Blancpain launched a new version of its iconic watch from the mid-1950s, the Fifty Fathoms Mil-Spec, is an impressive recreation of a time-honoured watch and was also an inspiration for many dive watches from other brands.
Going back to the past and after the end of World War II, instrument watches continued to be an important piece of military equipment, so it was no accident that many watches that we know today still have the connotation of being born inspired by military forces and the Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Mil-Spec is probably one of the fathers of this connotation. Developed by rigorous military requirements, with an easy-to-read underwater dial, highly reliable, robust and resistant, it was soon chosen to equip military forces worldwide. Therefore, it was not surprising that in 1953 it was adopted by the Combat Diving Corps of the French Army and a few years later, when incorporating a moisture indicator on the dial around 1957-58, it was also adopted by the units of US combat divers (including the elite UDT and Navy Seals).
This new Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Mil-Spec, is a limited edition of 250 pieces, launched exclusively in the USA and developed in collaboration with Hodinkee. It is faithful in dimensions and design to their ancestors, a brushed satin case of 40.3 mm, a matte black dial without a date window, white hour indexes that vary between sticks and circles and a diamond shape that marks the 12 o’clock, white hours and minutes central hands, a central seconds hand, a humidity indicator at 6 o’clock and 300m water resistance. Off the dial, a unidirectional black sapphire bezel, a crown at 3 o’clock with tiny crown guards. This watch is powered by an In-house calibre 1154 with automatic winding, antimagnetic characteristics thanks to its silicon balance spring, a power reserve of 4 days and a sapphire bottom that allows observing the movement of the watch. As expected, the watch comes with a black Nato nylon strap.
These watches will be available at Blancpain Boutiques in the United States and also at the Hodinkee online store, for $ 14,400.
Model: Fifty Fathoms Mil-Spec Limited Edition for Hodinkee
Reference: 5008 11B30 NABA
Dial: Matt Black
Case Material: Satin-brushed stainless steel
Case Dimensions: 40.3 mm diameter, 13.23 mm thickness
Crystal: Sapphire Glass
Case Back: Sapphire Glass
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, moisture indicator, diving bezel
Power Reserve: 4 Days
Water Resistance: 300 Meters
Strap: Black nylon Nato strap
Limited Edition: 250 pieces