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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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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..
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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May I ask what the AR is like (indeed if it has any) - that was what stopped me springing for the big Murph.

Many thanks, and, of course, great watch.
It does have AR and it works well. No problems reading the watch.
 

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It's a great looking watch but the price is kind of hard to swallow when you can get a khaki field for significantly less. If I were to buy one I'd only do it if I got a great deal on it.
People keep saying this, but I was happy to pay extra for a case with appropriate length lugs, cathedral hands, and cool looking numerals.
 

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I'm not 100% certain. If it does, even better. Sometimes, in pictures, the lugs on the Murph 38mm seem shorter than the 38mm autos I have.

IMHO if they priced the Murph between where it is now and the price of the 38mm auto, it would be perfect for me and I'd already have it in my collection. As it stands, I just don't see getting one.
The lugs on the Murph 38 are 44.7; on the Auto they are 47. Further up this thread there is a model number of a Hamilton bracelet that fits the Murph38, at least according to someone on Reddit.
 

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Doesn't this have the disposable Powermatic 80 movement with the plastic escapement?
It's the caliber H-10 with silicone mainspring. What's your point? Aren't most movements inherently disposable and replaceable?
 

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The watch reminds me more of the Ranger39 than the explorer 1. How good is the movement in this 38?
I hadn't thought of it being similar to a Ranger - good call! The movement has been keeping excellent time; around +2 seconds the entire time I've owned it.
 
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