Hodinkee says after the success of the Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe Limited Edition, it knew it wouldn’t be long until the next Blancpain link-up.
Nodding to the brand’s history with the US Navy, the new Fifty Fathoms MIL-SPEC Limited Edition for Hodinkee offers a new take on the military design.
Limited at 250 units, it has a brushed steel case 40.3mm wide and offers a water resistance of up to 300m.
Hodinkee explained that while similar in style to Blancpain’s 2017 Tribute to Fifty Fathoms MIL-SPEC, Fifty Fathoms devotees will note not only the brushed case finish, but also the lack of both a date display and of the brand signature commonly seen engraved into the nine o’clock case flank.
It went on to detail that after running out of air while diving and being forced to make an emergency ascent, Blancpain’s then CEO Jean-Jacques Fiechter set about to design a watch that could help track how long a diver had been breathing from their SCUBA system.
In defining the qualities of his ideal dive timer, Fiechter inadvertently helped to shape the future of sport watches, and the Fifty Fathoms became the inspiration for the modern dive watch design as it looks today.
After years of timepieces dating back to the 1950s, the modern iteration of the tool dive watch aims to capture the spirit of the original designs while delivering on what is expected from a high-end sport watch.
Fitted to a black nylon NATO-style strap, the Fifty Fathoms for Hodinkee features a cutting edge automatic movement, the Blancpain 1154.
With a silicon balance spring and four days of power reserve, this specific iteration of the caliber 1150 offers a no-date execution and a lovely view via the fitted sapphire display caseback.
With only 250 being made, 200 pieces will be sold via the HODINKEE Shop and 50 will be sold at select Blancpain boutiques at $14,400.