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Hamilton Reduces The Khaki Field Murph To 38mm (Live Pics & Price)

We're finally granted a more compact, and dare we say it better balanced, 38mm Murph!

| By Robin Nooy | 3 min read |
Hamilton Khaki Field Murph 38mm H70405730

Movie-themed watches aren’t very uncommon, but it’s another thing to just create a watch inspired by a movie instead of creating a watch to be worn in a movie. Either by chance, like with the Seiko worn in Apocalypse Now, or intentionally like with the Hamilton Khaki Field Murph. Regardless of the scenario, it can launch a watch into stardom, for instance when Steve McQueen wore the Heuer Monaco on-screen in the movie Le Mans, or James Bond donning various Omega Seamaster watches. Often just a form of product placement if we’re honest, the watch itself can become a major character in the plot of a movie (again, James Bond and his Q-branch issued Seamasters), which is basically what happened when Hamilton made a watch for Christopher Nolan’s 2014 epic science-fiction movie Interstellar. The Hamilton Khaki Field Murph played a huge role and was launched in a 42mm size in 2019, and now returns in a more compact 38mm diameter!

Hamilton Khaki Field Murph 38mm vs 42mm
The Khaki Field Murph 42mm (left) and 38mm (right)

From the outside, the case is identical to the one Hamilton uses for other models of the Khaki Field Automatic. The size is extremely pleasant, at 38mm in diameter and 11.10mm in height. It never feels flimsy, or too compact in any way, and is a guaranteed joy to wear for pretty much anyone. The finishing is brushed throughout, with a polished sloped bezel on top for contrast. The sturdy crown is polished as well and signed with the brand’s logo. On top sits a sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating, which is a standard issue across the Khaki Field range. With 100m of water resistance, it can back up its tool-ish looks pretty well and you will have no issue wearing this on a daily basis.

Hamilton Khaki Field Murph 38mm H70405730

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The dial is a direct copy of the one we’ve seen in the 42mm Murph, and consequently the watch seen in the movie. This has a jet-black base with beige printed markings all around. On the outer edge is a minute track in beige, with large Arabic numerals on the inner circumference. The central cathedral-style hour and minute hands are also filled with beige luminous lacquer. Where the needle-like seconds hand in the 42mm Murph had the word “Eureka” spelled out in Morse code down its spine, this one doesn’t, which feels like a missed opportunity for Hamilton to tie this one into the movie and its bigger predecessor that little bit better. The final details on the dial are the printed scripts reading “Hamilton” in the top half, and “Khaki Automatic” in the bottom one. Overall, it just looks very good and is perfectly legible at even the shortest of glances.

Hamilton Khaki Field Murph 38mm H70405730

Inside the Hamilton Khaki Field Murph 38mm, we find the same movement as its bigger brother, the Calibre H-10. This is basically Hamilton’s version of the ETA C07.611 also found in various other watches by Hamilton and other Swatch Group brands. This automatic movement can be seen through the back and has a Hamilton-signed rotor. The finishing is a touch industrial, but as to be expected. It is equipped with an anti-magnetic Nivachron hairspring, runs at a rate of 21,600vph, uses 25 jewels and packs 80 hours of power reserve.

Hamilton Khaki Field Murph 38mm H70405730

Regardless of that small “issue” with the seconds hand, the watch still looks and feels great and will be a perfect fit to even more wrists in this reduced size. It is attached to a black leather strap with contrasting stitching and a steel pin buckle. The Hamilton Khaki Field Murph 38mm retails for EUR 945, which is excellent value for money whichever way you look at it.

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4 responses

  1. Less offensive and more interesting than an explorer?

    But why ‘automatic’?

  2. “But why ‘automatic”

    You’re 3-8 years too late asking that question.

  3. Why Automatic? Because the film prop was an automatic. Seems like a no-brainer (and I like handcrankers as much as the next guy)

  4. Disagree on the fact that the cleaner seconds hand has less of a tie-in to the movie than the morse code on the original release. The watch in the film never had morse code on the seconds hand anyway, so this is even more faithful to the one Murph had.


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