But that is remedied by an old school trick, the small registers are set using a magnet that's hidden in the clasp - A feature of the first Pulsar LEDs.

An odyssey worth taking in my opinion.

Get one HERE.

Click for photos of X-01



Odyssey for the Hamilton Odyssey X-01

Jaw Donors Wanted - Record Sideview

Jaw Donors Wanted - Record Sideview
When I first saw this sideview Record automatic watch by Longines in Pieter Doensen's book, my jaw dropped. I visited Mr. Doensen himself in Utrect, viewed the watch in person and left my jaw in the Netherlands. Jawless and determined, my patience paid off in the form of my very own model with original box!



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Patek Philippe Cobra!

Patek Philippe Cobra!
The year was 1958 and in a fresh spark of innovation one of the world’s oldest and most prestigious watch companies Patek Philippe designed the Cobra watch, unique for its unusual time display and aggressive profile. Time is displayed through two graduated linear openings showing the hour and minute marks which are printed in a spiral on rollers, thus eliminating the traditional dial and hands.

The Cobra, like many other Patek watches, was designed by the renowned watchmaker Louis Cottier, who is perhaps best known for inventing the practical World Time system (a dual dial watch with two crowns that permits the wearer to set each dial to a different time zone).

The Cobra's high production cost prevented it from being produced, and this functioning prototype was the only one known to have been made. The fact that this watch never quite had its moment in the sun makes it an obscure but inspirational model of futuristic design.

More Cobra images at original Coolhunting article here.

By Watchismo, CoolHunting and Todd Thomas


Patek Philippe Cobra!

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