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. Jumping watches at the time were a piece of hardware that men depend their lives on. In the wake of testing a few watches, they were very frustrated 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 licensed a few ‘gasket’ answers for crown and case back too as bezel that could be hindered. Later on, Blancpain was the first to come up with the uni-directional bezel, a component that was viewed as a lifeline for divers.

The initial Fifty Fathoms of 1953

Fifty Fathoms

After Blancpain conveyed the primary watches to the French naval force in 1953,  the Fifty Fathoms. Fifty Fathoms was a sign for the water opposition of the watch. An English understand 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 thought of this indicator for the water opposition 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. In the event 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 element was known as the MIL-SPEC 1 (“Military Specifications”). Presented in 1957-1958, to meet the military necessities. Mid 1958, the US Navy began to test different looks for their submerged exercises too. Because of those tests, the Blancpain Fifty Fathoms turned into the standard-issue watch for US combat swimmers. In the then, additionally 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 release, restricted to 500 pieces as it were. The Blancpain Fifty Fathoms is likely the model I would decide on the off chance 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 unmistakably identified with the absolute initial Fifty Fathoms and much more so to the 1957 MIL-SPEC 1 watch.

The Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Tribute to MIL-SPEC has a 40mm case made of hardened 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 substance, the drags are a smidgen more smooth on the vintage models, or maybe the width of the case just changed a piece. Notwithstanding, on the wrist it feels better and fits impeccably. The uni-directional bezel that is made of sapphire (a Blancpain creation from 2003) is not difficult to get a handle on and tackles its work. You could ponder however the number of individuals will bring their restricted release 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 also, yet for me actually it wouldn’t have been important. The typography is pleasant 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 element 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 obvious, a necessity in the event 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, try to have it checked each year for appropriate working seals, similar to some other jumping watch.

On the dial you likewise discover a date opening somewhere in the range of 3 and 4 o’clock. Advantageous, yet 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 toward the beginning of the day and see the date before me. I can recall the date the remainder of the day, I don’t need a consistent update. In any case, 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 rear of the Tribute to Fifty Fathoms, flaunting its mechanical heart. The Blancpain Caliber 1151, a development that comprises of 210 sections and has two heart barrels (in arrangement) that will supply you with a four-day power hold. The strong gold rotor has this NAC covering (a platinum combination) that shows the Blancpain logo in bas alleviation. Besides, type 1151 has a silicon balance spring that is more stun safe and against attractive than customary equilibrium springs. The development has an eminent completion as you can see on the image underneath that we took.

The Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Tribute to MIL-SPEC is a lovely form of this celebrated jumping watch assortment. As composed above, it is restricted to 500 pieces just and comes on a sail material tie (as envisioned), a NATO tie or a tempered steel arm band. The carry size is 20mm, so it would likewise be not difficult to join your own number one lash or arm band to this watch. I can envision that a vintage looking calfskin calf lash 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 motivated 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