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    The Martian....Watch spotting spoiler alert!

    Just came from seeing The Martian, the new release this weekend from Director Ridley Scott. First and foremost, let me say, I really liked the film. Recommend you see it, good stuff. That said, as a watch enthusiast I went into the movie thinking there might be the odd Speedmaster spotting. Nope. You get a pretty deliberate look at Matt Damon's timepiece late in the movie and......its......a........Hamilton!? I mean, hey, I like Hamiltons, but, well, really? A NASA selection for Mars missions? Suppose just a matter of Hollywood product placement....I did find this...... The Martian EN | Hamilton Watch. Ridley, I really liked your film, but would have LOVED it with a well placed Speedmaster!

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    Re: The Martian....Watch spotting spoiler alert!

    I think it looked like a Hamilton on thr wrist in the movie

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    For the 2004 landings, the real JPL guys had mechanical watches made to run 24 hrs, 39.5 minutes per day, a Mars sol, made by a nearby watchmaker named Garo Anserlian at Executive Jewelers in Montrose. Some Mars mission scientists still have them but the Spirit/Opportunity teams were scheduled on Mars time, for a while, and there were no iPhones!!

    I still want a Mars time watch...

    Also really liked the movie! (Especially Mackenzie Davis and Michael Peña.)

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    Saw this movie and also enjoyed the book. I spotted the Below Zero and there were other Hamilton watches worn.

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    Yep, just saw it. One, and one only, perfect wrist shot of the Hamilton.

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    Yup great movie, just watched it last night.
    I actually was expecting an Omega X-33;

    But it's difficult to say based on the length of the mission. However I imagine by then battery life will be extended by quite some time.
    Taking a mechanical watch to Mars, would you have to regulate it to Mars level of gravity? I just see too many issues with the accuracy of the time on a different planet with so many different factors. Thinner atmosphere, different gravitational pull I imagine would both play some part in affecting accuracy.


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    Just got back from the movie, which I highly recommend. I was looking at wrists every chance I got, and I was a little surprised when I saw the Hamilton below zero on Matt Damon's wrist. Bit of an odd choice. Given the fact that Ridley Scott had a hand in making two Seiko models famous in Aliens, it would have been cool to see Seiko in there imo. I was really expecting to see at least one Speedmaster. The movie is incredible though.

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    I knew the Hamilton was going to show up because I've been hanging around the Hamilton website recently, so I almost laughed when it had its closeup.

    Honestly, looking at the watches currently qualified for use in space and on EVAs, the most likely candidate would have been a G-Shock

    What was weirdest about the Hamilton was not that it was there, but that it was at all useful. It was an unmodified Hammy, but the Martian Sol is about 40 minutes longer than an Earth day. The watch would have been useless because it was on a 24 hour cycle. Maybe a dual time watch with Earth time on the subdial and a 24h+40minutes main dial would have been much more plausible. I wonder why Hamilton couldn't have bothered to at least make a custom dial and not tarnish the record of an otherwise scientifically flawless movie.

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    Re: The Martian....Watch spotting spoiler alert!

    Quote Originally Posted by Speardane View Post
    I was looking at wrists every chance I got, and I was a little surprised when I saw the Hamilton below zero on Matt Damon's wrist. Bit of an odd choice. Given the fact that Ridley Scott had a hand in making two Seiko models famous in Aliens, it would have been cool to see Seiko in there imo.
    Aliens was a James Cameron movie, not a Ridley Scott one.

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    I love how in the photos, Hamilton pretends to have lume. Good one guys!!

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