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THE WATCHISMO TIMES WATCH BLOG A reliquary of obscure timepieces from bygone eras as well as the cutting-edge watch designs of today.

1976 Zenith 'Time Command' Analog-digital LED Hybrid Watch

1976 Zenith 'Time Command' Analog-digital LED Hybrid Watch

1976 Zenith 'Time Command' Analog-digital LED Hybrid Watch

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Very few Swiss watch companies truly ventured into the digital age but Zenith found a happy medium with their 'Time Command' or 'Futur' and 'Defy Quartz' ana-digi wristwatches. The latest Quartz analog display with the only watch of it's kind to diplay am/pm, date and/or seconds with a tiny LED window. But the most spectacular angle of this design is the curved crystal cascading over the top of the case allowing an uncommon three-dimensional view of the dial and hands.

Interesting to note the 1956 Zenith Space Command remote control directly above the Hamilton Pulsar of 1972 in the PC World 50 Greatest Gadgets of the past 50 years article.

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

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

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