Hands-on with the Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Tribute to MilSpec

Thanks to the Blancpain Boutique in Munich I had a chance to welcome one of the first Blancpain Fifty FathomsTribute to MilSpec for a one day photo session.

Let me share some impressions and photos, which hopefully ease the pain for those of us (me included) waiting to finally get their own MilSpec to put it on the wrist.

 

Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Tribute to MilSpec

 

Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Tribute to MilSpec

Let me start with some static shots of the watch:

 

Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Tribute to MilSpec

 

Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Tribute to MilSpec

 

Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Tribute to MilSpec

 

Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Tribute to MilSpec

 

Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Tribute to MilSpec

Now, those shots do not tell the full story, since the 40mm size in connection with the impressive sapphire bezel means the dial is comparatively small, so, will it look too small on the wrist?

 

Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Tribute to MilSpec

Actually, for those of us with up to 18cm wrist size it will most probably look just gorgeous.

With a wrist size of more than 17cm you may consider to go for the long version of the sailcloth strap, though. The standard one on this watch is rather short.

Here are a couple of more wrsitshots from various angles:

 

Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Tribute to MilSpec

 

Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Tribute to MilSpec

 

Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Tribute to MilSpec

 

Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Tribute to MilSpec

 

Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Tribute to MilSpec

Mind that the close up perspective makes the watch seem larger than it actually is, here’s a shot that gives a better impression on my 16.5cm wrist, and a comparative shot next to a 40mm Leman:

 

Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Tribute to MilSpec

 

Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Tribute to MilSpec and Leman Aqua Lung Grande Date

Now, have my high expectations of this timepiece been met? I had seen the proto in April, so almost half a year later I was curious to how I would feel handling it in a more normal environment…

 

Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Tribute to MilSpec

Yes, the date is probably preventing it from being a perfectly beautiful watch, with the date it just is a wonderfully beautiful watch!

The size is great, the dial with its very subtle sunray finish is amazing, the hands are nice (although the seconds hand seems to miss some optical counterbalance), the entire execution of this timepiece is flawless and full of the attention to detail Blancpain is known and appreciated for. Well, beyond the date…

Let me close with a couple of “my” type of pictures, no report can go without those.

 

Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Tribute to MilSpec

 

Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Tribute to MilSpec

 

Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Tribute to MilSpec

 

Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Tribute to MilSpec

 

Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Tribute to MilSpec

Hope you enjoyed!

Cheers
Henrik

 

For further information on the timepieces please visit blancpain.com

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