The oldest post in this blog has covered my first photo session with the Blancpain Tribute to Fifty Fathoms MilSpec reference 5008-1130, which took place in September 2017. Two months later I was lucky enough to add this special timepiece to my collection, and it has been an absolute favorite every since. Let’s take a look at some impressions over 30 months of happy ownership.
This report on my 2 1/2 years with this limited to 500 pieces edition is very photo heavy. You will see the watch on various strap options other than the sailcloth or bracelet, actually you‘ll see it predominantly on various Nato straps. I will explain later why that’s the case.
But let’s start with a number of close up shots to reveal the beauty of the ebony black dial with its slight sunburst finish, the moisture indicator and the painted SuperLuminova hour indices.
The Tribute to Fifty Fathoms MilSpec on various straps
This effect is compensated when you put the watch on a Nato strap, at least on a relatively small 17cm wrist like mine. I took delivery of the watch on the black textile Nato strap, here’s how that looks:
My general experience so far
Now, besides the aesthetics, what else can I report 30 months in with the Tribute to Fifty Fathoms MilSpec?
The watch was running almost uninterrupted for the entire time, with the exception of in total 2-3 weeks when stored in a safety deposit box. It was on the wrist probably 2 days a week, and it has run flawlessly with an approximate accuracy of averaging +3 secs/day. The bezel is crisp and accurate in its positioning, the polished case shows some very minor signs of wear. As you would expect, luminosity is strong and distinctive:
The timepiece is powered by caliber 1151 with silicon hairspring, 100 hours of power reserve and a beautiful traditional hand finished decoration. The 18kt gold rotor is coated to achieve the rather technical look which is known from other Fifty Fathoms models.
I will close this report with a few color reduced wrist shots, which I personally like since they focus even more on the timepiece.here on the Blancpain website, my initial report on the Tribute to Fifty Fathoms MilSpec here in the blog and a size comparison between this watch and a 45mm Fifty Fathoms here. The Tribute to Fifty Fathoms MilSpec is covered in depth by Jeffrey S. Kingston in the Lettres du Brassus No 18 which is available through the Blancpain Library App or here on the Blancpain website.