The story is notable, the “Fifty Fathoms” watch was intended for the French naval force. Initially, French officers Bob Maloubier and Claude Riffaud began to cooperate on prerequisites in 1952 for a watch to be utilized during submerged missions. Plunging watches at the time were a piece of gear that men depend their lives on. Subsequent to testing a few watches, they were very disillusioned with the outcomes. Until they met Jean-Jacques Fiechter, CEO of Blancpain from 1950 till 1980 and an enthusiastic jumper himself. Fiechter understood the requirement for an appropriate jumpers watch and even before Rolex concocted their Submariner and Omega with their Seamaster 300, Blancpain had the option to come up with a watch that had the option to play out the undertaking for the French Navy.
Blancpain was the company that protected a few ‘gasket’ answers for crown and case back too as bezel that could be obstructed. Later on, Blancpain was the first to come up with the uni-directional bezel, an element that was viewed as a lifeline for divers.
After Blancpain conveyed the principal watches to the French naval force in 1953, the Fifty Fathoms. Fifty Fathoms was a sign for the water obstruction of the watch. An English comprehend was an estimating unit for profundity. 50 fathoms would amount to 91,44 meters.
The work of Blancpain CEO Jean-Jacques Fiechter didn’t stop here. He proceeded with the mission for making that ideal and dependable jumpers watch and before long concocted this indicator for the water obstruction of the watch. On the off chance that the watch spilled and water had entered, the indicator on the dial would change tone from white to red. On the off chance that your life relies upon a water safe watch, an indicator like this bodes well. Truth be told, the Blancpain Fifty Fathoms model that had this component was known as the MIL-SPEC 1 (“Military Specifications”). Presented in 1957-1958, to meet the military prerequisites. Mid 1958, the US Navy began to test different looks for their submerged exercises also. Because of those tests, the Blancpain Fifty Fathoms turned into the standard-issue watch for US combat swimmers. In the in the interim, likewise the Navy Seals were outfitted with the Blancpain Fifty Fathom MIL-SPEC 1 watches.
Tribute to MIL-SPEC
This year, Blancpain showed us their Fifty Fathoms Tribute to MIL-SPEC watch. In view of that initial Fifty Fathoms with MIL-SPEC 1 from 60 years prior (see picture above). I should say that I was totally stricken by this Fifty Fathoms version, restricted to 500 pieces as it were. The Blancpain Fifty Fathoms is likely the model I would pick in the event that I were on the lookout for a top of the line diver.
Although few out of every odd detail is right on the money, nor should it be as I would see it, the Fifty Fathoms Tribute to MIL-SPEC is plainly identified with the absolute initial Fifty Fathoms and considerably more so to the 1957 MIL-SPEC 1 watch.
The Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Tribute to MIL-SPEC has a 40mm case made of treated steel, that sits comfortably on the wrist. It estimates 13.2mm in thickness, so it fits under your sleeves without much problems.
In my assessment, however I haven’t seen the first Fifty Fathoms in the tissue, the hauls are a smidgen more smooth on the vintage models, or maybe the breadth of the case just changed a piece. In any case, on the wrist it feels better and fits impeccably. The uni-directional bezel that is made of sapphire (a Blancpain development from 2003) is not difficult to get a handle on and takes care of its work. You could ponder however the number of individuals will bring their restricted version Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Tribute to MIL-SPEC truly into the water. For what reason would you danger a particularly restricted and collectible piece, other than the sticker price of $14,100.- USD. I get it is somewhat similar to a Mercedes AMG G55 cart, if it’s truly vital you can go rough terrain with it, yet the greater part of them are utilized on the landing area.
On the case band you’ll discover an etching of the ‘Blancpain’ brand name. I realize their different models have this too, yet for me actually it wouldn’t have been important. The typography is decent however and it gives the watch an additional detail. On the opposite side you will locate a monstrous little crown gatekeeper to ensure the winding crown. The crown has been marked ‘Blancpain’, obviously. See below.
The one component that makes this watch the ‘Tribute to MIL-SPEC’ is obviously the indicator on the dial, situated at 6 o’clock. As should be obvious, the white/orange circle is noticeably noticeable, a necessity on the off chance that you utilize this watch submerged. As composed, whenever water has entered the watch, the shading will change and afterward you realize you need to escape the water and sort your watch out. On the off chance that you do utilize a watch like this in the water however, make a point to have it checked each year for legitimate working seals, similar to some other plunging watch.
On the dial you additionally discover a date gap somewhere in the range of 3 and 4 o’clock. Helpful, however a watch like this could manage without. Actually I don’t get a date on a watch, I take a gander at my telephone or computer in the first part of the day and see the date before me. I can recall the date the remainder of the day, I don’t need a steady update. Yet, I likewise know a many individuals think in an unexpected way, and they demand having a date on their watch. The date plate has a similar tone as the dial, and the printing of the numerals has been done in differentiating white.
Then there’s the posterior of the Tribute to Fifty Fathoms, flaunting its mechanical heart. The Blancpain Caliber 1151, a development that comprises of 210 sections and has two fountainhead barrels (in arrangement) that will supply you with a four-day power save. The strong gold rotor has this NAC covering (a platinum amalgam) that shows the Blancpain logo in bas help. Moreover, type 1151 has a silicon balance spring that is more stun safe and hostile to attractive than ordinary equilibrium springs. The development has an eminent completion as you can see on the image beneath that we took.
The Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Tribute to MIL-SPEC is an excellent form of this well known jumping watch assortment. As composed above, it is restricted to 500 pieces just and comes on a sail material lash (as imagined), a NATO tie or a hardened steel wristband. The haul size is 20mm, so it would likewise be exceptionally simple to connect your own #1 lash or wristband to this watch. I can envision that a vintage looking cowhide calf tie would likewise look amazing.
Although the name is ‘Fifty Fathoms’ and we realize that this equals 91,44 meters, this model is water impervious to 300 meters (~30 bar). The retail cost of this watch is $14,100.- USD. Accessibility is obscure now though.
In November 2017, Blancpain will give a coincidental watch propelled by this Tribute to MIL-SPEC for the Only Watch sale to help the Monaco Association against Muscular Dystrophy (AMM). We will give an update later on.
The initial Fifty Fathoms of 1953