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*Despite the click bait-y title, this post is not comparing the Murph to the Explorer.

A few impressions after wearing the Murph every day for 2 weeks. The watch wears very well. Its dimensions (38 x 44.7 x 11.1) should appeal to a wide variety of wrist sizes. It has often been compared to the Seiko Alpinist line, but the shorter lug-to-lug (44.7 vs. 46.5) and especially the thinner profile (11.1 vs. 13.2) make the watch extremely wearable. My wrist is only 6.25" and it fits perfectly with no lug overhang, and it slides under long sleeves without a problem.

The dial and hands are beautiful. This is subjective, but I love the slightly Art Deco numerals and cathedral hands. I wouldn't call the numeral color fauxtina, it is closer to bronze or khaki. Against the black face it presents a refined look. I've had no problems reading the watch. Some people have bemoaned the lack of Morse code on the seconds hand, but I think it improves the watch and allows it to stand on its own.

I read in other reviews that the stock strap was not good, and unfortunately that turned out to be true. I immediately replaced it with a brown leather strap from ColaReb (it's their Firenze line). I think it matches the vibe of the watch. I'm not convinced that it will look good on a bracelet, so I am considering a variety of options for summer including cork, silicone, and single-pass NATO.

The movement (H-10 caliber) is keeping incredible time. It's only gained about 2 seconds the entire time I have owned it. I've only had one other watch keep better time. It has an 80-hour power reserve so I could leave it for the weekend without having to reset it.

Yes, this is the watch from Interstellar but made smaller. I've never seen the movie, so that's neither here nor there for me. I just see a very classy looking field-style watch.

While definitely not a Rolex Explorer, there are similarities - black dial, time only, field-ish watch that is appropriate in a wide variety of situations. It has the same vibe: elegant but rugged. Like the Explorer, it could be your one watch. And you will save yourself roughly $9K.
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*Despite the click bait-y title, this post is not comparing the Murph to the Explorer.
While definitely not a Rolex Explorer, there are similarities - black dial, time only, field-ish watch that is appropriate in a wide variety of situations. It has the same vibe: elegant but rugged. Like the Explorer, it could be your one watch.
You said you weren't going to compare the two... and then you did just that in your last paragraph. Not knocking the review, just making an honest observation.
 

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You said you weren't going to compare the two... and then you did just that in your last paragraph. Not knocking the review, just making an honest observation.
I feel a comparison would have covered both the similarities and differences, similar to what I did with the Hamilton and the Alpinist.
 

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I am torn between the 38mm Murph and the recent Zodiac Olympos Field watch(nice colors to choose from too)...both MSRP at $895...Loving the Zodiac slightly more...I already have 3 alpinists and a Christopher Ward Sandhurst...a Laco Flieger style A is also in the wantlist..
 

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I am torn between the 38mm Murph and the recent Zodiac Olympos Field watch(nice colors to choose from too)...both MSRP at $895...Loving the Zodiac slightly more...I already have 3 alpinists and a Christopher Ward Sandhurst...a Laco Flieger style A is also in the wantlist..
You should get the Laco. As much as I love the Murph, neither it or the Zodiac bring anything different to your collection.
 
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If there is a bracelet that works I’d be very interested. I think the strap it comes with looks good in pictures, but I am 100% not a strap guy.
It is a nice watch!
If it would have a nice bracelet, it would be even better for me.
Someone on Reddit contacted Hamilton/The Swatch Group and were told that Hamilton bracelet H695694102 will fit the Murph 38. I can't guarantee this is true.
 

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I'll stick to my Lorier Falcon II for the task of smaller tough water resistant do all the things type watch. Or my mutt watch.

I do dig silver dial fields though. I think the H70455553.
 

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Great review, thanks.

I decided the Murph is a no go due to non screw down crown. Working in medical using gloved 30+ times a day they tend to hook and pull out non screw down crowns at the 3 position. I don't wear my Seiko SARB for this reason. My offset push pull Seiko GMT is fine, or in the 3 position W screw down. But no more 3 position push pull crowns for me without crown guards. Just noticed the crown pulled out and the watch stopped too many times.
 
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