Only Watch 2017 – Blancpain Tribute to Fifty Fathoms MIL-SPEC “Only Watch unique piece” accented with yellow touches

By rolex
April 5, 2021
3 min read

Yellow Submarine – Blancpain has been a long-term ally of AMM (Association Monégasque contre les Myophaties), and it is nothing unexpected to see the Manufacture participating in Only Watch 2017, the biennial pledge drive for research on Duchenne solid dystrophy. For the event, Blancpain has chosen to customize the Tribute to Fifty Fathoms MIL-SPEC.

For the event of Only Watch 2017, Blancpain presents a unique piece dependent on the cool reevaluation of the Fifty Fathoms watch, with water snugness indicator that was introduced at Baselworld recently ( read our survey here ). As the shading topic of the current year’s Only Watch occasion is yellow and dark, the ‘MIL-SPEC’ has been definite with yellow accents. The records and hands highlight yellow superluminova. The date and the stamping on the bezel are additionally delivered in yellow.

Designed in the mid 1950s by Jacques Fiechterto and later refined to meet the necessities of Captain Bob Maloubier of French tip top combat frogmen, the Fifty Fathom is one of the watches that characterized the norms of the advanced jump watch. The MIL-SPEC was presented in 1957-58 and was embraced by American Navy Seals. It joins a stickiness indicator. The shading plate on the dial permits to check the honesty of the watch. In the event that any water were to saturate the situation, the circle tone would change from white to red as a notice to the wearer.

The 2017 version is delivered in steel. At 40.3 mm in measurement, the case includes a unidirectional sapphire turning bezel and is water impervious to 300m. It is fueled by the automatic type 1151, a twin barrel development offering a solid 96 hours power save. The development is obvious through the straightforward case-back and is customized with the inscription ‘Only Watch’ engraved on the NAC-covered gold rotor.

At CHF 13,000, the gauge coordinates the retail cost of the watch and accordingly, as we would see it, appears to be traditionalist for a unique piece of this cool model. For more data if it’s not too much trouble, visit www.blancpain.com and www.onlywatch.com .

In expansion to the watch, Gianluca Genoni (18 apnea world records, remembering 160 meters for profundity and a period of 18 minutes, 3 seconds) will fill in as an instructor, for you and four of your family individuals or companions, consequently empowering you as a gathering to go past your cutoff points. Blancpain, the world’s most established watch brand, offers a chance to find the workshops where the Manufacture’s horological complications have been made for more than 280 years.


Technical specifications – Blancpain Tribute to Fifty Fathoms MIL-SPEC “Only Watch unique piece”

  • Case: 40.3 mm breadth x 13.23 mm thick – steel case – pivoting bezel – sapphire precious stone – Water impervious to 30 ATM/300m – dark dial with water-opposition indicator.
  • Movement: type 1151 mechanical development with automatic winding – – 27.40 mm x 3.25 mm – 96h force save – 28 gems – Functions: hours, minutes, seconds and date.
  • Strap:  dark NATO strap
  • Unique piece for Only Watch 2017
  • Estimate: $15,100/CHF 13,000
  • Ref. 5008A-1130-NABA.