A Classic Reclaimed: Blancpain Tribute to Fifty Fathoms MIL-SPEC

Designed by the brand’s former CEO Jean-Jacques Fiechter in 1957, Blancpain has revisited its iconic military dive timepiece, which was the first automatic dive watch and the first to feature a rotating bezel when it debuted in 1957. Limited to 500 examples, the Tribute to Fifty Fathoms MIL-SPEC is fitted with Blancpain’s in-house automatic winding calibre 1151, comprising 210 components including two series-coupled mainspring barrels and offering a four-day power reserve.

This new model features the entire set of technical characteristics of a watch dedicated to diving, established by the original 1953 Fifty Fathoms. Its black dial features indexes in Superluminova and a water-tightness indicator recalling the look of the 1950s MIL-SPEC 1. The unidirectional rotating bezel covered in scratch-resistant sapphire, a Blancpain innovation that first appeared in 2003 with the 50th Anniversary Fifty Fathoms, protects the luminescent indications underneath.

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